ONE Lap - Riding the Electric Specialized Turbo Levo 15

The new electric pedal-assist mountain bike from Specialized delivers a very different ride. Check out this video from the launch event in Leogang, Austria to see what we mean!

If you missed it or just want to know more about the new bike, also check out our launch feature.

Credit:

Johan Hjord

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15 comments
  • Hittheshowers13

    7/8/2015 10:44 PM

    Can't support it, won't embrace it. From a business sense, absolutely the right move for growth, increase your market reach. That's the only reason to do this. Different sport. Sloppily monster trucking up and down with no line choice required is a watered down version of what we all signed up for. Breathing hard is good for you. Consequences build skill, more skill equates to a new found layers of satisfaction in a sport where you can always get better. This just seems like gadgetry overload. Happy for folks like Henrythehammer. Not happy for my Silicon Valley neighbors rollin up in their Teslas to the trailhead with one of these on the roof.

  • henrythehammer

    7/8/2015 10:12 AM

    As a lifelong rider and avid mountain biker suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, I welcome this new technology. As my disease slowly takes away the one thing in this world that brings me the greatest pleasure, tech like this will keep me in the saddle and riding with my friends for many more years.

  • Joe Pineapples

    7/8/2015 2:07 AM

    I fall definitely into the "you've gotta earn it camp" and I'd rather eat my own hair than ride one of these mopeds. At best, I can see the point if you have an injury or disability that makes cycling difficult, at worst it'll put lazy c**ts out on the trails who can't be arsed putting the work in.

  • Alaska eBike

    7/7/2015 6:11 PM

    Haters gotta get there hate on, but this technology has the ability to bring the joys of cycling to more members of society. Don't worry purists, eventually time will catch up with your mortal body, despite the fact we feel immortal when we are in peak physical shape... go back to riding rigid frame steel bikes if you can't stand technological changes.

  • alexarmanetti

    7/8/2015 6:39 AM

    Normally I would read the comment section and be saddened to see how many people shun new technology but I have to agree that electric bikes must go asap! They're going to bring a new demographic into mountain biking that I don't think we want and just because there are "more" people in MTB doesn't make it better. Just means there are more people which I read as slower riders and more stopping for these people...

  • scarface

    7/8/2015 6:56 AM

    "Electric bikes must go asap"? I think you might be slightly deluded about how the world works. I may or may not like ebikes, but that you think that they might somehow "go away" is pretty amusing.

  • alexarmanetti

    7/8/2015 8:07 PM

    I didn't mean it like that. I meant electric mountain bikes should fade out asap. So, thank you for pointing out my imperfect word usage. I should've worded that more carefully..

  • Alaska eBike

    7/8/2015 8:50 AM

    Don't be an elitist dude! If everyone can't be out doing what you love to do, then you probably shouldn't be out doing it. Remember you weren't always a 'pro' level biker and there will always be more and more rookies flooding the trail system on many different style bikes because riding bikes is a damn fun time!

  • alexarmanetti

    7/8/2015 8:05 PM

    I'm not really being an elitist. Elitist would be saying that slow riders don't belong on trails or super fast guys are dangerous. What I'm saying is that those who will be buying E-bikes probably aren't interested in mountain biking. They're interested in something else. A mountain biker is in it for pushing their limits ascending and descending. A true mountain biker that is. Even if you're a DH rider you're trying to push yourself in all aspects.
    E-bikes aren't bad bikes. in fact I think they'd be great for commuting but they're not for MTB.

  • Icehawk

    7/7/2015 2:34 PM

    I think these are great - I'm older, moving to elevation, and haven't ridden in a few years - a bike like this could make it possible for me to actually go out and enjoy the ride vs feel like I am torturing myself. This is an assisted bike and I don't get the hate honestly, I would agree the throttle bikes should probably stick to MX trails and the like due to impact, etc. but an assisted bike just make the pedaling easier...

  • nismo325

    7/7/2015 12:15 PM

    This shouldn't even be on the site.

  • brook.mitchell.7

    7/7/2015 12:04 PM

    Just for that i'm turning my add block back on...

  • Scott_Townes

    7/7/2015 8:51 AM

    The beauty of not having electric assist- The higher you make your way into the trail system, the less gapers and people overall crowding the trails. Electric assist is a horrendous idea. If you're too lazy to pedal to the top, stick to the lifts. At least then we know what trails to avoid. They look massively fun but so does blowing shit up. However, you don't see me in the streets throwing molotov cocktails.

  • filthyanimal

    7/7/2015 8:37 AM

    Dirt Magazine goes out of print and now this? Jesus...

    On a serious note, this is a bad idea for MTB. Are the stupid things fun? Of course they are... It'd also be fun to blast my KX450F up the local MTB trails... It's also fun to shuttle all of the local MTB trails on DH bikes, But most people don't (or they get a lecture and possibly a sock in the nose) 'cause it's totally a bad idea and bad for MTB. Roll down the road a bit and shuttle where it's legal (or, at least permitted) or hit the resorts...or drop the same amount of $krilla that you'd drop on a used DH bike on a used MX bike and go ride one of the various moto tracks or trails systems within and hour's drive for a 1/3 the price of a lift ticket.

    You guys are "kinda" promoting this. This will allow the exact people that probably shouldn't be out on the trails to get out on the trails without paying some dues and learning a bit about the way it all works. This is a motorized bike--any way you slice it--and the wrong clowns are gonna ride them on MTB trails. Especially if shops and internet sources start promoting them because all it takes, apparently, is a handy and a bike to ride for the day and you got yourself a sales team!!!

  • publicenemy

    7/7/2015 9:38 PM

    You sound like an idiot.