Specialized turbo vado 5.0 2022... turbo mode

mikeonabike

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United Kingdom
I was wondering if any vado riders can help me in discovering if a motor feeling through the pedals or noise of the motor is normal whilst in turbo mode and at around13,14, MPH.
I have recently purchased a new turbo vado 5.0 EU. But I have noticed that in turbo mode I can feel a subtle variety of different feelings coming from the motor. This is hard to explain, but my question is something like: when in turbo mode and not quite reaching optimum restriction speed I can hear and feel a subtle difference in the motor. There is no difference in performance just can feel through the pedals a slight difference in noise and feeling, NOT A CONSISTENT FEELING WITHIN THE MOTOR. I Hope someone can say they understand what I mean as it is a felt thing rather than a performance related thing. Is this normal for the motor to do a few things when in turbo mode or is something amiss? Thanks for any help or advice.
 

Stefan Mikes

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Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
I was wondering if any vado riders can help me in discovering if a motor feeling through the pedals or noise of the motor is normal whilst in turbo mode and at around13,14, MPH.
I have recently purchased a new turbo vado 5.0 EU. But I have noticed that in turbo mode I can feel a subtle variety of different feelings coming from the motor. This is hard to explain, but my question is something like: when in turbo mode and not quite reaching optimum restriction speed I can hear and feel a subtle difference in the motor. There is no difference in performance just can feel through the pedals a slight difference in noise and feeling, NOT A CONSISTENT FEELING WITHIN THE MOTOR. I Hope someone can say they understand what I mean as it is a felt thing rather than a performance related thing. Is this normal for the motor to do a few things when in turbo mode or is something amiss? Thanks for any help or advice.
I had a similar impression while demo riding a 2022 Tero 3.0. The new motors seem to be quite loud at low e-bike speed, to quieten when you are riding faster. The motor noise in the new motors is unpredictable. When you are in Turbo, the motor is putting a lot of power at your disposal and I am not surprised at all you're getting a strange sensation.

Note: Older Specialized motors were almost silent but when you were asking the motor for a lot assistance, the motor was becoming audible. I think you are experiencing a typical behaviour of the new 2.2 motor. Get used to it :)
 

mikeonabike

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United Kingdom
I hope you are right Stefan as I truly couldn't wish for a better bike. Its actually really quiet in eco and sport mode and not to bad even in turbo, but it is more of the difference felt through the pedals whilst in turbo that is of concern. But you are correct I think I need to get used to it. It would surprise me if anything was slipping at this early stage. Thanks for your reply, I appreciate it.
 

Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
I hope you are right Stefan as I truly couldn't wish for a better bike. Its actually really quiet in eco and sport mode and not to bad even in turbo, but it is more of the difference felt through the pedals whilst in turbo that is of concern. But you are correct I think I need to get used to it. It would surprise me if anything was slipping at this early stage. Thanks for your reply, I appreciate it.
Mike: an afterthought:
Vado is taking the way you are pedalling very seriously. With Turbo mode and the 15.5 mph speed restriction, it is very easy to pedal inconsistently. I think your Vado gets confused with your uneven pedalling specifically in Turbo mode!
 

BikeOn

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Hey Mike on a Bike, I have about 3000 miles on my Vado SL 5.0EQ USA 2020 version. In 2021 my goal was 2000 miles; still have 99 miles to go, but think I will make it :). - anyway... although the USA version is different than the EU version, I have also found there is a difference in noise and feel in the 3 levels. I love turbo, who doesn't like going fast??? but it does pedal a bit different... I'd define it as more clunky - and there is more noise.... however it is still a very quiet bike. In Eco - and Sport barely audible. I think that is to be expected. I test rode probably 7 different brands of bikes not counting the different models of each brand. The Creo was the only quieter bike I found. My chain lasted about 2400 miles, and technically still met the spec's but was skipping some so I replaced it. It's a great bike.... hope you enjoy it. If you are still unsure about your turbo mode have another Vado owner ride it, or ride theirs. That will help confirm any issues. Ride on and enjoy!
 

Stefan Mikes

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Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
Vado SL 5.0EQ USA 2020
@BikeOn: @mikeonabike not only owns the European version but it is the full power Vado 5.0 which is a totally different e-bike from your SL. With the amount of power of the 2022 "big" Vado 5.0, using the Turbo mode with the 25 km/h (15.5 mph) EU restriction only makes sense uphill. It is because you hit 15.5 mph too easily in Turbo mode and the speed limiter has to cut the motor off (and then to turn the motor on as you instantly slow down below the speed limit on that relatively heavy e-bike). Note: The only difference between Specialized e-bikes for Europe and the United States nowadays is their speed restriction.

Now, it is strange to explain the difference you found between Creo and Vado SL regarding the motor noise as both e-bikes share exactly the same motor (just an impression of different noise?) I, however, agree the SL motor has different level of noise depending on several factors such as assistance level and pedalling cadence! (The SL motor is not the loudest I was able to hear though).