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Electric MTB

Post by scooby » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:14 pm

HI, is there anyone on the forum have or used a Specialized Turbo Levo MTB ? my wife is thinking of buying one and we cant find any good reviews apart from stuff written by Specialized.
Were mostly interested in range on a charge and is it worth buying or will she be better off staying with a normal MTB and just build up her fitness again.
Thanks in advance.

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Electric MTB

Post by johnnyboxer » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:23 pm

scooby wrote:HI, is there anyone on the forum have or used a Specialized Turbo Levo MTB ? my wife is thinking of buying one and we cant find any good reviews apart from stuff written by Specialized.
Were mostly interested in range on a charge and is it worth buying or will she be better off staying with a normal MTB and just build up her fitness again.
Thanks in advance.
I have a Levo Full Suspension
Tried loads and bought the Specialized
Seamless motor and with 504 wh battery it's good for 30 miles in Trail mode
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Re: Electric MTB

Post by drdaveboy » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:57 pm

I love mine I've got the comp but my lad has just bought the lesser one , both fantastic Image

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Re: Electric MTB

Post by drdaveboy » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:58 pm

Mine 700wh battery the lads 500 nearly run down at the same rate as I weigh about 7 stone more

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Re: Electric MTB

Post by scooby » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:29 am

Thanks for the replys guys, in trail mode what % of power is coming from the bike and how much from the rider please ? wife is hoping to be able to ride at least 40 miles on a charge with maybe a 50/50 split of rider/bike, is that a realistic possibility when say riding in the Peaks ?

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Re: Electric MTB

Post by drdaveboy » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:11 am

Yes easily.het that mileage I've done.32.mile ride and had 43% left and I'm 16 stone

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Re: Electric MTB

Post by drdaveboy » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:13 am

You can tune the assistance through the app I burned 1730 calories according to fitbit on the 32.mile ride so you still work but its amazing when you need a little push

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Re: Electric MTB

Post by johnnyboxer » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:32 am

scooby wrote:Thanks for the replys guys, in trail mode what % of power is coming from the bike and how much from the rider please ? wife is hoping to be able to ride at least 40 miles on a charge with maybe a 50/50 split of rider/bike, is that a realistic possibility when say riding in the Peaks ?
Mine’s a 2018 1.3 spec motor (2020 are 2.1 motors) and with a 504w battery 30+ miles is easily achieved in trail mode which gives a good level of assistance
On flatter & easy trails/road I use eco and bike is easy to pedal
I don’t use turbo much
If I need more range I will get a range extender battery to pop in the bottle cage, which will yield another 250-300 w of battery power
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Re: Electric MTB

Post by scooby » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:38 pm

Thank you to both of you for the feedback its very helpful and we will see what deals are about.

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Re: Electric MTB

Post by garyboy » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:01 pm

johnnyboxer wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:32 am
scooby wrote:Thanks for the replys guys, in trail mode what % of power is coming from the bike and how much from the rider please ? wife is hoping to be able to ride at least 40 miles on a charge with maybe a 50/50 split of rider/bike, is that a realistic possibility when say riding in the Peaks ?
Mine’s a 2018 1.3 spec motor (2020 are 2.1 motors) and with a 504w battery 30+ miles is easily achieved in trail mode which gives a good level of assistance
On flatter & easy trails/road I use eco and bike is easy to pedal
I don’t use turbo much
If I need more range I will get a range extender battery to pop in the bottle cage, which will yield another 250-300 w of battery power
Just been reading a bit about range extenders .. seems the consensus is that it is better to get another battery, .. same,ish price and more range, though the bottle ones don't need to be carried in u rucksack.

I dunno .. you guys must all be fit and strong or summat :shock:
I can't seem to get a flow going with anything less than `turbo` .. I thought I had got fitter and stronger so one day recently , I tried my old mtb … admittedly the gears were knackered, but I was laid up for a week after. :roll: :lol:
I must be older than i thought :|

So .. on full turbo, I get just under 30 miles .. which is just a bit shorter than i would wish, as it gives a 14 mile distance before returning? .. but an extra battery is about £500?
I have managed to get over 15mph, with assist, with amendments, and my average is about 12mph, taking it easy, and 15+ mph going some.
This doesn't sound much but that is doing 20 to 30+ in parts and higher downhill.

percentage of power? ... full turbo is much higher than i thought .. maybe 3 times my input, but impossible to really know, tho the ktm action 271 is actually advertised as that ratio, at max flow.

Hardtails are a lot cheaper and recently, over xmas, were some good deals for les than £2000, on the specialised levo .. I got a link somewhere in this site.

I guess full suspension is good if you can afford it .. especially if u doing bike park downhills n stuff? .. but normal hard bike trails are fine on a hard tail …. tho I have yet to try a serious cross country trail. .. but hoping to when the weather improves.

I doesn't seem to matter, on full turbo how you ride the bike .. taking it easy or blastin away .. you still get the same distance outa the battery?
I read that the motor is at peak efficiency at highest revs .. so that figures then, as I am often in top or next to top gear, with slower motor revs, so perhaps faster pedalling with smaller gear (bigger rear cog) will be better for range?

I have read that some bikes have a throttle .. ie no pedal assist? … but I've never seen one .. and the battery must die very quickly?

most ebikes around 500wh seem to be similar in price looks and performance?

o .. another thing .. my emtb has a lot of motor drag when the battery is not connected or run out, and it is really hard work to get home if caught short in the battery department.
Some bikes have no drag, so I been told.

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