Specialized Turbo Vado/Como User Club

vado4.0

New Member
Hosanna! I was on a ride with a friend, traditional cyclist. To not intimidate him, I reduced the ECO assistance to 30/25, far later to 25/25. We rode 78 km with average speed 18.5 km/h. 38% battery left, meaning the extrapolated range of the 604 Wh battery could be 118 km (74 mi). It was a great progress for me in terms of extending the battery range. Who knows if I wouldn't be a candidate for an SL next year...
let you know if 2021 5.0 sl eq is more reliable than 2020 5.0
 

Stefan Mikes

Well-Known Member
Bought some degreaser, lubricant, bike shampoo and chain cleaning kit at Decathlon...

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:)
 

BarryS

Active Member
I use Kerosene to clean my chain Then some dawn dish soap (DAWN is The BEST BY Far) This is cheap and very effective : My only warning is not to spray Kerosene on The Parts to clean and let it dry : Horrific water Spots : Which come off : But You have to rewash the Bike :
 

vado4.0

New Member
after 100 miles on the 21 vado 5.0 sl eq feels like a real bike, will have to get a range extender and a suspension post too, a little sore, hopefully the shop that i bought the bike will find the service wire so the 21 vado will be a true class 3 bike

after riding on the roads with assist and then being able to ride the bike on the ohio to erie bike trail, don't need really need assist on
bike has a normal racktime rack on the the bike, so was able to use racktime double panniers without getting in the wheels like on the 2020 vado 4.0/5.0
tcd isn't wired in, so no back light
walk button is weird
the "s" button is a nice feature
user forgets that it's a 12 speed
yes you can hear the motor, like in trent's review
having to much fun to give an est real world mileage on a charge
 

Marcela

Well-Known Member
Anybody check their motor mount bolts for tightness? Have a torque value? How easy is it to get to them?

Thanks. Might change the oil while I'm in there.
 

Yogajohn

New Member
The other day is was riding my Vado 5.0 2021 at around 20 mph and I decided it would be fun to ride without my hands on the handlebars. I took my hands off and immediately the front tire began to shake...and got worse and worse until I grabbed the handlebars again. I did it a few times, and the same thing happened.

I’ve never had a bike do that. Any ideas?
 

FlatSix911

Well-Known Member
The other day is was riding my Vado 5.0 2021 at around 20 mph and I decided it would be fun to ride without my hands on the handlebars.

I took my hands off and immediately the front tire began to shake...and got worse and worse until I grabbed the handlebars again. I did it a few times, and the same thing happened.

I’ve never had a bike do that. Any ideas?

Check your wheel balance and headset play.
 

ronr

Member
Finally at home! Not even 1 mile yet. Have to wait until tomorrow morning to ride (already 90 degrees at 9:30). When they delivered it clock was set correctly and latest firmware was downloaded. They gave me a card suggesting 40lbs In the trigger tires. I’m 200lbs so I already put 60lbs in them. Sound reasonable?

It looks great! Arizona?
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vado4.0

New Member
5 weeks without 2020 5.0, so forgive me i forget! lol!

the 21 vado sl +/- can only control the power to the motor

hopefully the update will fix the charging issue, have to manually turn off the bike when charging, doesn't matter if the bike is off, haven't waited to see if the bike turns off by itself

had another brand it did the same thing while charging, liked the electrical system of the bike, bike itself "not good"
 

citivas

Member
Hi. I'm trying to pick between getting a Vado, Como or Vado SL. I've ridden each briefly, but not in ideal conditions, and am really conflicted. I have a longer post about this here:


For this group, I've seen a posts from people who do or did own both the Como and the Vado at some point. I started looking at the Vado because it's closer the style of non-e-bike I have now. But having now tested the Como, I find the saddle and vertical seating orientation much more comfortable. So for those who have ridden both) or comparable bikes, what's the downside of the Como vs. the Vado? I intend to use this for recreational and exercise riding on roads, gravel and basic dirt trails (not downhill, etc.). I don't care about speed as much as stamina. Are there times when the Como seating orientation is less comfortable than the half-lean of the Vado? Are there any other advantages of the Vado over the Como? I know about the suspension fork on the Vado but almost every comment I have read is that it doesn't do much and will likely have the LBS mod with suspension seat posts and handlebar stems anyway.

Thanks.
 

BEC111

Active Member
I found that the handlebars were too low. The seating position too aggressive for me. I had to install a stem extension which resulted in a more upright posture. Since I chose the Vado SL with weight as a top priority being able to change handlebar height addressed the issue.

Having ridden my SL for several months I’m convinced I didn’t need nor do I miss the extra power of the Vado or Como motors. At least for why I was choosing an ebike.
 

Hextall

New Member
Don't forget the rest of your flat repair kit!

(not to you specifically, but your comment reminded me of an item on my to-do list...)

Anybody have a suggested list of tools to be able to change tubes on the road? I'd like to put together a tool kit for common repairs (quick link for chain, etc). Also, can anybody link to what size spare tube?

Tools and tube will live in my pannier.
 

mikecoin56

New Member
I found that the handlebars were too low. The seating position too aggressive for me. I had to install a stem extension which resulted in a more upright posture. Since I chose the Vado SL with weight as a top priority being able to change handlebar height addressed the issue.

Having ridden my SL for several months I’m convinced I didn’t need nor do I miss the extra power of the Vado or Como motors. At least for why I was choosing an ebike.
Which stem extension are you using?
 

BEC111

Active Member
I bought one of the many on amazon. I made believe the brand was real and the one I chose had good ratings. In other words, they’re all the same Or so it seemed.
 

Art Deco

Well-Known Member
Hi. I'm trying to pick between getting a Vado, Como or Vado SL. I've ridden each briefly, but not in ideal conditions, and am really conflicted. I have a longer post about this here:


For this group, I've seen a posts from people who do or did own both the Como and the Vado at some point. I started looking at the Vado because it's closer the style of non-e-bike I have now. But having now tested the Como, I find the saddle and vertical seating orientation much more comfortable. So for those who have ridden both) or comparable bikes, what's the downside of the Como vs. the Vado? I intend to use this for recreational and exercise riding on roads, gravel and basic dirt trails (not downhill, etc.). I don't care about speed as much as stamina. Are there times when the Como seating orientation is less comfortable than the half-lean of the Vado? Are there any other advantages of the Vado over the Como? I know about the suspension fork on the Vado but almost every comment I have read is that it doesn't do much and will likely have the LBS mod with suspension seat posts and handlebar stems anyway.

Thanks.
I didn't even test drive the Vado .. just sat on one and bought the Como instead. Several threads are available, sounds like you have searched a few already... but I will mention that although most comments will be Vado owners, the Como owners seem a bit happier 🤔