Turbo Vado 4.0 SL parking

steven36830

New Member
Newbe here and looking to make my first ebike purchase. I'm almost committed to buying the turbo vado 4 sl. But I'm concerned that leaving it parked outside in the sun while I'm at work. I live in Alabama, and it gets hot and very sunny. Will it kill the battery to have the bike parked in the sun for 8 hours a day? Or am I overthinking this?
 

BarryS

Active Member
Newbe here and looking to make my first ebike purchase. I'm almost committed to buying the turbo vado 4 sl. But I'm concerned that leaving it parked outside in the sun while I'm at work. I live in Alabama, and it gets hot and very sunny. Will it kill the battery to have the bike parked in the sun for 8 hours a day? Or am I overthinking this?
Yeah Heat especially extreme is the worst on Batteries : My In laws New Buick LeSabre needs a New battery every 2 years Because they live in Southern Florida : They are from Michigan So when teh battery puked after just 2 years : That is the answer teh dealership gave them. They were told if they went back to Michigan the Car might rust faster but Battery would last 3 times longer : Leaving a battery Bike out in direct sun wouldn't be the best
 

Deacon Blues

Well-Known Member
Maybe you should consider an ebike that has a battery that can be taken off the bike and brought in to where you work.
An example would be the BMC Alpenchallenge AMP
 

BarryS

Active Member
Newbe here and looking to make my first ebike purchase. I'm almost committed to buying the turbo vado 4 sl. But I'm concerned that leaving it parked outside in the sun while I'm at work. I live in Alabama, and it gets hot and very sunny. Will it kill the battery to have the bike parked in the sun for 8 hours a day? Or am I overthinking this?
Are you a Big Guy ?? I am 6'0-6'1" I found teh Vado SL in a large Smallish feeling : I will say the torque is comparable IMO to the eco Boast on regular vado.
 

SoCalDave

Member
Yeah Heat especially extreme is the worst on Batteries : My In laws New Buick LeSabre needs a New battery every 2 years Because they live in Southern Florida : They are from Michigan So when teh battery puked after just 2 years : That is the answer teh dealership gave them. They were told if they went back to Michigan the Car might rust faster but Battery would last 3 times longer : Leaving a battery Bike out in direct sun wouldn't be the best

Different areas of the country stock and sell different lead-acid car batteries, optimized for the local climate.
 

Name

New Member
I have the same question, but about winter parking :)

I’m going to leave my turbo vado sl 5 outside at about 0°C to –15°C for 8-9 hours every day. Will it affect the battery in any way?
 

Dallant

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Or you might go with the Allant+7 with the easily removable and carried battery?
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Stefan Mikes

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Or you might go with the Allant+7 with the easily removable and carried battery?
@Dallant, friend, you simply have not grabbed the entire story :) @Name had ordered the Vado SL because he wanted a lightweight e-bike. It was his own choice; the SL e-bikes have a non-removable battery. How he handles it in rough Moscow conditions is his own decision.

If Name wanted a heavier e-bike, I would have recommended a regular Vado to him. Why Allant and Allant?! Try to pedal your Allant past the speed limiter and report your experience. (Specialized Turbo SL e-bikes have been made to ride past the speed limiter easily, just on pedals).

P.S. Europe uses 25 km/h limiters. Important point. It is not the U.S. where you can get assistance up to 20 mph.
 

Dallant

Well-Known Member
@Dallant, friend, you simply have not grabbed the entire story :) @Name had ordered the Vado SL because he wanted a lightweight e-bike. It was his own choice; the SL e-bikes have a non-removable battery. How he handles it in rough Moscow conditions is his own decision.

If Name wanted a heavier e-bike, I would have recommended a regular Vado to him. Why Allant and Allant?! Try to pedal your Allant past the speed limiter and report your experience. (Specialized Turbo SL e-bikes have been made to ride past the speed limiter easily, just on pedals).

P.S. Europe uses 25 km/h limiters. Important point. It is not the U.S. where you can get assistance up to 20 mph.
I saw the “almost committed” part and didn’t note the date.👍
 

BarryS

Active Member
I've been able to ride an SL recently on a 15 mile trip. The bike is just as fun & top end fast as My Vado 4 . Just not as Torque friendly . Butttttt Way Way Way rougher ride . Especially at speeds from 20 to 28 mph. It's so light that you feel all the roads effects on the body. IMO especially if you are older . In the Long Run You'd be happier with a Regular Vado.

IMO at higher Speeds For stability alone The Vado is more User friendly at any age .

I'd been debating whether I should have gotten the Vado SL > That 15 miler made me really glad I'd chose the Vado 4 . Especially after installing the UPGRADED the 48 T chain Ring . TO THOSE DEBATING WHETHER The Larger chain Ring is Worth it > It is AND A PIECE of CAKE to S\witch : :)
 

steven36830

New Member
Thanks for all of the replies. I decided to go with the Vado 4.0. The removable battery and higher torque motor were deciding factors.

The bike is primarily used as a commuter so I'll be hauling books, computer, cloths, lunch, etc. With hauling baggage the weight of the bike wasn't the critical factor for me. While I really liked the feel of the SL, the standard Vado was stable, and handled the load with ease. I also agree with BarryS, the SL is a rough ride.

If I was going to go for an SL I'd want to get the 5.0 with the carbon fork and shock. Unfortunately I couldn't afford the extra $1,000!

So I've had the Vado 4.0 for 3 weeks now and love it!