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    Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ

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    Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ

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    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.

    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.

    The speed limit at which the motor will stop supporting may vary significantly by region and is based on local requirements. It may also affect range: a higher speed limit may result in less range.

    Technical Specifications

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    Suspension

    Fork

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

    Frameset

    Frame

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

    Seat Binder

    Integrated w/ frame

    Cockpit

    Saddle

    Bridge Sport, hollow cr-mo rails, 155mm

    SeatPost

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

    Stem

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

    Handlebars

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

    Grips

    Specialized Body Geometry Contour, lock-on

    Brakes

    Rear Brake

    Tektro HD-R290, hydraulic disc, 160mm

    Front Brake

    Tektro HD-R290, hydraulic disc, 160mm

    Drivetrain

    Shift Levers

    SRAM NX, 11-speed

    Cassette

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

    Rear Derailleur

    SRAM NX, 11-speed

    Chain

    KMC e11S, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™

    Crankset

    Praxis, Forged alloy M30, custom offset

    Chainrings

    40T

    Wheels & Tires

    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

    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

    Accessories

    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

    Pedals

    Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors

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

    Geometry

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    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_MOUNTAIN_ACTIVE_ASSEMBLY_GUIDE_CZ_SK
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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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    2022_VADO_SL_MASTERMIND_USER_MANUAL_EN_FR_DE_CZ_PL_SK
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    2021 VADO SL USER MANUAL (EN FR DE CZ PL SK)
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    2021 VADO SL USER MANUAL (NL DK NO SV SL HR)
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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!

    Name:
    Julie B.

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    Superb customer service and everyone

    Superb customer service and everyone is always so friendly.

    Would Recommend?
    Yes!

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    Guest G.

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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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    Name:
    ken

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    My electric bike is great

    My electric bike is great

    Would Recommend?
    Yes!

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    Name:
    Guest G.

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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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    Yes!

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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.

    Would Recommend?
    Yes!

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    Bruce

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    Riding more than ever

    We love that this ebike only assits a peddling rider - it is not a scooter! We are enjoying riding longer and further with only the assist we need when we need it. At 66 years old the Vado SL has reimagined our Northern Colorado cycling adventures. We like that they included a rear rack, however that rack is my only complaint. The rear rack is made by Racktime and only Racktime trunks or panniers fit correctly. Racktime products are more expensive and in my opinion not as versatile ad other manufacturers. We have over 1200 miles on our Turbo Vado SL’s….and would recommend to any one that wants an ebike that requires you to power the bike!

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    Paul

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