Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0 Review

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Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Vented Motor Protector Plastic Chainring Cover
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Custom Mid Frame Battery With Bottle Cage Mount
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Body Geometry Ergonomic Grips Side Mirror
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Custom 600 Lumen Aspheric Lens Headlight
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Suntour Ncx Mcd Suspension Fork 50 Mm
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Flextender Fender Extender
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Thru Axle 15 Mm Rebound Adjust
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Canopy Comp Saddle 30 9 Mm Seat Post
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Elegant Adjustable Length Kickstand
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Minimalist Rack With Pannier Blocker
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Rack Integrated Backlight Lightguide Technology
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Plastic Motor Protector
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Airflow Motor Cover Integrated Horn
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Energy Bus Battery Charging Port With Cover
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Adjustable Seat Height Mid Step Frame Easy To Mount
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Display Mount Angles To Reduce Glare
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Tft Display Panel Micro Usb Port
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Ergonomic Ladies Grips
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Led Headlight
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Tubular Alloy Fenders With Water Dam
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Gray Black Color
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Electrak 2 0 Armadillo Tires
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Nylon Platform Pedals Sandpaper Grip
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Racktime Compatible 22 Kg Rear Rack
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Shimano Deore Xt Shadow Plus 11 Speed
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Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Vented Motor Protector Plastic Chainring Cover
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Custom Mid Frame Battery With Bottle Cage Mount
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Body Geometry Ergonomic Grips Side Mirror
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Custom 600 Lumen Aspheric Lens Headlight
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Suntour Ncx Mcd Suspension Fork 50 Mm
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Flextender Fender Extender
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Thru Axle 15 Mm Rebound Adjust
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Canopy Comp Saddle 30 9 Mm Seat Post
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Elegant Adjustable Length Kickstand
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Minimalist Rack With Pannier Blocker
Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Rack Integrated Backlight Lightguide Technology
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Plastic Motor Protector
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Airflow Motor Cover Integrated Horn
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Energy Bus Battery Charging Port With Cover
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Adjustable Seat Height Mid Step Frame Easy To Mount
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Display Mount Angles To Reduce Glare
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Tft Display Panel Micro Usb Port
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Ergonomic Ladies Grips
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Led Headlight
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Tubular Alloy Fenders With Water Dam
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Gray Black Color
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Electrak 2 0 Armadillo Tires
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Nylon Platform Pedals Sandpaper Grip
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Racktime Compatible 22 Kg Rear Rack
Womens Specialized Turbo Vado 6 0 Shimano Deore Xt Shadow Plus 11 Speed

Summary

  • A high-speed, feature-complete, urban electric bike with unique tubular fenders that have flexible extensions and water routing system to keep your legs, back and face dry, integrated lights and a tight modern rack
  • Available in four sizes including high-step and mid-step frame styles with gender-specific saddle and grips, custom tuned 50 mm suspension fork with lockout, sturdy thru-axles for improved power transfer and handling at high speed
  • Removable TFT touch-screen with integrated Micro-USB for accessory charging, Mission Control smartphone app syncs with display for GPS readouts and battery optimization, powerful 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes
  • High-end Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus derailleur with one-way clutch to reduce chain bounce, narrow wide chainring delivers extra hold, rear light goes bright when either brake lever is pulled, bottle cage bosses on both frame types

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Introduction

Make:

Specialized

Model:

Turbo Vado 6.0

Price:

$4,800

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Year Battery and Motor, Lifetime Frame and Fork

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55.4 lbs (25.12 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.6 lbs (2.99 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)

Frame Material:

E5 Aluminum Alloy, Smooth Welds

Frame Sizes:

15.75 in (40 cm)17.72 in (45 cm)19.69 in (50.01 cm)21.65 in (54.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 45 cm: 17.72" Seat Tube, 32" Stand Over Height, 44.3" Wheelbase

Frame Types:

High-Step, Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Satin Lime with Black Accents, Slate with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour NCX with Multi Circuit Damping (MCD), Compression Lockout Clicker, Preload Adjust, 100 mm / 15 mm Thru Axle, Sealed Bearings Hub

Frame Rear Details:

142 mm / 12 mm Thru-Axle, Sealed Bearings Hub

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11, Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus SGS cage, Shimano SLX M7000 11-42T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Custom Alloy, 48T, Narrow Wide Chainring, 104 mm Bolt Circle Diameter (BCD), Single Xsync Style 10- / 11-Speed

Pedals:

Custom Specialized Fitness, Nylon Platform with Grip Traction

Headset:

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

Stem:

Alloy, 7-Degree Rise, 31.8 mm Clamp, 60 mm (S) / 70 mm (M) / 80 mm (L) / 90 mm (XL)

Handlebar:

Specialized Alloy, 9-Degree Backsweep, 4-Degree Upsweep, 680 mm Width, 31.8 mm Clamp

Brake Details:

Tektro Zurich Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Zurich Levers with Tool-Free Adjustable Reach, Four-Piston Calipers, Integrated Read Switch on Both Levers for Rear Light Bright Mode

Grips:

Specialized Body Geometry XC Contour, Ergonomic, Black

Saddle:

Canopy Comp, Hollow Cr-Mo Rails

Seat Post:

Alloy, 2-Bolt Clamp, 12.5 mm Offset, Anti-Corrosion Hardware

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

6061 Aluminum Alloy, Double-Wall, 40 mm Width, 28 Hole, Reinforcement Eyelets, Reflective Stickers

Spokes:

XDB Stainless Steel, 15 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Electrak 2.0 Armadillo, 28" x 2" (700 x 51c) (51-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 65 PSI, Armadillo Anti-Flat Technology, Gripton Compound

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Custom Specialized Rack with Racktime Snap-it System and Integrated Rear Light (22 kg / 48.5 lb Max Load), Tubular Alloy Fenders (Extra-Long Flextender Multi-Plastic Lower Piece), Integrated Specialized Headlight with Aspheric Lens Technology (12 Volt, Two-LED, 600 Lumen, IP67 Rated, Aluminum Die-Cast Body, Stem Mount), Custom Specialized Side Mirror (Alloy and Glass), Rack-Integrated Specialized Backlight with Lightguide Technology (12 Volt, 8 SMD LED, Clear Window, IP67 Rated, Plastic Injected Housing, Aluminum Rack Attachment Studs, Inner Cable Routing in Left Stud), Plastic Chainring Guard, Transparent Slap Guard Sticker, 40 mm Spaced Standard Rear-Mount Kickstand, Electronic Horn (Mounted Below Bottom Bracket), Optional Replacement Battery Pack $800

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack with ABUS Locking Core, 1.9 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 CN-HG601 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:

16.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

604.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours (7 Hours with Optional Travel Charger)

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

80 miles (129 km)

Display Type:

BLOKS Removable Adjustable Angle 2.2" Backlit TFT Touch-Screen LCD (Buttons: History / Back, Home, Menu) with 5 Volt Micro-USB Female Plug, 5 LED Charge Indicator / Power Button on Battery

Readouts:

Battery Level (5 Bars or Percentage), Assist Level (Off, Eco, Sport, Turbo), Trip Distance, Odometer, Available Range, Ride Time, Clock, Rider / Motor Power, Watts, Cadence, Elevation Profile, Distance Climb, Slope, Map

Display Accessories:

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

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Speed, Cadence and Torque Sensing, Eco: 20%, Sport: 50%, Turbo: 100%)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph) (15.5 MPH in Europe)

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Written Review

Specialized has introduced four new urban electric bikes and the Vado 6.0 is their top-of-the-line offering. Compared with the original Specialized Turbo models, developed in 2010 and dating back to 2012 in the US, the Vado is more balanced and efficient. It relies on a mid-motor from Brose vs. a gearless hub from Go SwissDrive and is being produced in a mid-step as well as traditional diamond high-step frame style. This is excellent news for men and women alike, despite the gender-specific labeling and Body Geometry touch points that Specialized is highlighting. Those with limited flexibility, shorter legs, or the desire to ride with a loaded rear rack, might opt for the mid-step because it doesn’t sacrifice frame stiffness the way many other ebikes do. Both models feature a bottle cage mount on the downtube but the high-step has another pair of bosses on the underside of the top tube which can be used for a folding lock, mini pump or other accessories. And, since Specialized has used an ABUS locking core to secure the Vado battery, you can get a key-matched ABUS folding lock to reduce the number of keys floating around in your life. Note that the demo models we were riding for this media event / review were pre-production and had Specialized Z-Cage bottle holders and SWAT toolkits added, these are not stock.

I was riding a glossy yellow Men’s size Medium and the ladies were spread across black Medium and Small sized Vado 6.0’s. Even though this ebike looks great, I think the triangle downtube isn’t quite as beautiful as the older straight tube… and you miss out on regenerative braking, but benefit from efficient freewheeling action whereas the hub produced cogging slowdown (magnetic drag). Specialized reps stressed this point during the press event, but I think it’s true of most mid-drive systems using high-end motors like Brose, Bosch, or Yamaha that coasting and pedaling is unimpeded. Indeed, I was able to reach 40+ MPH coasting down a steep section of pavement in the hills of Los Altos, California during our demo ride. The bikes really shine on smooth tarmac but I didn’t suffer as much going over cracks and potholes as I have on some of the earlier Turbo models thanks to a 50 mm suspension fork. You could lock this out for increased stiffness and have access to compression and preload adjust. Suspension aside, the fatter 51c (2-inch) wide tires absorb vibration and shock pretty well on their own. It’s interesting to see the Vado 5.0 with a rigid Aluminum Alloy fork because at higher speeds and longer distances, you really start to feel the jitter and that’s a high-speed model as well. One area to consider upgrading on any of the Vado models is the seat post which is rigid aluminum with a 30.9 mm diameter. There are lots of quality suspension seat posts available now in the $150 range, and they go a long way towards reducing neck and back stiffness (at least for me). The cockpit come setup with 25 mm of riser stacks under the stem, which is fairly short so you don’t have to lean far forward. In summary, this is a high-quality, stable, good looking electric bike from a mainstream manufacturer. Other highlights include 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes with tool-free reach adjust on the levers and read switches that signal bright mode for the rear light when pulled. Many electric bicycles come with bells, but the Vado 5.0 and 6.0 come with an electronic horn that’s quite satisfying to honk… for fun or otherwise. I love the 11-speed Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus drivetrain because it shifts quickly and has a one-way clutch (a little grey lever on the side) to keep the chain tight on rough terrain. It also has rigid thru-axles front and rear to increase stiffness and stability at high speed, neither these or the seat tube collar have quick release (to prevent theft or tampering). You get reinforced rims, puncture-resistant tires, integrated LED lights (the headlight was designed by a motorcycle maker and is said to evenly distribute light) and a pair of life-changing fenders. Actually, I feel like they could have named this bike the Specialized Turbo Fender because that’s where the real action is happening! Sure, they custom tuned the suspension fork, dialed in the motor controller, opted for high-end batteries from Samsung / LG and got a battery management system from the people who design for Apple… but those fenders! Made from tubular Aluminum alloy, they are stiff, quiet, and supposedly very effective. Unfortunately, there was no rain available for me to confirm, but this video was pretty convincing. Normal tubular alloy fenders work great but usually stop short in the front because they could get in the way of your toes while pedaling or collide with curbs and other low obstacles. So, Specialized developed a bendable plastic extender called the Flextender (cute). And, with a bit of wind-tunnel testing, they realized that water is often deposited towards the back of fenders and then gradually pushed forward during high-speed rides… only to blow back into your face. Did I mention the Vado 5.0 and 6.0 can hit ~28 mph and are classified as Class 3 speed pedelecs? So yeah, you’ll get to work faster but your face might get very wet if it weren’t for those fenders. This is where another little innovation comes in. Two curved strips of plastic were designed into the upper edge of the front fender to chanel water out of the sides vs. straight up and forward. Apparently, in parts of Europe there are fenders with little brushes that perform a similar role. It’s a proven concept but one that Specialized has dialed in. One final callout I’d like to make is the magnetic charging port cover for the battery pack. Specialized uses the EnergyBus Rosenberger Standard which can be connected to the charger on or off the bike and pops out easily if tripped over. The only downside to this standard (as seen with earlier Turbo models) is that the cover for the port can be set down and left behind… only to be vacuumed up or swallowed by small children. So yay! The cover now stays attached thanks to a little rubber leash.

Driving the Vado models, all of them, is a Brose mid-drive that physically the same as what’s used for the Specialized Levo mountain line of ebikes. I was told that the software has been optimized for each product line and speed class (the slower Vado 2.0 and 3.0 vs. the Class 3 Vado 5.0 and 6.0). You’ll get increased range riding slower on the Class 1 models (up to 20 mph) but the battery packs are lower capacity and don’t reduce weight because the cells aren’t as energy dense. It really comes down to price and desire for speed. Anyway, the confusing thing for me is that the motor systems are rated at 250 watts nominal for the 20 mph bikes and 350 watts nominal for the 28 mph bikes. And to me, this just seems like marketing because I believe they can all reach 90 Nm of torque output (which is more than Bosch or Yamaha) and they peak out above 500 watts. I’m telling you this because there are many other Brose powered electric bikes on the market these days and I think the real difference is not so much in the hardware or watt rating but in how the controllers are setup, how the batteries are integrated into the frame, and possibly how the motor is cooled. And Specialized is a leader in all of those arenas. A plastic skid plate is mounted along the base of the bottom bracket motor area with channels for air to pass through and passively cool the drive system (allowing it to operate more consistently and for longer periods at high-power). That sounds pretty neat but my first thought was “won’t dust or mud get in there?” and that’s where those magical fenders come in again. Note that the electronics on this ebike are all rated against water and dust ingress at IP67 so you can probably hose it down (with low pressure) without risk of damaging the electronics. The final points to share about the motor are that it uses an internal belt system to transfer power from planetary gears to the chainring which makes it feel smooth and operate quietly, and that it relies on rear wheel speed, pedal cadence and pedal torque to activate. Unlike many of the other systems on the market, which use spoke-mounted magnets to measure rear wheel speed, the Vado uses a disc-rotor mounted magnet that is less likely to be bumped out of alignment… or hacked, for those who try to change how motor performance is handled using after market dongles.

Powering the bike is a massive 36 volt 16.8 amp hour battery pack with some of the highest grade of energy-dense Lithium-ion cells available on the market today. Unfortunately, I got to the press event late and was not able to take the pack off to weigh it independently… so the Swiss product manager told me it’s ~6.6 lbs. I’ll be sure to weigh one in the future and update this. Assuming he’s correct, that weight is pretty good for 604.8 watt-hours of capacity. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a handle on the pack and was not able to take it off and really hold it myself. This is one of the most sensitive, expensive parts of the bike. So be careful with it and consider leaving it on-frame to charge. If you live upstairs, you can use walk-assist (hold the plus button on the control pad) to help you push the bike vs. lifting it as I did towards the end of the review. It’s a bit of a trade-off unfortunately, because with walk-assist the pedals can bang on the steps or hit your shins. At 55.4 lbs, this is not the lightest electric bike out there by any means. I did weight it independently and think that the bottle cage and tiny SWAT toolset might have added a half pound or so but this is still slightly more than the Specialized reps said. The Turbo line has always been a little heavy, but that gives the bike a solid stable feel… and the weight is positioned very low and spread naturally across the Vado frame vs. the rear-heavy Turbo X and S models. The largest battery should take you from 30 to 80+ miles depending on how you ride, how much you weigh, how old the pack is and even what temperature it is outside. Store it in a cool, dry place and always avoid high heat. I wasn’t able to test this, but I’d guess a full charge would take 4.6 hours from empty with the stock 4 Amp charger. Specialized sells a smaller, lighter weight 2 Amp charger for travel or if you’ve got limited space in your bags and want to take it along.

Operating the Vado e-bikes is a one-step process that starts with a button near the top end of the battery pack. Once mounted, press this power button for a full second and look for the five green LED lights below the button to flicker on. Then, look up at the TFT display panel and wait… The system isn’t as quick or intuitive to turn on and off as some others, the most intuitive being Bosch, and I found myself a little confused at times, especially when turning it off. I felt like I had held the off button and should see some feedback about the system shutting down but then the display would just stay on. It’s like those automobile lights that stay on for a few minutes even after you’ve shut the car off, locked it, and walked away. I was told by another rep that the display times off on its own after a bit longer, perhaps this is meant to keep the lights active for safety if you’re parking on the street? The fact that the display can be removed from the bike is very handy because it can reduce tampering and weather wear (or vandalism), so maybe I should have just twisted and taken the display to ensure the bike was shut off? I’ve been trained by other ebike brands not to do this until products have been fully shut down so as not to disrupt the system. Anyway, it’s a cute little screen and features touch controls for quick intuitive navigation of settings. Despite being small in size, the readouts are large and clear. Because it’s transflective, the display is easy to see in bright settings but is also backlit for the dark. I mostly like it and feel that the remote button pad (used to navigate the three levels of assist, change readouts and honk the horn) is easy to reach and understand without being distracting or attention grabbing. The display mounts to a special adapter on the stem along with the headlight and can be pivoted up or down to reduce glare if not over-tightened. And of course, there’s the Micro-USB port at the base of the display panel which is perfect for charging your phone or additional portable electronic devices. The Turbo Levo electric mountain bike models did not have USB charging ports and this meant that using the Bluetooth Mission Control app would drain your phone. With the Vado, there’s plenty of space on the handlebar to mount your phone and keep it charged… And you can use the app to plan rides and tell the bike to arrive with a set percentage of battery remaining. Or, you can send GPS data to the TFT display on the bike and leave your phone in your backpack… This is a cool feature because it saves phone battery (since I believe it’s able to receive data from your phone without the phone screen being on). It keeps the dash area of the bike clear and doesn’t require such a fancy ebike system that might require a phone plan of its own to operate and download map data. In short, the display is a big step up from the Levo (which didn’t have a display at all) and prior Specialized Turbo models which used rubberized joystick navigation (that would often wear thin or break) but I wish it turned on and off a bit quicker or more intuitively.

It’s clear that Specialized has put a lot of thought into this new city line of electric bikes. And depending on how you intend to ride, you could swap the tires for some hybrid designs up to 52 mm in width and still manage to use the fenders. The rear rack is sleek and capable with Racktime mounting points compatible with baskets and other branded accessories and the lights are bright and sleek so you don’t have to add your own later, charge them separately, or deal with extra wires. Just like most of the other Specialized e-bikes, the Vado feels clean. The big upgrade for me was in frame balance, climbing power, and operational efficiency if you shift appropriately. Even though it’s not super light, it’s easier to lift and carry. Shifting gears is one area to be careful with, especially if you find yourself climbing a hill from rest Be patient and slow, practice shifting down as you approach stops so that you can accelerate more efficiently and reduce hard shifts. If you do start off in a high gear, gather some momentum then ease back on your pedal force and THEN shift. If you handle the bike carefully like this and learn to shift thoughtfully, the chain, sprockets and drivetrain will last a lot longer between tuneups and not break as often. My Uncle has owned a mid-drive powered electric bike with built in shift sensing and he has gone through several chains and two high-end derailleurs over the course of a couple years. Now, he ride every day and uses the bike off-road… but that’s the big opportunity with a bike like the Vado that could help you commute every day. It’s very capable, blends in, can go far while keeping you dry and safe, and there’s a range of models to fit your body size and budget. Big thanks to Specialized for offering to fly me out to their event (I drove) and putting me up in a super fancy hotel for a night. They provided locks and schwag for members of the press (along with a nice dinner) but I got there too late and missed out on some of the goodies. Dang! Events like this are fun but I’ve been extra detailed and transparent here in the review and am trying to scrutinize the bike so you can decide if it fits your needs. I imagine that for many people, this could be the first ebike they’ve come across, which is ironic considering how perfectly it blends in. I love that Specialized is sold through a wide network of shops around the world, that they offer a solid warranty, and are committed to developing integrated solutions with custom work vs. a bolt-on kit. For those with limited budgets but a love for speed and beauty, check out the older Specialized Turbo ebike models that have been on sale in recent months to make way for the Vado.

Pros:

  • Interactive TFT touch-screen display panel allows you to navigate menus quickly, can sync with the Mission Control smartphone app to display GPS, track routes, and record elevation, you can also engage with it using the handlebar remote to adjust assist level or cycle through standard trip stats like odometer, trip distance, ride time and range estimator
  • The display panel interface has a Micro-USB port offering 5 Volts and 700+ milliamps of power so you can charge a phone and use the Bluetooth Mission Control app from Specialized while riding without draining your battery too much, the app allows you to plan trips and adjust motor performance characteristics at a deeper level
  • Sturdy tubular fenders hug the tires to keep you dry and clean, the front fender is extra-long featuring a multi-plastic (sort of rubberized) Flextender to keep your feet and shins dry, if this portion of the fender is kicked or collides with a curb it bends naturally, Specialized calls their new fenders “drytech” and has tested them in a wind tunnel to simulate how water responds at ~20 mph, the top portion of the front fender features a plastic wall to spread water to the sides vs. out to the front and up into your face… this can happen when air is pushed quickly forward at high speed
  • The fenders and rack were very quiet, even though the Flextender portion vibrated and bounced around a bit, it didn’t produce much noise at all and the custom cargo rack felt sturdy but didn’t add much width or length to the bike, I like how it’s minimalist and integrates the brake light
  • Integrated lights help you see and be seen in dark riding conditions, the headlight is mounted underneath the stem keeping the cockpit clean and points where you steer, the rear light is at the very end of the rack so it won’t get blocked by panniers or trunk bags and it goes extra-bright when either brake lever is pulled
  • In addition to integrated LED lights, there are several reflective stickers on the fenders and rims to increase your visual footprint in dark riding conditions, this is especially important given the optional black / grey color scheme
  • The Brose mid-drive motor is extremely compact and quiet, it has a carbon belt inside that transfers power from the planetary gear, it feels smooth and is very responsive… the base of the bottom bracket has vents to allow air to pass directly across the motor casing and cool it
  • Excellent weight distribution with both the motor and battery mounted low and center,
    the frame is totally custom so the electronics blend in and wires are internally routed, the battery doesn’t stand out thanks to a paint-matched shell
  • I like how the battery tips out towards the left side vs. going up and down because this allows the mid-step frame to have a lower top tube and will reduce frame bumps when mounting and dismounting the battery
  • Available in four frame sizes for improved fit, I was riding the Medium for this review ant it handled very well in a default “upright” position but the stem can be flipped and spacers put on top vs. below if you want a more aggressive aerodynamic body position
  • The Men’s high-step Vado frame has two sets of bottle cage bosses (in the traditional spot on top of the downtube and below the top tube) This is especially useful if you want to mount a folding lock, mini-pump or other accessories without adding panniers or a trunk bag
  • Specialized offers a solid two-year comprehensive warranty with lifetime on the frame and has a vast network of dealers who can provide expert fitting and maintenance
  • The bike frame was designed to feel stable and I was able to pedal down a hill at 40+ mph comfortably, Specialized uses Body Geometry fit data from over a decade of research and includes gender-specific Body Geometry saddle and grips for improved comfort
  • The battery pack and display are removable so you can store them safely and charge them conveniently, I’d suggest removing the battery when carrying the bike or using walk mode to help climb stairs, the locking core is made by Abus and they can match folding locks to the same key for convenience and reduced clutter if you want
  • The charger has a magnetic interface so it won’t knock your bike over as easily if the cord gets tripped over,
    the cover for this plug on the bike is also magnetic and has a little rubber leash so it won’t get lost so easy
  • High-end 11-speed drivetrain makes it easy to start and climb or maintain the ~28 mph top speed, The Shimano Deore XT Shadow+ derailleur keeps the chain tight on bumps to reduce bouncing and slipping with a one-way adjustable clutch (this drivetrain has traditionally been reserved for mountain bikes), the same clutch can make removing the rear wheel easier if locked so the derailleur doesn’t spring back
  • Unlike the Specialized Turbo Levo e-mountain bikes that also use the Brose drive system, for the Vado models the battery actually locks to the frame (the mountain models just have a 15 mm thru-axle holding it in place) and the charging port has been elevated to the top of the pack to stay clear of the cranks vs. the Vado where it’s very low, basically under the bottom bracket
  • The battery mounts from the top left side so putting it on and taking it off is less likely to bang the top tube and has allowed for a lower top tube on the Women’s model
  • The drive system uses freewheels to decouple when pedaling unpowered (or above the top assisted speed) which is likely what other Brose ebikes do as I did not notice a difference… but Specialized was emphasizing this
  • Unlike most other bikes with kickstands, the Vado put a 40 mm mounting bracket on the inside of the left chainstay to make it look sleeker… even the stand looks tight and sleek
  • With great power and speed come great responsibility! and for that you get Tektro Zurich hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors and quad pistons that reduce overheating
  • In addition to having a plastic chainring guard (that keeps your pants or dress clear of the front sprocket and oily chain), the sprocket itself uses a narrow wide tooth pattern that grabs the chain better to reduce drops and noise

Cons:

  • I love that the Vado 6.0 has wider tires and includes a suspension fork (vs. the 5.0 that has a rigid Aluminum fork) but would still consider the use of a 30.9 mm suspension seat post for longer rides on bumpy terrain, consider the BodyFloat Kinekt or Specialized CG-R Carbon Seatpost
  • The rear rack looks sleek (with fewer support arms) but doesn’t support as much weight as most standard racks I see on other ebikes, you get 48.5 lbs (22 kg) vs. 55 lbs (25 kg) capacity
  • You pay a premium for what amounts to a larger battery and higher speed on this model verses the Vado 3.0 which aslo has suspension, fenders, a rear rack and LED lights (though the headlight is brighter here)
  • This doesn’t seem to be an issue for most riders who reduce pedal pressure as they shift gears (because the motor controller measures torque) but you don’t get shift sensing like Bosch and some Impulse motors which could result in more mashing if you’re not careful, I saw this happening a lot on our media ride… people would slow down for stop signs and lights just before hills (or on hills) and then clunk the gears hard shifting down as they started from zero which is bad for the chain, sprockets and derailleur
  • Unfortunately, the tires on the Vado models do not have reflective tape on the sides, this reduces your visual footprint which is a bummer (apparently it’s a requirement in the EU) but at least they put reflective stickers on the rims
  • I don’t think the battery has an integrated handle, so be careful taking it off the bike and carrying it around, it’s sensitive and should be handled with care
  • The bike takes a moment to power on after pressing the on/off button at the top of the battery pack, I feel like you have to press that button for a full second and the display isn’t immediate to light up or turn off… it just feels annoying compared to some others like Bosch

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solalfr
1 week ago

Hello everyone from France, Iwrite for the first time on this forum.

I went today to my dealer to get my brand new Turbo Vado 4.0. The look is really great, but the lack of bluetooth was a showstopper.
I didn't saw your discussion before and was not aware of the information about the specific Vado Mission Control and the activation of bluetooth by a new firmware planned for november.
The vendor himself adviced me to not take the bike before he call Specialized next week to get all information.
I'm not really informed about the seriousness of the Specialized company, but I are you confident about their roadmap ? Do you advice me to take my Vado 4.0 despite the problems encountered by some owners (the shop is still able to send it back to Specialized) ?

Bud in Denver
2 weeks ago

Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 - How to restart or reset? Bike won't turn on or charge

Hello all - I'm new to the forum.

I charged my bike to 100% a couple of weeks ago before going on an international trip. I just returned today. Bike won't turn on. Pressed the power button and nothing happened. I removed the battery and tried again. I also tried charging on and off the bike, but nothing happened. I believe there's a reset procedure I need to do.

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Bummer! Sounds like something for your Specialized shop... probably been there already. Any chance it started for you? I'm certain all Vado 5.0 owners are curious for the outcome... Thanks Bud in Denver

VadoMark
2 weeks ago

Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 - How to restart or reset? Bike won't turn on or charge

Hello all - I'm new to the forum.

I charged my bike to 100% a couple of weeks ago before going on an international trip. I just returned today. Bike won't turn on. Pressed the power button and nothing happened. I removed the battery and tried again. I also tried charging on and off the bike, but nothing happened. I believe there's a reset procedure I need to do.

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?
My LBS has requested I come in for a firmware update for the battery. Not sure what this is intended to address on the battery, but it most certainly would be a starting place for your issue. Good Luck!

Erick L
2 weeks ago

Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 - How to restart or reset? Bike won't turn on or charge

Hello all - I'm new to the forum.

I charged my bike to 100% a couple of weeks ago before going on an international trip. I just returned today. Bike won't turn on. Pressed the power button and nothing happened. I removed the battery and tried again. I also tried charging on and off the bike, but nothing happened. I believe there's a reset procedure I need to do.

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

PhilRW
2 weeks ago

I live in Northern California (Bay Area). After much research and testing, I purchased a Vado 3.0. Two different samples I tested were able to achieve 26 mph powered. I checked with 2 different salesmen who confirmed this was how they were being delivered and that specialized had changed them from the previous max of 20 mph. I purchased the bike and confirmed that is the case. In Turbo mode I can achieve a little over 26 mph before the powers cuts out. So I’m puzzled by the comment that after updating the firmware to US specs, the bike can only do 20 mph.
What worries me is that after reading the comments here I realized my bike is in demo mode, as it starts In turbo mode, lights off, and I have to reset from km/h to mph each time I turn off the battery. Now i’m worried that if I get the firmware reset it will also reset my speed limit to 20 mph.

My wife's bike was similar: starting in kph. A firmware update did not decrease the maximum speed from 26(-ish), but it did remember which speed unit it used (mph). Hers starts in sport mode with the lights on. I wonder if that's a setting somewhere in the firmware?

Specialized, if you're listening, I want to be able to select a 24-hour clock with mph!

Jason Broad
2 weeks ago

I live in Northern California (Bay Area). After much research and testing, I purchased a Vado 3.0. Two different samples I tested were able to achieve 26 mph powered. I checked with 2 different salesmen who confirmed this was how they were being delivered and that specialized had changed them from the previous max of 20 mph. I purchased the bike and confirmed that is the case. In Turbo mode I can achieve a little over 26 mph before the powers cuts out. So I’m puzzled by the comment that after updating the firmware to US specs, the bike can only do 20 mph.
What worries me is that after reading the comments here I realized my bike is in demo mode, as it starts In turbo mode, lights off, and I have to reset from km/h to mph each time I turn off the battery. Now i’m worried that if I get the firmware reset it will also reset my speed limit to 20 mph.

Lawrence lanes
2 weeks ago

Right. Thing is, I was visiting my mom in Austin (I'm not there any longer). I don't plan to buy until this all shakes out- like next spring- if the Vado continues to have poor feedback from owners I'll probably buy the Giant Quick-e+.) All of which is to say... Court? What can you find out?

I live in Northern California (Bay Area). After much research and testing, I purchased a Vado 3.0. Two different samples I tested were able to achieve 26 mph powered. I checked with 2 different salesmen who confirmed this was how they were being delivered and that specialized had changed them from the previous max of 20 mph. I purchased the bike and confirmed that is the case. In Turbo mode I can achieve a little over 26 mph before the powers cuts out. So I’m puzzled by the comment that after updating the firmware to US specs, the bike can only do 20 mph.
What worries me is that after reading the comments here I realized my bike is in demo mode, as it starts In turbo mode, lights off, and I have to reset from km/h to mph each time I turn off the battery. Now i’m worried that if I get the firmware reset it will also reset my speed limit to 20 mph.

Bud in Denver
2 weeks ago

Got my Vado a week and a half ago. so far I am really liking the bike, but having a couple issues.

First one is, every once in a while just after I start pedaling, a metallic pop is coming from the bottom bracket area. doing a search, it sounds like this is a problem that others have had. It sounds like a motor change is what Specialized does to fix it. anyone actually knows what is causing the popping? BTW, my dealer knows about this and has a note into the local rep.

Had a new one happen the other day, when I selected turbo mode (full power) the bike was acting like it was still in sport mode but would start accelerating to full power but very quickly would back off to sport mode, never would reach full power. this happened at the end of a ride and I was thinking it was a high temp protection mode (which I have heard is really a thing that can happen) . I charged the bike up and the next day I did a test ride and Turbo was not working. As I would ride in turbo mode you could feel a surge like it was thinking about going to full power, but would back right down to sport mode. When I got back home, I decided to pull the battery off the bike. I left it off for about 5 minutes, reinstalled the battery and went for a ride. Turbo mode worked perfect. Did I reset the controller by removing the battery? Why would that happen and will I have to do this all the time? this problem has also been reported to my dealer but curious if anyone else has experienced this behavior?

Hi Jim! Got my Vado 5.0 July 13 and have currently over 2700 miles --- not completely trouble-free. I live in Denver and Bike Source on Colorado is my choice for Specialized. I had experienced similar issues to what you detailed and (in a nutshell) for me it was how the battery seats in it's cradle. Mine was cracked and thereby the contacts weren't properly seated. Bet that will fix yours too. Good luck! As for the pop I occasionally get a similar sound and find if I clean/lube chain frequently, my sound is all but eliminated. Additionally, my tech changed out chain at 2k and mentioned that I'll need to swap the chainring soon as it's softer steel than the chain and wears. Again, good luck!!

GVbike
3 weeks ago

>Can you let us know which fork you put in and if you had any issue with the replacement.
I used Manitou minute expert 140mm travel fork Tapered Steer, QR15, 650B, disc - paid around $220 in amazon.

That said, any Tapered steer Disc fork for 27.5 wheel should fit fine.
There were a couple of issues:
1. I wanted full fenders on the front. This is a truly great bike to ride but the front fenders were awfully short (the only negative in an otherwise terrific bike).
I opted for planet bike speed EZ fenders and they fit perfectly).
2. Rather than forking off more money to have a suspension fork with integrated light mounts, I moved the lights to handlebar and secured it with a nice clamp - looks and fits great now.

I didn't end up changing the rear fender because I love the daytime running lights on this bike and rear fender has the necessary wiring for the integrated rear lights. For now, functionality prevails over aesthetics and the rear fender stays.

>I had inquired with Karmic about doing something like that as well as other possible customizations, and was politely told I should go look elsewhere.
I did and I got the same reply as well. I also realized that this bike is nearly perfect and even when you spend extra dollars to bring this bike closer to perfection, you would still end up saving lot more than buying either a stromer st1-x or a turbo vado 6.0.

koben s + tubless conversion of the included wtb horizon tires + suntour suspension seat post + ergo grips + manitou fork + speed EZ fender = bike that is nearly $1000 cheaper than vado 6.0 but rides so much better than a specialized vado.

>Happy to see Hong is welcoming your customization :)
If only Hong adds these options as standard in a price range between $3.5 to $4k, many potential buyers of st1-x , vado and riese & muller charger/delite would be riding a better bike (koben s) for a cheaper cost.

Also, if he offers larger capacity battery options (800kwhr or more) for an additional fee in the future - this would be the perfect e-bike on the market IMO.

Douglas Ruby
3 weeks ago

Hello! Can anyone confirm that the Specialized changes the engine to a new served one after 3 years. My trader in Sweden told me that.
If what your dealer meant is that Specialized will change their design to upgrade to a new motor system every 3 or so years, then there is an element of truth. The original Turbo was released in late 2012 with a 250W hub motor. Upgrades were introduced in 2015 with the 200W base Turbo and the Turbo X and the original Turbo (now Turbo S) was upgraded to 500W. The new Vado series replaced all of these in 2017.

So yes, Specialized seems to have made significant motor changes every 3 or so years. This implies that the obsolesence cycle is about 3 years...

There is no "upgrade your motor" support program from Specialized, however.

eagamer80
3 weeks ago

If your dealer told you that, he probably spoke out of knowledge (or he tried to convince you to buy the bike with false promises). As @bazzapage stated, you won't get more power if your bike is already unlocked beyond the European limitation. 26.5 is not bad though. Why do you need more? if so, you will need a more powerful motor (> 250W), so consider yourself buying a Turbo S or the newer Vado 4.0 bikes.

bazzapage
3 weeks ago

The battery measurement of the Vado is seemingly nowhere as accurate as the previous generation Turbo S/X/FLT which had a lot of brain in the battery.

Jim Hansen
3 weeks ago

Got my Vado a week and a half ago. so far I am really liking the bike, but having a couple issues.

First one is, every once in a while just after I start pedaling, a metallic pop is coming from the bottom bracket area. doing a search, it sounds like this is a problem that others have had. It sounds like a motor change is what Specialized does to fix it. anyone actually knows what is causing the popping? BTW, my dealer knows about this and has a note into the local rep.

Had a new one happen the other day, when I selected turbo mode (full power) the bike was acting like it was still in sport mode but would start accelerating to full power but very quickly would back off to sport mode, never would reach full power. this happened at the end of a ride and I was thinking it was a high temp protection mode (which I have heard is really a thing that can happen) . I charged the bike up and the next day I did a test ride and Turbo was not working. As I would ride in turbo mode you could feel a surge like it was thinking about going to full power, but would back right down to sport mode. When I got back home, I decided to pull the battery off the bike. I left it off for about 5 minutes, reinstalled the battery and went for a ride. Turbo mode worked perfect. Did I reset the controller by removing the battery? Why would that happen and will I have to do this all the time? this problem has also been reported to my dealer but curious if anyone else has experienced this behavior?

Haroon Khan
1 month ago

toss up between specialized turbo Vado 4.0, trek super commuter +8s and trek conduit +. How do they each compare in terms of power, comfort on and off road (light trails only) range and charge time. Also how bright are lights on each and can you plug USB into battery packs? Thanks

MrBritton
1 month ago

No way! I live in Superior! We got my wife's bike at BikeSource down on Colorado Blvd.
Well, we do live in a bike-crazy area...
The "Vado guy" at Louisville Cyclery is Chris. He has a Turbo of some sort and has been working with me.

Ravi Kempaiah
1 month ago

I am a 5'5 male 160 lbs.

A 17" comfort frame ST2 would work well. The bike has massive range and power but it does have occasional electronic glitches. If there is a dealer willing to support you, you will immensely enjoy the bike.

Other options.

41cm BULLS Six50 E2 Street - $3800

45cm Trek Super Commuter - $4999 ( I can imagine the standover height could be an issue here but lots of dealers to test it out)

Specialized Turbo Vado - $4800 (small frame size)

Raleigh Redux IE - $3000 (small frame would work well)

Someone in Atlanta area got one from @Chandlee EBS at Electric Bike Specialists (http://www.electricbikespecialists.com/) and you can read about the experience here.

MrBritton
1 month ago

My Turbo Vado 3.0 is now about 200 miles old, and has a problem which seems to be worsening. Cruising along in high gear, 20-26 mph, there will be a click or clunk that I feel in the cranks, as if a tooth gets jumped or skipped. I'm starting to think it's in the drive unit. My bike store diagnosed it as a tight chain link, and installed a new chain, but the problem persists. Since then, they haven't been able to reproduce it, but it can be infrequent. That said, I counted 20 such incidents in a span of 5 miles on my last ride. I'm thinking I should stop riding it.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
It's bad enough now that I might drop it off at the bike store tomorrow and tell them to let me know when they find the problem, and give them a time limit, after which I want a new bike.
Wish me luck!

smitty
1 month ago

I have a Cirrus BodyFloat on my ST-2 and it definitely helps as far as suspension is concerned. After a bit of trial and error experimenting with tire pressure and taking Ravi's advice, I am finding that running both tires at 30 psi or 32-28, bag/front gives a much less harsh ride than inflating the tires up into the 40psi range. I chose to stay with the carbon fork for both the looks and the weight, but front suspension may be the way to go...I wish that I could ride the Vado 6 to compare. But I am really happy with the Stromer. I recently purchased a Specialized Turbo-Levo HT Comp Fattie to ride in inclement weather and possibly in the snow. I haven't ridden it enough to really compare the mid-drive motor with the direct drive rear wheel motor. My sense of it at this point in that the Stromer motor is much stronger with excellent torque, but again the Fattie is built for off road riding and tops out at 18mph vs the 28 mph on the Stromer...

bazzapage
1 month ago

Had a quick look at the new Turbo Como 2.0 yesterday. Same drive etc as the Vado, but a relaxed 'cruiser' geometry, balloon tyres. Hopefully will get to ride one soon and will report.

Douglas Ruby
1 month ago

I haven't posted in quite some time and thought I'd share some summary experiences. I turned 1700 miles on a ride today. This is 250 miles in late 2015, 1050 miles in 2016, and 400 miles so far in 2017. My riding is all recreational on rolling country roads and the Nashua River Rail Trail in MA and NH.

My Turbo has the original 200W motor of the base model, but has a number of performance upgrades. I am using 700x35C low rolling resistance Michelin tires and the same 11 speed gearing and 691Wh battery as a Turbo S. Top assist speed is 42 kmh (26.2 mph). I also have upgraded brake pads, added fenders/rack, and made a number of ergonomic changes to the seatpost and bars.

All in all, my Turbo has been a great experience and excels at road cruising in the 15-20 mph average speed range. Strengths include:

The full 200W assist helps in climbs though I am sure it is not as effective as a good mid-motor setup like Bosch or Brose. It is best at cruising in the 20-24 mph range.
With full TURBO assist, I can average around 20 mph even though I am 235 lbs, 66 yrs old, and suffered a major heart attack 17 yrs ago. Any average speed above 20 mph is really hard. I am a "100W rider" who averages 13-15 mph on my regular road bike. Using full TURBO allows me to average 250+W watts over longer distance at much higher speeds.
With the larger battery, range is fantastic. I have no issues getting 40 miles at full TURBO assist. Today, I did a 17.2 mile ride at 20 mph and used just 40% of my 691Wh battery. I have ridden 60 miles in a single ride at ECO60/70 with full TURBO on hills.
The various ECO levels (20% - 70%) scale linearly. If I use ECO50, I can go twice the distance as running full TURBO. Running at ECO40 allows me to ride at the same speed as my daughter for distances over 80 miles with no range anxiety at all.
With my Garmin Edge 1000, I can "ride to my heart rate". I can use real time heart rate monitoring, cadence, and varying the assist levels to keep my heart rate in bounds for high levels of aerobic exercise over long periods of time. I try to keep my cadence above 80 rpm (typical 85 rpm average) and below 100 rpm. With my BP meds, my heart rate wants to be between 100-110 bpm. If I find my heart rate going too high, I can hit the TURBO button or raise the ECO level in order to make things a bit easier (assuming I am not already running flat out).

The down side of my Turbo?

Even with a Thudbuster ST and Ergon grips, this is one HARD riding bicycle. My tire choice makes it more so. My 1971 Reynolds 531 racing bike is more comfortable! My next bike will definitely have a suspended fork and a better seatpost.
The handlebar controls of the 1st generation Turbo are just not good. The "Clean Cockpit" design has minimal information, the joystick and backlight fail often, and the unit is hard to see. I have augmented my handlebar displays by using a Garmin Edge 1000. I also have an old Trek bike computer for backup.
Between the disc brake, the torque arm, the weight of the wheel, and having to pull and/or insert the axle, service requiring removal of the rear wheel for any reason at all is a PITA. This is inherent in DD rear hub designs which are heavier and require some form of torque arm to deliver their power. The rear wheel tends to break spokes, too.
Power corrupts. While the full 200W assist is great and allows me to exceed 20mph on the level easily, an average of 20 mph over distance is HARD to maintain. Further, I really have to use all of my gears when climbing. Even at full TURBO setting, it is not unusual to slow down to 7-9mph in low gear (48T-42T). I find myself wishing for a Turbo S (500W) rear wheel fairly frequently.
The "controller and firmware" in the battery design of the bike is not good. While it may offer advantages over the "controller in the hub" design of some DD rear hub bikes (Stromer ST1), battery failures and firmware upgrades have been an issue.

Conclusion: I will probably finish up this season and start to plan on a different bike for the 2018 season. I would consider the Vado 6.0 IF the bugs get worked out and the bluetooth integration with a new Mission Control proves effective. Otherwise I will likely look hard at a Bosch based system, most likely from Haibike (available with good service locally).

Paul HAYWARD
2 months ago

Do you have a touch screen (TFT) display or lcd? My vado 3.0 came with an LCD display. Probably have to get a Vado 4.0 to get into touchscreen. Did your specialized LBS dealer update your bike software prior to delivery? Ask if they did and if not take it to them and watch how they do it. I have read bluetooth update to Display is due in November. Will no doubt require a trip to specialized dealer to install. I hope they fix the part of the program that automatically resets the trip mileage as soon as you power off. My turbo X resets when I reset it or battery is charged.
What is max speed are you assisted to in kph. Is it hard to pedal above that speed?
I have a LCD screen
the assistance seems to tail off at 27 kph - yes it is quite abit harder to pedal
but if you think about it, you go over 27 on flat or downhill so pedaling on a non assisted bike is not so hard anyway :-)
thanks for the other infos !

Bengt A
2 months ago

Do you have a touch screen (TFT) display or lcd? My vado 3.0 came with an LCD display. Probably have to get a Vado 4.0 to get into touchscreen. Did your specialized LBS dealer update your bike software prior to delivery? Ask if they did and if not take it to them and watch how they do it. I have read bluetooth update to Display is due in November. Will no doubt require a trip to specialized dealer to install. I hope they fix the part of the program that automatically resets the trip mileage as soon as you power off. My turbo X resets when I reset it or battery is charged.
What is max speed are you assisted to in kph. Is it hard to pedal above that speed?

I Think Only Vado 5 and 6 have the touchsctreen. Yes my bike is updated. I have assist up,to 25 kph, i think its feel harder to pedal because of the assist stops but you get used to it and learn to pedal with right gears etc.
There is a problem with the display and rain, you need to get a fix for it the bike could shut down and you need to wait to get the power back on again.

ron more
2 months ago

Hello

I have just bought a Vado 3 in France
The LBS was useless
the booklet given with the bike is not much better
does anyone know of a good source (web ....) of info

I have loads of questions already (80 km on the clock)

I know that the Mobile Application is not published yet but does anyone have a vague idea when it will be ?

was the "tactile" control panel an option or does the Vado only have a non tactile one. it would appear to be that the tactile one is really interesting

does anyone know if I can power up the control ,panel off the bike (via micro USB) so that I can "play" in my sitting room

does anyone know if there is a specific cable that should be used to charge my iPhone via the mico usb slot on the control panel

oofff so many questions that are not answered by the booklet

what a shame

can anyone help ?

Thanks

Paul

Do you have a touch screen (TFT) display or lcd? My vado 3.0 came with an LCD display. Probably have to get a Vado 4.0 to get into touchscreen. Did your specialized LBS dealer update your bike software prior to delivery? Ask if they did and if not take it to them and watch how they do it. I have read bluetooth update to Display is due in November. Will no doubt require a trip to specialized dealer to install. I hope they fix the part of the program that automatically resets the trip mileage as soon as you power off. My turbo X resets when I reset it or battery is charged.
What is max speed are you assisted to in kph. Is it hard to pedal above that speed?

Bengt A
2 months ago

Hello

I have just bought a Vado 3 in France
The LBS was useless
the booklet given with the bike is not much better
does anyone know of a good source (web ....) of info

I have loads of questions already (80 km on the clock)

I know that the Mobile Application is not published yet but does anyone have a vague idea when it will be ?

was the "tactile" control panel an option or does the Vado only have a non tactile one. it would appear to be that the tactile one is really interesting

does anyone know if I can power up the control ,panel off the bike (via micro USB) so that I can "play" in my sitting room

does anyone know if there is a specific cable that should be used to charge my iPhone via the mico usb slot on the control panel

oofff so many questions that are not answered by the booklet

what a shame

can anyone help ?

Thanks

Paul

This German site have a lot of info about Vado bikes, you might need to use Google translate to translate the site.
https://www.pedelecforum.de/forum/index.php?threads/turbo-s-ce-vado-2017.42331/

LuisManuelHdez
2 weeks ago

I have ridden my "skinny tire" road bike at 50mph down hill. 30 mph is fast only on my mtb !!😁

Ghost Scalper
3 weeks ago

Hi Court, I know I could put my name on my bike, that would not be a big deal. But I was wondering why you had your name on this particular bike ? Thank you in advance for your honest answer. Keep up your wonderfull journalistic helpfull job. Cheers, Ghost

Where Is Jaa?
4 weeks ago

the thighs on them gurls, boiiii. I see you court :)

Triston Rumpel • Toonzes •
1 month ago

Can you change the handlebars?

bucharestBIKEtraffic
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I have to say, this is a commuters dream bike. And is a Specialized. Thank you for this review Court, I really appreciate it. The camera work, explanation and pointing the good as well as the "bad" aspect as a comparison with other similar bicycles and with a calm voice really helped me. Thank you so much. You rock!

Y Z
1 month ago

Can you create a rating video, say for 2017 'e' bikes, which ones do you rate the highest, by category?

GAME OF DRONES
2 months ago

They wired the USB charger backwards!? its useless. Got the app but there is no BT signal to lock onto on the bike! otherwise the bike operates ok . I give it a B- rating!.

Dennis Gilmore
2 months ago

Great review! I am especially stoked with the ride through Stanford campus. Your one-handed cinematography, combined with your insightful commentary, make it a joy to ride along.

Paintbrush 1962
2 months ago

This will be direct competition for Stromer?

Aayush Parmar
3 months ago

Sir my Ebike has silver color wheels. Should I paint them to black or stay as it is?

Jaime Arturo Olvera
3 months ago

need got one!

Jobe B
3 months ago

Absolutely great review! Very informative and very interesting. Keep up the great work! 👍🏻

Christopher Wain
3 months ago

Hi do you find being invited to corporate promotions etc. or what ever manufacturers lay on makes you a little less objective than if you could independently buy the bike? Think you would have to be financially independent to truly be in partial do you think ?

Clearanceman2
3 months ago

It's a nice bicycle but why not just get a motorcycle and cut right to the chase? I just got a used one and the insurance is $75 a year. They get great mileage too. It's not like either one of those things add up to anything.

Jedi the Knight
3 months ago

I used to live in palo alto 17 years ago till the rent scared us off! live in sac town, got the 3.0 model and loving it!.

CHARLES GARY
3 months ago

would this be a good bike for me I'm 68 year old and would ride predominately on the road but occassionally off road?

MarvFIT
3 months ago

so much fun

Joe Dexter
3 months ago

I have a huffy duty road, and it still ride perfect, but this will be my next bike.

Jay G.
4 months ago

Why isn't the 6.0 on the Specialized website?

Zepto Sextillion
4 months ago

12:12 Oh, I'm "feeling kush" alright buddy. Definitely feelin kush. Keep up the great work!