Specialized Active E-bikes
Specialized is one of the biggest and most recognisable bike brands out there. As such, we are often asked for advice from people who are considering buying a Specialized bike.
This guide is designed to offer simple, easy-to-understand product information and buying advice for Specialized’s flat bar e-bike range. You can also check out our Specialized road bikes guide if that is of interest too. The bikes in this guide are electric hybrid, city or mtb-style bikes that can help you with a range of different cycling. From commuting to work to save money and time, carrying shopping or just saving effort and maximising the time you have during the average day. They also just put a smile on your face, riding around on an e-bike is pretty fun. If you’re seriously looking into an e-bike, you can also use the Specialized Turbo range calculator to see which bike battery ranges will meet your needs.
Specialized flat bar hybrid style e-bikes sit within the brand’s Active range. For the most part, the range is split into three models, the Como, Vado and Tero. All these models are prefixed by ‘Turbo’ which is just how Specialized refers to all of its electric models to help differentiate between them and non-e-bikes. There are various different models under each main heading, we’ve outlined all of these below so it’s clear what each model is about in the range.
Quick guide to Specialized’s Active e-bike range
Here is a quick summary of the Specialized Active range e-bike models.
The Turbo Como is a relaxed, upright e-bike with a small travel front suspension fork that’s best suited to relaxed riding, short commutes or errands. There are five models in total including an IHG (internal hub gear) option. Models come with a step-through frame, mudguards and a rack. There is also a lightweight Como SL (superlight) model which features a lightweight frame, internal hub gear and belt-drive drivetrain.
The Vado range comprises step-through and regular framed models and is a little less relaxed and upright than the cruisy Como. You could commute on a Vado and carry luggage but then use it a little more off road too on light trails or cycle paths. It’s faster geometry will provide a faster overall position and ride than the Como.
Turbo Vado SL
The Vado SL is a lightweight version of the Vado and is available in 10 versions. The SL is a nippy model and will feel fast around town or on commutes.
The Tero isn’t a…