Capable of 28 mph with its street-tuned Brose Turbo 1.3 motor, the Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 has a peak torque of 90 Newton meters that’ll enable you to handle even the gnarliest hills in your city. You’ll be able to accelerate smoothly but quickly thanks to the 11-tooth top gear — and you won’t have to pedal like a maniac to reach top speeds, either. Offering a great range thanks to the 600 Wh in-tube battery, this e-bike will soon leave your car rusting in the drive.
With its swept-back handlebars and comfortable riding position, the Turbo Vado 5.0 is a joy to ride. Though it lacks a throttle, the power via the mid-drive motor will make the feel of cycling a breeze even at higher speeds. The Custom Rx Street Tune design offers a silent ride so you don’t feel like you’re on a noisy motorcycle.
Kitted out with a sturdy rack, full fenders, and lights, it can be ridden through the year and into the evening. These add to the modern, clean lines that make the machine great to look at.
The included Turbo Connect Display also offers easy access to all your riding data, including speed, cadence, rider power, distance, and more. It even lets you set up the Mission Control App on your phone so you can completely customize your ride
Reasons to Buy
The powerful motor and battery make this an e-bike for regular, mid- to long-distance rides. That might be a commute from the exurbs or a dash across the city for lunch with a friend. Thanks to the quality four-piston hydraulic disc brakes and drivetrain, it’ll be useful throughout the year in all weathers — though a Boston snowstorm may be beyond its limits thanks to the road tires.
Things to Consider
Many U.S. brands’ e-bikes have throttles. Specialized is one of the big international brands that don’t install these on its electric bikes. This is also a Class 3 electric bike that may be a bit quick for some older riders, especially if you’re just a recreational rider. Specialized also makes quality Class 1 e-bikes that top out at 20 mph if high speeds aren’t your thing.