The new turbo Vado 2017

JayVee

Well-Known Member
Overall, I think Specialized did a good by addressing most of the complaints people had about the old Turbo:

- The rack comes as a standard part. No retrofitting necessary.
- The fenders look like they might actually help keep water off you, unlike the kit sold for the original Turbo.
- The battery starts at a capacity that's reasonable for a speed pedelec.
- The price is a little more in line with competing e-bikes.
- There is no drive differentiation for S-Pedelec models. You get one drive type and choose whether you want shocks or not (Vado 5.0 vs 6.0). The Turbo S vs Turbo X choice was a little frustrating for some people.
- The weight has been dialled down, particularly on the Vado 5.0.
- The chain allows for variable tensioning via the derailleur, unlike the previous Turbo.
- The oversized 51c tires are better suited to faster speeds.
- Drive availability probably won't be an issue going forward.

I guess the sexy yellow color is only for California (or the US market). The Turbo Vado 5.0 & 6.0 models are already present on the Swiss and German Specialized portals, but we are proposed a somewhat dull grey. But still a very nice bike.

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jwb

Member
I guess they think it would be more Swiss to have a grey machine and some really garish Freitag panniers.
 

Douglas Ruby

Well-Known Member
Oh, I see your other review for the 5.0 lists it at only 46 lbs. That is surprising! Isn't the only substantial difference from the 5.0 to the 6.0 the fork? The battery capacity, torque, and power are listed as the same.
The 55lb measurement from Court is an actual number, not a mfg spec. While the 5.0 is a little less, the fork does not account for 8-9 lbs. The med frame vs a small accounts for something. Also, various other accoutrement probably factor in.

Given that the battery differences are minimal in weight, I would expect the 2.0 and 5.0 to be the lightest and the 3.0 and 6.0 to be equal.
 

bazzapage

Active Member
Specialized has a tradition of having brightly coloured demo bikes, so that is likely what Court's bright yellow is about. I rather like it.

I think they have done a nice job on the Vado, or 'open' as I read it. Hands-on, I feel that every element of the bike is slightly better than before, and it definitely has a better ride feel. Whether is is better than an equivalent Bosch-powered bike or not? Don't know, comes down to what you can get from a trusted dealer, brand loyalty, how it feels to you, and small factors. It's a bit like other bikes, there really isn't a lot to separate brands at a given price point.

I am just waiting to get the 3.0 bike back from Spesh and return from a business trip so that I can complete my review and photography. Should be done in a week. electricbikesnz.com
 
I'm waiting for the new mission control app for the new Turbo bikes, i can't pair my bike with the old one. . My dealer told me that the app will be out this week. Have You heard anything about this
Bengt, where are you located? Stockholm? Would be great to see your Vado IRL and hear about your experiences.
 

E-Wheels

Well-Known Member
I believe I read somewhere or maybe it was mentioned in a video that the Brose motor forms part of the Vado frame
This would suggest that the motor is actually welded in situ to the seatpost, chain stays and down tube as opposed to a conventional bolt connection
Does anyone know if the case
 
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E-Wheels

Well-Known Member
I've not read of many EBR members who have bought the new Vado
Are they not selling that well or it too early in the game
What the general feeling of this model compared to the previous
Would you buy one
 

jwb

Member
As for sales, my local Specialized dealers haven't had any ever, so either they are selling like hotcakes, or they aren't making any.
 

Douglas Ruby

Well-Known Member
I've not read of many EBR members who have bought the new Vado
Are they not selling that well or it too early in the game
What the general feeling of this model compared to the previous
Would you buy one
The Vado series was just launched on May 18 in the US and were not orderable prior to that. They have been available in Europe before this.

That none of us have these is not surprising.
 

Roadrash3

New Member
I've not read of many EBR members who have bought the new Vado
Are they not selling that well or it too early in the game
What the general feeling of this model compared to the previous
Would you buy one

They are not available and was told on the boat in route to the states. The 5.0 model is supposed to arrive the first few weeks in June and the 6.0 model has a July delivery date. I really want mine now and have it on order, but I am waiting for the 6.0 to arrive