It’s not often that we see something come along that could completely revolutionise the market, but Specialized may just have come up with a product range to do that. Forget what you know about e-bikes, this is an all out performance road bike with a motor. The Turbo Creo SL is like nothing we’ve seen before.
Specialized claim they’re going to flatten your climbs. Going to make you laugh at headwinds, ride further, and go faster than you ever imagined. That’s what our first Turbo road bike is all about. Because, let’s be honest, riding faster is just more fun. Turbo Creo SL— It’s You, Only Faster.
Pitched at the rider that knows how a performance road bike feels and certainly isn’t short of ability, but just wants more from their ride. Training might be limited due to time, injury, age, but now that doesn’t mean your ride has to be!
Turbo was launched seven years ago, and since then, Specialized have been relentless in our pursuit of the perfect e-bike—bikes that feel like you, only faster. Since there wasn’t a motor and system for a performance road bike on the market that they were satisfied with, Specialized developed their own.
Designed in California and engineered in Switzerland (the heart of the e-bike revolution), the new Specialized SL 1.1 represents the ideal performance e-road bike motor. It’s based on a decade of research, development, and ride testing, and it features the perfect combination of power, weight, size, range, and ride quality, so it delivers consistent power in the natural cadence that riders need.
In order to build a performance e-road bike, all of these features needed to come together to deliver a true performance road bike experience. Ultralight and whisper quiet, the Specialized SL 1.1 motor doubles your effort with silky smooth power delivery—power that feels like it’s straight from your legs. No unnatural power curve, lurching, or motor jumps. It delivers up to 240 watts of power that are in sync with your cadence, and when you want to pedal unassisted, there’s no drag holding you back.
The other Specialized motors deliver up to 4 times your own power, the Turbo Creo is pitching for 2x, or 180% to be precise. And why? Because this isn’t a bike that’s going to ride for you. It’s only designed to assist you exactly when you need it. It’s a bike aimed at the authentic rider, not a “lazy one”.
The Turbo Creo SL isn’t just the lightest e-bike in its class, it’s literally kilograms lighter than the competition at just 12.2kg for the S-Works Creo SL. The frame is made out of our FACT 11r carbon, and designed to handle like a Tarmac to inspire dancing on the pedals and diving into corners. And with the Future Shock 2.0, and its adjustable damper, we suspend you, not the bike to deliver more control, confidence, and comfort.
With a lower centre of gravity due to the positioning of the battery and the motor, you really can hang this bike into the corners without even noticing. It’d contend with some of our favourite road bikes, and that’s without the motor.
Different to some of the e-bikes on the market, the Turbo Creo offers 130 kms of range from the internal battery alone. The Turbo Creo SL lets you enjoy the power, not worry about the range. A separate Range Extender, included with the S-Works build and optional on other models, provides up to 65 kms of additional mountain-flattening power.
The internal battery offers 320Wh, while the Range Extender is 160Wh battery. The Turbo Creo SL’s internal battery can be charged in as little as 2 hours and 35 minutes. Every rider and every ride are different, so they created a Turbo Creo SL Range Calculator to help you determine exactly how far you ride.
The easy to use ride app you’ll actually use. Each of the motor’s three assisted riding modes can be tuned almost infinitely for both peak and sustained power delivery. Mission Control can even manage battery power automatically with Smart Control. Just tell it how far or how long you want to ride, and the app will ensure you have the battery power to get there.
It can record your ride, send it to third-party apps, and it even has an integrated power meter that can send your power numbers to an ANT+ head unit. While seamless connectivity comes standard with the Creo SL, connecting with Mission Control is always optional. The Turbo Connect Unit on the top tube gives you all the control you need to ride.
The Turbo Creo SL EVO build takes the bike’s revolutionary e-road performance and creates incredible new opportunities for adventure and exploration. This versatile build adds 38mm Pathfinder tyres, flared Adventure Gear Hover bars and a dropper post for long gravel rides, bikepacking, and venturing into the unknown.