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Beginning with the integrated Specialized 1.2 E motor, the Turbo Vado proves itself as the ultimate city bike. The 1.2 E uses the same hardware as our 1.2 motor, but it features a tune that prioritizes efficiency. This means less peak torque and maximum output. Of course, it still features a near-silent operating design with our Custom Rx Street Tune that takes the output and makes it the most usable for an urban environment. Think of it this way: The more power you put out, the more power the motor puts out, and this makes accelerations from a standstill at, say, a traffic light both quick and efficient. The belt driven motor is also smooth, silent, and free of annoying vibrations. And the max speed? 32 km/h.
For the Vado 3.0, we developed a custom Specialized U1-460 battery that seamlessly integrates into the frame, is lockable, and easily removable for simplified charging. In other words, there's plenty of juice to take you to and from work, a trip to the grocery store, or even to that new café on the other side of the city.
The new Turbo Connect Display (TCD) is the best way to view data on your Turbo. It not only displays basic ride metrics (speed, cadence, power, battery level, and time), but it also lets you toggle between modes. Its design, meanwhile, is rugged and clean, and it has multiple mounting options for either road or mountain setups. As for the latest version of the Mission Control App, you’ll find that it now has more features and is even more intuitive to use. It lets you custom-tune nearly every aspect of the bike with ease, monitor your power usage, control your range, perform basic system diagnoses, and record/upload rides.
To top off all of the innovative features, we chose a worry-free spec that features Shimano 9-speed components, hydraulic disc brakes, racks, front/rear lights, and fenders.
- The Turbo Vado frame features an alloy step-through frame that's pretty light and super easy to get on or off of.
- The Turbo Vado’s Specialized 1.2 E motor emphasizes efficiency and range. We also fully integrated it with the frame, and it's been custom-tuned for city riding. It intuitively reacts to the force of your pedaling, so the harder you pedal, the more power it delivers. And with an internal belt drive design, it does this without added vibration for the smoothest and most silent ride possible.
- We made the custom 460 Wh battery to be fully integrated with the frame, removable for easy charging, and lockable for added security. It communicates with the display and has multiple modes to maximize the overall efficiency and range. For range estimates based upon a variety of variables, please refer to our Turbo Range Calculator.
FRAME – E5 Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, Fitness/Transportation Geometry, fully integrated & lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, Smooth Welds
FORK – SR SunTour MOBIE30, custom crown, steel steerer, 9mm open
FRONT WHEEL – Specialized 700C disc rim w/ 6-bolt disc, ball bearings, 9x100mm spacing hub
REAR WHEEL – Specialized 700C disc rim w/ 6-bolt disc, sealed cartrigdes bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle hub
FRONT TIRE – Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x47c
REAR TIRE – Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x47c
CRANKSET – Custom alloy forged crankarms
CHAINRING – 40T
FRONT DERAILLEUR – N/A
REAR DERAILLEUR – Shimano Alivio, SGS cage, 9-speed
SHIFT LEVER – Shimano Alivio, 9-speed w/ Optical Gear Display
CASSETTE – Shimano CS-HG200, 9-speed, 11-36T
FRONT BRAKE – Tektro HD-T276, hydraulic disc, 180mm
REAR BRAKE – Tektro HD-T276, hydraulic disc, 160mm
HANDLEBAR – Specialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm
STEM – Specialized Flowset, 3D-forged alloy, 20-degree rise, 31.8mm
SEATPOST – Specialized 2-bolt head, forged alloy, 8mm offset, micro-adjust, 30.9mm
SADDLE – Bridge Sport, Steel rails
UI/REMOTE – Specialized TCD-W w/ handlebar remote & built-in anti-theft feature, Bluetooth® connectivity, 5 available display pages
BATTERY – Specialized U1-460, On/Off button, state of charge display, 460Wh
CHARGER – Custom Specialized 42V2A Charger w/ Rosenberger plug
MOTOR – Specialized 1.2 E, custom Rx Street-tuned motor, 250W nominal
WIRING HARNESS – Custom Specialized harness
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Review VADO 3.0 ST - 2021