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  1. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado/Como User Club

    Now I can see... You need to go to your locksmith, then! Where in Europe are you from?
  2. Stefan Mikes

    Turbo Vado SL - suspension seat posts

    Thank you for your post. I use Kinekt on full Vado but Redshift looks promising for my future Vado SL. The price of Redshift is currently better, too.
  3. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado/Como User Club

    As I said, it is hard to give any advice, as we cannot see our locks exposed when we, say, swap the battery. P.S. The person who sold you the bike should burn in Hell...
  4. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado/Como User Club

    We normally talk with a Specialized Local Bike Store to get replacement. Also, Vado keys come with a Plus Code Card, so Abus can make replacement keys based on that card. As I understand, your Vado is second-hand and you neither have the keys nor the Plus Code Card? In such case I cannot help...
  5. Stefan Mikes

    Custom Riding Modes for Nyon

    Excellent explanation! You do not interpret the phenomenon correctly. @retiredNH is right. The reason you switch to the higher power mode is to get energy necessary to increase the potential energy of the body (bike + biker + cargo) that is Delta Ep = m * g * Delta h. It is enough to say...
  6. Stefan Mikes

    Bloomberg article: A $4,749 Bike Hints at Inflation Peril Looming for U.S. Economy

    I was shocked enough to find out a carbon-fibre Specialized Diverge gravel bike cost the same as Turbo Vado 5.0. Now, look to performance road bikes with prices well over ten grands. There have always been expensive toys...
  7. Stefan Mikes

    2021 : Our Rides in Words, Photos, Videos & Maps

    A Specialized SL e-bike would have come handy :)
  8. Stefan Mikes

    Avg Battery Range

    We all know the battery range depends on so many factors. I'd like to re-iterate on some facts, followed by several very different examples: For cyclists who ride in a hilly area, the battery range is mostly affected by elevation gain and the total weight of the rider, e-bike and cargo. That's...
  9. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (Demo Ride Impressions)

    I totally agree with you Bec, and find the info on assistance levels very useful. I not only love my full power Speed Vado for the pleasure riding it gives me; it is just a must if I want to group ride with strong cyclists. And a spare battery is necessary, too. I'm afraid to buy an SL because...
  10. Stefan Mikes

    Why are Bosch motors only 250 watts?

    I hope you are following your own words. That you are riding a lot, and it provides you the serenity, reflected in peaceful sharing different views on this Forum. I can do it with 250 W.
  11. Stefan Mikes

    Why are Bosch motors only 250 watts?

    What about you?
  12. Stefan Mikes

    Why are Bosch motors only 250 watts?

    I have only show a quarter of the document... There's nothing to research. Each certified L1e-B comes with its own individual CoC, indicating, among others: VIN, VIN placement codes (where the VIN can be found on the vehicle), a full page of technical specs and it is duly signed and stamped. If...
  13. Stefan Mikes

    Why are Bosch motors only 250 watts?

    I meant: Power means nothing if you cannot use it, and your gear is inadequate. With such steep climb, technical skill is what matters in the first place. Secondly, the video proves the 250 W nominal motors can climb extremely steep hills if used properly. Too much power would mean rear-wheel...
  14. Stefan Mikes

    2021 : Our Rides in Words, Photos, Videos & Maps

    Certain Marta has done it :) "At Marta's" in Secymin Polski is famous as a cyclist-friendly store, opened on Sundays, with special cookie delivery for Thursday through Sunday. Marta's Mascarpone Cheese & Fruit cakes are legendary :) Although there are several other stores nearby, roadies...
  15. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (Demo Ride Impressions)

    The known fact is the internal transmission of Brose/Specialized 1.2 series motors is done by a carbon-fibre belt ;) Someone owning a current Vado/Como 5.0 could tell me whether the 1.3 motor is equally silent (I don't know).
  16. Stefan Mikes

    Why are Bosch motors only 250 watts?

    Would you climb that hill with your Ultra? Or, with a hub-drive motor e-bike? Oh, these people are British! :)
  17. Stefan Mikes

    Why are Bosch motors only 250 watts?

    Could me show a Type Approval for an L1e-B you would use in Belgium? Because Specialized furnish this document with their S-Pedelecs, and this paper was the base for registering my 45 km/h Vado. This document, titled "EU Certificate of Conformity" is naming Type Approval in the heading. It is...
  18. Stefan Mikes

    Is the Vado SL Freehub noisy?

    Yes I can answer your question, Steve. The short answer is: Assistance % is to determine how much the rider's leg power is to be amplified while Max Motor Power % is how much power the motor is actually allowed to deliver. The long answer is: The maximum amplification of your leg power for the...
  19. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (Demo Ride Impressions)

    Jodi! Your compatriot assessed SL 1.1 as 3rd most quiet motor of seven. It is not necessarily subjective ;)
  20. Stefan Mikes

    Specialized Turbo Vado SL: An Incredible E-Bike (Demo Ride Impressions)

    Strange how subjective these aural impressions are... Jodi, please listen to this video: 0-19 s: Terrible noise of downhill tyres on pavement 20-38 s: The tyre noise silenced, you can only hear Giant SyncDrive Pro (Yamaha motor) 39-59 s: Vado with Specialized 1.2s motor (Brose TF). Listen...