Say hello to the Turbo Creo SL, Specialized’s new line of high-performance electric bikes, a marvel of technology three years in the making.
A limited-run S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder’s Edition, which can be trimmed down to 10.9kg (24 pounds) with an external battery, retails for an astronomical US$17,000.
While developing the Turbo Creo SL — and trying to nail the right combination of power, weight, size, range, ride quality, and efficiency — Specialized says they started from scratch, and put in over 3,000 test hours, or about 12 times the amount of field testing typically involved before a new model goes into production.
While Turbo is the brand’s signifier for all of its e-bikes, SL is the name for the new system — the SL 1.1 motor and the SL1-320 battery.
THE MOTOR At the heart of the Turbo Creo SL is a totally redesigned motor, the SL 1.1, which amplifies rider power up to 240 watts and 35Nm of both peak and sustained power up to 28mph (45 km/h).
The SL 1.1 motor, internal SL1-320 battery, the external Range Extender battery, and the top-tube mounted Turbo Connect Unit together comprise the Turbo SL system.
Those who wish to fly with a Turbo Creo SL can have a Specialized dealer remove the internal battery, take one or more Range Extenders in their carry-on bags, and ride at their new location using only the Range Extenders.