Specialized’s $16,500 carbon e-bike is a thing of beauty that packs game-changing tech

E-bikes are slowly becoming more popular thanks to the advancement in technology that has helped the battery packs powering the tiny motors become lighter. Meet the S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founders Edition, a new e-bike by Specialized that is not only light but is fast, has long-range, and is smooth and refined to the level that it could very well be a game-changer. Although it weighs 26.2 lb., making it heavier than a typical road bike, but it’s much lighter than usual e-bikes with batteries stuffed into them. The full carbon frame of Specialized’s e-bike packs a specially designed 380-Wh battery inside the down tube which provides it with enough juice for 80 miles of assisted pedaling. The range can be extended by another 40 miles with the help of the 160-Wh range extenders, a pair of which come as a part of the Turbo Creo SL Founders Edition package.

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Powering the S-Works Turbo Creo SL is Specialized’s own, in-house SL 1.1 motor, which produces an output of up to 240 watts and offer pedal assist up to 28mph. Specialized claims that the motor creates zero drag when riding without assistance. The e-bike comes fitted with hydraulic disc brakes, an 11-speed Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and a Custom Roval CLX 50 wheelset dressed in 28-mm tires. The top tube features the battery indicator and the power button. Users can choose from Eco, Sport and Turbo assist modes with the help of the Mission Control smartphone app.

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The Founders Edition is the top model of Specialized’s new Creo family of e-bikes and is priced at $16,500. There are less expensive options in the line-up that are a little heavier and feature less sophisticated parts. The most affordable model carries a price-tag of $9000. The company will make only 250 examples of the Founders Edition, which will come adorned with gold foil logos, highlights, and gold ceramic pulley wheels.


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