2021 Specialized Turbo Levo Expert First Look

Trail-blazing eMTB at a lower price—well, somewhat lower.

The new Specialized Levo Expert retails for $11,000.Specialized

Introduced in March as a pair of high-end builds starting at a wallet-evacuating $13,000, the third-generation Specialized Turbo Levo is now available (if you can find one) at a lower price point. The caveat: It’s still a five-figure proposition to get your hands on one of the year’s most coveted new eMTBs.

(We’ve got the full rundown on the Gen 3 Levo’s new Specialized 2.2 Motor System, Gorilla Glass-protected display, mixed-wheel setup, beefier suspension, and markedly lighter weight right here. To read our early ride impressions aboard the Levo Pro—the $13K build referenced above—go here.)

The Expert version of the Gen 3 Levo gets pedal assist from the same Specialized 2.2 mid-drive motor found on the Pro and S-Work builds.Specialized

Priced at $11,000, the new Levo Expert gets the same 2.2 mid-drive, MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU), 700Wh integrated battery, and Fact M11 carbon frame as its pricier siblings. You won’t get the carbon Roval wheels found on the Pro build and $15,000 S-Works iteration, and will have to go without the wireless shifting of the SRAM Eagle AXS drivetrain as well as the included Range Extender bottle-cage battery on the latter, top-end eMTB. But as one should expect from a $10K-plus bike, spec choices look solid all around the new Pro build:

  • Fox Float 38 Performance Elite 29 fork
  • Fox Float X2 Performance Elite rear shock with two-position lever
  • SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed shifter and derailleur with GX Eagle chain and 10-52T SRAM XG-1275 cassette
  • Roval Traverse alloy wheels (27.5-inch rear, 29er front) with 2.6-inch wide Specialized Butcher (front) and Eliminator (rear) tires
  • SRAM Code RS four-piston brakes
  • X-Fusion Manic dropper seatpost (up to 190 mils of drop on size S6, the largest of the half-dozen sizes offered)
  • Specialized Trail alloy 35-millimeter-clamp stem and bars
The Levo Expert’s MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is protected by Gorilla Glass.Specialized

The Specialized Levo Expert is available in six sizes (S1-S6) in two colorways: Carbon/Smoke/Black or Maroon/Black. For more information or to find your nearest Specialized dealer, visit specialized.com.