With its low center of gravity and ultra-short chainstays, the Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fattie has the DNA of an amazing trail monster. There are a number of new attributes that make this a fantastic trail e-bike, including the newly upgraded trail-optimized motor and gearbox.
New for this edition is the Specialized Turbo 1.3, 250W mid-drive motor that can hurl out as much as 90 Nm of torque on demand — a full 15% more power than the Turbo 1.2. New technology also eradicates the lag between the pedal pump and the motor responding.
Another element Specialized has fixed is the motor gearbox. This completely disengages when you pass over the limited speed of 20 mph, allowing for friction-free riding. Short of the much less powerful Fazua Evation drive system, this is a big new thing for eMTBs.
Keeping the center of gravity low, Specialized has optimized the position of the in-tube battery, which adds to the agility of this beast. In addition, the low bottom bracket makes the e-bike feel glued to the trail.
Though not as fat as the 4″ plus monsters sold to hunters and outdoorsmen, the 2.8” tires are still very high volume for a specialist trail e-bike. Once more, they can be swapped out for 29er wheels with more normal 2.4” tires for overlanding/XC. You’ll need to buy these separately.
Reasons to Buy
Not quite for competition riding, the Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fattie will open the horizons of an intermediate rider. The big, efficient drivetrain and the battery offer lots of power and may keep you entertained over a full day’s trail riding.
For those roughing it on the hills, the battery can be swapped out mid-ride for another (sold separately). The big tires will hold all sorts of substrate well, both floating over and gripping it as required.
Another core feature of this bike is the integrated Trail Display and ANT+/Bluetooth® module with Mission Control App connectivity. This lets you control your entire ride right from your smartphone if you wish.
Things to Consider
Could Specialized have gone tubeless with this e-bike? Many of its competitors are selling tubeless ready machines that are lighter and less of a worry than those with inner tubes. With the Butcher GRID 2Bliss Ready tires, if you get a puncture, you’ll need to repair it at the trailside to continue your ride.