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Specialized Develops E-Racer Drive System

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Specialized Develops E-Racer Drive System
In close cooperation with its Swiss e-bike engineering team, Specialized developed an entirely new motor and battery system. – Photo Specialized

MORGAN HILL, USA – At just 12.2 kilogram, Specialized’s new Turbo Creo SL e-racer is much lighter than other e-bike with bottom-bracket based motors. Instead of using an existing system designed for urban riding or mountain biking, Specialized have built a system from the ground up specifically for road riding. According to Specialized, “the new SL 1.1 motor provides a consistent power and smooth assistance giving the rider a natural feel when pedalling.”

Specialized invested in R&D to create technology that lives up to its own standards. For Specialized “There wasn’t a suitable motor and system for performance road e-bikes on the market.” In close cooperation with its Swiss e-bike engineering team the company developed an entirely new motor and battery system called the SL 1.1.

Range extender

The Turbo Creo SL has a range of 195 kilometers. While 130 kilometers comes from the 320Wh internal battery which is located in the down tube, another 65 kilometers comes from an optional 160Wh range extender. The range extender is included in the S-Works and Founder’s bikes and can be purchased separately for the other models. The internal battery can be charged in 2 hours and 35 minutes. As every rider and every ride are different, Specialized has also created a Turbo Creo SL Range Calculator to help determine the exact range.

Eco, Sport and Turbo

Riders can personalize the Turbo Creo SL’s power delivery by using Specialized’s ‘Mission Control App’. The app can also be used to manage the power support of the battery by entering the approximate distance or time of the ride. It will ensure that the battery will last the entire ride. The SL1.1 motor also has integrated ANT+, a multicast wireless sensor network technology that connects to the rider’s power meter.

These Specialized e-racers with the SL 1.1 drive system retail between 8,499.90 for the Turbo Creo SL Expert EVO model and 14.000 euro for the S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder’s Edition.


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