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Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ


Turbo Vado SL 5.0 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.

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.

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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Future shock 1.5w/Smooth Boot, Rigid carbon fork, Boost™ 12x110mm thru-axle, flat mount disc

Seat Binder

Integrated w/ frame


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



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


Stout Mini Rise, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm


Bridge Sport, hollow cr-mo rails, 155mm


Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm


Specialized Body Geometry Contour, lock-on


Front Brake

Tektro HD-R510, hydraulic disc, 160mm

Rear Brake

Tektro HD-R510, hydraulic disc, 160mm


Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM GX, trigger, 12-speed


SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t


SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed


Praxis, Forged alloy M30, custom offset





Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors


Lezyne Ebike Power STVZO E115, 310Lumens, 12V


Lezyne Ebike Rear Fender STVZO, 11Lumens, 12V


Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount


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


Specialized DryTech, Aluminum


Simple bell

Wheels & Tires


DT Swiss R500 disc, 22mm internal width, 23mm internal depth

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


DT Swiss Industry

Front Tire

Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm

Rear Tire

Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm

Inner Tubes

Presta, 40mm valve



Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor


Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh


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

Wiring Harness

Custom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeport


Specialized Mastermind TCU, TFT-screen, fully custom steup, ANT+/Bluetooth®, w/Handlebar remote

* 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.


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Crank Length170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm
Handlebar Width680mm680mm680mm680mm
Stem Length60mm75mm75mm90mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm155mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm350mm350mm
Head-Tube Length185mm217mm250mm285mm
Head-Tube Angle70°70.5°71°71.5°
B-B Height270mm270mm270mm270mm
B-B Drop70mm70mm70mm70mm
Fork Length (full)390mm390mm390mm390mm
Fork Rake/Offset50mm50mm50mm50mm
Chain-Stay Length445mm445mm445mm445mm
Top-Tube Length (horizontal)554mm587mm610mm630mm
Bike Stand-Over Height770mm790mm815mm840mm
Seat-Tube Length415mm446.5mm494.5mm535mm
Seat-Tube Angle73.5°73.5°73.5°73.5°

Rider Reviews

  • 5
  • 6 Reviews

Best E-Bike EVER!!!

This is my 3rd e-bike and by far the best. I've owned a Stromer ST5 and a Stromer ST2, and as fast and powerful as they were, they were heavy and because they had a limited number dealers in Toronto, getting any service done or getting parts for them was nightmarish. I sold both and went with the Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 because it delivered everything I needed, a fast lightweight e-bike that still made me put in some effort and yet had the battery range for my type of riding. Plus, since its Specialized, the quality is top notch and the ability to get service and parts is easy. Highly recommended.

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I love my e-bike. It

I love my e-bike. It is just what I need. I have heart issues and have a hard time getting up hills, with the e-bike I can get up it without putting stress on my heart.

Would Recommend?

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Guest G.


Best eBike

I have owned 7 eBikes, this is my go to bike for everything. Lightweight, versatile and beautiful to look at. Very stealth. Easy to ride. I have 3,500 miles on my bike and nothing has gone wrong with minimal maintenance. (I also own the Creo and a non electric road bike). I recommend this bike to anyone looking for an all round great bike for roads and gravel paths. Top class build, great styling.

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Great and friendly service.. my

Great and friendly service.. my bike was deliver in time. Your customer service should be the norm. I'm a bike mechanic. Many people come to me asking me what bike they should get. I feel confident recommending Specialized to every one. I think the quality of your product and your service is superior.

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Luis G.


Love on First Stride

Recently $ my turbo Vado sl @ Kinetic Cycle. Fell in love with the brassy yellow frame while in showroom floor. I just after the first few strides knew in my riders heart that this was the one. It has speed and for a heavy rider was surprisingly smooth and did not endure any jarring on my joy ride. Every component to this point makes solid sense. The shifting was quick and decisive no matter ranging up or down. I do wish the peddle quality was better, however I feel they do this as most not unlike myself has a preference and will switch them out. I am geeking out on all the well thought out components they chose. This of course might give pause, correction or create feelings otherwise....only time and miles will define the truth of my decision to invest.

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