It’s all about the hustle—in work and in play
It's a busy world out there, and the sad thing is, it's getting faster all of the time. That's why Specialized recommend faster bikes for busy lives, like the Turbo Vado 4.0. It takes the award-winning and exclusive technology and tailors it to a package that's designed for getting you around your day-to-day life quicker than ever before. It's you, only faster.
Beginning with the integrated Specialized 1.2 motor, the Turbo Vado proves itself as the ultimate city bike. The 1.2 motor features a silent operating design with the Custom Rx Street Tune that takes the output and makes it the most usable for an urban environment. Think of it this way: The more power you put out, the more power the motor puts out, and this makes accelerations from a standstill both quick and efficient. The belt driven motor is also smooth, silent, and free of annoying vibrations.
For the Vado 4.0, Specialized developed a custom Specialized U1-500 battery that seamlessly integrates into the frame, is lockable, and easily removable for simplified charging. In other words, there's plenty of juice to take you to and from work, a trip to the grocery store, or even to that new café on the other side of the city.
The new wired Turbo Connect Display (TCD-w) is the best way to view data on your Turbo. It not only displays important ride metrics (speed, cadence, rider power, distance, battery level, time, etc.), it also allows you to connect the latest version of the Mission Control App for an enhanced Turbo experience. With the free app for iOS and Android phones, you easily customize motor parameters, control your range, record/upload rides, and perform basic system diagnosis.
To top off all of the innovative features, Specialized chose a worry-free spec that features Shimano 10-speed components, hydraulic disc brakes, front/rear lights, and fender & rack mounts.
- The Turbo Vado features a lightweight alloy frame that’s been designed with Fitness/Transportation Geometry.
- The Turbo Vado’s Specialized 1.2 motor has been fully integrated with the frame, and it's been custom-tuned for city riding. Specialized designed it to intuitively react to the force of your pedaling, so the harder you pedal, the more power it delivers. And with an internal belt drive design, it does this without added vibration for the smoothest and most silent ride possible.
- Specialized made the custom 500 Wh battery to be fully integrated with the frame, removable for easy charging, and lockable for added security. It communicates with the display and has multiple modes to maximize the overall efficiency and range.
Frame: Turbo Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, Fitness/Transportation Geometry, fully integrated & lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, Smooth Welds
Fork: SR Suntour NCX E25, steel steerer, 15mm thru-axle, 44mm offset, 50mm of travel.
Seat binder: Alloy, bolt-type, 34.9 mm
Seatpost: Specialized 2-bolt head, forged alloy, 8mm offset, micro-adjust, 30.9mm.
Stem: Specialized Flowset, 3D-forged alloy, 20-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp.
Grips: Specialized Body Geometry Targa, lock-on.
Handlebar: Stout Mini Rise, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm
Saddle: Specialized Canopy Sport, steel rails, 155mm.
Cassette: Shimano HG500, 10-speed, 11-42t.
Crankset: Custom alloy forged crankarms.
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 10-speed.
Chainrings: 40T, custom alloy.
Chain: KMC X10eT, 10-speed w/ Missing Link™.
Shift levers: Shimano Deore, RapidFire Plus, 10-speed w/ Optical Gear Display.
Front brake: Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc, 180mm.
Rear brake: Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc, 160mm.
Rims: 700C disc, double-wall alloy, pinned, 32h.
Rear tyre: Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x47mm.
Front tyre: Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x47mm.
Spokes: DT Swiss Industry.
Rear hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h.
Front hub: Specialized front hub disc, sealed bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 32h.
Pedals: Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors.
Front light: Herrmans H-Black MR8 e-Bike, stainless bracket for suspension fork.
Rear light: Herrmans H-Trace Mini e-Bike, 220-degree visibility, fender-mount.
Kickstand: Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount.
Rack: Turbo Rack, Closed Platform, direct fender mount, Racktime-compatible.
Fenders: DRYTECH fenders, 52mm width, stainless steel fenderstays.
Bell: Simple bell.
Motor: Specialized 1.2, custom Rx Street-tuned motor, 250W nominal.
Battery: Specialized U1-500, On/Off button, state of charge display, 500Wh.
Charger: Custom charger, 42V4A w/ Rosenberger plug.
Wiring harness: Custom Specialized harness.
UI/Remote: Specialized TCD-W w/ handlebar remote & built-in anti-theft feature, Bluetooth® connectivity, 5 available display pages.
*Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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The bike's great and the price from Lordgun is better than you'll find anywhere else. It required quite a bit of setup - pedals, front wheel, handlebars, front mud-guard, front light - all required bolting on. The handlebars weren't straight, so I had to loosen the stem and get them righted. The brakes are setup for EU style (front brake on the left - I saw that I should have requested they be setup for UK style, but IMHO the shipping address should tell you that). The whole e-drive train needs a firmware upgrade, and I can't do that from home (via the app) - I need to take it to a local specialized dealer, and that's probably going to cost me as I didn't purchase the bike through them, so why should they do it for free? I think Lordgun should update all the firmware before shipping, so that at least you can take it to the local dealer when it's due it's first service and have them do whatever else might be required 6 months down the line. I guess that's also a bit of thing for Specialized to consider - perhaps you should be able to upgrade the firmware via the mission control app? With people buying so much online these days it seems a bit rubbish that you have to take it to a local dealer. Personally, I do all my bike mechanics myself and having this dealership tie-in doesn't suit me. Lastly, on UPS: they dropped the bike - some idiot at UPS in the UK had put the bike on a shelf in the van and it had just slipped off and came crashing down on to the floor. The box had come open and I had to "inspect" the bike to sign it off with the UPS guy. Of course I couldn't have checked everything; what it the battery had smashed or something? There was no way I would have been able to get the UPS guy to hang around for an hour whilst I assembled the bike and gave it a full test. Luckily, nothing was broken, but it's a bit of a crappy way to receive your £2500 purchase. If I were lordgun, I would not use UPS (personally I've had many other problems with them in the past).