Picking up my 4.0 EQ today. Very excited.
I wonder whether Specialized dealer in another country would sell you an e-bike. If so (and that might be possible as the things stay inside the UE), then – as long as you have received a valid warranty from the German store, registered your Vado SL in the Specialized website, and finally visited your local Specialized dealer for warranty service (paid, after 200 km or 3 months - whichever happens earlier) – any Specialized dealer in your country is obliged to service your ebike and honor warranty claims.Hello from Sweden!
Im just about to make an order for a Specialized Vado SL 4.0.
In Sweden it takes very long time before you get your bike, like in 2022, so im thinking of buying it instead from a bikeshop in Germany.
My questions for you is: If there some problems with the bike, can I go to my local shop here in Sweden to get it fixed? Do you think there will be any service problems?
Does the warranty/guarantee works in a Sweden even if the bike was bought in Germany?
Please contact Ms Katerina Hruškova at email@example.com for PearTune 3.0 for Specialized SL e-bikes. My Vado SL has one installed and it works perfectly.
True. The setup is very easy. It is easy to remove the chip, too.When you look at this video, the installation of Levociraptor gen2, it seems to be a lot easier.
Also when its time for service you can remove it very fast.
Yeah,you probably right that i should wait to derestrict it. Im 51 by the way and my fitness could be way better. Thanks for your answer.
I’ll add that I was 72 when I bought my SL. At the time I was riding my Cannondale Adventure 1 at about 12 mph average for rides maxing out at 20 miles. After those rides I usually needed a nap.True. The setup is very easy. It is easy to remove the chip, too.
The downside is your speed and distance ridden will be reported as 2.5 times lower than they are. That will defeat:
I cannot deny the setup and the device removal are super-easy though. (Other chips such as PearTune are much more complex but are totally transparent to the SL e-bike).
- Mission Control's Smart Control feature. Let us say you want to ask your Vado SL to take you for a 100 km trip and automatically manipulate the assistance so you can return with, say, 20% of battery. I gladly doubt setting 40 km there would give the same outcome (but could be wrong).
- If you opt for a display, the speed and distance will be wrong
- If you would like to use a Garmin Edge bike GPS computer, anything related to your e-bike would be wrong
- Same with a sports watch
- You will practically be limited to BLEvo (which is an excellent app!) on your smartphone.
My questions are:
(My answers would be: a. Bad legs that won't improve b. 14-15 km/h c. FTP 80 W).
- How fit person are you?
- At what cruising speed can you ride a traditional bike?
- Any idea of your leg power (FTP)?
There is a fundamental difference between a full-power Vado and the SL. The former has a tremendous power reserve and a large battery; derestrict it and you make it flying. It is not so with Vado SL. The latter has only 240 W max power (Vado 5.0 sports the peak power of 550 W). To ride at, say, 40 km/h on the flat in windless conditions, you need to input 150 W yourself, and the "big" Vado will add 550 W to it, making the total of 700 W. While your 150 W of leg power will only add 240 W of motor power (390 W total), and you can expect riding at 34 km/h with the battery getting dry at an alarming rate with Vado SL.
The whole idea of SL e-bikes is their fitness quality. In case your legs are good, just accelerate easily to 25 km/h, and then the motor will totally disconnect from the drivetrain: you easily pedal above the speed limit yourself, no assistance. Ride uphill and/or upwind, and the motor will assist you. The only reason I derestricted my Vado SL was to be able to ride faster in emergency situation (escaping a large truck; overtaking a slow cyclist fast; being on time on a short commute when I'm late). With my bad legs, going past the limiter requires at least 50% of assistance. To ride at 32-34 km/h needs 100% Turbo and some effort (in my case). That is hard on the battery.
Do you really need to derestrict? Buy your Vado SL and learn riding it. You might find out you don't need to derestrict it at all!
Really need to derestrict?
- A strong 38 yo female who can cruise a traditional bike at 30 km/h for 130 km. She rode my Vado SL for 133 km with 937 m elevation gain virtually without any assistance. (She used 20% of the battery to counter steep inclines and headwind). The average speed was 22.9 km/h.
- A healthy and fit 54 yo female who can cruise a trad bike at 28 km/h over 40 km. She used 35% assistance and rode derestricted at some segments and restricted on others. Part of the route involved sandy gravel roads. She rode for 118 km with 319 m of elevation gain at 21.6 km/h average speed. Use of the battery was 113% (Range Extender was used).
This indeed! Best of luck!So...
bit of a blow. Happened Tuesday evening.
I had a great 24 mile ride on the Vado SL in the afternoon. 2,500ft of climbing, 54% of battery remaining. Later that evening went to charge the battery/bike.
Usually the bike’s lights come on and the blue indicator lights ramp up to 10 before settling on the percentage of battery remaining.
Nothing happened at all.
The green light on the charger remained green and didn’t change to red.
I unplugged the charger and turned on the bike. Again, nothing happened. dead. Pressed and held the button. Pressed it several times.
Nothing. Dead. Bricked as they say about phones.
Yesterday, Wednesday, I drove it an hour to the bike shop. They’ll do diagnostics and send to Specialized. There is a back log of warranty repairs with Specialized they said, though this was the first completely dead bike the guy had seen. He reckoned a week at least. Damn.
Glad I bought my ebike from a bricks and mortar bike shop with real people to talk to, and with (what seems) a solid warranty with good back up.