Specialized’s Turbo Como SL Is a Comfy, Lightweight Cruiser


An electrical bike’s most significant downside, at the very least from a bike supplier’s viewpoint, is that many people that get an ebike are currently cyclists. A 2018 study from the National Institute of Transportation as well as Communities revealed that 93 percent of individuals that get ebikes possess a normal bike.

So exactly how do you bring in individuals that do not normally bike? From what I’ve seen, the preferred path appears to include boosting the ebike’s weight to regarding 65 extra pounds for boosted security. We’ve attempted a few of these as well as I continue to be greatly skeptical. As a smaller sized biker, it’s tough for me to steer hefty bikes out of my front gateway, up aesthetics, or right into congested bike shelfs. What’s the factor of an ebike if it runs under the very same restrictions as a vehicle? 

That’s why it was an alleviation to attempt Specialized’s Turbo Como SL, which is this year’s super-light (SL) cruiser. The firm took much of the functions I such as regarding in 2015’s Turbo Vado SL as well as placed them on a bike with a step-through, upright framework. It’s pricey at $4,800, yet if you desire a comfy as well as upright cruiser, I need to suggest the one that considers 10 to 20 extra pounds much less than the competitors. Your back will certainly thank me.

Big Boi

I wheezed when I initially saw the Como SL. I’d seen images of it ahead of time, yet I really did not understand exactly how large it was; “super light” simply isn’t a descriptor I connect with huge, sit-up cruisers. I’m 5’2″, and Specialized sent me its smallest frame size. The local bike shop had to cut about 4 inches off the seat post to get it short enough to fit me.

The biggest framework dimension considers regarding 47 extra pounds, which goes over when most ebikes of this dimension evaluate regarding 65 (the Electra Townie Path Go! considers regarding 55). The tiny framework is a little lighter— 45 extra pounds is still not exactly light, yet those 10 extra pounds made a massive distinction when I needed to obtain the bike up on my deck to bill the onboard battery. 

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The variation I attempted is the Como SL 5.0, which has actually a couple of updated functions from the much more budget friendly Como SL 4.0. Both variations have sit-up step-through structures with Specialized’s custom-made SL 1.1 mid-drive electric motor as well as an inner equipment center, with the alternative for a variety extender battery. They additionally both featured an incorporated front shelf, lights, as well as fenders.

The 5.0 has extra benefits, like even more equipments (8 rates as opposed to 5) as well as the weather-resistant, low-maintenance Gates belt drive. These functions are ideal if you stay in the moist, cool Pacific Northwest. An interior equipment center as well as belt drive can conserve you from several lengthy mid-days washing as well as lubing your chain or attempting to identify why it maintains sliding off the derailleur.

This is a little point, yet I additionally such as exactly how the light weight aluminum framework has a little take care of on the downtube. It looks uncomfortable, yet it makes it much easier to take the ebike over stairways as well as secure it to bike shelfs. 

Hill Climb

Some of the various other functions taken on from the Turbo Vado SL make a great deal much less feeling on a larger bike. For instance, I was rather thrilled to utilize Specialized’s Smart Control once again, which changes the degree of battery as well as electric motor result relying on what you require. I swiftly downloaded and install the Mission Control application as well as coupled the bike to my phone.

But when I began riding the Como SL with Smart Control on, I burnt out! When you downgrade the help on a 33-pound bike, I hardly discover it. On a 45-pound bike, I absolutely do. I obtained 2 blocks down the road, drew my phone back out, transformed Smart Control off, as well as jacked the help back up to Turbo. 

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Photograph: Specialized

Riding a larger as well as much less wind resistant bike with turbo help suggests that Specialized’s slim battery lacked power much faster than it made with the Turbo Vado SL. I obtained the battery to 25 percent after 40 miles on the Vado, yet the Como SL struck 20 percent after hardly 2 days as well as 20 miles. I would absolutely go with the battery array extender. 

A component of that battery drain was since I maintained running circuits backwards and forwards the steepest hillside in my community. It has a 30 to 35-degree slope I’ve never ever handled to bike up with a pedal bike (or an acoustic bike, too call them right here in the Gadget Lab). The interior equipments on the Turbo Como SL require a little time out prior to every change. It’s a little irritating on level ground, yet on hillsides, it’s tough to obtain the moving perfect. I needed to leave as well as press the bike uphill a couple of times, which is a sentence I never ever assumed I’d compose in referral to a Specialized ebike.

Still! Toting a 45-pound bike around community was a definitely much less agonizing experience than I’ve carried any kind of various other large cruiser bike. Unlike the competitors, I was conveniently able to obtain it up to 20 miles per hr (it can aid as much as 28 miles per hour, yet that’s unlawful within city restrictions). It’s additionally light sufficient that it really did not rattle the teeth out of my head when I discussed crushed rock as well as dust. 

If you’re mosting likely to get a cruiser ebike, I’d obtain the one that does not require a forklift to rise the stairways.