Question: Do Vado's Include the Turbo Connect Display (TCD)

Eheller

New Member
Hi folks, I'm just about ready to order a 2020 Turbo Vado 3.0 It's hard to tell from the Specialized website if the TCD Display is included, or if this is a separate item to order. Hard to imagine how you could get an ebike without a display, but it does not seem very clear.

Thanks in advance!
 

PaD

Well-Known Member
Hi folks, I'm just about ready to order a 2020 Turbo Vado 3.0 It's hard to tell from the Specialized website if the TCD Display is included, or if this is a separate item to order. Hard to imagine how you could get an ebike without a display, but it does not seem very clear.

Thanks in advance!
A lot of things are hard to tell from Specialized website. ( e.g. model year)
I suppose you’ve seen that there are two Vado 3.0. The one for $3,104.99 is an older version and it does NOT come with the TCD according to specifications list ( and picture if we could trust that)
The newer $2,700.00 version does not specify any display but the describing text ( press Read more) mentions the TCD.
Ok, it doesn’t expressly say it’s included but I would be very surprised if they sold them without any display.
I’m not selling the bike to you so I I can’t promise anything.
Hopefully you’ll get more answers from US buyers on this site.
 

Stefan Mikes

Well-Known Member
A lot of things are hard to tell from Specialized website. ( e.g. model year)
The model year is here (19 for 2019, 20 for 2020):
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Ok, it doesn’t expressly say it’s included but I would be very surprised if they sold them without any display.
No Vado can ride without a display. It works as the TCU (Turbo Control Unit). Other models such as Levo or Kenevo have the TCU enclosed in the motor and are wireless. The Vado/Como TCD-W is a wired display, and the TCU is inside the display..

@Eheller, just call the Specialized dealer. They are paid for answering such questions.
 

Oberst

Member
The 2020 and 2019 both have displays. The 2020 can use Mission Control app whereas 2019 cannot. The components were downgraded for 2020 to bring the price down (I looked at both side by side when buying my 2019). Either is a good choice, just depends on your priorities.
 

StmbtDave

Active Member
I just put down a deposit on a Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon and the $6,500 bike does not include a display. I negotiated with the dealer to include the TCD.
 

Stefan Mikes

Well-Known Member
I just put down a deposit on a Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon and the $6,500 bike does not include a display. I negotiated with the dealer to include the TCD.
This is because the Turbo Creo SL has its wireless TCU together with the motor. Turbo Levo, Kenevo, Creo don't need a display at all. The wireless TCD display is an optional feature. The user can control the bike and gets the stats via a smartphone.

Turbo Vado and Como use a wired TCU (although the TCD-W works with smartphones too). This is for you @Eheller so you don't draw wrong conclusions :)

The 2020 and 2019 both have displays. The 2020 can use Mission Control app whereas 2019 cannot. The components were downgraded for 2020 to bring the price down (I looked at both side by side when buying my 2019). Either is a good choice, just depends on your priorities.
All Vado and Como always have had a display. The point is, the 2019 and older models have had the obsolete BLOKS display (no smartphone connectivity). The 2020 models should come with the modern TCD-W display and it is why @Eheller asks if they indeed have got the new display.

Regarding the component downgrade, I do agree. If one is concerned with having top-tier components, choosing the top model of Vado is greatly advisable.

Let me give you an example just looking at the brakes:
2017 Vado 5.0: TRP Zurich 4-piston, 180x180 mm
2020 Vado 5.0: Shimano Deore XT T8000, 180x180 mm
2020 Vado 6.0 (Europe): TRP Zurich 4-piston, 180x180 mm
2020 Vado 4.0 (Europe): Shimano BR-MT200, 180x160 mm

As you can see, the 2017 Vado 5.0 had the same top-tier brakes as the 2020 Vado 6.0 has got.
 
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PaD

Well-Known Member
@Stefan Mikes
My 2017 Vado 4.0 had the removable Bloks LCD display. I could ride it without the display and change assist modes. May not be the same with your TFT.
The TCD is not removable unless you cut the wiring. Haven’t tried it :D
I know that all Vados come a display but I don’t want to say - Order a 2020 and you’ll get the TCD.
We know that some dealers don’t always have the same ”opinion” as Specialized of what a model year is.
Advice to OP - check with the seller.
 

Eheller

New Member
Following up on my original post - I called the LBS where I'll be purchasing and confirmed that YES the 2020 Vado 3.0 in the US does include the Turbo Connect Display (TCD). So, all good!

Thanks for the great info guys. I put a down payment on the sucker - so I will keep everyone apprised of my experiences when it arrives next week or so.
 

Nxkharra

Active Member
Following up on my original post - I called the LBS where I'll be purchasing and confirmed that YES the 2020 Vado 3.0 in the US does include the Turbo Connect Display (TCD). So, all good!

Thanks for the great info guys. I put a down payment on the sucker - so I will keep everyone apprised of my experiences when it arrives next week or so.
Ehheler. You will be a happy man. Good luck and many happy rides.