above: A lot of tech packed into a very small area, the
frame is remarkably 'normal' looking, and light
The SL in the name obviously stands for super light. And
weighing 12.2kg, this range-topping S-Works model with Dura-Ace and
XTR Di2 certainly is one of the lightest e-road bikes you can
currently buy. The low weight is helped by the FACT 11r carbon
fibre frame, but so too the motor which weighs 1.95kg thanks to its
diminutive size and magnesium casing. The battery also keeps the
weight down at 1.8kg.
More on the Turbo Creo SL:
Specialized has taken a few lessons from bikes elsewhere in its
range. The geometry is largely modelled on the Diverge adventure
bike, albeit it with longer chainstays, due to the motor, and a
more relaxed head angle intended to improve the stability. There
will be six sizes to choose from.
A familiar feature is the new Future Shock 2.0 from the Roubaix,
an internal spring providing 20mm of bump-taming suspension with a
lockout dial. Dropped seatstays echo the Roubaix and Tarmac,
providing increased comfort at the saddle. There's a simple
external seat clamp and mudguards, racks and lights can be fitted
for year-round versatility.