Specialized has one big problem: The Specialized Turbo Levo is so popular that the factory can’t keep up with production. And that’s why our test bike is one of a kind, not entirely configured the same as the standard model, but still close enough.

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6FATTIE | Brose | 22.39 kg | € 4,099

It’s very easy to fall in love with the Levo. The classic shapes, perfect motor-integration and a clean look (there is no remote on the bars), make it true eye-candy. We’ve already had a chance to test the Levo previously, but we were eager to know how it performs with the more affordable component-package. There weren’t any original 6Fattie models left, so Specialized conveniently converted an ST into a 6Fattie for us. This explains the unusual frame colour. The remaining specification is almost identical to the series model, apart from the Revelation fork, which was replaced with a Yari in this case. With a retail price of €4,099, the Levo is the most affordable bike in our test. There is no dropper post to be seen on the Levo and the 460 Wh battery is on the smaller side, all signs of cost cutting. The other components are basic yet functional. The good news is that clever details like the Auto-SAG and the Mission Control App are also included in this great package.

“The Levo feels balanced, playful and fun on descents. ”

The Specialized team successfully managed to give each of their bikes a trademark Specialized look and riding-feel. Straight away the Levo feels incredibly comfortable, a feeling that persists even after long hours in the saddle. But there is more to it: the natural power-transfer of the Brose motor makes the Levo feel like a classic MTB – and the actual motor goes unnoticed. What really matters in this case is the handling. The bike might not be the fastest climber, but it is certainly a really good one. Once the old-school seat-post has been dropped, the Specialized Turbo Levo feels balanced, playful and fun on descents. Great!

Helmet Troy Lee A1 | Jersey ION TEE SS SCRUB_AMP | Backpack USWE AIRBORNE 15 | Shorts ION BIKESHORT SCRUB_AMP

The Specialized Turbo Levo Custom in detail

Fork RockShox Revelation RL 140 mm
Rear shock FOX FLOAT Performance 140 mm
Motor / Battery Brose Specialized Trail Tuned / 460 Wh
Brakes SRAM DB5
Drivetrain SRAM NX
Seatpost Alloy Fix
Stem Specialized Trail 60 mm
Handlebar Specialized Alu 750 mm
Tires Specialized Purgatory GRID 3,0″
Wheels Roval Traverse 650B

Removable
Most bikes that come with a Brose motor don’t usually feature a removable battery. That’s different on the Levo, but keep in mind that the battery can’t be locked and that its long and bulky shape make it impractical to carry around in a backpack.
Cheap and cheerful
The SRAM NX-shifter is inexpensive but is reliable and smooth.
Clean
There is no display or remote on the Levo’s cockpit. Both can be requested and connected to the bike via bluetooth. The level of support can be selected via two buttons on the lower tube.
Sorted
In the past we had a few issues with the chain falling off, despite a chain guard. This issue has now been addressed. No other bike was quieter on descents.

Geometry
Specialized Turbo Levo Custom

Conclusion

Because we couldn’t get hold of model with original components, the Specialized Turbo Levo falls out of the competition in this test. On the trail it feels like all other Levos that we tested in the past, the superb handling qualities make it a really fun bike. As far as component-choice goes, the most affordable bike in our test has a few shortcomings, but the money you save in the purchase price will allow for a few upgrades.

Strengths

– Very natural riding feel
– Excellent on downhills
– Sleek integration

Weaknesses

– No dropper post
– The standard fork is basic
– Range

For more Information head to: specialized.com

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: 11 E-MTBs under € 5,000 in Comparison

All bikes in test: Bergamont E-Trailster 8.0CENTURION No Pogo E2000 27+FOCUS JAM² 29 | Giant Full-E+0 Pro | Haibike SDURO AllMtn 7.0 | KTM MACINA Kapoho LT 273 | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 800 | NOX Bike EDT 5.1 HybridSCOTT E-Genius 720 Plus | Trek Powerfly 8 FS

Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer