Specialized have broadened their Creo range of performance e-bikes with two new models, unveiled today.
Trickling down much of the technology and design from the S-Works Turbo Creo and their recent Expert-level models, the new Comp is intended to make an e-bike a realistic option for an even wider range of riders.
Specialized's SL 1.1 motor, developed in-house, provides up to 240W of power and is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible; quiet in operation, smoothly picking up or easing off assistance, and with no noticeable friction when not in use.
The battery tucked away inside the down tube provides up to 80 miles of range as standard, and an optional extra range extender increases that by a further 40 miles if needed.
Both models are priced at £5499, and the decision between the two comes down to the kind of riding you prefer.
The Turbo Creo SL Comp is aimed at endurance road riding, whilst the Turbo Creo SL Comp EVO is built primarily as a gravel/adventure machine. Both have the same frame and share most of the same build kit (we'll look at the differences below), and both feature the same motor and battery.
above: the Turbo Creo SL Comp
Both models are built around the same carbon frame and forks and equipped with Shimano's latest GRX 810 1x adventure-focused groupset, with Praxis cranks, and the DT Swiss R470 db wheelset.
Specialized's tried and testedFuture Shock 2.0 gives 20mm of front suspension to take the sting out of rough roads and off-road riding.
Rack and mudguard mounts are built in, giving another hint as to Comp's "more than road" capabilities, as does the gravel-friendly "Open Road" geometry, similar to that found on the Specialized Diverge.
The EVO is essentially the more "gravel/adventure" focused build of the two, with an included dropper post and beefier tyres, whilst the standard model is aimed at endurance and general road riding:
Turbo Creo SL Comp
Turbo Creo SL Comp EVO
above: the Turbo Creo SL Comp EVO
Overall these are an interesting and welcome addition to the Creo lineup, making it more affordable without skimping on quality components. The geometry has proven itself to be versatile and well suited to riders who spend time on or off road, and whichever model you choose it's simply a case of swapping tyres to change its focus from endurance road to gravel/adventure or vice-versa, whenever you want.
The addition of the motor and battery don't increase the weight significantly (the motor itself weighs around 1.5kg) and from our experience with the other Creo models this should lead to a nimble bike that enables you to forget about the motor except when you need it.
The new bikes will be available from early January 2020, and can be pre-ordered now. As always we'll ensure that your Creo fits perfectly - just as important on an e-bike as any other.
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