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Specialized has built an electric road bike – and you won’t believe what it costs

Specialized has revealed its most advanced
road bike yet, the Turbo Creo SL.

The Californian cycling brand is renowned
for its astute technical design and exhaustive R&D efforts, which have
culminated in the most seamlessly integrated electric bicycle available.

Building on the success of Specialized’s
Levo range of electrically assisted mountain bikes, the Creo SL brings all the advantages
of an onboard battery and electric motor to road cycling.

As a design, Specialized has achieved an incredible
feat of packing with this new bike. It looks every bit like a sleek carbon-fibre
road bike, but for the slightly fatter bottom bracket area, where the electric
motor is housed.

The Creo SL is not a moped. It only offers electrical assistance if a rider is pedalling the bike. Most of the trick engineering is applied to make the power output of that motor integrate with a rider’s cadence in the most natural way possible.

An internal battery pack stores 320Wh of
energy, which allows the electric motor to provide 240 watts worth of pedalling
assistance for up to 130km of riding.

If you require a reference for how much
power the electric motor gives a rider onboard the Creo SL, 240 watts is what a
professional road cyclist generates when riding.

Unlike many purist carbon-fibre road bikes, the Cleo SL is not outrageously light. It weighs 12.2kg, but considering the powerful electric assistance available, it appears to be a very worthwhile compromise.

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Nearly 200km of range possible

For riders who want to journey even further than 130km whilst battery power helps them along, Specialized have developed very clever range extenders – adding 65km. These smaller plug-in battery packs are shaped to look like water bottles and fit in the traditional bottle cages, mounted to the frame.

Although e-bikes have raised the ire of cycling traditionalists since their introduction, they provide an invaluable solution for riders recovering from injury, or those who are burdened by a demanding schedule and have less time to train.

If you wish to get in a quick 130km ride on
a weekend morning and don’t want to be completely fatigued during family lunch,
the Creo SL offers a compelling solution. To recharge a Creo SL requires two
and a half hours.

The first shipment of Creo SLs is due in
South Africa by November. Price positioning starts R90 000 for the Creo SL
Comp carbon Evo.

Dearest of these new Specialized electric assistance
road bikes is the R248 000  Founders Edition
S-Works model, which weighs under 12kg. Only 250
of these bikes will be made available globally.

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