E-assist mountain bikes have been and continue to be a polarizing, contentious issue. We know. Even among our small team at BIKE, they’re endlessly so. It’s part of why we simply haven’t written much about them. We just can’t seem to agree on if, how or when to cover e-bikes due to the multitude of issues surrounding them. But, what we could all agree on, for the first time since these ‘cheater’ bikes started popping up, is that the Specialized Turbo Levo SL is an e-bike we should cover. Or at least, would be willing to. It’s a bike that just might have the potential of changing people’s minds, changing the way they ride, where, and who with. And let us not forget, change can be a good thing.
But before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and address the other elephant in the room. We’re not going to get away with reviewing perhaps the most expensive bike we ever have without at least mentioning the price, regardless of it possessing a motor. It’s high. Higher than a bunch of canceled-class Colorado college kids on COVID quarantine.