Based in California and established in 1974, Specialized knows a thing or two about bikes. Whether you want a mountain, road or electric, they’ve got you covered.
- Specialized announces the Turbo Creo SL, a lightweight electric bike that will set you back more than some cars.
- The new bike promises an impressive range of 121 miles.
- Unlike most other e-bikes on the road, the Creo promises to deliver the ride and performance of a high-end road bike.
Recently, the company announced a jaw-dropper, its newest addition to the family: the electric Turbo Creo SL retailing for $17,000. This limited Founder’s Edition costs more than the base price of a Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris Sedan. If the Founder’s Edition is a bit too pricey, Specialized will offer other versions of the Creo at $13,500 and even $9,000 arriving fall of 2019.
Let’s see what the Turbo Creo SL offers for that price tag. First off, the bike is a real lightweight compared to the competition. All in it weighs 26.2 lbs with its carbon frame and Shimano component set. Specialized shaved weight off by designing its own motor because there wasn’t a light enough option on the market. Called the SL1.1, it is a 240 Watt mid-drive motor that barely makes a sound. Previously, the company used Brose motors.
The Turbo Creo SL also has some impressive range, spec’d out at 121 miles, while other electric bikes range from 20-100 miles. Although company’s tend to exaggerate range, Specialized assures it will perform as promised. But, of course, this is if you opt for the special Founder’s Edition that comes with a 160 Wh range extender battery. The base model rates 80 miles, but you can purchase an auxiliary battery separately for $399.
There is a caveat on expected range, however. You have to put in a lot peddling muscle in addition to the 200% boost from the motor to realize those high numbers. With three riding modes of ECO, SPORT and TURBO set via the Mission Control app, riders can set how much power the motor delivers.
Also, the app can manage battery life for the length of your ride. Integrated in the motor, the ANT+, a multicast wireless sensor network technology that connects to your power meter, tracks power generated by the rider.
For the $17,000 you can brag that only 250 of the Founder’s Edition Turbo Creo SL will be produced.
Do all these specs justify the price, that’s a different question.