A racy E-Bike was unveiled called the Turbo E-bike from Specialized Europe in late March in Valencia, Spain. This bike is exciting unlike any other E-bike on the market. Like no other electric bike, just the idea of this bike finally might put to rest the common belief that e-bikes have to be poorly designed utilitarian, piles of metal. This is finally an e-bike that if your passionate about cycling you can appreciate. This bike definitely stands apart from the others and will have much more universal appeal among like minded urbanites, who enjoy urban bikes. I would like give out another quick idea on why an electric bike can make better sense than standard urban bikes. If any particular town is going to lessen the high number of autos to people commuting on urban bikes, the E- bikes will have to gain popularity. Because if your work space or job has no shower facility, which are most, then it is difficult to to get to work without sweating. This is a deterrent for a lot of people to ride their urban bikes and commute.
I have had my eye on the e-bike market over the past hand full of years and as I recall, Specialized had messed around with another interesting E-bike concept, but the new Turbo, just launched in Spain, is definitely an e-bike that is aimed at changing the face of the category’s image problem. This is definitely not an E-bike designed for aging riders who don’t want to pedal a bike hard, but for young urban types who want to ride a bike that rides fast, is modern, and screams high technology.
Specialized also listed their complete Turbo specifications at their website, for what sounds like, a really impressive bike. I suspect that we will be seeing a lot more new e-bike designs over the next couple of years, that the Specialized Turbo has spawned.
With fuel prices jumping out of control, it’s no surprise that urban bikes and the electric bikes are growing in popularity. E-bikes may also have an additional lift in popularity because a of the huge bike manufacturer Specialized getting on the electric board.
Specialized has decided to get into the electric bike game with an E-bike that they have introduced and is one of the faster models currently available.
- custom engineered frame to contain battery in down tube
- custom model over sized fork for this bike
- brakes regenerating battery
- wireless throttle tech
- customized dashboard / battery meter/ speedometer
- Factory built in LED lights in front and back wired internally to e-bike battery
- Lightweight at 47.5 lbs for an ebike
Specialized Turbo E-bike is categorized as a pedal assist bike. Which means that it has sensors of your pedaling cadence that relate with the bicycles computer exactly how hard you are applying pressure on the pedals, and adjusts the electric power output to the motor accordingly. The Turbo e-bike doesn’t have a throttle. It works off of a wireless system on the right hand side of your handlebar via two electronic buttons. Which you have option of three different levels of power assist, low medium or high. This no throttle type interface is great because you actually get to feel the motor assist you while your pedaling. This is a very fantastic feature as throttle control on the Turbo E-Bike fun factor is out of this world. It seems by the looks of this bike, Specialized has definitely stepped it up to make this bike sweet.
As is very noticeable in the picture slideshow below, the Specialized Turbo has some amazing attention to detail, and in our opinion a quite lust worthy bike with a custom designed 350wh of lipo(36v 9ah) battery pack which slides cleanly into a slot built to disguise it within the down tube. This E-bike should easily be able to squeeze 25 miles out of its range with moderate pedaling.
The Frame design being constructed from alloy, built with new modern tapered headtube technology, and equipped with a 250W electric hub motor, the bike can make speeds up to 28 miles per hour. It’s built with internal routing cables, oversized alloy thru-axle fork and integrated wireless computer system. One hitch though, the bike is too fast for Great Britain and the U.S. e-bike speed laws so there won’t be available yet. For European urban commuters who want to truck around town on it, they’ll have to hand down 5,499 euro, $7,100 usd.
I can hand out without reservation that this is one new electric bike that I am very glad to see this new category of urban bikes. I firmly believe that bikes like this have the potential to get people riding who have not considered doing so in the past.