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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 2019 Electric Bike


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Product Details

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 E-Hybrid Bike

Its bigger capacity 504Wh battery makes the The Vado 4.0 an especially appealing electric city bike if you like to go faster and/or farther.

Key Features

Electronic wizardry aside, being made by Specialized, the Vado is a very high quality bicycle with the following features...

  • The smooth-welded aluminium frame with its clean internal cable routing makes for one sharp-looking bicycle - something you can't say for every e-bike
  • The 50mm-travel SunTour suspension fork makes for smoother riding on unsmooth paths and cycle paths
  • Proper Shimano hydraulic disc brakes deliver assured, low maintenance performance - why hydraulic disc brakes are great
  • The gearing is equally confidence inspiring - Shimano Deore 1x10-speed gear shifting with super-wide 10-40t cassette - why 1x10 is great
  • The wheels' wider 15mm front and 12x148mm rear thru-axle hubs reinforce the crucial wheel-to-frame interface and contribute to the bike's safety and its secure, solid feel
  • The cartridge sealed bearing rear hub makes for smooth spinning longevity
  • Reliable double wall wheel rims
  • Specialized Trigger Sport 700x47 tyres roll fast on tarmac, and offer cushioning and grip on broken or dirt roads
  • Just to show Specialized think of everything, the frame decals are reflective

Upgrades over Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0

  • The Turbo Vado 4.0 has all the features of the Vado 3.0 but with a higher capacity battery. Everything else being equal, this means that it will go farther between charges.
  • What's more, if you default to 100% assistance Turbo mode at all times, you'll be less likely to be obliged to switch down to Eco to reach your destination, thanks to the higher capacity battery
  • Run times vary according to conditions with every electric bike, but on a typical ride in light breezy conditions with a few inclines, you should get around 50km (compared with Vado 3.0's 43km) in Turbo mode and as much as 170km (compared with Vado 3.0's 150km) in eco mode from the Vado 4.0's 504 Wh Li-ion battery
  • Further upgrades include a jump to the next Shimano level, so Vado 4.0 riders get treated to an even smother shifting Shimano SLX/XT 1x11 drivetrain and more powerful Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes

Same as Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0

Brose Motor Unit

  • The motor unit is manufactured in Berlin by Brose - a company whose track record includes making motors for Audi
  • This is the same industry-leading 90Nm maximum-torque motor, Specialized spec on their Levo e-mountain bikes, but with different firmware optimised for city riding
  • This makes the Specialized Turbo Vado's motor noticeably smoother than most other e-bikes' at the 'transition stages' - that is when the power-assist kicks in when you start pedalling and cuts out once you exceed 25KPH
  • In compliance with EU and UK law, this e-bike is a pedal bike with up to 250W power assist, which cuts out once you reach 25KPH (15.5 MPH)
  • This limiter doesn't prevent you going faster 'the old way' - by pedalling harder
  • The motor is an integrated part of the bottom bracket
  • The battery is concealed - locked inside the frame down tube for security - but it's easily removable when you need to recharge it
  • Alternatively, you can recharge the battery in situ
  • The bar mounted 5cm LCD digital display computer offers instant control
  • The computer makes it easy to select the power mode that suits you best
  • It incorporates a 'fuel gauge' for keeping an eye on the battery's charge level
  • It offers standard cycle computer functions such as speedometer and odometer
  • The computer is easy to detach so you can slip it into your pocket when you park the bike
  • Even in lowest power 20%-assist eco mode, the Turbo Vado fulfills the e-bike promise - it feels like you're always riding with a tailwind
  • If you want to make climbing or riding into headwinds easier still, you can switch instantly to 50% or 100% power assist mode
  • If these 'out of the box' 20, 50 and 100% levels don't suit, you can change and customise the settings to your needs

Centre drive motor

  • The drive unit is mounted at bottom bracket level (the strongest part of any bike) to power the crank (in contrast with most e-bikes which are front or rear wheel hub drive)
  • Most riders find Centre Drive power assist feels more natural than a hub-drive system
  • With the motor low down at bottom bracket level at the bike's mid point, the bike feels better balanced than an e-bike with the motor on the front or rear hub.
  • With its lower centre of gravity a Centre Drive e-bike feels more stable.
  • Wheel fitting/removal is much easier when the motor is central rather than wheel driven

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Size Guide

The sizing below is a guide only, so please get in touch if you're unsure or between sizes. Height is in feet and inches.

  • Small: 5' 1" - 5' 5"
  • Medium: 5' 5” - 5' 10"
  • Large: 5' 10" - 6' 1"
  • Extra Large: 6' 1" - 6' 4"

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Technical Specifications

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0
FRAMETurbo Vado aluminium frame with bottom bracket motor mount, fitness/transportation geometry, fully integrated lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, smooth welds, reflective graphics
FORKCustom SR Suntour NCX, coil spring, custom Multi-Circuit Damping, steel steerer straight, remote lockout w/custom lever, magnesium lowers, post disc mount, 50mm of travel
FRONT HUBAlloy disc, sealed bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 28h
REAR HUBAlloy disc, sealed bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
RIMS700c disc, 6061 aluminum double-wall, 28h
SPOKES1.8mm XDB Stainless BLACK
TYRESTrigger Sport Reflect, 700x47mm
INNER TUBES700c, 40mm Presta valve
CRANKSETCustom alloy crankarms
CHAINRING40T, BCD: 104, single Xsync style 10-/11-speed
SHIFT LEVERShimano SLX RapidFire Plus, 11x11
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Deore XT Shadow Plus, SGS cage, 11-speed
CASSETTEShimano SLX, 11-speed, 11-40t
BRAKESShimano BL-M506, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 180mm rotor
HANDLEBARSAlloy bar, 15mm rise, 9-degree backsweep, 5-degree upsweep, 680mm width, 31.8mm clamp
GRIPSSpecialized Body Geometry Contour Men's
STEMAlloy, 7-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
SADDLECanopy Sport, steel rails
SEATPOSTAlloy, 2-bolt clamp, 12.5mm offset, 30.9mm, anti-corrosion hardware
SEAT BINDERAlloy, 31.8mm
USER INTERFACE/REMOTECustom Specialized 2.2" Bloks LCD display, Micro-USB plug, stem mount, with custom handlebar remote and Mission Control App connectivity
MOTORCustom & exclusive for Specialized, Trail tuned, 250 W
BATTERYCustom Specialized Turbo Vado Li-Ion battery, 504Wh, lockable and downtube-integrated, on & off-bike chargeable, with LED power indicators
CHARGERCustom charger, 42V4A w/Rosenberger plug
HARNESSSpecialized Wiring harness
HEADLIGHTSpecialized light w/aspheric lens technology and black translucent side illumination, 6V, 1x LED, 300 lumen, IP67, Aluminum die-cast body, stem mount
TAIL LIGHTSpecialized light, integrated rack mount w/lightguide technology, 6V, 1 x LED, w/clear window, IP67, plastic injected housing w/aluminum rack attachment studs, inner cable routing in left stud
RACKCustom Specialized, w/Racktime Snap-it system and integrated rear light, max. load 22kg
Weight- weighed in our Newcastle shop 2018Medium Frame: 23.32kg/51.41lb


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