FAQ’S | BATTERIES
WHAT IS THE TURBO LEVO SL’S BATTERY CAPACITY?
All Turbo Levo SL models use the same Specialized 320Wh internal battery. The Founder’s Edition Levo SL, however, comes equipped with two 160Wh Range Extender batteries, which effectively doubles its capacity. The S-Works Levo SL comes with a single 160Wh Range Extender battery that increases onboard battery capacity by 50 percent. The 160Wh Range Extender battery kit will also be available as an aftermarket product and can be used on all Turbo Levo SL models.
IS A RANGE EXTENDER INCLUDED WITH EVERY TURBO LEVO SL?
The 160Wh Range Extender comes standard with the S-Works model and two Range Extenders are included on the Founder’s Edition model. For other models, the Range Extender (adding up to another 2 hours of ride time) will be available as an accessory and is the perfect tool to extend your Turbo Levo SL rides even farther.
DO ALL THE MODELS HAVE THE SAME RANGE OR RIDE TIME? WHAT IS IT?
Since all Turbo Levo SL models share the same motor and internal battery, the bikes’ potential range is nearly identical. Range varies with how you ride, where you ride, and which mode you ride in, but you can expect up to 3 hours of ride time using ECO mode from the internal battery alone. With a Range Extender battery (included with the S-Works and Founder’s Edition models and available as an accessory on other models) up to an additional 2 hours of ride-time can be obtained with every Range Extender battery used.
WHAT IMPACTS THE RANGE AND HOW CAN I GET THE MOST DISTANCE POSSIBLE?
There are many variables that influence range. The rider’s weight, fitness, and position on the bike, as well as the bike build, bike weight, tire choice, and tire pressure all impact range. Several environmental influences, such as trail conditions, elevation, and weather can impact range as well. The less motor support you require, the longer the battery will last. Riding in ECO mode will generally provide the longest battery life. Our Smart Control feature within the Mission Control App gives you the most control to ensure you the longest ride time available.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT DOES THE RANGE EXTENDER ADD TO THE TURBO LEVO SL?
The Range Extender battery weighs 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds).
HOW DOES THE RANGE EXTENDER ATTACH TO THE TURBO LEVO SL?
While the Range Extender fits in a normal water bottle cage, we recommend using the Specialized Z-Cage along with the included band for increased security—especially on rougher terrain. The Z-Cage has passed extensive testing that ensures that Range Extender batteries are held secure despite the shock and vibration experienced on rough trails.
HOW MUCH DOES THE RANGE EXTENDER COST?
The Range Extender will be available in the aftermarket and will sell for $450 USD.
WHAT IS SMART CONTROL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Using the Smart Control feature of our Mission Control App enables you to enter how far, or how long, you want to ride, as well as how much battery you would like to have left at the end of your ride. Smart Control then takes care of all battery management to reach those targets. It does this with a smart algorithm that checks the bike’s status every 10 seconds. Keep in mind, with Smart Control initiated on the app, assistance modes cannot be altered via the TCU on the bike’s top tube. It’s worth noting if at any point you choose to ride with no assistance, meaning you’re not getting any motor support, the system is still on and recording/sharing data to display on apps or ANT+ enabled devices.
HOW DO YOU CHARGE THE TURBO LEVO SL’S BATTERY?
Included with every Turbo Levo SL is a Specialized 48V charger that plugs into a port at the bottom of the bike’s seat tube, just above the bottom bracket. The Range Extender is charged with the same charger. After plugging in your charger, it will take five seconds for the TCU to light-up and indicate charging. When all blue bars are illuminated, the bike is fully charged. A green LED on the charger indicates “standby,” while a steady red light indicates “charging.” S-Works bikes and Founder’s Edition bikes will ship with a “Y” cable that allows both the internal battery and Range Extender to be charged simultaneously. You can also gauge the status of your battery charge when you are away from your bike. The Mission Control App can relay your Levo SL’s current charge status directly to your smartphone.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE THE TURBO LEVO SL?
You can expect your Turbo Levo SL’s internal battery to charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. A Range Extender will charge from 3% to 100% in approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Both the internal and Range Extender batteries will charge (simultaneously) from 3% to 100% in approximately 3 hours 20 minutes with a “Y” cable.
CAN THE INTERNAL BATTERY BE REMOVED FOR CHARGING?
Yes, it can. However, the Turbo Levo SL’s internal battery is fully integrated into the frame and is intended to be charged while in the frame. In order to get the battery out of the frame, you need to remove the motor first. It’s this kind of integration that allows the Turbo Levo SL to be so light. If you want to fly with your Turbo Levo SL, the internal battery needs to be removed. You can carry a Range Extender in your carry-on luggage and when you arrive at your location, you can ride the Turbo Levo SL with just the Range Extender.