Specialized turbo electric bikes boast ‘mission control’, radar and anti-theft engine
Specialized is rolling out its collection of next-generation Turbo electric bikes with the Vado, Como and Tero models.
Not so long ago, e-bikes seemed like a gimmick, a passing fad that operated like a heavy seated motorized scooter. A few years of R&D and quarantine, and all of a sudden e-bikes are… cool? Sexy, even.
This is certainly the case with Specialized’s new line of turbo electric bikes. Launched and available worldwide from September 21, Specialized offers three models: Como, Vado and Tero. Every Specialized Turbo model boasts power, smart technology and seamless integration.
“These new Full Power Turbo e-bikes are Specialized’s smoothest, quietest, most powerful and safest electric bikes, perfectly suited for commuting, training and adventure,” the brand said in a press release.
Specialized Turbo E-Bikes
The company considered three types of riders when designing its next-generation models.
The Como is his casual city bike designed for cycling and e-bike beginners or everyday runabouts.
Specialized sofas the Vado as “the vehicle for everything from daily commutes and quick workouts to longer-than-expected adventures … designed to boldly face the ever-changing landscape you will encounter as a daily cyclist, carry everything you need and continue to ride more often. “
Finally, the Tero is the brand’s all-terrain E-MTB. “Tero’s strengths are the fusion of power, confidence and versatility.
“Developed together toward a single end goal, these attributes translate into a strong, efficient and adaptable bike that is a pleasure to ride anywhere, from city streets to backcountry trails,” said Specialized.
Turbo power and design
All three bike trims are available as standard (full power with a 90-mile range) and SL (lighter, with a range of 62-80 miles) and come with a 2.2 motor (90 Nm of torque) and a 710 Wh battery for smooth and quiet operation at any speed.
Riders should expect top speeds of between 20 mph (typical in Class 1 off-roaders like the Tero) and 28 mph (typical in Class 3 commuters like the Como and Vado). More range will result from lower driver assistance settings. Specialized claims that Turbo e-bikes produce up to four times more horsepower than human power at the highest driver assistance setting.
It also indicates that acceleration is natural thanks to the intelligent damping of the suspension. A personalized testing mechanism analyzes the bumps to increase comfort and vision.
The brand combines that precision with an E5 aluminum frame, integrated down tube battery, internal cable routing, locking tab, suspended seat post, bulkier tires and an 80mm suspension fork.
It adds DRYTECH mudguards, LED front and rear light set, front rack mount with lock, and 60 pound capacity rear rack compatible with child bike seats. And e-bikes are designed to pull a thru axle trailer.
Driving intelligence and intelligent controls
The new generation electric bikes from Specialized may stand out very well in their lineup. The MasterMind on-board computer and the Bluetooth Mission Control function form the neural control center of the bike.
MasterMind computer and mission control application
MasterMind has a dual integration with local bike systems and with the Mission Control smartphone app. MasterMind operating system is the conduit for cloud-based software updates, range optimization tools, trip history, essential hardware statistics and diagnostics, advanced tuning information and anti-theft control. Users can even adjust the degree of rider assistance, all via a handlebar-mounted display and app.
The application’s OTA software updates offer improvements and new features on an ongoing basis. “As we learn and continue to develop from a software perspective, the bike gets better over time,” said Brand Manager Ian Kenny.
Anti-theft Turbo system lock
A Turbo locking system and the Mission Control app form the anti-theft feature set of the Turbo range. The on-board System Lock technology connects the tangible aspects of the bike with its intangible capabilities.
By tapping into System Lock through the Mission Control app, riders can place their bikes in a virtual Faraday cage, and they can do so just about anywhere. The e-bike owner’s Mission Control account allows them to remotely turn off and on the bike’s motor and computer, as well as turn the motion detection alarm on and off.
Garmin rear radar
Garmin’s new rear-facing radar detection keeps the fort safe and integrates with the handlebar display. Garmin said the detector, which is primarily designed for automobile traffic but can detect other moving objects, detects moving objects at a distance of up to 460 feet (140 m).
And, of course, what would Garmin be without a display? The Radar routes visual, audio and haptic notifications to the MasterMind computer. A glance down at the screen can give the rider information on the proximity and speed of approaching vehicles.
As of September 21, Como, Vado and Tero e-bikes are available in a number of finishes from Specialized and its many partner retailers around the world. Prices vary by model and range from $ 3,250 MSRP to $ 5,500 MSRP. Power up your ride at Specialized.com.