Amsterdam, July 16th - The Silicon Valley based Specialized, has just created the most innovative electric bike in the world: The Turbo Creo SL. The Turbo Creo SL has the capability to make any rider as fast as a Tour de France rider. It offers powerful and smooth assistance in a light weight bike, which will have riders climbing mountains as if the earth was flat.
Thanks to Tesla, electric automotive technology has advanced at a lighting fast clip, and Specialized refuses to stay behind. They’re setting a new standard in the e-bike industry for light weight, power delivery, range and connectivity.
Since there wasn’t a motor and system for a performance road bike on the market that Specialized was satisfied with, they developed their own. They’ve invested in research and development and created technology that lived up to their standards. Specialized’s California team collaborated with their Swiss e-bike engineering team to create a light and lively carbon fiber road bike, and an entirely new motor and battery system called the SL 1.1. Designed in California and engineered in Switzerland (the heart of the e-bike revolution), the new Specialized SL 1.1 represents the ideal performance e-road bike motor. It’s based on a decade of research, development and ride testing. It features the perfect combination of power, weight, size, range, and ride quality. This way it delivers consistent power in the natural cadence that riders need. In order to build a performance e-road bike, all of these features needed to come together to deliver a true performance road bike experience.
At just 12.2kg, the Turbo Creo SL is much lighter than other e-bikes with bottom-bracket based motors. Instead of using an existing system designed for urban riding or mountain biking, they’ve built a system from the ground up specifically for road riding. Specialized was able to ensure the SL 1.1 motor which provides 240 watts of consistent and smooth power and feels natural to pedal. With the same effort, a rider gets twice the reward.
The Turbo Creo SL sets a new standard for e-road bikes by offering 195 kilometers of available real-world range. While 130 kilometers comes from the 320Wh internal battery which is located in the down tube, another 65 kilometers comes from an optional 160Wh range extender. The range extender is included in the S-Works and Founder’s bikes and can be purchased separately for the other models. Price €369,90 /￡299 /$399
Ultralight and whisper quiet, the Specialized SL 1.1 motor doubles your effort with silky smooth power delivery—power that feels like it’s straight from your legs. The internal battery can be charged in as little as 2 hours and 35 minutes. Every rider and every ride are different, so Specialized has also created a Turbo Creo SL Range Calculator to help you determine exactly how far you ride.
Riders can personalize the Turbo Creo SL’s power delivery by using Specialized’s Mission Control App. The bike has three riding modes – ECO, SPORT and TURBO. The Mission Control is constantly being improved with the millions of kilometers ridden. The app can also be used to manage the battery life automatically, by telling the Smart Control feature how long or how far the ride will approximately be. The Mission Control will calculate and ensure that the battery will last the entire ride. The SL1.1 motor also has integrated ANT+, a multicast wireless sensor network technology that connects to your power meter which tracks rider power.
In addition to the 12,2 kg S-Works Turbo Creo SL pinnacle build, Specialized is also launching three other versions. Price €12.499,90 /￡10.500/ $14.000
The Turbo Creo SL Expert EVO model, has a carefully selected build and weighs 13,3 kg. With larger tires and other components for control in gravel, this makes the ideal bike for all adventurous rider. Price € 8.499,90 /￡7.500/ $9.000
Turbo Creo SL Expert has a carbon chassis and Future Shock 2.0 dampers and weighs 13.1 kg. Price €8.499,90 /￡7.500/ $9.000
The S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder’s Edition has an incredible build at just 11,9kg. The very exclusive bike will be available for pre-order on launch day. The Founder’s Edition celebrates the first ever Turbo road bike and is a true game changer. It offers e-road capability with a special light weight build, captivating gold accents and stunning graphics. Only 250 Creo SL Founder’s Edition will ever be made and will each be individually numbered. This makes this limited-edition bike an instant classic. Price €14.000 /￡13.499/ $17.000
Specialized was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, a cycling enthusiast. When quality tires weren't around, they strove to make the best. When people wanted to ride cruises in the dirt, they made the first productions of mountain bikes. When roadies wanted to go faster, they doubled-down on carbon and built their own wind tunnel. When they saw that kids were struggling to focus in school they started the Specialized Foundation to help them through cycling.