Specialized Launches Lightweight Turbo Levo SL Electric MTB

New eMTB uses the same motor as the brand’s Turbo Creo road bikes.

Turbo Levo SL Ebike
The Turbo Levo SL weighs as little as 38.25 pounds.Specialized

Specialized has released its lightest electric mountain bike to date with the Turbo Levo SL, tipping the scales at as little as 38.25 pounds in size large.

The 150-millimeter-travel (front and rear) 29-inch-wheeled Levo SL uses the same lightweight, lower-torque Specialized SL 1.1 proprietary motor as the company’s Creo road and gravel ebikes, but with some software tweaks for MTB use—including a walk mode not present on the Creo. (Cycle Volta reviewed the Creo SL Expert EVO back in October, and we’re eager to see for ourselves how the drive system works in a mountain bike application.)

Levo SL
The Levo SL has a fully integrated 320Wh battery and 240W Specialized 1.1 mid-drive motor.Specialized

At 4.3 pounds, the SL 1.1 motor weighs 2.4 pounds less than the higher-powered SL 2.1 motor currently spec’d on the Specialized Levo and Kenevo eMTBs. At the high-end S-Works level, the Turbo Levo SL is 8.8 pounds lighter than the Turbo Levo.

The 240W motor provides 35Nm of peak and sustained power and has three levels of pedal assist—Eco (30 percent of the motor’s power), Trail (60 percent), and Turbo (100 percent)—plus the walk mode. Pedal assist cuts out at 20 mph for the US market, making the Levo SL a Class 1 ebike.

Riders can also customize their assist levels via a newly updated version of the Mission Control app used across Specialized’s Turbo line of mountain, road, and city ebikes. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It won’t allow riders to program the motor beyond the speed limit for their country or region (25 kph, or 15.5 mph, in the European market, for example).

Specialized Turbo Ebike Action Shot
Specialized says riders can expect 3.5 hours of ride time using the Eco mode.Specialized

Specialized rates the Levo SL’s range at 3.5 hours of ride time using Eco mode. The company does not express range in miles due to varying factors including type of terrain and rider weight.

Comparing power output among the Levo eMTBs, the Levo SL at max setting provides two times the rider’s pedal input, whereas the Levo and long-travel Kenevo model provide four times pedal input.

The system is powered by a 320Wh battery integrated into the downtube. A Range Extender battery held in the downtube bottle mount provides an additional 160Wh of power. It’s available separately for $450. The Range Extender fits in any bottle cage, but Specialized recommends using its Z-Cage with a security strap to hold the battery in place on rough terrain.

Specialized says the battery charges from 3 percent to 100 percent in 2 hours and 35 minutes; the Range Extender charges from 3 percent to 100 percent in 3 hours and 20 minutes; and the battery and Range Extender together charge simultaneously from 3 percent to 100 percent in 3 hours and 20 minutes using a “Y” cable.

Levo SL Founders
The elite-level Founder’s Edition build, limited to 250 bikes worldwide, has an MSRP of $16,500.Specialized

The Levo SL comes in four carbon models and one aluminum. The limited-edition (only 250 units worldwide) Founder’s Edition comes with two Range Extenders and sells for $16,500. The S-Works version comes with one range extender and is priced at $13,500. Rounding out the carbon frame offerings in the line, the Levo SL Expert Carbon has an MSRP of $9,000 and the Levo SL Comp Carbon goes for $7,500. The Levo SL Comp, built around an M5 aluminum frame, is priced at $6,500.

At Cycle Volta, we’re expecting delivery of a test Levo SL any day now. Come back soon for a “first ride” review, followed by a more in-depth test in the coming weeks.

The Turbo Levo SL is available now at Specialized dealers. For more information, visit specialized.com.