Specialized Turbo Como 2.0 Low-Entry 650b Review

Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Low Entry 650b Electric Bike Review
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Low Entry 650b
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Brose Drive T Motor Rx Street Tuned
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Downtube Battery 36 Volt 12 8 Amp Hours
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Swept Back Bars Ergonomic Grips Control Panel
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Removable Bloks Lcd Display Panel
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Rigid Alloy Fork With Fender Bosses
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Body Geometry The Cup Saddle
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Low Entry Frame
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Shimano Alivio 9 Speed
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes Kickstand Plastic Pedals
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Womens Electric Bike
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Step Thru Pink
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 4 Amp Magnetic Charger
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Low Entry 650b Electric Bike Review
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Low Entry 650b
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Brose Drive T Motor Rx Street Tuned
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Downtube Battery 36 Volt 12 8 Amp Hours
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Swept Back Bars Ergonomic Grips Control Panel
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Removable Bloks Lcd Display Panel
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Rigid Alloy Fork With Fender Bosses
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Body Geometry The Cup Saddle
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Low Entry Frame
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Shimano Alivio 9 Speed
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes Kickstand Plastic Pedals
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Womens Electric Bike
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 Step Thru Pink
Specialized Turbo Como 2 0 4 Amp Magnetic Charger


  • A comfortable, stable, quiet, and efficient electric bike made in two frame sizes and colors, well-suited to neighborhood riding and cruising
  • Relatively lightweight at ~48 lbs, in part because it comes without lights or fenders, you pay a bit extra for the name-brand but get access to a vast network of dealers
  • Hydraulic disc brakes provide smooth powerful stops, fatter 2.3" tires improve stability and compliment the ergonomic grips and comfort saddle
  • No suspension fork on this particular model, the pointy kickstand can push into soft terrain and allow the bike to fall over, the on/off button is located on the battery vs. the control pad (which would be easier to reach), no shift detection

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Turbo Como 2.0



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Battery and Motor, Lifetime Frame and Fork


United States, Europe

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

47.6 lbs (21.59 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.61 lbs (2.99 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)

Frame Material:

E5 Aluminum Alloy, Smooth Welds

Frame Sizes:

15 in (38.1 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Large 48 cm Measurements: 19" Seat Tube, 24" Reach, 19" Stand Over Height, 28" Width, 73.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Acid Lava with UV Lilac Accents, Cast Blue with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 15 mm Thru Axle with 5 mm Hex, Sealed Bearings Hub

Frame Rear Details:

Boost 148 mm Hub Spacing, 12 mm Thru-Axle with 5 mm Hex, Sealed Bearings Hub

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9, Shimano Alivio, Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-36T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Alivio Triggers with Two-Way Release on Right


Custom Alloy, 170 mm Length, 40T Chainring with Plastic Guard, 104 mm Bolt Circle Diameter (BCD), Single Xsync Style 10- / 11-Speed


Custom Specialized Fitness, Nylon Platform with Grip Traction


FSA 1-1/ 8" Upper and Lower, Cartridge Bearings


Specialized Flowset, Aluminum Alloy, 20-Degree Rise, 70 mm Length, 31.8 mm Clamp


Specialized Alloy, 30-Degree Backsweep, 26 mm Rise, 680 mm Width

Brake Details:

Tektro HD-T286 and T285 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor, Dual-Piston Calipers, Three-Finger Tektro Levers with Tool-Free Adjustable Reach


Specialized Body Geometry Contour, Ergonomic, Brown


Body Geometry The Cup, 6-Degree Rise, Elastomer Base, Steel Rails, SWAT™ Compatible Mounts, 245 mm Length

Seat Post:

Alloy, 2-Bolt Clamp, 8 mm Offset, Micro-Adjust

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Double-Wall, 28 Hole, Black with Reflective Stickers


Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Nimbus Sport Reflect, 27.5" x 2.3" (58-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

25 to 50 PSI, 1.7 to 3.4 BAR, Blackbelt Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Specialized Roll Accessories Compatible (Fenders, Rear Rack, Front Rack), Transparent Slap Guard Sticker, 40 mm Spaced Standard Rear-Mount Kickstand, Optional Replacement Battery Pack $800


Locking Removable Mid-Frame Battery Pack with ABUS Locking Core, 2.0 lb 42 Volt 4 Amp Charger with Rosenberger Plug (Magnetic EnergyBus Standard), Optional 1.3 lb Portable 1.6 Amp Travel Charger, IP67 Water and Dust Protection Rating on Battery Pack, Battery Stops with 4% at Top and Bottom to Avoid Straining Cells, Internal Cable Routing, Shimano E6070 Chain

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Brose, Rx Street Tuned, Custom for Specialized

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

530 watts

Motor Torque:

90 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung, LG

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

12.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

460 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours (7 Hours with Optional Travel Charger)

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

BLOKS Removable Adjustable Angle 2.2" Backlit TFT LCD with 5 Volt Micro-USB Female Plug on Bottom Edge, 5 LED Charge Indicator and Power Button on Battery


Assist Level (3 Bars), Light Icon, Clock, Speed (mph / kph), Battery Level (5 Bars), Trip Distance, Odometer, Timer

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad near Left Grip (Set, +, -, Light), Hold + for Walk Mode, Long-Press Set for Settings Menu, Mission Control App (Bluetooth, iOS and Android)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures: Speed, Cadence, Torque, One: 20%, Two: 50%, Three: 100%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph) (15.5 MPH in Europe)

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Written Review

Specialized has been steadily growing their selection of electric bikes since 2012, and the Como is their latest offering. I was told that this model was named after Lake Como in Italy, and to me that’s a fitting name because this region is known for being prestigious and beautiful. The Como electric bikes tend to be more expensive, but are beautiful, quiet, powerful, and feature-rich. The 2.0 is their entry-level offering and doesn’t include a high-capacity battery, integrated light or 10-speed drivetrain like the 3.0 or a high-capacity battery, suspension fork, fenders, rear rack and 11-speed drivetrain like the 5.0 model. Whether you get the 2.0, 3.0, or 5.0 there is some choice about frame size and style. The bikes I tested were both low-entry (also called low-step or step-thru) and one was a Large in Blue and the other was a Small in Pink. It’s a great platform for his and hers riding where partners can stick together more easily and leave concerns about hills and wind behind. Specialized also offers the Turbo Levo (which means I lift in Italian) and Turbo Vado (which means I go in Italian). The Levo is a mountain bike and the Vado is more of a commuter or urban platform while the new Como is a cruiser. Notice how the front fork is raked out, the tires are a bit wider to improve stability and comfort, and the saddle, swept back bars, and ergonomic grips are providing a more upright relaxed body position. What really caught my interest here, beyond aesthetics and accessories, were the stiff thru-axles, sturdy but approachable frame design, and reflective tires and rims. So many step-thru models feel flexy or compromise on quality because they are trying to be inexpensive. What you end up with in some cases, is a rear-heavy bike with rattly parts, a cheap drivetrain and more limited range. Even the entry-model Turbo Como 2.0 has a 9-speed Shimano Alivio derailleur that is three steps up from the base and the same motor hardware as the two higher-specced models. It’s a bike that delivers something that will last and can be found, test-ridden, and serviced at a vast network of dealers around the US.

Driving the bike is a custom-tuned Brose mid-drive motor. It’s very compact, relatively lightweight at 6.61 lbs, and fluid to pedal with. None of the Specialized Turbo models offer throttle mode, they use an array of sensors to measure your rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque and respond near-instantly. Rated from 250 watts to 530 watts, this motor can be zippy and very capable when climbing if you switch gears thoughtfully. The peak torque output is 90 Newton meters which makes it one of the highest I have tested. The motor hardware is called Brose Drive S (which stands for sport) but Specialized has adjusted some of the tuning so that it performs more to their liking and renamed it “Rx Street Tuned”. I found it to be peppy and incredibly responsive when I stopped pedaling. Some e-bikes can have a delay when you start and then stop pedaling because their sensors are more limited or the controller just isn’t as sophisticated. With the Turbo Como series, you’re getting one of the best drive systems and controllers around, made by Brose which is a German automotive company. One of the design features that really sets it apart is the inclusion of a Gates Carbon Belt system that reduces noise and the feeling of vibration that some gear-only systems are known for. You can still hear the motor when operating with the highest level of assist and pedaling quickly, but I admit that it’s one of the most quiet and fluid designs I have tested so far, and not just on the Turbo Como, but on all of the Brose powered models. Of course, when you’re accelerating quickly and dealing with increased frame weight (due to the battery and other e-bike specific systems) stopping is also important. For this, the bike offers hydraulic disc brakes by Tektro with a 180 mm rotor in the front and 160 mm rotor in the rear. They are easier to actuate than mechanical disc brakes and the levers can be adjusted easily for reach, making them somewhat easier to use for people with small hands or those wearing gloves.

The battery pack design offered for all Specialized Turbo Como models looks the same, but with the 2.0 trim level you get a lower capacity from cells that aren’t as energy dense. It offers 36 volts and 12.8 amp hours for a total of 460 watt hours vs. 504 watt hours on the 3.0 and 5.0 models. In my experience, 460 wh is still close to average in terms of capacity and it makes the bike lighter and cheaper. Compared to a hub motor driven electric bike, you tend to get better range regardless of battery capacity because a mid-drive can operate very efficiently as you switch gears. The key is to shift down when climbing and up a bit when riding faster so that the motor doesn’t have to overwork. One trade-off here is that shifting under power (both your leg power and the motor power) can wear the chain, sprockets, and derailleur out more quickly than a hub-motor ebike or a non-electric bike. And, the Brose system doesn’t offer any kind of shift detection to ease-back and protect the drivetrain the way that Bosch and Impulse do. I have found that you can manually ease-off when pedaling and shifting to alert the motor to back off, and this makes it smoother. Just like the motor, the battery pack has been customized by Specialized and is paint-matched to blend in. Rather than seating in from the top, they designed a pack that sort of slides in from the left side of the frame. This allows the top tube to be lower, making the bike easier to mount and stand over. The pack can be charged on or off the frame and uses an ABUS key which comes with a code for use in matching lock accessories (like folding locks, chains, or u-locks to keep your bike safe). It’s a neat touch, one that could help you reduce clutter while protecting the bike. One thing I really like about this new pack design is that they are using the magnetic Rosenberger charging standard and have a little cover that keeps it clean on the side of the bike… with a plastic leash so you won’t misplace the cover! So many other electric bikes that use this charging standard do not have a leash for the cover and people end up setting it down and losing it easily. The motor, battery, and display are all designed to be water resistant regardless, but I like to keep my stuff clean and beautiful looking, so the black cover is worth keeping track of. I should also note that the charging end of the ebike charger is magnetic and can pick up some metal filings if dropped onto garage floors or some sandy environments. Just keep an eye on this, and take good care of the charger because it’s super nice, offering a faster 4-Amp charging speed… though Specialized does also sell a compact 2-Amp charger for travel situations where weight and space are priorities.

The display panel on the Turbo Como is a big win in my eyes because it’s large, allows you to control backlighting, has an integrated Micro-USB charging port (for your phone, which might be running the Specialized Mission Control app) and is removable! It offers plenty of realtime feedback about speed, battery charge level, assist level, and trip stats like distance, and can be operated while holding the left grip and just reaching your thumb over to press the compact control ring. Unfortunately, it appears that you must turn the bike on by pressing a power button on top of the battery pack vs. a button on this control ring… and that requires some reaching or planning. It’s a minor gripe, but made a little worse from the slow startup of the display. I found myself tinkering with it, trying to get it to turn on faster, and was told that you can press the Set button on the top of the control ring to make it go faster possibly. Other secrets include holding the + button for walk mode, and holding the Set button to enter into the menu where you can pair the bike with your Smartphone using Bluetooth for the Mission Control app. This app allows you to further customize power output from the motor in each level of assist or plan rides in a way that the battery will not run out (the bike will automatically provide power based on how far you have yet to travel). It’s one of the cooler apps, but it’s completely unnecessary to just get on and ride. If you do plan to use your phone a lot, for GPS and the app, or simply want to go further, the 3.0 and 5.0 models with that larger battery might be worth considering. I shot this review with Charlie McCormick from ElectriCityBikes.com, a shop in Washington DC, who told me that he had traveled 20 miles with just one bar on the battery infographic (of which there are 5) and he used that experience to estimate a range of 100 total miles per charge. Now, this all comes back to your weight, how much you pedal, the terrain etc. but Brose motors are known for being power sippers.

This review was neat because it was filmed at one of the Ebike Expo events that happen around the United States, allowing people to come and take test rides. I got some feedback from a couple of ladies before filming and then from a couple of gentleman after filming who all enjoyed this bike and loved the way it looked. Big thanks to them and the organizers of the Expo events for providing such a cool opportunity to go ride. You can learn more about ebike events in the EBR Forums here and I welcome your own feedback in the form of comments here. For those who do wish to add some lights, fenders, or a rack aftermarket, I believe the threaded eyelets and bosses on this bike would allow you to do so and Charlie explained that his shop and others would know how to do this and would have some different choices of hardware. We talked about how a suspension seat post might improve back and neck comfort on the 2.0 model (which does not have a suspension fork) and I wanted to point out that this would raise the minimum saddle height and possibly limit the ability for some riders to “flitstone” along, putting their feat down for stability without getting off of the saddle. I found the bike to be comfortable enough on smooth pavement and appreciated how sturdy it felt overall. The weight was well distributed having used similar hardware on other bikes in the past, I feel that this bike would be durable over time. Do keep in mind that the battery could be more expensive to replace because it is custom colored, and that you can take care of it by storing in a cool dry location and avoiding extreme heat and cold.


  • The addition of fender bosses, rear rack bosses, and even two pairs of bottle cage bosses allow this bike to transform from a neighborhood cruiser into a commuter, the position of the bottle cage bosses on the top tube is way up high so it will not get kicked as easily as you step-thru to mount the bike
  • Available in two frame sizes to fit a wider range of body types, the “low-entry” frame is meant to be easy to mount and stand over regardless of size
  • Beautiful matching touch points (saddle and grips) with an emphasis on comfort, ergonomic grips and wider comfort saddle compliment the fatter 2.3″ tires
  • I was told that some shops can help you add integrated lights that will be powered by the main battery pack but regardless, the reflective tires provide increased safety and there are even reflective stickers on the rims!
  • The Brose Drive S motor is known for being quiet and feeling natural, it’s a great fit for neighborhood riding but also provides high torque for climbing, up to 90 Nm vs. 60 Nm on many other mid-drives
  • Sometimes step-thru electric bikes don’t feel as stiff and sturdy because they might have a rear-rack battery or a single downtube but the Como has two tubes and positions the battery in the downtube to improve stability and it felt stiff and stable during my ride tests
  • The battery blends in perfectly with the frame, it’s paint-matched and pops out on the left side vs. upwards so you won’t scratch the finish, the display panel is also removable for protection
  • The price is pretty good and you get a premium drive system and beautiful bike, Specialized has a large network of dealers in the USA and provides a two year comprehensive warranty
  • Electric bicycles tend to weigh more on average but the Como is not bad at ~48 lbs, in part because it doesn’t come with fenders or lights and the battery isn’t super big
  • Stopping is very important when you’re riding a bit faster and dealing with increased bike weight so the hydraulic disc brakes used here were a great choice, the front brake is larger because momentum shifts forward when stopping and you need extra power there, the levers offer adjustable reach for people with smaller hands or those wearing gloves
  • It’s nice to have style choices and Specialized offers two colors which are decidedly his and hers, I know many ladies who might not want to super bright pink used here… but I am sure future model years will expand to different colors and the blue is pretty neutral, notice how the cables and wires are internally routed and the frame looks super smooth and clean
  • The display panel has a Micro-USB port built into the bottom so you can connect your smartphone to charge on the go, and the bike is compatible with the Specialized Mission Control App which allows you to plan rides and track performance or adjust the levels of assist
  • The battery charger for this bike puts out 4 Amps which is about 2x as fast as many other generic electric bike chargers, I like that the plug itself uses magnets and won’t bend or tip the bike if you trip over the cable (it will just pop out easily) and the cover for charging port on the side of the battery has a nice little cover with a leash so it won’t get set down and lost so easily
  • The motor controller measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque super fast (in milliseconds) and I noticed that the chainring spun down almost instantly when I stopped pedaling, this created a sense of control for me that some cheaper mid-drives lack


  • The kickstand has more pointed end that can punch into grass vs. holding the bike up, it looks cool but doesn’t work as well on soft surfaces
  • As comfortable as the swept back bars, padded saddle, ergonomic grips, and larger tires are… the bike cans still feel jarring if the street is not smooth and the tire pressure is super high, heavier riders (or those using a rear rack for cargo) should still keep the pressure high but might consider a 30.9 mm diameter suspension seat post like this to soften up the ride (but keep in mind that it will raise the minimum saddle height by a few inches)
  • Minor complaint here, the chainring does have a plastic guard to keep your pants or dress from touching but I feel that it only covers a limited area and that a more complete chain cover would be ideal for a step-thru like this because the rear portions of the chain are still completely uncovered
  • The on/off button for the bike is built into the top of the battery pack and for me, that requires a bit of extra effort to reach and press vs. a power switch on the control pad up on the handlebar, the display also takes longer to fully boot up than some competitors (you may be able to speed it up by pressing the top button on the control pad)
  • The motor uses a standard sized chainring and has a freewheel so there’s less friction and drag when pedaling than TTIUM or Bosch Performance Line but it does not offer shift detection, if you ease off the pressure of pedaling when shifting the motor will also back off and that will reduce drivetrain wear


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bob armani
5 hours ago

Livermore, CA-My working colleague relocated to that small town up near San Fran just a couple of years ago. He loves it there considering he had lived in the Midwest most of his life. The only complaint I get is dealing with some of those annoying small roadside fires that can back up traffic and cause a little upset until the local FD arrives. He never mentioned anything about it being a redneck town. Never know until you live there...

11 hours ago

Hilarious you call Livermore a redneck town. You should have seen it 30 years ago before the yuppies moved in. Only place where we needed police presence for HS soccer matches...

If you buy a desirable ebike brand (Trek, Specialized etc), you'll be able to resell if you don't like it/need to get rid of it. Alternatively, can buy a lower cost internet ebike for a significantly lower upfront cost but likely have more difficult time reselling. Cargo bike seems an unwieldy solution if you plan to regularly commute. Sounds like you live downtown and commute to the Nat Lab?

1 day ago

Does anyone know if you can tune a Specialized Turbo Como? It's got the Brose motor, Bloks interface and 20mph limit (although it cuts of at 18mph because of a known issue by Specialized). Thanks!

ruben de wulf
2 days ago

Yep... But they are saying that from januari....

2 days ago

@uben did specialized email you and tell your the final version is nearly complete?


2 days ago

I'm looking for advice on selecting the correct chainring for my ebike build.

The base bike will be a Specialized Roll Sport comfort bike. I'm 64 and ride mostly on paved bike trails and secondary streets. Lots of moderate hills around my home. Not a commuter. I also will not be installing the throttle. I want to pedal and want some assistance from the motor, not an electric motorcycle. Battery I'm leaning towards is a dolphin 48v.

Buying a BBS02 kit from Luna and I have a few options regarding the chainring. They are 46/48/52 tooth. Any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated.
I have other questions, but will post those separately.

3 days ago

I thought about the levo. I would want to see take it to the level I'm thinking of where bikes rely less on data and more on just being a bike.

3 days ago

Specialized Turbo Levo. I believe it's what you describe. Go to ~5:25.

There's also this new urban (not mtb) bike:


bob armani
1 week ago

Very good question, especially for brands like Specialized and Trek. I usually see the Treks advertised at MSRP. Not sure if they have as much elbow room to discount as other bike mfgs do...

2 weeks ago

Fortunately, the very last thing I think about when I'm riding the Vado are the issues mentioned in this thread. Riding this bike makes me feel like a kid again with the wind in my face and not a care in the world!

On the other hand, the field is far too competitive to treat consumers the way Specialized has and not expect them to forget. I suspect they felt pressure from Trek to roll this product out asap?? Whatever is behind their decision to offer this line of bikes for sale prematurely, it was bad.

bob armani
2 weeks ago

This sounds so disappointing being Specialized has always been a great brand for bikes and accessories. I test rode a few including the Turbo X & S and I liked both of the models. Looks like it would also be hard to sell it knowing that you may handing it off to someone with a boat load of problems.

My advice: Keep on Specialized and go as far up corporate as you have to and see if someone in the org can have some pull and open an incident request to get this issue rectified. In the interim, never lose hope IMHO. Good Luck! Not sure what happened with this company!?!

Matthew H
2 weeks ago

Hi there

Despite no longer being under guarantee, Specialized very kindly recently sent me a replacement motor for my 2014 Turbo S. The old motor (SBC-M01 0,25kW nominal) had started to run as soon as the wheel turned, regardless of whether one was pedalling or not - not great when this happened whenever I carried the bike up the flight of stairs from the street to my house. However I'm having some problems with the new motor they sent (SBC-M03 0,5kW nominal). The main "problem" is that the motor doesn't seem to stop providing support when I cross the 45 km/h mark. With the old motor I could feel the motor cut out quite clearly when I hit 45 km/h: With the new one there is no noticeable difference when cycling faster than 45km/h (maybe this shouldn't be termed a problem).

I took the bike to my dealer who suggested that perhaps the wheel diameter had been entered incorrectly and that I wasn't actually riding faster than 45 km/h with support - the display was just telling me that I was going faster than I actually was. I was a bit sceptical about this explanation since the wheel/tire size hadn't changed, but I nevertheless asked the dealer to "correct" the wheel diameter.

I picked the bike up a few days ago and I still have the same "problem". I wondered whether any software/firmware updates that my dealer might have made when he installed the new motor might mean that the motor cut-out is no longer so sudden and thus less easy to perceive. This doesn't seem to be the case. I tested this by riding fast and seeing whether there was a difference between continuing to ride in turbo mode (at a speeds between 45 and 50km/h) and riding this fast after having switched to the unsupported mode. There is a BIG difference. So my suspicions seem to be confirmed: my new motor doesn't seem to be cutting out at 45 km/h.

My question: Has anybody else experience such a "problem" and/or does anybody have a plausible explanation for what might be the cause?

Any tips gratefully received,

7 days ago

Just an FYI to anyone considering this or the Como 3.0. I just purchased a 3.0 and ordered a 2.0. At the time of purchase, the bike went to the back to have both the rear rack and pizza rack that I purchased attached to the bike. After some time, the sales guy came out and informed me the Specialized pizza (porter) rack does not work on this bike. The Specialized pizza rack requires a female threaded nut in the frame head tube...there is none on this bike...this bike only has the bosses on the lower part of the front fork. As for the rear rack...the bottom of the seat stay, where you would need to attach the bottom leg of a rear rack, does not have a threaded nut. What's more, the hole that is there is just that...a hole. Just stick a screw through the hole and put a nut on the backside you say....well, the seat stay is concave on the wheel side. I'm estimating the frame around the hole is 1/4' thick...so, If you just put a screw and nut through the hole to attach the rack...you run the risk of shredding the soft, aluminum frame or possibly ripping through it. The solution? A special nut is needed to thread the hole, but it's not available at this time. 3/13/18. The bike shop got this info from their Specialized rep who says they are hoping to have the part by the end of April 2018. I will get it, but can't fathom why Specialized put bosses on the lower front fork and towards the top of the seat stay, and just left the other attachment points off altogether...details necessary to attach a rack to a bike that is begging for a rack (or two). All in all, I love the bike, but it seems Specialized didn't think this through...I would have expected more. Sure, I can wear a backpack, but being a female... I'm not into backpacks.

The Car Crazy Guy
2 weeks ago

Just ordered a Turbo Como 3.0. Can’t wait to get it! Nice review.

3 weeks ago

Thanks for all your great reviews. And thank you for giving us the weight of the bike! I needed that info to know if my bike rack can handle it (it can...1UPUSA rack). Why Specialized doesn't put that on their site, I'll never understand. Again...love your reviews!

L Forbes
1 month ago

Does anyone have ideas for indoor bike racks strong enough for the Vado or Como?

Adolfo Garcia
2 months ago

Seriously bro, "hi Mom" to the old lady

Gary Lee
2 months ago

Thought them 2 were gone rob them e bikes then.

Iain Hendry
4 months ago

The Brose drive system is so quiet!

George Cr
4 months ago

Can I suggest using cat ears to reduce wind noise? It has made my bike rides so much more enjoyable.

Joe Pan
4 months ago

bike was orange not pink

De Cnijf Kris
4 months ago

like the Bell helmets

De Cnijf Kris
4 months ago

I would make a Sirrus ladies electric at 2599,99 euros. the thing is the tyres on the cruiser. very nice ladies bike but just a bit too heavy.SPECIALIZED is well known in Europe and had a good name.

Keith Evans
4 months ago

Cort, I was more interested in the Vado because it is a speedpedalec. Didn't like the high bar one. Talked the guy about switching the neck and handlebars. I like the riding position of the Como. Would you have any recommendations for the handlebars or for a different bike?

4 months ago

Hi Keith, you could get a shorter, more angled up stem and then some swept back bars and comfort saddle to transform the Vado into something similar to the Como. The geometry and high-step cannot be changed but there's a lot you can do with those three hardware components to change how a bike fits. I don't have any specific hardware advice, just look for bars that are 31.8 mm diameter (I think that's what the Vado uses) and shorter more angled stems, I recommend a rigid stem vs. adjustable angle because those can get loose. Depending on where you are, some shops might even have hardware in stock or you can go in and have them order and install to approximate what you show them with the Como. I recorded the hardware stats back at the site here: https://electricbikereview.com/specialized/turbo-como-2-0-low-entry-650b/ the handlebar says "Alloy, 30-Degree Backsweep, 26 mm Rise, 680 mm Width"

Finn Blu
4 months ago

On the move...

4 months ago

Yeah, this is actually an older review that I had been holding for a while because Magnum was out of stock on some of their Peak models. I just visited NYC and LA with plans to hit Seattle next... but just lots of posting in between :)

James Mason
4 months ago

70 k subs I started watching you at 57 k good job

Paintbrush 1962
3 months ago

Good review, nice bike and the 2 guys at the end were great!

4 months ago

Wow! Thanks for your support James, I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to share about a positive technology and make new friends :)

John Caban
4 months ago

When are you going to do a review of the Flash bike on kickstarter? Told the company I won't even consider buying unless you do a review first....Get er done!

Kenny Jonsson
3 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com Thanks for all the great vids! Do you know if I could just skip the display, remove the cable and the mount and just go with that button pad? Looking forward to buying my first ebike, but it has to lack displays and leds.

Bob A
4 months ago

John-The Flash Bike looks incredible! All the bells and whistles. Looks like it will have great potential in the ebike market if they make good on C/S. Hope Court can review to give us some ideas about true functionality. Not sure what kind of hub motor it has or why the battery cannot be removed during the winter months for storage.

John Caban
4 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com that sounds great. I already told them that you're the main review and whatever you say goes. It's going to be in between the flash bike or the Raleigh Redux IE. The best price I could find for the latter bike is 2699 and the flash is 1899 so I'm looking for for them to send you a review bike.

4 months ago

Thanks John! I would like to review it and will keep an ear out for them so we could work something out

4 months ago

I'm glad you put up this review. Have been looking into buying this. Did test the high bar one. And the low step. But it was to small. It's a small town well established bicycle shop. The guy will have to assemble the next line up for me to test.
Too cold in R.I. for bicycling.

4 months ago

Cool, it's nice that you have a local shop to work with, let us know how you like it when they get the proper size for you :)

Fred Horner
4 months ago

Did you find out why the police were loaded up with bikes and running their lights and sirens en masse?

Sam Binder
4 months ago

it's called philly style. probably no other reason than to get the bike cops to their dropoff. There was a time when philadelphia cops were brutal (when Frank Rizzo was mayor), now they have been given tons of sessions in public relations and are quite courteous. If you haven't noticed, it's rare than you hear of police shootings of citizens in philadelphia. For the uninitiated, it is startling how easily citizens blow through yellow and red lights here, even in front of police without being given a ticket. Usually, they don't want to get involved with all the paperwork and possible court hearings.

4 months ago

No, I still don't know but it could have been for a big march that was happening, there was some political protest movement going on nearby

4 months ago

Cool frame

4 months ago

I agree, it's one of the nicer looking integrations I have seen, the battery might cost more to replace since it has a colored shell, but it does look beautiful :)

James Selene
4 months ago

Video title says $3.7k, Description says $2600

4 months ago

Thanks, I see that now... so confusing because last night it showed $3,689. I have updated it to match the $2,600 :)

4 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com the two prices on the specialized website are 2.6 and 3.1

4 months ago

Thank you James! I just updated it, for some reason I was told that the bike costs $2,600 but when I was fact checking and writing the review I found that it's actually $3,689 so I'm sorry for the confusion

David Macdonald
4 months ago

Nice bike , and good to get some feedback from the public.

4 months ago

Yeah, I always enjoy that! Fun to hear some perspective from different age groups, guys and girls, etc. and even the people already out riding bikes who didn't even know about the expo! Very cool :D