Specialized Turbo Vado SL: an ultra-light electric bike with 130 km of range

The American brand Specialized has just unveiled its new electric city bike which weighs less than 15 kg on the scale.

Combining great autonomy and lightness, this is the bet of Specialized with its new urban electric bike, the Turbo Vado SL . It is a light version of the Turbo Vado, the “big” city pedelec with its removable 630 Wh battery, its 90 Nm of torque, its assistance which multiplies the pedaling power by four, its 130 km of autonomy and its 22.2 kg . With the Turbo Vado SL, Specialized has succeeded in reducing the weight to 14.9 kg while offering equivalent range.

One of the secrets of this weight gain is the SL 1.1 240- watt electric motor, which weighs only 1.95 kg compared to 3.4 kg for the Turbo Vado. The battery integrated in the lower tube is also more slender but also less powerful (320 Wh). The torque of the Vado SL is obviously much lower (35 Nm) than that of its big brother and the assistance only “doubles” the pedaling power.

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As a result, Specialized says the Turbo Vado SL is “40% lighter than most electric bikes.” Enough to maneuver it more easily to load it in a car, when taking the train or climbing a few stories on foot. Using the less demanding of the three assistance modes, the Vado SL can travel up to 130 km. And it is even possible to climb to 195 km by adding the Range Extender external battery which is fixed in place of one of the two bottle holders. The charging time of the main battery is 2 hours 35 minutes.

The Specialized Vado SL communicates with a mobile application available on Android and iOS.  © Specialized

The Vado SL is available in four versions, the most affordable of which (Vado SL 4.0) starts at 2,999 euros. The aluminum frame and the motor/battery group are the same on all models. The differences are in the brake/derailleur assembly and the presence of a Future Shock 1.5 fork integrated into the steering on the Vado SL 5.0 (3,999 euros) and Vado SL 5.0 EQ (4,199 euros) models, which offers 20 mm of travel. Specialized is going to have to face a competition that is also well-armed in this niche of light city electric bikes. We think in particular of the VanMoof S3 and X3 at 2,000 euros, Friday 28 at Mustache or the “smart bike” Angell which is even lighter (13.9 kg) than the Vado SL for a range of up to 150 km.

The autonomy of the Specialized Vado SL can be extended thanks to the optional optional Range Extender battery which is fixed in place of the vertical bottle cage.  © Specialized