FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TURBO LEVO SL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TURBO LEVO SL

General
The Motor
Batteries
Mission Control and Motor Tuning
Quickstart Guide

 

General

 
Do all the models have the same range, or ride time? What is it?
Since all Turbo Levo SL models share the same motor and internal battery, the bikes’ potential range are nearly identical. Range varies with how you ride, where you ride, and which mode you ride in, but you can expect up to 3.5 hours of ride time using ECO mode from the internal battery alone. With a Range Extender battery (included with the S-Works and Founder’s Edition models and available as an accessory on other models) up to an additional 1.5 hours of ride time can be obtained with every Range Extender battery used.
 
How many models are in the new Turbo Levo SL line?
There are five models in the Turbo Levo SL family. S-Works Levo SL, Levo SL Expert, Levo SL Comp Carbon, and Levo SL Comp.
 
What sets the Turbo Levo SL models apart from one another?
The S-Works Levo SL come equipped with Range Extenders. These same Levo SL Range Extenders, it’s worth noting, can be purchased separately and used on all Turbo Levo SL models. The motor and internal battery assemblies, however, are shared across the entire Levo SL line. Consequently, the primary differentiator between the four carbon-framed models are brake, drivetrain, suspension and wheelset component spec. Additionally, the Turbo Levo SL Comp features an M5 alloy (rather than carbon) frameset.
 
What’s the weight range within the Levo SL line?
Weights vary by size and model. The S-Works Levo SL, for example, comes in at 17.35Kg/38.25lb (for a size Large) while the Comp comes in at 19.4Kg/42.7lbs (also in size Large).
 
What’s the weight difference between the S-Works Levo SL and S-Works Levo?
The S-Works Levo SL is 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) lighter than the S-Works Levo, which is already the lightest bike in its full-power class.
 
The Levo SL frame closely resembles the Levo frame – what makes them different?
The Turbo Levo SL’s kinematic performance is modelled after that of the Turbo Levo and both bikes feature a similar Sidearm-style chassis, but the Levo SL features a ride quality that’s closer to that of the lightweight Stumpjumper.
 
How much suspension travel does the Levo SL possess?
The Turbo Levo SL features 150 millimetres of travel, front and rear.
 
Which rear shocks can I run on the Levo SL?
The Turbo Levo SL accepts standard-mount shocks with a 210-millimeter, eye-to-eye length and 52.5-millimeter stroke.
 
What is the maximum fork travel that I can run on the Levo SL frame?
All Turbo Levo SL models were designed around, tested, and equipped with, 150-millimeter forks. We do not recommend running 160mm (or greater) travel forks.
 
What size tyres does the Levo SL come equipped with?
We’ve equipped the Turbo Levo SL with 29x2.3” tyres.
 
What’s the maximum size tyre that will fit on the Levo SL?
All Turbo Levo SL models are equipped with 2.3” tyres, which is the tyre size we recommend on these bikes. While it may be possible to accommodate some manufacturers’ 2.4 tyres (with minimal clearance), riders will have to verify this on a case-by-case basis since tyre size varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
 
Can riders choose to run a mixed wheel (29/27.5) combination on the Levo SL?
The Turbo Levo SL was designed around matching (front and rear) 29-inch wheels. Though a non “plus-size” 27.5 rear tyre will fit, running that smaller-diameter rear wheel will substantially change the Levo SL’s geometry—and not for the better. Even with the flip chip, the Levo SL’s frame was not designed to have adequate BB height/crank to ground clearance with this kind of “mixed” wheel setup.
 

The Motor

 
What sets the new Specialized SL 1.1 motor apart from the Specialized 2.1 motor found on the Levo and Kenevo models?
In a word, everything. The SL 1.1 is not only significantly smaller and lighter than the 2.1 motor, it also features different internal components. While the Specialized 2.1 motor was purpose-built for delivering the most power possible, the Specialized SL 1.1 motor was purpose-built around the lightest system possible.
 
What’s the weight difference between the Specialized SL 1.1 and the Specialized 2.1 motors?
The SL 1.1 motor weighs 1,100 grams less than the Levo and Kenevo’s 2.1 motor.
 
How much does the Specialized 1.1 motor weigh?
At just 1.95 kilograms, the SL 1.1 Motor is essentially half the weight of other crankbased motors. The magnesium motor casing is one of several advancements that help make the motor so light.
 
Is this the same motor that’s used on the Specialized Turbo Creo?
The Turbo Levo SL motor is the same motor system featured on the Turbo Creo. The Turbo Levo SL does, however, benefit from additional advanced software, including walk assist.
 
Will any other bike brands be using this motor (albeit, with different branding) on future bikes?
The Specialized SL 1.1 motor is only available on Specialized Turbo bikes.
 
How much power does the new Specialized SL 1.1 motor deliver?
Our Specialized SL 1.1 motor amplifies rider power up to 240 watts and 35Nm of both peak and sustained power. We tuned our motor to deliver constant, strong support across a wide cadence range for a very natural feel while pedalling.
 
How does the Specialized SL 1.1 motor compare to the Fazua Evation Motor – in terms of weight and power?
The Specialized SL 1.1 motor is a full kilogram (2.2 pounds) lighter than the FAZUA Evation motor. The SL 1.1 motor also features full-powered support through a wider cadence range (10-120 RPM). The FAZUA, by contrast, exhibits a significant support drop at cadences above 90 RPM.
 
At what speed does the Turbo Levo SL’s motor disengage?
All Turbo Levo SL models are equipped with a decoupling mechanism that disengages the motor completely when the bike reaches the top speed specified by the country in which it was sold. In Europe, for instance, this max speed is 25 kilometres-per-hour. In the United States, the maximum speed is 20 miles-per-hour. At speeds greater than this, the motor no longer provides any kind of assistance. We also designed our motor to provide no resistance, so at these higher speeds, the Levo SL exhibits no more drag than a conventional bottom bracket. It feels like you’re riding a traditional Specialized trail bike.
 

Batteries

 
What is the Turbo Levo SL’s battery capacity?
All Turbo Levo SL models use the same Specialized 320Wh internal battery. The S-Works Levo SL comes with a single 160Wh Range Extender battery that increases on-board battery capacity by 50 percent. The 160Wh Range Extender battery kit will also be available as an aftermarket product and can be used on all Turbo Levo SL models.
 
Is a range extender included with every Turbo Levo SL?
The 160Wh Range Extender comes standard with the S-Works model and two Range Extenders are included on the Founder’s Edition model. For other models, the Range Extender (adding up to another 2 hours of ride time) will be available as an accessory and is the perfect tool to extend your Turbo Levo SL rides even farther.
 
Do all the models have the same range, or ride time? What is it?
Since all Turbo Levo SL models share the same motor and internal battery, the bikes’ potential range are nearly identical. Range varies with how you ride, where you ride, and which mode you ride in, but you can expect up to 3 hours of ride time using ECO mode from the internal battery alone. With a Range Extender battery (included with the S-Works and available as an accessory on other models) up to an additional 2 hours of ride time can be obtained with every Range Extender battery used.
 
What impacts the range and how can I get the most distance possible?
There are many variables that influence range. The rider’s weight, fitness, and position on the bike, as well as the bike build, bike weight, tyre choice, and tyre pressure all impact range. Several environmental influences, such as trail conditions, elevation, and weather can impact range as well. The less motor support you require, the longer the battery will last. Riding in ECO mode will generally provide the longest battery life. Our Smart Control feature within the Mission Control App gives you the most control to ensure you longest ride time available.
 
How much weight does the range extender add to the Turbo Levo SL?
The Range Extender battery weighs 1 kilogram.
 
How does the range extender attach to the Turbo Levo SL?
While the Range Extender fits in a normal water bottle cage, we recommend using the Specialized Z-Cage along with the included band for increased security—especially on rougher terrain. The Z-Cage has passed extensive testing that ensures that Range Extender batteries are held secure despite the shock and vibration experienced on rough trails.
 
How much does the range extender cost?
The Range Extender will be available in the aftermarket and will sell for $600 AUD.
 
What is Smart Control and how does it work?
Using the Smart Control feature of our Mission Control App enables you to enter how far, or how long, you want to ride, as well as how much battery you would like to have left at the end of your ride. Smart Control then takes care of all battery management to reach those targets. It does this with a smart algorithm that checks the bike’s status every 10 seconds. Keep in mind, with Smart Control initiated on the app, assistance modes cannot be altered via the TCU on the bike’s top tube. It’s worth noting, if at any point you choose to ride with no assistance, meaning you’re not getting any motor support, the system is still on and recording/sharing data to display on apps or ANT+ enabled devices.
 
How do you charge the Turbo Levo SL’s battery?
Included with every Turbo Levo SL is a Specialized 48V charger that plugs into a port at the bottom of the bike’s seat tube, just above the bottom bracket. The Range Extender is charged with the same charger. After plugging in your charger, it will take five seconds for the TCU to light-up and indicate charging. When all blue bars are illuminated, the bike is fully charged. A green LED on the charger indicates “standby,” while a steady red light indicates “charging.” S-Works bikes and Founder’s Edition bikes will ship with a “Y” cable that allows both the internal battery and Range Extender to be charged simultaneously. You can also gauge the status of your battery charge when you are away from your bike. The Mission Control App can relay your Levo SL’s current charge status directly to your smartphone.
 
How long does it take to charge the Turbo Levo SL?
You can expect your Turbo Levo SL’s internal battery to charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. A Range Extender will charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Both the internal and Range Extender batteries will charge (simultaneously) from 3% to 100% in approximately 3 hours 20 minutes with a “Y” cable.
 
Can the internal battery be removed for charging?
Yes, it can. However, the Turbo Levo SL’s internal battery is fully integrated into the frame and is intended to be charged while in the frame. In order to get the battery out of the frame, you need to remove the motor first. It’s this kind of integration that allows the Turbo Levo SL to be so light. If you want to fly with your Turbo Levo SL, the internal battery needs to be removed. You can carry a Range Extender in your carry-on luggage and when you arrive at your location, you can ride the Turbo Levo SL with just the Range Extender.
 

Mission Control and Motor Tuning

 
How many riding modes are there and how much assist to they offer?
There are three assisted riding modes: ECO, TRAIL, and TURBO. ECO mode matches your effort up to 30% of the motor’s power, TRAIL mode matches your effort up to 60% of the motor’s power, and TURBO mode matches your effort to 100% of the motor’s power—or 240 watts. That said, all three assist modes can be tuned almost infinitely to personalize power levels via our Mission Control App. There is also an unassisted riding mode when no power from the motor is desired.
 
What is the Mission Control app and why does it matter?
Our Mission Control App provides riders with full control over their Turbo Levo SL, as well as
other Turbo-equipped Mountain, Road and Pavement bikes from Specialized. It allows you to fully customize the motor settings to your preferences, diagnose the bike and extract a report, record/ save/analyse rides, upload rides to third-party platforms, and even get control over your range via our Smart Control feature.
 
Is the Mission Control app used by the Levo SL, and is it the same app as the one used by the Levo and Kenevo?
Yes.
 
Which operating systems does the Mission Control app support?
Our updated Mission Control App is available on both iOS and Android operating systems. You simply have to go to either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Specialized Mission Control, download the app, and register yourself. Once you’ve done that, you’re set to get more out of your Levo SL.
 
How much motor tuning ability does the Mission Control app offer?
With the Mission Control App, you can tune the level of assist almost infinitely (both peak power and sustained assistance) for each of the three ride assist levels: ECO, TRAIL, and TURBO. Our Mission Control App allows you to fully customize your Turbo Levo SL motor to your personal needs and riding preferences. Of course, we only allow the rider to tune the motor and its behaviour within the given speed limits in their respective country. We do not allow riders to tune the motor beyond the legally allowed speed setting.
 
How does the Turbo Control Unit on the bikes top tube work?
The Turbo Control Unit has two buttons and a battery level display. The bottom button is used to turn the bike on, while the top button is used to select one of the three assistance levels—or to ride with no assistance at all. Quickly push the button to cycle through different modes—1/3 blue circle is ECO, 2/3 blue circle is TRAIL, and full blue circle is TURBO. Press and hold the button until all blue lights turn off to ride with no assistance.
 
When a Range Extender battery is connected to your Levo SL, the Turbo Control Unit will display five additional green bars that indicate the charge status of the Range Extender battery.

Quickstart Guide

 
The Quickstart Guide provides important information on setup, usage and maintenance of your Turbo e-Bike.