Specialized Turbo Vado SL, A Powerful Lightweight

Weighing in at 35 pounds and with a starting price of $3350, the Specialized Turbo Vado SL offers a balance of performance on a budget. Like the also just launched, Diverge, Specialized has product in the pipeline perfectly timed for cyclists needs during a pandemic.

Specialized Turbo Vado SL
Specialized Turbo Vado SL

The Specialized Turbo Vado SL offers ride quality, range, and power at a weight that’s light enough to carry; lift into the back of an SUV or up onto bike racks.

For some comparison, the highest-end BMC weighs 37 pounds and costs twice as much. The Vado SL is approximately 40% lighter than the average weight of other ebikes on the market. Until the power kicks in, it’s possible to forget there’s a battery and motor bolted onto the frame.

Building on the same Turbo SL 1.1 motor and battery system found in Specialized’s Turbo Creo SL and Turbo Levo SL, the Vado SL now brings up to 120mi of assisted range to the everyday rider, at a starting price of $3,350. It looks smart too.

Fun fact: Shimano coasting failed in part because they were too heavy to lift. Rec cyclists like to drive their bikes to trailheads and ride.

What this launch also shows is how Specialized is committed to pedaling the planet forward through sustainable and reliable transportation and recreation options. Because it’s more like a regular city bike, the Turbo Vado SL is an important step towards better health for riders, for our communities, and for the planet.

Specialized Turbo Vado SL Range Extender

The Vado SL battery is integrated into the frame with a range up to 80 miles of range. It ships with an optional Range Extender for up to 40 miles of additional range, totaling 120 miles. You could commute to work all week and charge on the weekends with a range like that.

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