Specialized electric bicycle engineering office in Switzerland appears to be testing a hardtail version of the Turbo Levo electric mountain bike. The new hardtail has not been formally announced, however, its development comes as no surprise, as a hardtail electric mountain bike would fill a gaping hole in Specialized’s electric bike lineup, which is currently composed of primarily road-tuned ebikes (Turbo, Turbo S, and Turbo X) and an extreme off-road ebike (Turbo Levo). The hardtail would likely be more useful to riders that prefer light trail riding, and the hardtail design might shed a pound or two of weight in addition to reducing maintenance requirements and reducing production costs.
From looking at the photo, the Turbo Levo Hardtail appears to use the same downtube-mounted battery and Brose mid-drive motor as the full-suspension Turbo Levo.
The Turbo Levo Hardtail will go on sale as the Turbo Levo HT and starts at $4,000. Variants include a fatbike, the Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat with 4.6″ tires ($5,000), a mid-step model for women (the Women’s Turbo Levo HT Comp 6Fattie), and the standard men’s model, the Turbo Levo HT Comp 6Fattie ($4,000).