We test Specialized's R240 000 S-Works Turbo Levo

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The Specialized Turbo Levo rolls high-volume tyres, but the rear wheel is slightly smaller (Photo: Lance Branquinho)
The Specialized Turbo Levo rolls high-volume tyres, but the rear wheel is slightly smaller (Photo: Lance Branquinho)

New for 2021 is the S-Works Turbo Levo, the brand’s most potent e-bike. At R240 000, it is anything but affordable, but it also represents the absolute best in all-terrain e-bike technology and a build tallying any mountain biker's fantasy component specification.

The proliferation of e-bikes over the last few years has been such that brands are no longer consider them supplementary to their core mountain bike business. With the benefit of its e-bike R&D facility in Cham, Switzerland, a product like the third-generation Turbo Levo commands significant engineering resources. 

Business at the front, party at the rear. Yep, the Turbo Levo runs a mullet setup with a 29er wheel up front, to help it roll better, and a smaller 27.5-inch rear wheel to incorporate shorter chainstays, giving it more agile handling.

Geometry has been overhauled and is now adjustable via the headset and a flip-chip in the chainstay link. You can run it with a head angle of anywhere between 65.5-degrees on flatter gradients, and 63-degrees when descending really steep terrain. The bike’s bottom bracket height can also be dropped as much as 7mm, courtesy of the chainstay flip-chip, creating an e-bike that has terrifically responsive handling through tight corners.

On this new Turbo Levo the mid-drive motor gains better water protection, improved firmware and updated software, which all combine to provide smoother power delivery. Paired with Specialized’s Turbo Levo motor system is an LCD screen (TCU display) built into the e-bike’s top tube. It displays battery consumption (in percentage), current mode and a load of other functions, when integrated with the Mission Control App.

The Turbo Levo’s suspension specification has been upgraded to deal with bigger hits, with this e-bike being capable of confidently descending even the most technical downhill trails. Up front there is the new Fox 38 fork, with 160mm of suspension travel, trailed by a 150mm Fox X2 shock, at the rear.  

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