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|Travel||150mm rear, 160mm front|
|Fork||Fox Rhythm Float 36|
|Wheels||29″ / 27.5″ Aluminum|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12|
|Groupset||GX Eagle, SRAM|
|Motor||Specialized 250W 72Nm mid-drive|
|Battery||Specialized 320Wh (♻️ Call2Recycle supporter)|
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5'7" – 6'3"
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6'2" – 6'8"
Alan MuldoonMay 2023
Shortly after we finished our last E-Bike of the Year test, Specialized comprehensively updated its Turbo Levo with new sizing, geometry and a swish display embedded in the top tube. It went from a full 29er to a mullet bike, adopted Specialized’s S-sizing – where truncated seat tubes give more overlap between frame options – and gained adjustable geometry that can be set up anywhere from aggressive to full-on psycho. Looking to scope out other options? Check out our guide to the best electric mountain bikes to suit all budgets and riding preferences. Need to know: SWAT multi-tool is hidden in the fork steerer, making it easy to access Three head angles and two dropout positions give six different geometry settings 6 frame sizes with closely stacked seat tube lengths give you size options 700Wh battery slides in at the base of the down tube and is held in place by a single hex bolt As such, the gen 3 Levo has the joint slackest head angle on test at 63.7º, with the option to tweak it by 1º in either direction by changing the upper headset cup. Furthermore, you can choose between two dropout settings with either long chainstays and a low BB or short chainstays and a high BB. We chose the former as the 160mm cranks give stacks of pedal clearance. The Comp gets a full carbon frame, but Spesh also offers an alloy Turbo Levo with a very similar spec for about £1k less. There’s an 800g weight penalty, but considering it’s one of the lightest bikes on test, it’s no deal breaker. What about motor reliability? The previous gen 2 model was plagued with problems, but since Specialized reinforced the belt and recalibrated the software we’ve had no issues on two long term test bikes. Suspension While the more expensive models in the Turbo Levo range come with Fox 38 forks, the Comp makes do with the slimmer 36. These save a bit of weight but still provide ample stiffness. While the simple Grip damper lacks some support, adding an extra 10psi and running the sweep compression dial at 1 o’clock keeps the front end propped up. They were also incredibly sensitive – partly due to slightly loose bushings – which ensured loads of grip up front and a really lively feel. Sadly they are the older chassis design, thus bereft of the lower leg lubrication channels of the latest version. That pitter-patter response is mirrored perfectly by the Float X Performance shock out back. Superbly fluid, it tracked every bump and ripple as well as providing plenty of support to push against when we wanted to pop the Levo off the ground. Just keep on top of servicing, as the offset yoke puts an added strain on the shock internals. Components Specialized’s in-house wheels come fitted with inner tubes, but there are tubeless valves in the box, so upgrading only requires sealant. An added bonus is that fitting our Maxxis control tyres and ditching …Continue reading »
Cost-cutting drivetrain and fork
Alex EvansMay 2023
All-new Turbo Levo SL II is a Stumpjumper Evo with a motor, and we love it
Amazingly adaptable geometry
Incredibly wide performance band
Rear tyre casing is inadequate
Specialized says not a single bolt was reused to make the new Turbo Levo SL 1.2 motor. The frame is all new too!
Peter WalkerMay 2023
Specialized’s new light eMTB rolls into the new season with a more powerful motor and more potent character, which should make it the ultimate trail bike.
Very harmonious overall concept
Wide range of applications
Massive feel-good feeling and top fun factor
Many customisation options through software features and geometry adjustments.
Short travel dropper post
Main battery can’t be removed
Drew RohdeMay 2023
Compared to the outgoing Levo SL, Gen 2 is exactly what aggressive riders had been hoping Specialized would deliver.
Mike KazimerMay 2023
The Levo SL now has more power, more torque, and a wide range of geometry possibilities.
The pinnacle of the current Levo range offers electrical assistance without blunting the trail experience
Ryan PalmerMar 2022
It's been through the gauntlet and come out unscathed—mostly.
All new Levo SL carbon Frame, Fact 11m carbon, alloy shock extension, 150mm travel, adjustable head angle, BB height, and compatible with 27.5 or 29" wheels.
Hanger Standard: UDH
Colors: Satin Doppio / Sand / Silver Dust; Gloss Blaze / Black / Silverdust
Fox 36 Rhythm, 29", 44mm offset, Grip damper, S1: 150mm, S2-S6: 160mm travel
S2-S6: Fox Float X Performance series, 210x55mm, S1: Fox Float DPS Performance series, , 210x50mm
Alloy Trail Stem, 35mm bar bore
Specialized, 6061 alloy, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 30mm rise, 780mm width
Bridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mm
X-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SLR LE lever, 34.9, S1: 100mm, S2: 125mm, S3: 150mm, S4/S5: 175mm, S6: 190mm
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM Alloy Crankset, Dub interface, New SL 1.2 spider, 104BCD w/SRAM 32t Transmission compatible alloy ring
SRAM GX, trigger, 12-speed
SRAM XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52t
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM Code RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm
Specialized 29/27.5, hookless alloy, 30mm inner width, tubeless ready
DT Swiss Industry
Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 28h
Alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 148mmx12mm thru-axle, 28h
Front: Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® T9 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3", Rear: Eliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® T7 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3"
New Specialized 1.2 SL Custom Rx Trail Tuned Motor
Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh
Custom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plug