Specialized launched its off-road Levo series of Turbo electric-assist bikes last July in Europe. The US version of these pedal assist (no throttle) bikes just landed Stateside, a few weeks ahead of their Spring 2016 consumer availability. Specialized recently hosted a media launch in Moab, Utah, to test these new e-mountain bikes on the area’s legendary trails. To say that the bikes surprised many of us is an understatement.
While the marquee bike is the S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie, most of us were aboard the less expensive Expert and Comp models. I tested the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie Comp, which retails for $5,500 US/ £4,000/ AUS $7,999.
All the FSR models feature 140mm front suspension and 135mm rear suspension, M5 alloy frames and the same motor unit, with the S-Works versions receiving an upgraded battery. All of the models use SRAM 1×11 drivetrains, and Guide 4-piston brakes with 200mm rotors. The The Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie Comp is equipped with a SRAM GX rear derailleur, RockShox Yari fork and a Fox float shock.
E-bikes are not permitted on all of Moab’s trails, although they are allowed on the OHV trails that mountain bikers share with dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles. The combination of full suspension, 27.5+ tyres and electric motor assist shined. Specialized picked an ideal location to show off its impressive e-bikes.
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