The Turbo Levo FSR is Specialized’s electric assist full suspension mountain bike in an array of four flavors which range in price from the base model at $4,500, to the S-Works edition at $9,500. We put the base model and the $5,500 Comp. to work. Both bikes had four levels of pedal assist from the German engineered and assembled Brose motor which was designed to Specialized’s requirements. Each has a 460-watt hour battery mounted inside the oversize downtube, 11-speed SRAM rear transmission, Rock Shox front suspension, Fox rear shock, 200mm SRAM GLIDE hydraulic disc brakes and 3.0-inch Specialized Purgatory mid-fat tires.
The bikes were tested by a trio of riders ranging in abilities from middle-of-the-road to expert. All agreed that the two bikes were exceptional performers in a variety of conditions from easy trail riding to very technical outings. The Brose motors exhibited a smooth quiet power delivery that came on smoothly, but powerfully. The suspension components lived up to their reputations absorbing small ripples and big hits with aplomb. The batteries provided two hours of continuous use on a very steep ride and retained 30% of their capacity. The Specialized tires exhibited exceptional traction in every type of trail where the bikes were ridden.
Is the bike faster than a speeding bullet? Not exactly, but it climbed an eight-mile 3,000-foot ascent in about half the time of a non-motorized mountain bike. Is it more powerful than a locomotive? No, but it attained its top assisted speed of 20 mph in seconds. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Probably not, but it provided sure traction over icy, rock-strewn terrain and a hub deep swirling torrent of water. Tired of cliches? Me too.
These Turbo Levo models are capable of furthering the historical significance other Specialized bikes have received beginning with the Stumpjumper many years ago. These bikes may be the best thing since sliced bread (sorry).