Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon Evo review

Electrified gravel grinder from Morgan California

Cycling Weekly Verdict

To me, Specialized’s Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon Evo is an ebike that is doing its best impression of a regular bike, and a believable one at that. Whether you’re cursing along above the cutoff speed or riding with the motor off along a flat road, it doesn’t have the lumbering ride quality many ebikes do. When you do hit the power button, the way the motor reacts to your input feels perfectly integrated into the system and natural. It’s comfortable and well mannered and a ball of fun to ride.

Reasons to buy
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    SL1.1 motor

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    Dropper post

Reasons to avoid
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    Praxis front chainring

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Specialized was early to jump on the electrified drop-bar bike trend, and the Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon Evo (say that ten times fast) is the brand’s e-gravel offering. Pitched as the lightest e-bike in its class, Specialized opted to design its own e-bike system rather than bolt-on a Bosch or Shimano motor.

Based around the same Fact11 Carbon frame as the S-Works Turbo Creo SL road e-bike we tested last year, the American outfit has capitalized on the space between the chainstays and fork to wack on a set of knobby tyres. It's also bolted on a few adventure-ready parts. But, is this enough to transform a performance road bike into a gravel shredder?

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