We’re extremely excited about the fact the Turbo Levo is back for another year of awesome trail-slaying enjoyment, and there have been a few tweaks to the 2020 models that will upgrade that experience one step further.
With four models in the FSR family and an updated HT model for 2020, there’s a lot to unpack in Specialized’s latest e-MTB masterpiece.
Let’s begin with those FSRs. The S-Works Turbo Levo option sits – naturally – at the top of the tree, with the Turbo Levo Expert Carbon coming hot on its heels. The Turbo Levo Comp is next down the pecking order, an incredible amount of e-bike for the £5,499 asking price, with the regular Turbo Levo rounding out the family.
Then, we have just the one spec to concern ourselves within the Turbo Levo HT (hardtail) stable this year, but with two choices of colourway.
So what’s new in the world of Big S e-MTBs?
The big thing that everyone is raving about is the Specialized 2.1 motor, which features throughout the full-suspension family, but – crucially – not on the hardtail option.
This motor is really something special, with a promised 15% reduction on size coupled with an 11% reduction in weight. Those are fantastic statistics, proving there’s always another way to optimise in the endless pursuit of perfection. The old Turbo Levo models were no slouches when it came to sharp climbs, but you’ll be all the more confident powering up an incline with that weight reduction!
One thing that can instantly ruin an e-bike riding experience is a motor that feels lurchy, shooting you forwards when it engages or taking an absolute age to kick in once you start pedalling. The way Specialized has set up the new Levo, you can forget any such concerns. Instant engagement, with an intelligent match of assistance to the actual power you’re putting in. We know you want to go full-gas on one of these things to see what it can do, but we’re also aware that in a lot of situations, a bit of fine control is the key.
And speaking of fine control, the Mission Control app makes a welcome return here, allowing you to fine-tune power management directly from your device – with a smart-management mode that makes the smartest decision for you in the current situation.
We have it on good authority that major improvements have also been made to the bikes’ batteries, with the two top-end FSR models boasting an awesome 700Wh of capacity. In more practical terms, that’s an extra 40% of shred time over the predecessor model! Check out each model page to properly dig into the various specifications as there’s some variation from the S-Works down to the hardtail.
All the full-suspension models also get the stiffness-enhancing Sidearm frame design, with the chassis of the Comp and regular Levo executed in aluminium, the Expert using a mix of the metal and carbon fibre, and the S-Works getting the full-carbon treatment.
For more info on the full range of e-bikes we sell, your best move is to visit us in-store and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members. Find our opening hours and directions here.