2022 Specialized

Turbo Vado SL 4.0 Step-Through EQ

A 700c hybrid e-bike with modest components and hydraulic disc brakes.
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Manufacturer Price

$4,000
SuspensionRigid
Wheels700c
Drivetrain1 × 11
GroupsetNX, Praxis
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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SM

5'2" – 5'8"

MD

5'6" – 5'11"

LG

5'10" – 6'3"

XL

6'1" – 6'7"

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Reviews
ebiketips
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ

Jan 2023

Ebiketips reviewed the 'base' model of Specialized's Turbo Vado SL range back in 2020 and deemed it an enjoyable bike for an active cyclist. "If you’re after some fun and lighter assistance, it’s one for the shortlist," concluded Dave. Here we try the latest fully equipped version, the Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ, with the same Specialized lightweight mid-drive but in its fully-equipped, commuter format, with gearing and braking bought up to date too. The SL stands for 'super light' in contrast to the heavier Brose-based mid-drives used by non-SL models.

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Downtown
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ in review

Sep 2021 · Philipp Schwab

With the Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ, Specialized have sent a promising urban ebike into the race and rely on their own SL 1.1 motor. Is 35 Nm torque enough for a commuter bike or does the bike squander the chance for a test win? Find out here!

Highs
  • Perfect motor integration

  • Modular battery concept

  • Good vibration damping

  • Full coverage mudguards let you arrive at the office clean

  • Comprehensive spec

Lows
  • Chaotic cockpit cable routing

  • Comparatively low motor support limits range of applications

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Bikerumor
Review: Specialized Turbo Vado SL is the commuter e-bike for cyclists (and urbanites)

Feb 2021 · Tyler Benedict

The original Vado, which launched in 2017, uses a full-size (but still custom) motor with all the power you’d need for high-speed commutes. But, like all full power e-bikes, they’re heavy, and they provide a lot of assist right out of the gate. The Specialized Vado SL takes a different approach. It uses a lower

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Gran Fondo Magazine
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ on test – Chilli vanilli

Nov 2020 · Benjamin Topf

Normally, Pascal churns his way up the hill on his 3-speed Dutch bike. So, if he says, “Yeah man, I’m really flying uphill today!” then something special is afoot: it’s the brand new, lightweight Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ with its SL 1.1 motor providing up to 240 W support. Is this the perfect […]

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BikeRadar
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 review

Oct 2020 · Oli Woodman

Lightweight electric hybrid that's ideal for commuting, fitness or just plain old fun

Highs
  • Natural feeling power delivery

  • Very well tuned motor modes

  • Great brakes

  • Seriously fun handling

  • Secure positive single ring drivetrain

  • Low overall weight

Lows
  • Brake lever rattles

  • Motor slightly underpowered for heavier riders on the hilliest terrain

  • Hard work to maintain speeds above 15 5mph on flat ground

  • Rear rack compatibility

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Electric Bike Review
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ Review

Jun 2020

Price: $3500.00 | Model Year: 2020 | One of the best ebikes I've ever reviewed. Relatively light weight at 36.9lbs including integrated lights, a rear rack, and custom designed tubular fenders with extra long rubberized flaps to keep your feet dry. Reasonably priced for outstanding motor and battery technology. Class 3 speed-pedelec performance offers 28mph (45km/h) assisted speeds for fun, respect from automobiles, and overall faster commutes

Observations
  • One of the best ebikes I've ever reviewed. Relatively light weight at 36.9lbs including integrated lights, a rear rack, and custom designed tubular fenders with extra long rubberized flaps to keep your feet dry. Reasonably priced for outstanding motor and battery technology. Class 3 speed-pedelec performance offers 28mph (45km/h) assisted speeds for fun, respect from automobiles, and overall faster commutes

  • Boost hub spacing provides sturdier spoke bracing angle, 12mm thru-axles provide stiffness and control at speed, excellent weight distribution (low, centered, balanced front to rear). Decent hydraulic disc brakes from Tektro with sturdy 160mm rotors. Practical Shimano drivetrain with 10-gears, wide 11-42 tooth cassette, stiff derailleur, and versatile shifter mechanism

  • 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. The bike is satisfying to pedal, even without assist from the motor. Reflective stickers and accents on the fenders, frame, and tires help keep you safe. Two color options, comfortable saddle and grips, useful smartphone app and wireless heart rate monitor integration

  • Only available in a high-step frame at the moment, no step-thru. The range Extender 160wh battery pack costs extra and the primary battery is on the small side. Since the primary battery is not easily removable, you may need to store the entire bike inside, away from extreme heat or cold, and near a charging port. Kickstand pokes into soft terrain, no USB charging ports, limited readouts on the TCU display and the TCD costs extra, no suspension elements on the 4.0 version of this bike and the all-aluminum frame could be jarring at high speed with high tire pressure

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Cycling News
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 ebike – first ride and gallery

Jun 2020 · Graham Cottingham

We take a look at the lightweight city commuter that claims to set the standard for urban ebikes

Highs
  • Incredibly refined motor and power delivery

  • Agile handling gives superb control when weaving around the streets and urban obstacles

  • Lightweight

Lows
  • Price

  • Future Shock 1.5 may be superfluous for some riders

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Specs
Groupset
Crank

Praxis, 44T, 110BCD

Shifters

SRAM NX, 11-speed, multi-shift

Chain

KMC X11eT, 11-speed

Brakes

Hydraulic Disc

TypeHydraulic Disc

Wheels
Front Hub

Specialized alloy front hub disc, sealed cartridge bearings, Center Lock™, 12x110mm, 24h

Rear Hub

Specialized alloy rear hub disc, sealed cartridge bearings, Center Lock™, 12x148mm, 28h

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