This lightweight, moderately torqued, and fully off-road-capable beauty wowed us from jump street. The 35Nm of torque on hand is half or less than that of many ebikes, but for hardcore road and gravel riders the Creo “provides an amazing, revolutionary experience,” our tester wrote. You’ll work hard on the Creo, but you’ll also ride longer and faster, which is the entire point of the bike. That ride experience comes at a price of 9 grand for this particular model (Specialized also offers the lower-spec Creo SL Comp EVO with the same carbon frame for $6,500), but that outlay gets you Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting with an XT Di2 mountain derailleur, the novel Future Shock steerer tube suspension system from Specialized, Class 3 pedal assist up to 28 mph from the lightweight Specialized SL 1.1 motor, stealthy downtube battery integration, and one of the most gorgeous finishes (Specialized calls it Black Granite/Green Blue Chameleon) we’ve seen on any bike in a long while—all tipping the scales at less than 30 pounds. What’s not to love?