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This second-tier 2022 Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ bike will surely hit the sweet spot financially and practically for many urban e-bike riders. Sure, it has some variations from the SL 5.0, but delivers great performance and capability. The overall value and utility of urban and recreational e-bikes can now be appreciated not only non-cyclists, but also those who regularly ride a human-powered bicycle. The quality has gone up with improvements in drive systems, battery technology, and integrated features / accessories. Those developments have also resulted in lighter overall weight, making an e-bike easier to move or carry, as well as allowing the rider to save battery when desired and pedal without added power. Specialized has long been invested in high quality urban bikes, such as their inspired Globe bikes of the recent past, and with the Turbo Vado SL series, the current urban e-bike experience is more fun, practical, and efficient, making a car-less daily life more feasible. The EQ models are conveniently packaged with integrated or semi-integrated Lights, Fenders, and Rack.

Specialized has invested significantly in their Turbo (e-bike) line-up, with models for just about every use case, battery recycling program, and excellent technical support through their dealer network. There's no other e-bike out there at this price with ride quality, range, and power like this, at a weight that's light enough to carry. The Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ is best for your daily commute, quick errands and getting around town. Extra-bright, built-in lights in front and back mean you'll see and be seen. DRYTECH fenders keep water and road spray away, and a standard rear rack is always ready for your bags and panniers. This is your go-to for local transportation.

The Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ bicycle for 2022 features the Specialized SL 1.1 custom lightweight motor, with peak 240W/35Nm, and 2x You rider amplification (180% assistance), with assist speed up to 28mph. The battery is fully integrated into the frame design and is charged through an easy to see and access plug-in port via a custom wiring harness. You can expect about 80 miles per full charge, and an optional Range Extender can deliver up to 120 miles of range if longer distances or time between charges is needed. One major change from the SL 5.0 is the move to the Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display, which features ANT+/Bluetooth communication and a Handlebar remote, but lacks some of the advanced features of the MasterMind TCU on the higher-end bike, yet is more than capable and ideal for most riders who prefer a more direct, simplified control unit .

The 1x11-Speed mechanical drivetrain is built around SRAM NX components for a wide ranging, clean shifting riding experience chain driven by a Praxis crankset developed for proper fitment and use with the 1.1 motor drive design. A Tektro hydraulic disc braking system delivers control and power that will help keep you safer while riding in all conditions. The sturdy, but svelte E5 aluminum frame is built to manage the force and power of the motor, while the stout fork keeps you in control. The fork is front rack compatible- not included, and has the wider Boost front thru-axle (12/110mm) spacing and flat mount disc caliper interface. The battery system powers the front and rear lights; the rack is rated for 33 lbs, and the fenders integrate cleanly with the frame, fork, and rack. This is a bike built to handle the abuse of urban conditions, but offering you safety and control for comfort and peace of mind.

Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ

  • Properly equipped and powered lighter weight E-Bike developed for commuting and recreation
  • EQ models come equipped with semi-integrated Lights, Fenders, Rack
  • The standard Specialized Total Control (TCU) is your information and monitoring hub for all the pertinent e-bike data
  • Fully integrated and secure Specialized 320Wh downtube battery w/optional Range Extender compatibility for up to 120 miles of range
  • Specialized SL 1.1 custom lightweight motor, peak 240W/35Nm, 2x you rider amplification (180% assistance), assist up to 28mph
  • Safety features also include premium hydraulic disc brakes for maximum stopping power, and extra-bright front and rear lighting to see and be seen
  • SRAM 1x11-Speed drivetrain for lightweight, precise performance for the long haul
  • Fast-rolling, high-grip, Nimbus II Sport Reflect 700 tires with BlackBelt flat protection and reflective accents to increase visibility
  • E-Bike Essentials
    • 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
    • Motor: Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
    • Wiring Harness: Custom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeport
  • Frameset
    • Frame: E5 Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, fully integrated downtube battery, internal cable routing, fender and front rack mounts, Smooth Welds; Boost 12/148mm thru-axle, flat mount disc
    • Fork: Rigid aluminum, Boost 12/110mm thru-axle, flat mount disc; front rack compatible
    • Seat Binder: Integrated w/ frame
  • Drivetrain: SRAM 1x11-Speed
    • Rear Derailleur: NX Eagle
    • Shift Lever: NX Eagle
    • Cassette: Suntour, 11-42t
    • Chain: KMC e11S, 11-speed w/ Missing Link
    • Crankset: Praxis, Forged alloy M30, custom offset
    • Chainrings: SRAM X-SYNC 44T, 110BCD
    • Pedals: Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors
  • Brakeset
    • Front & Rear: Tektro HD-R290, hydraulic lever and caliper system, 160mm
  • Cockpit by Specialized
    • Stem: Stealth, alloy, 14°, 31.8mm, integrated TCD mount
    • Handlebar: Alloy riser, 9° backsweep, 15mm rise
    • Grips: Body Geometry Contour, lock-on
    • Seatpost: Alloy, 2-bolt, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm diameter
    • Saddle: Bridge Sport, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 155mm width
  • Wheelset & Tires
    • Rims: 700C disc Alloy rims , 22mm rim depth, 21mm internal width
    • Front Hub: Specialized alloy front hub disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12/110mm, Center Lock, 24h
    • Rear Hub: Specialized alloy rear hub disc, Center Lock, sealed cartridge bearings, 12/148mm, 28h
    • Spokes: DT Swiss Industry
    • Tires/Tubes: Specialized Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm / 40mm Presta valve (700x32-50)
  • Accessories
    • Headlight: Lezyne Ebike Hecto STVZO E65, 210 Lumens, 12V
    • Taillight: Lezyne Ebike Rear Fender STVZO, 11 Lumens, 12V
    • Kickstand: Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount
    • Rack: Turbo SL Rack, Closed Platform, direct fender mount, Racktime-compatible, 33lb/15kg rating
    • Fenders: Specialized DryTech, Aluminum
    • Bell: Simple Bell
  • Component specifics by frame size
    • Small: Stem: 60mm, Crank: 170mm
    • Medium: Stem: 75mm, Crank: 172.5mm
    • Large: Stem: 75mm, Crank: 172.5mm
    • XL: Stem: 90mm, Crank: 175mm
  • Color: White Sage / Black Reflective
  • Weight: 37.65 lbs (actual, Large)
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Size Small Medium Large XL
Wheel Size 700c 700 700 700
Stack 542mm 574mm 607mm 643mm
Reach 397mm 419mm 433mm 442mm
Head Angle 70° 70.5° 71° 71.5°
Seat Angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Top Tube Length 558mm 589mm 613mm 632mm
Head Tube Length 130mm 161.5mm 194.5mm 230mm
Standover 791mm 811mm 836mm 861mm
Fork Trail 78mm 75mm 71mm 68mm
Fork Offset 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 70mm 70mm 70mm 70mm
Front Center 626mm 655mm 675mm 690mm
Wheelbase 1062mm 1091mm 1110mm 1126mm
Chainstay Length 445mm 445mm 445mm 445mm
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