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Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ

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Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ

Meet the Vado SL. This super-light e-bike was designed to take on anything from daily commutes through urban landscapes to clocking even faster workouts. Need to carry your bike? No sweat. Weighing 40% less than the full-power Vado, there’s no other electric bike out there with ride quality, range, and power like this. All you need to do is get on and go.

The Vado SL comes equipped with everything you need to start riding right away. First, the extra-bright, built-in lights give you higher visibility in low-light areas. Next, the MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) makes it easy to view ride info on the go. The Pathfinder tires roll fast on or off the pavement with plenty of grip, and the Vado SL's featherweight status also makes it perfect for city commuting and offers far more than ride quality — it means you can hang it on a wall or car rack. And it makes public transportation a breeze.

So whether you're going fast or far or both, the Vado SL provides the confidence to do it all at a fraction of the weight.

LIGHT WEIGHT: You’ll be blown away by how easy it is to lift your bike on to a rack, carry it up stairs, or ride nimbly around town, thanks to the category-leading light-weight of the Turbo SL technology, optimised frame materials, design, and specification.

COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT: Body position and handling are optimized to deliver unsurpassed riding comfort, confidence, and control. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes reign in your speed, while larger tires provide maximum traction for turning and stopping.

LONG-RANGE: Enjoy ride-anywhere range, go up to 80 mi / 130 km on a single charge. Need more? You can add an optional range-extender battery that fits in your water-bottle cage to take your ride even further.

TURBO SL: The heart of the Vado is its Turbo SL technology, the advanced and integrated electric bike system that delivers an unequaled combination of light-weight, natural feel, anti-theft functions, training tips, a full-function bike computer, ride anywhere range, and more.

BETTER OVER TIME: Because our technology never stops improving, neither will your ride experience. With new features, introductions, and firmware updates happening wirelessly, take your ride experience to the next level every time an update is available.

Technical Specifications

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FRAMESET

Fork

Rigid full aluminum disc, Boost™ 12x110mm, front- rack-compatible

Seat Binder

Integrated w/ frame

Frame

E5 Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, fully integrated downtube battery, internal cable routing, fender and front rack mounts, Smooth Welds

COCKPIT

Stem

Specialized Stealth Stem, alloy, 14 deg, 31.8mm, integrated TCD mount

Handlebars

Specialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm

Saddle

Bridge Sport, hollow cr-mo rails, 155mm

SeatPost

Specialized, alloy, dual-bolt, 25mm offset, 27.2mm

Grips

Specialized Body Geometry Contour, lock-on

BRAKES

Front Brake

Tektro HD-R290, hydraulic disc, 160mm

Rear Brake

Tektro HD-R290, hydraulic disc, 160mm

DRIVETRAIN

Rear Derailleur

SRAM NX, 11-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM NX, 11-speed

Chain

KMC e11S, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

Crankset

Praxis, Forged alloy M30, custom offset

Chainrings

40T

Cassette

SUNRACE, CSMS7, 11-42t, 11-speed

ACCESSORIES

Pedals

Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors

Headlight

Lezyne Ebike Hecto STVZO E65, 210Lumens, 12V

Taillight

Lezyne Ebike Rear Fender STVZO, 11Lumens, 12V

Kickstand

Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount

Rack

Turbo SL Rack, Closed Platform, direct fender mount, Racktime-compatible, 15kg

Fenders

Specialized DryTech, Aluminum

Bell

Simple bell

WHEELS

Rims

700C disc, 22mm rim depth, 21mm internal width

Front Hub

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

Rear Hub

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

Spokes

DT Swiss Industry

Front Tire

Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm

Rear Tire

Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm

WHEELS & TIRES

Inner Tubes

Standard 40mm PV 700x32-50

E-BIKE

Motor

Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor

UI/Remote

Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, ANT+/Bluetooth®, w/Handlebar remote

Battery

Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh

Charger

Custom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plug

Wiring Harness

Custom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeport

* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Geometry

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SMLXL
Crank Length170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm
Handlebar Width680mm680mm680mm680mm
Stem Length60mm75mm75mm90mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm155mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm350mm350mm
Stack542mm574mm607mm643mm
Reach397mm419mm433mm442mm
Head-Tube Length130mm161.5mm194.5mm230mm
Head-Tube Angle70°70.5°71°71.5°
B-B Height291mm291mm291mm291mm
B-B Drop70mm70mm70mm70mm
Trail78mm75mm71mm68mm
Fork Length (full)390mm390mm390mm390mm
Fork Rake/Offset50mm50mm50mm50mm
Front-Center626mm655mm675mm690mm
Chain-Stay Length445mm445mm445mm445mm
Wheelbase1062mm1091mm1110mm1126mm
Top-Tube Length (horizontal)558mm589mm613mm632mm
Bike Stand-Over Height791mm811mm836mm861mm
Seat-Tube Length415mm446.5mm494.5mm535mm
Seat-Tube Angle73.5°73.5°73.5°73.5°
Geometry

Manual Downloads

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2022 Rider/Bike Weight Limits and Terrain Conditions
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Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual (All Languages)
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Li Ion Battery UN38.3 Test Summary
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Mission Control App 2.0 User Guide (Chinese)
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Mission Control App 2.0 User Guide (English)
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Range Extender (SBC-B16) User Manual
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Charger User Manual (SBC-C04 / SBC-C05 / SBC-C06 / SBC-C07)

Rider Reviews

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  • 7 Reviews

Turbo Vado SL4 EQ

We viewed & tried bikes at Nottingham, Whitwell & Normanton outlets. Without exception all staff were knowledgeable & couldn't do enough to help. The turnaround time for the workshop to ready the bike was amazingly fast. I am looking forwards to many hours enjoying the outdoors by bike now and keeping up with my husband on the hills.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

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Julie B.

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Superb customer service and everyone

Superb customer service and everyone is always so friendly.

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Yes!

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biking in the mountains

I got my Turbo Vado SL 4 about a month ago. I'm 74 and have been riding hybrids for 30 years. I live in Lake Placid, NY and we have Ironman hills. The efficient 9 manual gears and light weight enables me to bike 90% unassisted, but should I want to tackle the "3 bears" the ebike assist allows me to get up and not feel like my heart will explode.

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ken

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My electric bike is great

My electric bike is great

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Yes!

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Rack issue in Vado sl

I like the EQ version but the rack is annoying. This is a Racktime rack with an old connection system (check the Racktime website) at least for the 2020 version of the Vado sl. I could not find a generic bag for this rack. And it looks like specialized does not sell any Racktime compatible bag which makes the rack almost useless. I finally found one Racktime bag in Amazon (Racktime Odin Fahrradtasche) that fits well. I guess at a minimum specialized will need to update the Racktime rack to the newest connection system otherwise it will become more and more annoying for later customers to find a Racktime bag with an obsolete connection system. Otherwise the SL bike is great. I think that it is the best ebike for many riders who are regular bike commuters or who just want to enjoy a nice relatively long ride tour. You may not get the amazing assistance level of the non-SL vado, but the lighter weight and the longer range (with range extender) are big pros on the SL version.

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Jose

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Perfect Commuter

I ride this to work, about 9 miles one way. On the way to work, the assist keeps me from sweating as I don't want to have to feel like i need a shower when I get there. On the way home I detour into Boulder, Colorado to get some more miles (15). I use the assist on the road then turn off the motor and get some exercise on the bike paths in Boulder. when I leave Boulder to head east, I kick into turbo and get home quickly. With the level 2 assist, the acceleration is very good, in turbo it's great. Love this bike.

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Name:
Bruce

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