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Turbo Como SL 5.0

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2022 Turbo Como SL 5.0

Como SL is a sporty and comfortable electric cruiser with an easy-to-step-through frame that makes hopping on a breeze. So whether you’re heading to the beach or downtown for happy hour, the freedom to ride is just a pedal stroke away.

These electric cruisers prioritize comfort and ease of use. The Como SL also has fenders to keep you clean and dry, plus a front basket to help transport gear, groceries, or Fido. Fix two panniers on the rear rack-fenders for extra cargo and hit the lights for visibility day or night. It has everything you need to hop on and go.

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

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.

EASY TO USE: The Como SL's sleek design and step-through frame make the bike an approachable, functional everyday e-bike. With a Gates carbon belt and 8-speed Alfine IGH providing smooth shifting and easy maintenance, the Como SL is easier to use than any other e-bike and is our lightest option yet.

LIGHTWEIGHT: Need to lift your bike onto a rack, carry it up a flight of stairs, or get around town? Thanks to our category-leading lightweight Turbo SL technology, optimized frame materials, design, and specifications, you won't break a sweat.

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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Frameset

Frame

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

Seat Binder

Specialized bolt-type, alloy, 38.6mm

Suspension

Fork

Turbo Como SL one-piece-design aluminum fork, 12x110mm thru-axle

Cockpit

Saddle

Body Geometry Comfort Gel, 200mm w/ SWAT™ Mount

SeatPost

Specialized 2-bolt head, forged alloy, 5mm offset, micro-adjust, 34.9mm

Handlebars

Specialized handlebar/stem combo, integrated cable routing

Grips

Body Geometry XC Contour

Brakes

Front Brake

TRP Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, metal-ceramic pads, flat-mount w/ 160mm CL-rotor

Rear Brake

TRP Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, metal-ceramic pads, flat-mount w/ 160mm CL-rotor

Drivetrain

Chaincase

Integrated Chaincover

Shift Levers

Microshift SL-SCN08, 8-speed Alfine compatible

Cassette

Gates Carbon Drive CDX 22t sprocket, silver

Chain

Gates Carbon Drive CDX 122t belt, black

Crankset

Custom alloy forged crankarms

Chainrings

Gates Carbon Drive CDX 46T chainring, black

Accessories

Headlight

Supernova Mini2, 235lm, 12V, alloy housing

Taillight

Supernova E3, alloy housing, 3-LED, 250-degree visibility, fender mount, 12V

Kickstand

Specialized Center-Mount, 255mm

Rack

Specialized Pannier-rack, alloy tubing, max. 20kg load

Fenders

Specialized DRYTECH fenders, 65mm width, stainless steel fenderstays

Bell

Simple bell

Pedals

Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors

SWAT

Specialized Como SL front-rack, max. 15kg load, incl. Como SL basket w/cargo-net

Wheels & Tires

Rims

650b disc, double-wall alloy, pinned, 32h

Front Hub

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

Rear Hub

Shimano Alfine, 8-speed internal gear hub, SG-S7001-8, 32H, Black

Spokes

DT Swiss Industry

Front Tire

Nimbus 2 Sport Reflect, 650Bx2.3

Rear Tire

Nimbus 2 Sport Reflect, 650Bx2.3

Inner Tubes

Schrader, 40mm valve

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®

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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SML
Stack623mm641mm697mm
Reach401mm426mm433mm
Front Center680mm713mm742mm
Seat Tube Length, Center to Top380mm390mm420mm
Top Tube Length, Horizontal634mm666mm694mm
Chainstay Length484mm484mm484mm
Wheelbase1154mm1187mm1216mm
Standover Height575mm575mm600mm
Head Tube Length190mm210mm270mm
BB Drop75mm75mm75mm
BB Height280mm280mm280mm
Head Tube Angle68°68°68°
Seat Tube Angle, Actual69.5°69.5°69.5°
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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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - ENGLISH
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TCD - USER MANUAL
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - FRENCH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - GERMAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - CZECH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - POLISH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - SLOVAK
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - DUTCH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - DANISH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - NORWEGIAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - SWEDISH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - SLOVENIAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - CROATIAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - RUSSIAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - ITALIAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - SPANISH
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - PORTUGUESE BRAZILIAN
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - KOREAN
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2021 TURBO COMO SL - USER MANUAL EN FR DE CZ PL SK
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2021 TURBO COMO SL - USER MANUAL NL DK NO SV SL HR RU
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2021 TURBO COMO SL - USER MANUAL EN IT SP PT KR CNT CNS JP
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - CHINESE TRADITIONAL
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - CHINESE SIMPLIFIED
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2021 COMO SL - USER MANUAL - JAPANESE
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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

  • 3.8
  • 6 Reviews

1 year review

We've had our Turbo Como SL 5.0 for just under a year now. We have found the bike to be pretty much flawless and a joy to ride. I use the bike for commuting to work (~4 miles--faster than driving) and the occasional ride to the pub. Best part about pedal assist is that it makes me turn my legs, albeit minimally and with very little effort. As someone quickly approaching their 50's, this bike has helped me 1) be outside more, and 2) maintain my balance and 3) spatial awareness. For the aging sect out there, an e-bike is a truly great thing from a health point of view. Easy to go about 24-25mph on this bike without much of a sweat but hard to get much faster without seriously turning the legs. My only complaint: pedal strikes can be an issue. Crank arms should be shorter. That said, I am more of an aggressive rider who is not scared to lean the bike. I suspect this isn't a problem at all for this bike's target demographic. In sum, best big $ purchase I've made in many years.

Would Recommend?
Yes!

Name:
Todd

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Lower your expectations

I bought this bike because I like the natural feel of peddling a bike without that e bike feel. I upgraded to the belt drive. My problem is; I get the natural feel of a peddle bike but when changing gears you have to stop peddling and do this pause (almost a back peddle) in order for the bike to go up or down in gear. I would understand if this were on hills but it’s on flat terrain making it very unnatural. It has gone into the shop to ascertain if this is just my bike but apparently everything is working as it should. This being the case don’t waste you money. I have 2 e-bikes with regular chains and I am the buyer of high end bikes and this just isn’t it. The design is beautiful. I have lots of joy riding it, handles well but every gear change makes me feel a bit ripped off. I think Specialized could do better, if indeed my bike is in working order, bikes should not change gears like this one.


Name:
Darlene

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I love my new E

I love my new E bike. It gets me outdoors everyday.

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Yes!

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Guest G.

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I'm 65 yrs Like Walk-Thru+ Handlebars+Beltdrive+350kwh OK

Basket: annoying but doable. Like step thru. Torque-couldn't find it here. BUT 350KWh is more than enough for city riding w/hills. Generally speaking, for the ave. person an efficiently designed e-bike provides more than enough power at 500w or less. In fact, increasing the watts on your e-bike comes with disadvantages. Before we dig into the downside of high-powered motors, it's important to keep in mind that standard by-laws usually cap motor power at 500w. These regulations came into play based on engineering principles and safety. Why your motor should be 500w or less: In Canadian provinces, most e-bikes are limited to 500W output and cannot travel faster than 32 km/h (20 mph) on motor power alone. However, limiting the wattage of ebike motors doesn't necessarily limit how powerful they can be. Even though a motor is marked as 250 watts anyone could connect it to a 48V battery and run 20 amps through the motor to achieve 1,000 watts of power. Using a bigger motor means using a bigger battery to travel the same distance. With the battery being the most cost heavy part of an e-bike, this translates into additional savings. Overheating issues can arise when the motor exceeds 1000W. This is seen mostly on long uphill rides, which is one of the reasons people opt for higher watt motors. Motors under 500w have been extensively tested and mass produced. These motors have not only proven to be efficacious but due to the research, they are extremely reliable. The excess power provided by motors exceeding 1000W has negative consequences in the event of a crash. Severity and risk of injury increases linearly with motor power and speed. 750W, 1000W, 3000W and 6000W motor are too heavy for the average street bike, and can cause downstream problems yielding in unnecessary repairs. Conclusion Motor power over 750W provides too much power for a street bike and probably should be considered an electrical scooter or some other type of motorized vehicle.


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Mel R.

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Very disappointed...

This bike has some terrible design components. The rear fender is mounted with a proprietary rack that does not support any kind of trunk bag. There is only one water bottle mount, which will be used by the range boost battery, which costs $1000 and is absolutely necessary for this bike to have any reasonable distance/time capability. No trunk bag and no water bottle mount means no where to carry water. Proprietary odd shaped handlebars that will not allow mounting of accessories like lights, computers, etc... The basket is bolted to the head tube instead of the fork legs, which means the basket DOES NOT TURN when you turn the wheel. This is very disconcerting when riding, as it obscures the riders view of the front wheel. The front basket is a complete disaster. It's hard plastic, which means anything you put in it will bounce around. The included net will keep large things from bouncing out, but anything in this basket will bounce around and make a horrible racket while you are riding. Well Jim, if you hate the basket, just remove it ? WELL? NO! You can't remove it because the integrated front light is mounted to it with a proprietary mount that is apparently made from unobtanium, as neither specialized, nor any other online retailer seems to carry alternatives. And since the handlebars are oddly shaped proprietary contraptions, you can't mount it there anyway. Removing the basket leaves four very large, ugly holes in the head tube where it mounts, and no way to mount, or remove (it's hardwired) the front light. The in person finish on this bike (I have the silver one) is ugly. It's supposed to be a brushed aluminum look (which I am generally a fan of), but this stuff looks like someone wrapped it with fake shelf paper. I'm saving the battery life and torque for last, as I think Specialized considers this a feature of the SL, but if you are considering this bike, pay CLOSE attention to the battery and torque numbers. They are feeble.


Name:
Jim H.

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Lightes step through ebike

69 years old but I can I can pick up the bike by the center handle to put on the carrier. Great balance.


Name:
Al

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