There are three models of Turbo Levo SL on the market, and we have looked at the top end and bottom end for this article. The lowest-priced, aluminum-framed e-bike still packs a lot of great components such as an SRAM drivetrain, SRAM brakes, and Fox suspension.
As with all electric bikes, if you know how to handle one of these (such as changing the settings on the forks/shock), then it will pay to spend as much as you can afford for the better bike. The full carbon SL Carbon Expert will be a different league to ride than the Turbo Levo Expert, but it’s a full $4,500 more in cost.
The relatively small, 325 Wh battery on the Turbo Levo SL is aimed at someone who wants a bit of a push now and again. Paired with the lightweight SL 1.1 motor, you’ll get 240 watts of power. The motor is super quiet on a ride so you can enjoy your surroundings — and it doesn’t offer resistance when you have pedal assist off.
Reasons to Buy
We love the weight of this electric bike. As electric bikes go, it’s positively featherweight. For someone who is moving away from analog MTB riding, doesn’t want to give 100% all the time in training, or recovering from injury, this could well be the electric bike you seek.
The analog drivetrains on all the models are among the best on the market. The forks and shocks, with a huge 150mm of travel, will see you fly over big bumps without your brain being rattled in your helmet. When it comes to the brakes, again, these will offer great deceleration even on a fast descent in wet conditions without overheating or fading.
Things to Consider
The motor on the Turbo Levo SL isn’t as powerful as the top-end Bosch or Yamaha motors out there, sacrificing power for weight. If you’re after a big, 80+ Nm of push, there are e-MTBs out there for that.
For those who may need a lot of support on the trails, then this e-bike’s small motor and light battery are weaknesses. However, they’re strengths when it comes to those who are very fit already (but need a little extra push).