Specialized Turbo Vado SL ST announced

rochrunner

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For once it pays for me not to jump the gun on buying something. This looks like what I'd really be looking for, as getting on and off a non-step-thru is getting harder and harder for me to do as I age. One thing I noticed is that they have a 4.0, 4.0EQ, and 5.0EQ listed, but not a non-EQ 5.0. Another difference is that the 5.0 now has a 46-tooth chainring instead of the 44-tooth on the regular SL (assuming the specs are all up to date).

Here's a link to the 4.0 EQ
 

FlatSix911

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USA
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Silicon Valley
Specialized just announced a step through version of the Vado SL. Same specs, same prices as the original model. No new electronics.
Como SL too

Here is a more detailed review of the Turbo Como SL... ;)


The Turbo Como SL 5.0 starts at 45 lb (20.5 kg), which makes it one of the lightest weight full-featured upright city e-bikes.
While specialized’s other SL variants like the Turbo Vado SL weigh several pounds less, upright utility e-bikes are generally heavier by nature.
The Specialized Turbo Como SL is available starting today and comes in three frame sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
The Turbo Como SL 5.0 starts at $4,800, while the Turbo Como SL 4.0 is priced at $4,000.


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rochrunner

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Here is a more detailed review of the Turbo Vado SL... ;)


The Turbo Como SL 5.0 starts at 45 lb (20.5 kg), which makes it one of the lightest weight full-featured upright city e-bikes.
While specialized’s other SL variants like the Turbo Vado SL weigh several pounds less, upright utility e-bikes are generally heavier by nature.
The Specialized Turbo Como SL is available starting today and comes in three frame sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
The Turbo Como SL 5.0 starts at $4,800, while the Turbo Como SL 4.0 is priced at $4,000.
I thought this thread was about the Vado SL ST, not the Como SL.
 

lloose

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That Como SL is very interesting. Internal hub belt driven. Not for me, but I'm seeing a trend, especially with some other brands. Starting price of $4000 is interesting too.
 

BEC111

Active Member
I’m sort of hoping there will be another Vado SL announcement this spring with belt drive and internally geared hub. I won’t buy it because mine is too new, but it would point in the direction I’d like to go for a next bike.

Belt drives and gearboxes intrigue me.
 

rochrunner

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I’m sort of hoping there will be another Vado SL announcement this spring with belt drive and internally geared hub. I won’t buy it because mine is too new, but it would point in the direction I’d like to go for a next bike.

Belt drives and gearboxes intrigue me.
I doubt you'll see that on the Vado since it's more of a "performance" line as opposed to the Como which is more of a "cruiser". Lots of people would probably just as soon have an automatic transmission whereas I like the control and feel of shifting gears.
 

BEC111

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I doubt you'll see that on the Vado since it's more of a "performance" line as opposed to the Como which is more of a "cruiser". Lots of people would probably just as soon have an automatic transmission whereas I like the control and feel of shifting gears.
I like the shifting too. I just don’t like derailleurs that much. To twitchy.
 

onlineaddy

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USA
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San Diego
Turbo Vado SL 5.0 ST:


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onlineaddy

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San Diego
Your right, my bad... I will have to start another thread. ;)
 

PedalUma

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USA
Here is a more detailed review of the Turbo Vado SL... ;)


The Turbo Como SL 5.0 starts at 45 lb (20.5 kg), which makes it one of the lightest weight full-featured upright city e-bikes.
While specialized’s other SL variants like the Turbo Vado SL weigh several pounds less, upright utility e-bikes are generally heavier by nature.
The Specialized Turbo Como SL is available starting today and comes in three frame sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
The Turbo Como SL 5.0 starts at $4,800, while the Turbo Como SL 4.0 is priced at $4,000.


21_ComoSL_2333.jpg
ComoSL_2576.jpg
I like it a lot. Two things, although I like the clean handlebar there is no way to adjust it. And the frame welds look rough for a quality bike.
 

jodi2

Active Member
Great! My wife is waiting quite a while for a light small ebike. I asked several times local dealers about a "Vado SL Woman" and all said never/no/maybe one day, the last time only a week ago. And now they come out with two suitable ebikes for her/small people!