My first e-bike (Turbo Creo SL Comp Evo)

Nxkharra

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I picked up a sage green Turbo Creo SL Comp Evo yesterday, after a long process. It was a toss up between the Willier1Hy and the Creo...

I've ridden this just inside the village and I'll be riding high soon.
Wow. Beauty. Enjoy be safe. Keep sharing your ride experiences with us.
 

arnoldc

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That's the ride I did today, maximum elevation of 690 meters with a 28% grade part of the segment called "2-kilometers of pain."

This is the fourth time I climbed this route. First with a Giant Toughroad, and I suffered from cramps a lot. Second was with my Eddy Merckx Blockhaus 67, less suffering and really slow. The third time with my Colnago V1-r and I got cramps again upon reaching the top. With the Creo it was a lot of work, but not painful.

The objective today is to test the battery longevity so I started at Eco, I switched to Turbo to conquer the aforementioned segment, switched to Sport for the remaining climbs, then back to Eco. Upon hitting the national road which is around 5% grade, I switched to Sport mode to feel the assistance. It was fun. After the 62 km ride the TCU shows 4 bars and the app says 32% charge left. I thought of riding some more to deplete the charge but the heat is creeping up on me, so I bailed out.

I have a custom Tune at Eco = 25/35, Sport = 50/60, and Turbo = 100/90. My Garmin HRM got busted before the ride so I wasn't able to test the Smart Control.

The reason I got into e-bike is to end the suffering of my ride buddies... waiting for me. :D

ps.

Shifting was awful in that it will not shift up/down, or shift twice, very random. I adjusted the tension barrel but the issue persists. I didn't let this get in the way of the ride, but I got to do major adjustments. I informed the dealer as FYI.
 

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Captain Slow

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Congratulations, I just bought a Creo SL E5. I've enjoyed it so far, but still riding in winter temps here in Canada so hasn't been quite as enjoyable for me yet.
 

arnoldc

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If there's one thing I hate about my Creo SL Comp Evo is the Sunrace cassette. I already questioned its inclusion in a $6,500 bike and my problematic shifting experience on the first ride supports my apprehension.

There are two cogs (I think 5 and 7) that has one teeth each with a bad tolerance that makes the tuning somewhat frustrating. In the end, I was successful. I also found the cable to be slack by about 3 mm, which was easy to adjust.

The photo shows how battered unevenly, the cogs are. This Sunrace cassette has to go, I will replace it with Deore XT 11-42 cassette.
 

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Captain Slow

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I wanted a 2nd set of wheels for the bike and if I get a 2nd set built I'm going to get a SRAM xD on the rear wheel so I can fit a cassette that goes down to 10 teeth. I find the 46-11 combo is not a high enough gear for my liking.

I have a 50-11 combo on my Cervelo and that is fine, but this bike has a motor to help me spin the gear so even on Eco I'm finding I'm spun out on a 46-11. I'd like to get a bigger chainring, but it looks pretty tight in there. I'm not sure you can go any bigger and even if you could maybe a 48, I'm skeptical a 50T would fit in there. So I need to look at the cassette and SRAM has some MTB cassettes that are 10-42. They aren't cheap, but hey the whole bike was pretty pricey.
 

Nxkharra

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If there's one thing I hate about my Creo SL Comp Evo is the Sunrace cassette. I already questioned its inclusion in a $6,500 bike and my problematic shifting experience on the first ride supports my apprehension.

There are two cogs (I think 5 and 7) that has one teeth each with a bad tolerance that makes the tuning somewhat frustrating. In the end, I was successful. I also found the cable to be slack by about 3 mm, which was easy to adjust.

The photo shows how battered unevenly, the cogs are. This Sunrace cassette has to go, I will replace it with Deore XT 11-42 cassette.
@arnoldc didn’t you just buy this nice bike? How many miles have you ridden?
 

arnoldc

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@arnoldc didn’t you just buy this nice bike? How many miles have you ridden?
62 km...
Shouldn't the setup and replacement of the faulty cassette be done by the LBS that sold you the bike @arnoldc?
I thought about it, but I'm sure Specialized will just send another Sunrace. As to the tuning, that area is not a big deal for me as I assemble my own bikes (except a few, built bikes including the Creo SL)
 

arnoldc

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I wanted a 2nd set of wheels for the bike and if I get a 2nd set built I'm going to get a SRAM xD on the rear wheel so I can fit a cassette that goes down to 10 teeth. I find the 46-11 combo is not a high enough gear for my liking.

I have a 50-11 combo on my Cervelo and that is fine, but this bike has a motor to help me spin the gear so even on Eco I'm finding I'm spun out on a 46-11. I'd like to get a bigger chainring, but it looks pretty tight in there. I'm not sure you can go any bigger and even if you could maybe a 48, I'm skeptical a 50T would fit in there. So I need to look at the cassette and SRAM has some MTB cassettes that are 10-42. They aren't cheap, but hey the whole bike was pretty pricey.
We're in the same line of thinking. The front wheelset weighs 1,140 grams, the rear 1,401 grams. That's 2.5 kg for both and I'm sure those are the heaviest wheelset I've owned. :D I'm looking at several options but only if I can cut down the weight by at least 1 kg. By the way, the Pathfinder tires weigh 480 grams each. My Clement LAS on the Niner RLT Steel is lighter at 290 grams.

I'd like to do an 11-46T as it will give me 1:1 ratio, and almost all of my bikes are.

I'm pretty sure a 50T in front is a no go...

Wow. Riding hard. You should on this bike.
I have a Vado 5 with almost 2,000 miles and the cassette is in better shape.
I'll find out tomorrow if the tuning is better when loaded.
 

arnoldc

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The ride today was a test of my GRX tuning last night and I'm very pleased with the results, gone are the problems I had in the previous ride. I will still replace the Sunrace cassette but not immediate anymore.

I love the Futureshock 2. It really makes a difference. The other thing I like with the Evo is how it rides even with motor off.

Here's another shot with the infamous Taal Volcano that spewed ashes last January at a radius of 60 km.
 

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arnoldc

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I have completed a 101 km on a single charge with 20% remaining. The total elevation is 1,800 meters. I run on customized settings and mostly Eco. But today, on 2/3 of the ride I used Sport as I'm tailing a very fast rider and took that as an opportunity to measure battery longevity.

However, the Futureshock cover started squeaking and is very annoying. We have a Specialized tech on the ride and he said put in a little lubrication and is "normal."
 

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arnoldc

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I rode with my friend of mine which proved to be the most challenging for the bike :D

The route took 84+ km and over 1,600 meters elevation gain (highest elevation is about 647 meters). When my ride is done, I still have 27% battery left. I was always tailing my friend who is doing ~35 km/h so I had to pedal hard with a 13.85 kg bike at 32+ km/h. That saved the battery a lot! I spent most of time in Eco and Sport when climbing.

I am pleased with the performance of the motor and battery. In the last photo, we are about 1/4 up and those white buildings are our destination. :D
 

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