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Turbo Vado 3.0

Turbo Vado 3.0


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If you can characterize your life as on-the-go, busy, or not having enough time, we made a bike for you—the Turbo Vado 3.0. It's made to accommodate busy lives that are always in movement, which is why we took our award-winning pedal-assist technology and accelerated it well into the future.

Beginning with the integrated Specialized 1.2 E motor, the Turbo Vado proves itself as the ultimate city bike. The 1.2 E uses the same hardware as our 1.2 motor, but it features a tune that prioritizes efficiency. This means less peak torque and maximum output. Of course, it still features a near-silent operating design with our 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 at, say, a traffic light both quick and efficient. The belt driven motor is also smooth, silent, and free of annoying vibrations.

For the Vado 3.0, we developed a custom Specialized U1-460 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. If you wish to see exactly how far you can go on a charge, have a look at our Turbo Range Calculator for more exact estimates.

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 our 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, we chose a worry-free spec that features Shimano 9-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 our Fitness/Transportation Geometry.
  • The Turbo Vado’s Specialized 1.2 E motor emphasizes efficiency and range. We also fully integrated it with the frame, and it's been custom-tuned for city riding. It intuitively reacts 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.
  • We made the custom 460 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. For range estimates based upon a variety of variables, please refer to our Turbo Range Calculator.
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    Technical Specifications


    Chainrings: 48/32 w/ chainguard

    Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200, 9-speed, 11-36t

    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio, SGS, 9-speed

    Chain: KMC e9T, 9-speed w/ Missing Link™

    Shift Levers: Shimano Alivio, 9-speed w/ Optical Gear Display

    Crankset: Custom alloy forged crankarms



    Handlebars: Specialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm

    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

    Saddle: Bridge Sport, Steel rails, 155mm

    Tape: Specialized Body Geometry Contour, lock-on



    Wiring Harness: Custom Specialized harness

    Motor: Specialized 1.2 E, custom Rx Street-tuned motor, 250W nominal

    Battery: Specialized U1-460, On/Off button, state of charge display, 460Wh

    Charger: Custom Specialized 42V2A Charger w/ Rosenberger plug, AC power cord included

    UI/Remote: Specialized TCD-W w/ handlebar remote & built-in anti-theft feature, Bluetooth® connectivity, 5 available display pages



    Front Hub: Specialized 6-bolt disc, ball bearings, 9x100mm spacing, 32h

    Spokes: DT Swiss Industry

    Rear Tyre: Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x47c

    Rims: 700C disc, double-wall alloy, pinned, no eyelets

    Rear Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h

    Front Tyre: Trigger Sport Reflect, 700x47c



    Front Brake: Tektro HD-T275, hydraulic disc, 180mm

    Rear Brake: Tektro HD-T275, hydraulic disc, 160mm



    Pedals: Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors

    Fenders: DRYTECH fenders, 52mm width, stainless steel fenderstays

    Bell: Simple bell

    Kickstand: Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount



    Inner Tubes: Standard 40mm PV 700x32-50



    Fork: SR SunTour MOBIE30, custom crown, steel steerer, 9mm open dropout, 50mm of travel

    Frame: E5 Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, Fitness/Transportation Geometry, fully integrated & lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, Smooth Welds

    Seat Binder: Alloy, bolt-type, 34.9mm


    * Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colourway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.


    Crank Length170mm170mm170mm170mm
    Handlebar Width680mm680mm680mm680mm
    Stem Length60mm60mm75mm75mm
    Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm155mm
    Seatpost Length300mm400mm400mm400mm
    Headtube Length135mm150mm165mm190mm
    Headtube Angle68°68°68°68°
    BB Height285mm285mm285mm285mm
    BB Drop70mm70mm70mm70mm
    Fork Length (full)480mm480mm480mm480mm
    Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm
    Front Center699mm724mm750mm777mm
    Chainstay Length470mm470mm470mm470mm
    Bike Standover Height735mm771mm771mm805mm
    Seat Tube Length400mm450mm460mm500mm

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