The 2016 Specialized Turbo

BY Cameron Newland

While other bicycle manufacturers (Trek, ahem) fumbled with mediocre, also-ran designs for their ebike offerings, Specialized put some of their top engineering talent on to the task of creating a unique, high-performance ebike, and the result was the Specialized Turbo, a beautiful steed whose performance and engineering are only rivaled by Stromer’s ST1 and ST2 models.

2016 Specialized Turbo

2016 Specialized Turbo

Specialized isn’t one to rest on their laurels, however. According to materials on display at Specialized’s 2016 reveal event, their 2016 Turbo S model is set to pack some serious upgrades.

Power is getting a boost

The Specialized Turbo’s rear hub motor has always stood out from the pack, offering quite a bit of peak power (750W), but just 200W (nominal power) most of the time. Many of their competitor’s bikes including the IZIP E3 Dash, Stromer ST1, and Stromer ST2 have been offering motors with a beefier 500W of nominal power. The 2016 Turbo S will offer a power boost to match its competitors’ numbers, and this may increase power output in lower pedal-assist modes.

Battery life bumped-up, too

What good is extra power, though, if it runs out before you get home? Specialized has thankfully thought of this, and has increased the capacity of its downtube-mounted battery to 691Wh from 504Wh. The larger battery applies to the Turbo S model and potentially other Turbos as well, but considering that the 2015 Turbo S had a larger battery than the Turbo X, there may be some differences in 2016.

Another gear

The Turbo S will offer Shimano’s new 11-speed Deore XT rear derailleur, adding a gear over 2015’s model.

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2016 Specialized Turbo S
Turbo-S Werbe

2016 Specialized Turbo S
2016 Specialized Turbo

2016 Specialized Turbo
2016 Specialized Turbo

2016 Specialized Turbo
2016 Specialized Turbo

2016 Specialized Turbo

There are also a few new colors:

2016 Specialized Turbo S White

Dirty White/Gunmetal
2016 Specialized Turbo S Black

Matte Black/Gloss Phoenix Fade

Higher top speed

The Turbo X had previously had its top speed pegged at about 26 MPH, however, the 2016 Turbo X is said to be able to reach 28 MPH, equaling the stated top speeds of the IZIP E3 Dash, Stromer ST1 and Stromer ST2.

2016 Specialized Turbo X - Gloss Black/Cyan

2016 Specialized Turbo X in Gloss Black/Cyan

Suspension seatpost

Given that the Turbo X lacks a full suspension, Specialized is offering it with a suspension seatpost, though it’s not clear if it’s an optional accessory or a standard piece of kit.