Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 Step-through electric hybrid bike

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Sometimes simple is best. Here's an e-bike to prove that.

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About the Specialized Vado SL 4.0 ST 

You all know that electric bikes are going to be heavier than a traditional bike. Once you add a high capacity battery, and a strong, reliable motor, weight is inescapable. However, there are brands that are releasing models which keep this weight down to the absolute minimum.

Keeping the Weight Down

Here is the Specialized Vado SL 4.0 ST. The way it saves weight for you is through a slim aluminium frame, and a minimalist battery and motor system. The lighter battery and motor on this e-bike don't have the power to match some of the Bosch, Yamaha and Shimano powered bikes you'll find in our showrooms so this is an e-bike for someone who is pretty confident in their fitness and riding already, but needs a shot of energy every so often for the most difficult climbs.

Great Design Choices

We really like the design choices here. For a competent rider, the Specialized 1.1 motor is more than enough help on hills (we've tested this motor on some of the steepest hills in the Greater London region). The 'Mixte' (pronounced MIX-tee) style frame is great for hopping on and off, or for those rapid stops at road junctions. The tyres are a great choice too. This is the type of tyre that rolls easily on the road but is wide enough for you to maintain control on un-tarmac'd tracks.


We also like the colour. That light shade will look so good under spring and summer sunshine, and if you're tired of seeing e-bikes in various shades of black, then this makes a terrific, uplifting change.

Summary: A well thought out electric bike to give an uplifting boost to your riding. Would suit a frequent rider looking to replace their hybrid bike for rides around coastal or well-maintained countryside.

As with all our e-bikes, this is available to test-ride. Contact your nearest showroom to reserve your slot.

Size guide: Please check with your nearest showroom.

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Product Highlights:

Slim frame, and a compact motor and battery system saves weight
High spec parts
Fantastic components like the SRAM NX 11-speed gears
Easy to mount
'Mixte' style frame is easy to mount but sportier than a stepthough

Key Electric Features:

Motor: Specialized SL 1.1 custom lightweight motor
Max torque: 35nm
Motor position: Crank drive
Controller: Integrated top tube
Battery capacity: 320wh
Battery location: Downtube, integrated
Charge time: 4-6 hours
Range (estimated): 35-50 miles

Full Specification:

Frame Aluminium 'Mixte' style
Fork Rigid full aluminum disc, BoostTM 12x110mm
Rear suspension n/a
Gears SRAM NX, 11-speed
Brakes Tektro HD-R290, hydraulic disc, 160mm
Cassette Sunrace, CSMS7.EAY0.XS1, 11-42T
Wheels 700C disc, 22mm rim depth, 21mm internal width
Tyres Specialized Pathfinder Sport, 700x38c
Saddle Bridge Sport, Steel rails, 155mm
Seatpost Specialized, alloy, dual-bolt, 25mm offset, 27.2mm
Approx weight 21kg

About the Specialized brand

This is a brand born in the Californian sunshine all the way back in 1974, so you can be certain that it has fun, leisure and adventure at its heart. We have been extremely impressed by the overall feel of these bikes. They are spritely without being overly aggressive, and comfortable without feeling old-fashioned. 

If you want a bike that looks special, you'll want to look at Specialized bikes (pun intended).


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