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Men's 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 proven Turbo pedal-assist technology and accelerated it into the future.

It features a custom 250-watt motor and 460Wh battery that are fully integrated with the bike and specifically tuned for city riding and in the case of the battery it doesn't require any tools for removal so it's super easy to remove from the bike for charging. You might have noticed that this motor has the same output as the 4.0 which is true but where the internals of these two diverge is at the battery and custom motor tune. This 3.0 iteration of the Vado's battery has a little less

FRAMETurbo aluminum frame with bottom bracket motor mount, fitness/transportation geometry, fully integrated & lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, smooth welds
FORKSR Suntour NCX E25, 50mm of travel, steel steerer, 15mm thru-axle
FRONT HUBSpecialized alloy disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x100mm thru-axle, 28h
REAR HUBSpecialized alloy disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm, 10-/11-speed freehub, 28h
SPOKESStainless, black
RIMS700C disc, 28h, double-wall
INNER TUBES700C, 40mm Presta valve
FRONT TYRETrigger Sport Reflective, 700x47mm
REAR TYRETrigger Sport Reflective, 700x47mm
CRANKSETCustom alloy crankarms
CHAINRINGS40T, BCD: 104, single Xsync style 10-/11-speed
SHIFT LEVERSShimano Deore, 10-speed.
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Deore, Shadow Plus, GS cage, 10-speed
CASSETTEShimano HG500, 10-speed, 11-42t
CHAINKMC X10eT, 10-speed w/ Missing Linkâ„¢
FRONT BRAKEShimano BR-M315, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 180/160mm rotor
REAR BRAKEShimano BR-M315, hydraulic disc, resin pads, 160mm rotor
HANDLEBARSSpecialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 680mm width, 31.8mm
GRIPSBody Geometry Contour
STEMAlloy w/ display/light mount, 31.8mm clamp
SADDLESpecialized Canopy Sport, steel rails
SEATPOSTSpecialized 2-bolt head, forged alloy, 8mm offset, micro-adjust, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDERAlloy, 31.8mm
MOTORSpecialized 1.2, Custom Rx Street Tuned Motor, 250W Nominal
UI/REMOTECustom 2.2" BLOKS. LCD display, USB plug, stem mount w/ custom handlebar remote & Mission Control App connectivity
BATTERYSpecialized U1-460, On/Off button, state of charge display, 460Wh
CHARGERCustom charger, 42V4A with Rosenberger plug
WIRING HARNESSCustom Specialized wiring harness
HEADLIGHTAspheric Lens technology, alloy housing, 300 Lumen output, stem-mount, 6V
TAILLIGHTIntegrated rack-mount, Lightguide technology, 6V
KICKSTANDSpecialized kickstand, 40mm mount
FENDERSSpecialized DRYTECH fenders, 52mm width, aluminum fenderstays
RACKSpecialized Turbo rack, Racktime-accessories-compatible
BELLSimple bell
PEDALSSpecialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors

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Size S M L XL
BB Drop -70mm -70mm -70mm -70mm
Chainstay Length 478mm 478mm 478mm 478mm
Fork Rake 44mm 44mm 44mm 44mm
Front Center 647mm 657mm 682mm 704mm
Head Tube Angle 70° 70° 70° 70°
Head Tube Length 135mm 135mm 145mm 170mm
Reach 396mm 406mm 428mm 441mm
Seat Tube Length, BB Center to Top Vertical 400mm 450mm 500mm 550mm
Stack 619mm 619mm 629mm 652mm
Standover Height 762mm 800mm 833mm 875mm
Trail 86mm 86mm 86mm 86mm
Wheelbase 1116mm 1126mm 1152mm 1173mm
Comment author

Verified Purchase | 2019-09-02 15:30:41

At the age of pushing 60, too many speeding tickets lead me to a period of time without a car. It seemed to make sense to acquire and E-bike. I already have a Specialized Tricross Sport but I wanted to get to the office still able to work and arrive home in the evening able the function. The Vado 3.0 seemed ideal. I'm not a small chap at 192cm tall and 106Kg. So many bikes seem to come in small sizes... maybe the larger American builds require larger bikes? The daily commute is 10.6 miles each way. I know this because the clear computer display on the bike tells me so. I can also see the details on my phone through connected android app that allows me to configure the set-up of the bike and see the route I have taken. The app also tells me I have climbed an assent of 340 ft on the ride home. Using a combination of Eco, Sport and Turbo assist for the steepest climbs I can get 12 mph quite comfortably up steep (for me) inclines. It's like having a hand on my back, pushing me uphill. A press of the power selector you feel a noticeable but gentle increase in assistance so I never truly break sweat. After a round trip, the battery will be at 65%

Yes, this is a means to an end. I am not using it for pleasure cycling but commuting too and from work...But you know what? I am loving it. After becoming disillusioned with cycling on the Tricross I am finally into cycling. And if E-bikes do nothing else... that is surely enough!

Comment author

Verified Purchase | 2018-08-23 13:05:36

Love cycling but getting harder and harder due to loss of power through Parkinson’s disease. E bike seemed perfect answer.

The Vado

Good. Looks the part and nice lines. Battery integrated and not just stuck on the down tube. Suspension helpful. Three power modes but Eco fine for general cycling. Quick charging and 460 Whrs. Easy to understand controls and battery locked in. Clear display of speed and battery charge remaining plus various other parameters.

Ride comfortable and pedal assist smooth and predictable. Very quiet motor. The quietest of all the e bikes I tried. Lights helpful.

Not so good. Range less than I was expecting. 60 miles on Eco from full charge on a flat and wind free route. Specialized web site says 93 but I’m sure it was down to the weight of me the rider and bike. I’ll keep an eye on this. Heavy but no more so than all e bikes.

Very disappointing that the Turbo Vado Mission Control App is not available and nobody seems to know when it will be or if ever. Bad customer service for a company the size of and with the reputation of Specialized. It doesn't detract from the ride experience but does leave a bitter taste

All in all very happy. Went twice as far today as I have this year and all without a sweat to notice.