this thing seems to be the most awesome! I just realized it also operates on Wi-Fi. Which means I can stash my tiny pocket Wi-Fi router on the bike somewheres and it will be independent of an iPhone.
Guru, very interesting questions.Stefan, I know you have a Vado 5/6 and now the SL.
I initially a year ago test rode the SL (4.0) and was not too impressed. It felt kinda cheap and I had conveyed that in these forums. Compared to a Vado 5 which I ultimately did get, the comparison is similar to driving a luxury Mercedes or BMW and a VW Golf (Polo). Although each has its merits one feels different from the other.
My question is now that I've reached the point where I can comfortably do 20-35 miles a day somewhat effortlessly on the Vado 5, and most times in ECO averaging 45-55% remaining on the battery do you think I'll be challenged or disappointed with a 5.0 SL EQ?
My biggest concern has always been 'range anxiety, and even though I did get a 2nd battery and made a special carrier, I never ever have had to use it.
The extender for the SL is a minimal contribution to the maximum range (my opinion), but again, I defer to your opinion.
I only ask because you seem to favor the SL and if you had to choose which one would you keep and which one would you give up (if you had to).
Because I put the Kinekt suspension seat post and stem it helps tremendously to absorb the miserable roads here in NJ and my past experience with a carbon fork (which is what is on the SL 5.0 EQ) on a Trek Allant 9 left my hands numb.
I think I saw in these forums someone retrofitted the SL with a Kinekt suspension stem and that might make the difference.
Additionally, I had put the Como handlebars which also helped the comfort level.
I was not too impressed with the Baramind handlebars.
Here you are!Just kicking it around and thought your experience might guide me.
Hi Stefan,Despite of lack of any suspension on Vado SL, the e-bike is surprisingly comfortable even on surfaces far from ideal. If I bought an SL, I would probably only did these upgrades:
- Rear-view mirror
Mirrycle. I have replaced stock grips with Ergons. If you want to keep the Specialized ones, use a sharp knife to cut the bar end off.Hi Stefan,
So now that you have your SL, have you installed a mirror? Which one? I am a weekend past my new 5.0 SL EQ Step-through - everything I hoped for! But the stock grips don't open at the bar end. Have you found something that fits?
Thanks, StefanMirrycle. I have replaced stock grips with Ergons. If you want to keep the Specialized ones, use a sharp knife to cut the bar end off.
I have the Mirrcyle on my SL 4 with Ergon grips. I waited two weeks.Thanks, Stefan
My bike is only four days old. Take a knife to it? For circumcision you wait 8 days!!
I bought the Mirrcyle over the weekend - but when I got it home I realized it attached to the bar end rather than the bar. If install it and love it, no issue with the surgical decision. But if not, I guess I find a bar end plug or look for a new grip. The Ergon GP grips look very much like the stock grip that came with my Vado - (see photo) - so worst case, I guess if I don't like the surgical result, or the mirror, I get new grips. : )
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Just thought I'd jump in here and mention I have a Trek Powerfly 5 that weighs 55 lbs. After riding it for the past 4 years I was having trouble mounting because my foot would hit the saddle and the ebike was too heavy and awkward to lay it down, step over and raise it back up . I purchased a dropper post (KS ETEN) that has a lever under the saddle so I can move the saddle up or down and thereby swing my foot over the saddle without any issues. Easy to install and reasonably inexpensive ($100). Of course now I have a 2021 Turbo Vado 4.0 SL I can lean over for mounting. )Mine is size M.
Our group had a 140 km ride today. On that occasion, Jacek let Justyna ride our Trance E+ size M. Justyna is not a short person (she could ride my full Vado without changing the seat height), and she used the dropper post on Trance E+. She normally rides quite a big XC bike with straight top tube. She could not mount Trance E+. I described my technique to her, and she suddenly could ride the e-MTB!