Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie Pedal-Assist Mountain Bike

Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie Pedal-Assist Mountain Bike

by

Danielle Cutler

What?

Pedal-assist mountain bike

Why?

Some riders want or need a little help on the trail

$9,500 Buy

Go the Distance

There’s a conflict in the mountain-biking community. Purists are not happy with the e-bikes that are showing up on the trail. But pedal-assist mountain bikes like the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie from the noted bike builder demonstrate that these bikes are here to stay. Most cyclists pride themselves on their endurance, speed, and agility, and some feel that the electric bikes are taking the challenge out of the sport. But some riders are starting to recognize the value in giving some the little extra help they need to either stay in the sport when perhaps their bodies aren’t what they used to be or are spreading the love of the sport through an entry point facilitated by pedal assist. Love ’em or hate ’em, they appear to be here to stay, especially with larger manufacturers such as Specialized jumping into the game.

Specialized’s entrée into electric bikes comes in the form of the Turbo line of mountain bikes, with a model to appeal to every rider, from beginner to expert, man and woman. The S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie is first and foremost a trail bike. Like Specialized’s other bikes, this model sports a roomy top tube, ultra-short chainstays for excellent handling, and a low bottom bracket to keep the bike tight on the trail. Straying from the regular bikes is the Turbo element, with a battery and ultra-quiet motor, which gives riders 530 watts of pedal power to make climbing a breeze. Riders can adjust how much power is used, allowing for a better workout or energy conservation on the part of the rider or the bike. The battery is easily swapped out, but is made to go the distance for a long ride. It fully recharges in 3.5 hours.

The S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6 Fattie comes with carbon Roval Traverse SL 38 650b wheels, a 140mm RockShox Pike RCT3 fork, SRAM Guide RS Carbon brakes, and a SRAM XX1 groupset for shifting and drivetrain. It also features Specialized’s new 6Fattie wheel system, which increases traction and flotation on the trail. The bike also comes with the Mission Control app to tweak and monitor the Turbo part of the bike. And it features a Trail Display with all of your ride stats.

Specialized’s line of pedal-assist mountain bikes will give the e-bike an air of legitimacy for purists and casual enthusiasts alike.

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