Of course, Specialized is also famous for their
heightened level of self-awareness, and so even
though they would prefer to not talk about where
the Levo’s motor was actually sourced, we can tell
you that it came from German motor-maker Brose.
Although you can find other bike brands relying
on Brose powerplants, Specialized says their 250-
watt powerplant is custom-made for them. “We
saw shortcomings with other motors that were-deal
breakers for us,” said Specialized’s Sean Estes, “so
we kept looking until we found a supplier who could
provide us with the features we were looking for.”
The Levo Turbo mountain bike has a handful of
unique features, including the “Mission Control”
mobile app which takes the place of the commonly
found handlebar-mounted display unit to provide all
the necessary ride info. The Mission Control system is
both iOS- and Android-system-friendly.
Besides one fully rigid fat bike, the Levo line will
include two hardtail frames and three full-suspension
bikes, with one running on 29er wheels and the others
rolling with the new 27+ platform. The FSR bikes are
also spec’d with a Command Post dropper seatpost.
Predictably, while their American competitors only
show their trepidations in entering the e-bike market,
Specialized instead rallies on with an impressive
six-bike display of gusto, letting loose a battle cry of
“Forward!” Specialized told us that we could hopefully
get a test bike in the coming months. As of this issue,
the retail prices for the U.S. market were not set yet. ■
The custom Praxxis crank and chainring are very
In addition to the RockShox fork and Fox shock, the
FSR is also spec’d with a dropper seatpost.