Specialized Turbo Creo SL Expert Review

Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Electric Bike Review
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert
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Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Two Bottle Mounts
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ultegra Hoods Front
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Hover Drop Bars With Roubaix S Wrap
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 10 Blue Led Tcu Display 3 Assist Levels
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Tcd Led Display Control Pad On Top Tube
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 48v 6 9 Internal Downtube Battery Pack
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Carbon Fiber Fork Boost Hub Spacing
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Di2 Battery Charging Port Right Bar End
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ultegra R8070 Brake Levers Di2 Paddle Shifters
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Future Shock 2 0 Suspension Headset Stem
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 46 Tooth Narrow Wide Alloy Chainring
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 700x28c Wheels 12mm Qr Thru Axles
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Electric Road Bike
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ice Tech 160mm Disc Brake Rotors
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Roval C38 Carbon Rims Turbo Pro Tires
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ultegra Dual Piston Hydrauic Disc Brake Calipers
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Body Geometry Power Expert Saddle
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Bottom Bracket Plastic Motor Protector
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Six Frame Sizes
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Ebike Charger Shimano Di2 Charger Range Extender Battery
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 160wh Range Extender Bottle Battery
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Stock High Step Cast Battleship Black Raw Carbon
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Stock High Step Black Granite Green Blue Chameleon
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Electric Bike Review
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Sl 1 1 Mid Drive Motor And Charging Port
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Two Bottle Mounts
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ultegra Hoods Front
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Hover Drop Bars With Roubaix S Wrap
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 10 Blue Led Tcu Display 3 Assist Levels
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Tcd Led Display Control Pad On Top Tube
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 48v 6 9 Internal Downtube Battery Pack
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Carbon Fiber Fork Boost Hub Spacing
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Di2 Battery Charging Port Right Bar End
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ultegra R8070 Brake Levers Di2 Paddle Shifters
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Future Shock 2 0 Suspension Headset Stem
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 46 Tooth Narrow Wide Alloy Chainring
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 700x28c Wheels 12mm Qr Thru Axles
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Electric Road Bike
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ice Tech 160mm Disc Brake Rotors
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Roval C38 Carbon Rims Turbo Pro Tires
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Shimano Ultegra Dual Piston Hydrauic Disc Brake Calipers
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Body Geometry Power Expert Saddle
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Bottom Bracket Plastic Motor Protector
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Six Frame Sizes
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Ebike Charger Shimano Di2 Charger Range Extender Battery
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert 160wh Range Extender Bottle Battery
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Stock High Step Cast Battleship Black Raw Carbon
Specialized Turbo Creo Sl Expert Stock High Step Black Granite Green Blue Chameleon

Summary

  • A super-lightweight ~29lb full carbon electric road ebike, Class 3 speed-pedelec performance offers 28mph (45km/h) assisted speeds, proprietary Future Shock 2.0 steer tube suspension adds comfort while minimizing weight and maximizing rolling efficiency. Available in six frame sizes, sold through a vast network of dealers with professional fitting systems, solid two-year comprehensive warranty. The frame offers provisions for two bottle cages, fenders, and a rear rack
  • Boost hub spacing provides sturdier spoke bracing angle, 12mm thru-axles provide stiffness and control at speed, both wheels offer quick release systems for easy transport and ride maintenance. Powerful fast-cooling hydraulic disc brakes utilize 160mm Shimano ICE-Tech rotors that dissipate heat from stainless steel rotors through air-directing aluminum alloy cores and mount arm
  • The lightest and fastest electric road bike I've tested to date, the motor is surprisingly zippy and actually supports 28mph speeds without cutting prematurely, it fades out naturally and does not introduce pedal drag. The internal battery offers modest capacity but weighs under 4lbs and provides impressive range. Additional Range Extender bottle-shaped batteries are easy to use, quiet, and beautiful
  • Range Extender 160wh battery pack costs extra. Y-splitter cable to charge the main battery and Range Extender simultaneously also costs extra. These ebikes are fairly expensive in general. Since the primary battery is not easily removable, you may need to store the bike inside, away from extreme heat or cold, and near a charging port. No charging ports for aftermarket lights or the Mission Control smartphone app, only available in one color

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Specialized

Model:

Turbo Creo SL Expert

Price:

$9,000

Body Position:

Forward, Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Road

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedelec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, Lifetime Frame and Fork

Availability:

Canada, Europe, United States

Model Year:

2020

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

28.8 lbs (13.06 kg)

Battery Weight:

3.96 lbs (1.79 kg)

Motor Weight:

4.29 lbs (1.94 kg)

Frame Material:

Specialized FACT 11r Carbon Fiber

Frame Sizes:

16.33 in (41.47 cm)17.61 in (44.72 cm)18.79 in (47.72 cm)19.78 in (50.24 cm)20.76 in (52.73 cm)21.94 in (55.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 477.5mm Measurements: 18.75" Seat Tube Length, 21" Reach, 28.5" Stand Over, 32" Minimum Saddle Height, 18" Width, 67" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Cast Battleship Blue with Black and Raw Carbon Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Carbon Fiber, Boost 110mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

Boost 148mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Two Bottle Cage Mounts, Rear Rack Mounts, Fender Mounts

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 Shimano Deore XT Di2 Shadow Plus Derailleur with One-Way Clutch, Shimano XT 11-42 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Ultegra Di2 Paddle Shifters on Right (Single Click High and Low)

Cranks:

Praxis, Forged Aluminum Alloy M30, Custom Offset, 165mm to 175mm Length, Aluminum Alloy 46 Tooth Narrow-Wide Chainring, 110 BCD Spider, 181mm Q-Factor

Pedals:

Specialized Dirt

Headset:

Threadless, Cartridge Bearings, Tapered 1-1/ 8" to 1-1/ 2"

Stem:

Specialized Future Shock 2.0 with Smooth Boot Hydraulic Damping (Compression Rebound Dial), 6° Rise, 70mm to 100mm Length, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Specialized Expert Hover Drop Bars, 125mm Drop, 380mm to 440mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano Ultegra R8070 Hydraulic Disc with 160mm Dual-Layer ICE-Tech Rotors, Shimano Ultegra Dual-Piston Calipers, Shimano Ultegra Four-Finger Hooded Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Specialized Roubaix S-Wrap (Suede Finish Paired with EVA Vibration Damping Foam), Shimano Rubber Hoods

Saddle:

Body Geometry Power Expert, Hollow Titanium Rails

Seat Post:

S-Works FACT Carbon, 20mm Offset

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

ROVAL C38, Carbon Fiber, 622x21c, 24 Hole, Deep Dish, Tubeless Ready

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 15 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Specialized Turbo Pro, 700x28c (28x622)

Wheel Sizes:

29 in (73.66cm)

Tire Details:

85 to 95 PSI, 6.0 to 6.5 BAR, GRIPTON Compound, Blackbelt Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Presta Valve (48mm)

Accessories:

Long Rubberized Chain Stay Slap Guard, Optional Range Extender Battery Pack ($450, 46.8 Volts, 3.35 Amp Hours, 160 Watt Hours, 2.3lbs 1.04kg) Range Extender Cable ($45) SLY Charging Split Cable ($65), Replacement Charger ($200), Optional Replacement Battery ($700), Optional TCD LCD Display ($90, Battery Percentage, Pedal Cadence, Speed, Distance, Trip Time, Odometer, Calories, Pedal Watts, Time)

Other:

Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack (Removable with Tools, 3.96lb), 1.9lb 54.6 Volt 3.0 Amp Charger, 181mm Q-Factor, Shimano Ultegra Chain with Missing Link, Maximum Motor RPM Support 120, IP67 Rated Against Water and Dust (Main Battery, Range Extender Battery, SL 1.1 Motor, TCU Display)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Specialized SL 1.1 (MAHLE GmbH German Manufacturer)

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

240 watts

Motor Peak Output:

240 watts

Motor Torque:

35 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Panasonic, LG, or Samsung, 5,000 mAh 2,170 Cells

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

6.9 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

331.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

2.5 hours (7 Hours with Optional Travel Charger)

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

75 miles (121 km)

Display Type:

Turbo Connect Unit (TCU), Rubberized LED Console on Top Tube (Blue and Green LEDs), Buttons: Power, S Button (Hold S for No Assist)

Readouts:

Battery Charge Level (10 Bars Total, 5 Bars for Range Extender Battery), Assist Level (0-3)

Display Accessories:

Shimano Di1 Charging Port on Right Side Bar End, Mission Control App (Bluetooth, iOS and Android, Can Turn Off LEDs), ANT+ Wireless (For Heart Rate Monitors)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque over 1,000 Times per Second, Offers 180% Peak Multiplication Force of Rider Input)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This in-depth review was sponsored by Specialized Bicycle Components. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of Specialized products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below and the Specialized electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • The new Specialized SL (Super Light) 1.1 motor system is very impressive… not only is it compact and lightweight at just 4.3lbs, it actually provides good torque and satisfying power. It can operate above 120 RPM so you can pedal fast in low gears without losing support, and it functions as a Class 3 motor supporting top speeds of 28mph very capably. It fades out smoothly and does not introduce drag if the bike is pedaled in zero mode or above 28mph (45km/h)
  • The main battery can be removed with help from your local shop, so the bike can be ridden non-electric at 24.8lbs. With the main battery removed, you can ship the bicycle on airplanes, and since the Range Extenders are just 160 watt hours, most airlines will let you carry them onto the plane. The bike can then run solely off of a range-extender when you arrive at your destination
  • The Creo SL Expert and Expert EVO both come in six frame sizes, the main differences for the EVO gravel grinder setup are flared handlebars, wider treaded tires, and a seat post dropper… which crates a weight difference of roughly 1.9lbs
  • The Creo SL Expert models feature Shimano Di2 electronic shifting which is quick, precise, and reliable. You won’t get cable stretch as with mechanical shifters, which means less maintenance. It does not offer multi-shift, so there’s more single clicks, but it requires less hand effort

Pros:

  • No compromises here, I love that the frame has provisions for bottle cages on the downtube and seat tube, and that there are mounting points for fenders and a rear rack (though you’ll need a different seat tube binder in 27.2mm with threaded eyelets to make this possible
  • Incredibly stealthy design… this thing genuinely looks like an analog bicycle because the motor casing is so compact and the battery is completely internalized. There are no big LCD displays to distract or cause glare (unless you add the optional TCD LCD for $65), and the LED readouts on the TCU interface can be disabled using the Mission Control app
  • Specialized has designed their electric bikes to utilize Ant+ wireless for heart rate monitors, they also track your pedal cadence and torque for feedback about calories burned… this is genuine exercise equipment with support for athletic training
  • Excellent weight distribution, it’s all kept low and centered on the frame. The bike balanced well when lifting from the center (as I weighed it)
  • Motor activation is fairly smooth and fluid (both powering up and cutting out), it’s a zippy noticeable feeling that beats all of the other lightweight road bike models I’ve tested including 250 watt hub motors and the Fazua mid-drive, it’s similar to a Bosch Gen 4 Speed, just a lot smaller, lighter, and less powerful for steep climbs
  • Shimano Di2 shifting is extremely quick and precise, it’s going to be easier on the drivetrain because it stays true with less cable stretch happening over time. The system only allows single shifts (up or down) so you’re less likely to mash gears and damage the cassette, chain, and derailleur
  • There’s no reduction gearing or drag here, when riding completely unassisted or pedaling beyond the supported 28mph (45km/h) top speed, the bikes feel really smooth and natural vs. having a big “wall” cutout feeling. I tested several models without assist and still enjoyed riding
  • Tight tolerance on the battery pack alignment and mounting systems for the main battery and Range Extender battery, you don’t hear them rattling around at higher speeds, even off-road on the gravel we traversed with the EVO model. Specialized designed a thick rubber band that surrounds the battery to secure it to a Z-Cage bottle holder. It’s a simple and lightweight solution that also blends in nicely
  • Wider Boost hub spacing provides a sturdier spoke bracing angle for strength and stability at high speeds, both thru-axles are thicker 12mm with threaded quick release for easy transport, and mobile fixes
  • Extra-long rubber slap guard protects the carbon frame from chain strikes when riding on bumpy terrain, it’s a clean lightweight design that’s noticeably longer than some competing products, it seems very effective
  • Narrow-wide tooth pattern on the lightweight aluminum alloy chainring reduces drops and provides a tighter connection, so you and the motor achieve maximum power transfer when pedaling
  • The Shimano Deore XT Di2 derailleur is tucked close to the frame and offers a one-way clutch that reduces chain bounce at higher speeds and on off-road gravel sections, click it up and to the left to engage or click it down and to the right to perform drivetrain maintenance or remove the rear wheel more easily
  • I prefer the carbon fiber seat post on the Standard Creo SL Expert models to the dropper post that comes with the EVO. It lowers weight and provides more comfort in my experience, and I might consider the addition of a carbon fiber dropper seatpost from Kinekt or the Specialized Cobble Gobbler product
  • Vast network of dealers makes it easier to see, touch, and get fitted on the bike, excellent two year comprehensive warranty with lifetime frame and wheelset… Specialized is now securely positioned as one of the most innovative and committed ebike makers in North America, I reviewed their first entry way back in 2012 and they’ve only gotten better while pushing the boundaries of speed pedelecs while other companies shied away based on European standards. Thanks for your bravery and commitment Specialized!
  • It’s awesome that Specialized has allowed you to choose which battery is drawn down first (if you’re using the optional Range Extender pack). You can drain them both in tandem, using the Mission Control app, or prioritize the Range Extender which is then removable for independent charging at work etc. Alternatively, if you choose to run off of both packs simultaneously, you won’t be cycling one battery constantly, which wears through its cycles faster
  • Charlie from ElectriCityBikes in Washington, DC told me that in addition to a rear rack and fenders, you an have a dealer wire in lights for this bike. It’s a custom job and I cannot verify it, but that sounds great for people who want a “do everything” platform and don’t want to mess with removable lights

Cons:

  • As lightweight, comfortable, aerodynamic, and cool as the ROVAL carbon fiber wheels are, the deep-dish design can be influenced by crosswinds more easily, which can impact steering or knock the bike over when parked
  • There’s only one color choice for the Expert and Expert EVO models. You’ll have to go down to the Comp Carbon or Comp models for multiple choices
  • Be sure that you purchase a left-entry Specialized Z-Cage bottle holder if you buy the Range Extender battery pack, because the cable comes out of the left side of the battery and the security notch will then be aligned with the front of the battery… we had a right-entry Z-Cage on one of the demo bikes and as a result, the battery didn’t seat quite right
  • The Range Extender battery pack does not come with the cable required to connect to the main frame of the bike when riding, this costs $45 extra. Also, the Y splitter charging cable, that fills the main battery and an optional Range Extender simultaneously, costs $65 extra
  • The Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system does not run of of the main ebike battery, it must be charged separately an uses a smaller proprietary charger (it plugs in to the end of the right dropper bar), the charger is small and easy to misplace, so be extra careful with it
  • Unlike the Turbo Levo models, the Creos do not include a remote button pad with the S, +, -, and Walk Mode… so you have to take your hands off the handlebar to switch modes by interacting with the TCU button pad on the top tube, and I don’t think there’s a walk mode here on this ebike. Hold the S button on the TCU to go to no-assist mode
  • The TCU LED console is pretty decent, but it doesn’t show your current speed, max speed, trip distance, range, or any other interesting stats. So, it’s nice that Specialized has an optional TCD (LCD display) for $90 and a free smartphone app offering more feedback. It would be useful to somehow charge your phone off of the main ebike battery using a USB charging port or wireless charging mount
  • There’s no shift sensing built into the Specialized motor controllers, and this can lead to increased chain and sprocket wear if you don’t back off a bit on your pedaling while shifting… though it wasn’t a big issue for me during the test rides, the lower powered 35 newton meter torque rating of the motor and multi-sensing controller means you shouldn’t cause as much drivetrain damage from poor shifts
  • The primary battery pack is not designed to be removed, you’ll need to remove the motor and bottom bracket with help from your shop. If you attempt this yourself, be very careful with the level of bolt and clamp tightness given the carbon fiber frame elements. In short, the non-removable battery means you can’t charge or store separately from the frame. This could be an inconvenience for commuters who cannot bring their bikes inside and don’t have a charging port near the bike rack. In those situations, buy a Range Extender battery which can be charged independently
  • The charge port on the bike frame is very low, so you have to bend way over, and it’s positioned in the path of the left crank arm which could snag and pop the plug out… ideally it would be located on the drivetrain side of the bike vs. the brake side because the proper way to lean and lay a bike down (that doesn’t have a kickstand) is to do so on the non-drive side
  • No provisions for a kickstand, this is a minor gripe considering the use case of these lightweight performance road style ebikes… at least they included bottle cage bosses, and rack and fender mounts. Consider an aftermarket crank arm kickstand or downtube kickstand from Topeak
  • Minor consideration here, I’ve seen Specialized launch really custom hardware before and then change it up within a year or two, dropping support for replacement parts. Their IP67 rated motor, battery, and display all seem solid, I just hope they stock up on replacement bits so people who make the big purchase can keep their bikes on the road as their technology advances forward… they’re just a lot more custom and less modular than Bosch, for example, which supports their motor and battery designs for 10+ years
  • This ebike does utilize a brand new motor system from an unproven German manufacturer. I was told by a shop owner that he’s been testing the motor for nearly two years (at the time of this review) and really put it through its paces without issue, but it’s still new and somewhat unknown
  • Take extra care when unplugging the range extender cable from the bike, because there’s a twist lock feature that might be engaged and you could crack the plastic if you don’t check for it. I saw several charge cable ends with chips and cracks in the port plug, though it did not seem to affect their ability to function properly
  • Minor consideration here, the older Turbo electric bike products from Specialized used a magnetic Rosenberger plug that would easily disconnect if you tripped over the cable, but the new cables are more plastic friction-stick that could pull the bike over. And, be careful with the pedals and cranks once the bike is plugged in, because the charging port is loated very close to the left crank arm

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  • MSRP: $6,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015

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  • MSRP: $5,900
  • MODEL YEAR: 2013

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Comments (10) YouTube Comments

Harvey Miller
4 weeks ago

I am very curious about the comment that the Shimano GRX brake levers can be fitted on the Creo with the extensions so that the user can apply the brakes from the top of the handlebar. My wife has order the Crea and was told that this adaptation can not be done “due to the hydraulic brakes”. I suspected that the LBS was incorrect but, in searching for the GRX levers I didn’t see any (so far) with those extended levers. Can anyone furnish a link while being absolutely sure that it would be able to be mounted on the Creo?

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Charlie at ElectriCityBikes
4 weeks ago

We have fit the GRX sub brake lever on a Creo handlebar already. Note that these are REALLY grabby and there is no modulator to dial that back. If you are local to us in Washington DC we can do this for you, otherwise you can ask your local dealer to order and install. It will require splicing the brake hose and bleeding the system. Let me know if that works!

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Court
4 weeks ago

Awesome, thanks for the feedback on this Charlie!

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Byron Mucke
3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the review of both Creo models Court. Though expensive, it shows how thorough Specialized is in making sure they are creating a fully integrated bike riding experience. For long commuters (20+ miles one way) this is a dream bike. I did not realize that the Creo went to 28 as opposed to the traditional 20. As a traditional road cyclist, I often exceed the 20 mph limit, but to be able to maintain a steady 25 would make my commute more enjoyable. Hopefully we will get a chance to hear your impressions of how this system compares to the eBikemotion system bikes like the Orbea Gain or Fazua bikes.

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hi Byron! I much prefer it to the Fazua motor. Just got to cover that system on some BULLS models earlier in the year, including the Alpine Hawk EVO here. The SL motor feels more natural, provides more power, goes faster (in this configuration), and produced similar if not less noise. Hope this helps! I’ll keep an eye out for the Orbea Gain ;)

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Byron Mucke
3 weeks ago

Hi Court. I have read that the Q factor on the Creo is wider than other e-road bikes. Did you feel this was the case when you were riding?

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Court
3 weeks ago

Great question, Byron! This is one of the only questions I did not get feedback on when reviewing the bike. I’ll reach out to them and ask about Q-Factor… My ride experience overall was great, and I did not feel that it was noticeably wider than other products… but I wasn’t going back to back and was coming off of eMTB models before this demo event, so it’s hard for me to say.

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hi Bryon, I reached out to Specialized and was told that the Q-Factor for their SL 1.1 motor ebikes is 181mm. I hope this helps! I believe that a standard bicycle Q-Factor is 175mm, so it would appear that this is indeed slightly wider. My own experience with the bike was that it felt pretty comfortable and normal, but I wasn’t using clip-in style shoes and wasn’t riding super far or hard. I hope this helps!

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Byron Mucke
2 weeks ago

Thank you for the research Court. I saw in a Peloton Facebook post that Trek has the Domane+ HP line using the Bosch motor to reach the 28 mph limit. This is now in addition to their Domane+ LT that uses the Fazua system. The HP line is coming in around 36+ lbs.

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