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Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 2019 Electric Bike


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Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 2019

It's what's inside that counts, and the same rings true with the Turbo Vado 5.0. Each component, from the motor to the battery, works in perfect harmony to provide you with a fully integrated, pedal-assist-system that's the perfect accomplice to your hectic schedule. And with its modern aesthetic and feel, this Vado has truly raised the bar for e-bike design. It's you, only faster.

Its largest capacity 604Wh battery makes the The Vado 5.0 an especially appealing electric city bike if you like to go faster and/or farther.

Upgrades over Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

The Turbo Vado 5.0 has all the features of the Vado 4.0 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

Further upgrades include a jump to the next Shimano level, more powerful Shimano Deore XT T8000 Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Same as Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

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

The bicycle itself

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 11-42t cassette - why 1x11 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

Fully Equipped

You won't have to purchase so many extras because the Vado comes ready fitted with...

  • Full mudguards to keep you and your clothes clean and dry
  • A kickstand to make it easier to park the bike - even when there's nowhere to lean the bike
  • A rear rack to make it easier to carry your stuff
  • A stem mounted, high power (300 lumen) front light and a rack mounted rear light to help keep you safe and legal
  • Both lights are operated by the bike's 604Wh Turbo Vado Li-ion battery so you won't have to think about changing or charging the batteries as you do with most bike lights

Here's what Specialized have to say about the Turbo Vado 5.0

Beginning with the integrated Specialized 1.3 motor, the Vado proves itself as the ultimate city bike. It features a silently operating design with our Custom Rx Street tune that takes the output and makes it the most usable for the urban environment. Think of it this way: The more power you put out, the more power the motor puts out, and this makes accelerations from a standstill both quick and efficient. The belt driven motor is also smooth, silent, and free of annoying vibrations. Perfect.

For the Vado 5.0, we developed a custom 604Wh battery, the Specialized U1-604, that seamlessly integrates into the frame, is lockable, and is easily removable for simplified charging. With this battery, the 5.0 will deliver a pedal-assisted boost up to 50 miles in Economy mode, 35 miles in Sport mode, and 25 miles in Turbo mode. These estimates, of course, have some assumptions—the total rider and bike weight is 220 pounds, the terrain is flat with some inclines, and there is either no wind or a light breeze. In other words, with a top speed of 28mph, there's plenty of juice to take you to and from work, make a trip to the grocery store, or to even head over to that new café on the other side of town.

We also developed a custom 2.2-inch smart computer that lets you view your battery level and toggle various ride metrics such as speed, distance, and time. You can also peruse these screens via the custom handlebar remote without ever removing your hands from the bars.

To top off all of these innovative features, we chose a high-end spec, so you'll find Shimano XT/SLX 11-speed components, Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes, racks, and fenders. It's ready to take your riding to the next level.

The Vado features a lightweight alloy frame that’s been designed with our Fitness/Transportation Geometry.

The Vado’s Specialized 1.3 motor with Rx Street Tune is fully integrated with the frame, and it's also been custom-tuned for city riding. It intuitively reacts to the force of your pedaling, so the harder you pedal, the more power it delivers. And with an internal belt drive design, it does this without added vibration for the smoothest and most silent ride possible.

We made the custom 604 Wh battery to be fully integrated with the frame, removable for easy charging, and lockable for added security. It communicates with the display and has multiple modes to maximize the overall efficiency and range.

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Technical Specifications

Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 2019 
FrameTurbo Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, Fitness/Transportation Geometry, fully integrated & lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, Smooth Welds
ForkSR Suntour NCX E25, alloy steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 44mm offset, 50mm of travel
ShiftersShimano SLX, 11-speed
Rear DerailleurShimano XT, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 11-speed
MotorSpecialized 1.3, custom Rx Street-tuned motor, 250W nominal
BatterySpecialized U1-604, On/Off button, state of charge display, 604Wh
Display/RemoteCustom 2.2" LCD display, USB plug, stem mount w/ custom handlebar remote
ChainsetCustom alloy-forged crankarms 40T
ChainShimano HG601, 11-speed
Cassette / FreewheelShimano SLX, 11-speed, 11-42t
Rims700C disc, double-wall alloy, sleeved
HubsSpecialized front hub disc, sealed bearings, Front - 15mm thru-axle, 28h, Rear - 12x148mm thru-axle, 28h
SpokesDT Swiss Industry
TyresTrigger Sport Reflect, 700x47mm
BrakesShimano Deore XT T8000, hydraulic disc, Front - 180mm, Rear - 160mm
Brake leversShimano Deore XT T8000
HandlebarsSpecialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm
Grips / TapeBody Geometry XC Contour
StemSpecialized Flowset, alloy, 20-degree w/ display/light mount, 31.8mm
SaddleSpecialized Canopy Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 155mm
SeatpostSpecialized, alloy, single-bolt, 21mm offset, 30.9mm
HeadlightSupernova V521s, upside-down mount to stem, 205lm
TaillightSupernova E3, alloy housing, 3-LED, 250-degree visibility, fender mount
KickstandSpecialized kickstand, 40mm mount
RackTurbo Rack, Closed Platform, direct fender mount, Racktime-compatible
MudgaurdsSpecialized DRYTECH fenders, 52mm width, stainless steel fenderstays


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