Two-minute review. This offers less power than comparable mid-motor bikes, but is extremely light â which is reflected in the low overall weight of the â¦ Reviewâ¦ Short review: This thing is awesome. With the new e-bike series âVado SLâ, Specialized certainly presented one of the most exciting urban bike releases this year. Road was first, then mountain biking, and now itâs the turn of urban and utility cyclists to get a go on the new system. First it was the Turbo Creo SL which introduced us to their SL 1.1 motor. Thread starter STLABRAT; Start date Aug 16, 2020; S. STLABRAT New Member. The Vado SL â¦ Aug 16, 2020 #1 I picked up my SL 5.0 last week and thought Iâd post a quick review and comment on some features. It basically â¦ Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 review 1 week review. Recently, Specialized e-bikes have been on a diet. This eBike is pedal-assisting all the way and Specialized says the custom motor of the ten-speed Turbo Vado SL offers enough power at full tilt to effectively double a riderâs effort at speeds up to 45kph. The Takeaway - Sleek, smooth, and quiet, the Vado 3.0 is practical, but also surprisingly fun. The all-new Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 uses the same technology as found on their £10k + S-Works Creo carbon e-road bike. Specializedâs Turbo Vado SL is a brilliant blend of quality craftsmanship and innovative e-bike tech. There are other differences, including better-spec Shimano and Tektro kit â¦ Their latest SL 1.1 mid-drive motor was developed in collaboration with German â¦ As is the case with all Specialized E-Bikes, the drive unit and battery system fitted to the Vado SL is an in house affair and comes in the form of the SL1.1 drive system. Roughly half the weight of other crank based motors at 1.95kg, the design along with new battery options allowed for Specialized to build a road e-bike as light as 26.2 lbs. The 1.1 has a peak output of 240watts and 35Nm of torque, which given the lighter weight of the bike as a whole is plenty powerful enough to propel riders up just â¦ Specialized has been making the Brose-powered Vado city e-bike for a few years, but with the launch of its new, lightweight SL1.1 motor the company has been rolling out new models across all disciplines. Specialized has been building bikes since the middle of the 70s, so the Turbo Vado SL comes with an excellent pedigree, a sublime cocktail of brilliant components and an amazingly lightweight superior build quality. You can buy a 2021 Turbo Vado SL from Evans Cycles in the UK, and find a retailer near you in the US on Specializedâs website. The main reason for this is a completely redesigned mid-motor drive system. If you stay on base and there are no hills on the way into town youâll be fine with the lightweight hub ebikes, if you intend to go touring in Japan youâll appreciate the Specialized Vado SL uses a mid-drive motor that transfers power through the bikes gears which is better for climbing hills. The outcome is a real riderâs bike, but with the added treat of electric powered-assistance. (You can control the amount of assistance) And if a rider exerts enough energy to outstrip the bike itself, the engine just fades â¦ Although the Specialized Turbo Vado SL is best suited to life on the asphalt, itâs sturdy enough on cobbled paths and gamely handles the odd pothole.