Advancements in mountain biking have come a long way over the last decade likely in part due to the fact that more and more people have began to take to the pedaling trend, and with a more diverse community than ever before many of the product offerings these days are simply aimed at getting more people into the sport. However, as many well know, mountain biking isn't exactly the easiest sport to jump right into, as it can be physically taxing. So how is one supposed to bridge that gap? Enter the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR E-Bike.
The Turbo Levo is an electric pedal-assist mountain bike that essentially aids in each one of your pedal strokes. Think of it as putting on a pair of professional legs before hitting the trails. There is no throttle, so your only means of forward motion is to pedal, so it's not to be confused with a moped-style motor. Upon taking your first pedal stroke, you're almost guaranteed to be at least a little surprised at what this bike actually feels like once the immediate assist kicks in. The Levo's level of assist is fully-adjustable and you can even turn it all the way down so that you're back on a standard mountain bike. Just to give you an example of the Levo's assist power capabilities, we clicked into the highest gear, turned the pedal assist up to full power and lined up at the base of a steep, 100ft hill. From a complete stop, pedaling up an incline in the highest gear is no easy task, but the Levo accomplished this feat without any issues, as we made it to the top of the hill in a matter of seconds. But just because you can power up hills with seemingly no effort, that's not to say that you can't get in a great workout on these bikes. The Levo is a true mountain bike at heart, just with the added benefit of pedal assist.
As is the case with all Specialized mountain bikes, the Turbo Levo comes equipped with a number of trick features like it's aluminum frame that has the battery and motor integrated into the lower down tube, SRAM components, a seat-riser, RockShox Monarch RT rear shock and RockShox Reba RL 29 forks.
The Levo is a great tool for beginners to use to get into mountain biking and the same goes for those that are unable to pedal or ride a standard bicycle, as this may offer more accessibility to some. Frankly, the possibilities for a pedal assist bicycle seem endless, as we've even used ours to obtain fast-moving gimbal shots of racers as they practiced at local test tracks. Our only complaint about the Specialized Turbo Levo is that the suspension felt a little too springy as if the rebound was at a high-rate setting, but that's nothing that a few adjustments wouldn't take care of.
Overall, the Levo is an excellent bicycle for anybody no matter your age, ability or experience, as it truly has the ability to accommodate any rider.