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NEW - 2021 Specialized Turbo Levo GEN3 Electric Mountain Bike

Words by Scott Bristo

on 23/03/2021 17:00:00

The new Specialized Turbo Levo GEN3 eMTB has arrived. Available today, the new Levo boasts an unequalled combination of ride quality, power and range. Now available to view online and in-store!

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Specialized’s forty-year obsession with creating the best riding mountain bikes possible has taken a bionic leap forward with the new Levo. Their new venture sets the standard for full power ride quality. The Levo’s stable, natural trail manners are born from an integrated full carbon chassis development approach; fusing together 150mm of rear suspension, progressive geometry, sophisticated motor assist and the advanced MasterMind Turbo Control Unit to bring you a ride like no other.

Harness this technology and amplify your experience. More speed. More distance. More freedom. More trails ridden, more pure stoke generated, more unforgettable experiences. The impossible becomes possible. Enabling you to ride better, stronger, farther, and faster than ever before. The new Levo merges unprecedented power and range with natural, confident handling for an unbelievable ride.

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A Ride Beyond Belief

The new Levo is the distillation, application and amplification of everything Specialized know about mountain biking; a potent blend of chassis, suspension, geometry and motor assist that adds up to an incredible trail riding experience. It is the liveliest, most nimble, full-power eMTB they’ve created.

Specialized has chosen a dedicated “Mullet” design with a 27.5” wheel in the back and 29” upfront. They recognize that it’s a challenge to design a full-power electric-assist mountain bike with lively handling because the motor takes valuable real estate that usually necessitates longer chainstays. The Specialized Turbo Levo’s smaller rear wheel allows for short chainstays; delivering a much more playful and nimble ride that carves circles around other full-power eMTBs.

The Levo’s geometry has been completely revamped, with a new emphasis on control and capability. The steeper seat tube is great for climbing and the front end was made longer; centring the rider on the bike, optimizing traction and corner control. The headtube angle is more relaxed, and the fork offset is reduced to keep things stable in the rough and at speed. Additionally, the geometry is adjustable, so it can always be tuned to match your style and the terrain you’re riding. The new Levo has six geometry settings allowing easy adjustment to match your style and hone performance in any terrain, from mellow fire roads to technical single-track. Choose between three headtube angles from 63 to 65.5-degrees. Bottom bracket height can be fine-tuned up or down by 7mm, thanks to the flip-chip located on the Horst pivot.

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The Specialized Turbo Levo packs 150mm rear travel and 160mm (150 on S1 Size) front travel, fully dialled for anything; it’s supple on small bumps and devours square-edged hits without a twitch. It eats massive G-outs for breakfast, yet still offers amazing pedal response and delivers all your power to the ground with total efficiency.

The trail-obsessed Specialized engineer team have had sleepless nights thinking up ways to make suspension work better. With the new Levo, they have developed specific suspension valving in consideration of the additional power and speed that can now be generated. Every aspect of the suspension has been tailored - kinematics, leverage curves, damping and spring rates - working together in harmony, handling bump forces like a bike with much more travel.

The Stumpjumper EVO, the Levo’s full-analogue sibling, won multiple Trail Bike Of The Year awards. Specialized borrowed the Stumpy EVO’s progressive leverage rate but tailored it to Levo travel, torque and power. This results in a suspension package that delivers small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support and compliant but controlled full travel when stomping those big hits. The tuned leverage rate is matched by their proprietary Rx Tune shock valving, allowing the suspension to do all the hard work whilst you concentrate on shredding.

The new Levo’s axle path moves rearward in the first third of travel, and then vertically in the mid-travel before arcing to a forward trajectory toward bottom out. What this means is; the rearward path in the first portion of travel allows the wheel to “swing” back with the bump force, decreasing hangup and thereby helping to carry speed. As the Levo moves deeper into its travel, where pedalling isn’t typical, the forward axle path disconnects chain forces from pedalling forces, yielding that stellar big hit performance.

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4X The Power

The Specialized Turbo Levo empowers you with the freedom to choose where and when you want to ride. Only got an hour? No problem! You can still bust out your favourite long loop and get back with time to spare. The integrated controller responds to your pedal inputs resulting in intuitive amplification of your efforts - as much as quadrupling the power you put into the pedals - with an incredibly natural feel. It’s Specialized’s most powerful system to date, capable of supplying up to 565 Watts power and 90Nm torque. You control the power, feeding in as much or as little as you need to flatten those steep climbs and make short work of previously inconceivable distances.

The Turbo Full Power System 2.2 Motor features a more robust belt for long-term reliable power delivery and a new firmware that further optimizes efficiency and power output across the ride and provides an even smoother, more natural ride feeling. This 2.2 motor is being used on all new Levos. A new door or “hatch” boosts weather resistance. In addition, the plug has double seals to keep moisture out for added reliability in wet conditions - Perfect for UK riding!

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Go Big: 5-Hour Range

It was Specialized’s goal to build the Levo to shatter limitations when it comes to range. You can expect five hours of trail time, riding further and exploring the unknown more than ever before. Smart Control ensures that you won’t run out of juice; it enables you to input the duration or distance of your ride and then manages the support level to complete it with available battery charge. A range like this is only possible by fully integrating the highest capacity Turbo Technology Battery (700 Wh) with the Specialized Mastermind Turbo Control Unit to ensure maximum efficiency.

The MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is essentially the “brain” of the Levo. It is the hardware and software that controls how the motor, battery and bike interacts with your ride. It allows real-time, on-the-go support tuning and displays all relevant data about your bike and ride. MasterMind TCU also enables over-the-air updates, making your bike better over time. Finally, MasterMind TCU seamlessly integrates with the Mission Control App for advanced tuning, on-trail diagnostics and much more.

Using Mission Control empowers you to get the most out of your bike. Mission Control gives you the ability to customize motor characteristics, control range, tune modes, monitor your heart rate, run system diagnosis, assist with on-trail rider care support, record rides and see real-time ride data, and more. Pretty mind blowing right? Head over to Specialized.com for more information on Mission Control!

S-Sizing

The Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB uses S-Sizing. Based on what matters, S-Sizing considers rider size and style, not inseam. Six sizes, all with similar headtube lengths and standover, allow you to choose the size that best suits your individual style. Smaller S-Size numbers are going to be nimble, thanks to their shorter reach and front-centre measurement, while bigger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride.

Specialized have made determining your S-Size easy. If you rode a Medium before, then S-3 will be your equivalent size. But… if you want a more flickable ride, you’d drop down to an S2. Want a bike that’s more stable at speed? Bump up to an S4. Below are examples of three riders, all 5’8” (1.73m), who chose three different sizes.

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To find out more and secure your own Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB, view the individual product pages, contact us via Live Chat, or get in contact with your local Leisure Lakes Bikes store!

 

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