Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0 ebike – first ride and gallery

We take a look at the lightweight city commuter that claims to set the standard for urban ebikes

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 5.0
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Less is truly more with the new Specialized Turbo Vado SL

Pros

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    Incredibly refined motor and power delivery

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    Agile handling gives superb control when weaving around the streets and urban obstacles

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    Lightweight

Cons

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    Price

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    Future Shock 1.5 may be superfluous for some riders

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Urban mobility has become a hot topic as people are becoming increasingly interested in alternatives to busy public transport and the environmental and financial nightmare of cars. Coinciding is the rise of the ebike, as many people who wouldn't classify themselves as cyclists turn to bikes as the fastest and easiest way to navigate the city streets.

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