Specialized Turbo Levo Alloy brings all the tech to lower priced eMTBs

The all-new alloy Specialized Turbo Levo e-mountain bikes literally cut the cost of entry in half, with two models starting at just $5,500. And there are new carbon models that bring those versions down to $11,000, which sounds like a lot until you realize the S-Works model is $15k, and the Pro model jumped to $13k.

Two alloy models will be offered, the base bike for $5,500, and the Comp Alloy for $7,500. Let’s take a look at what you get…

2022 Specialized Turbo Levo Alloy

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike front three quarters view

The alloy Turbo Levos come with the same Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor as the latest carbon Levos, which we reviewed and really, really liked, even giving them a spot in our Editor’s Choice Awards.

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike motor housing and crankset

They also get the 700Wh battery and Turbo Connect Unit that deliver a powerful 90Nm of torque and 565 watts of power.

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike cockpit view

The brains are the same, offering you intelligent assistance modes with levels you can customize in their Mission Control app. From power output and “oomph” per mode to letting it calculate the assist based on anticipated ride time, there’s a lot of tinkering you can do.

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike close up

The alloy Levo Comps also get their six-way geometry adjustments. Using a flip chip at the rear pivot and three different head angle settings thanks to swappable bearing cups, you get six unique positions to choose from. These affect head angle (63º to 65.5º), bottom bracket, and wheelbase, but travel remains the same.

The base model loses the adjustable headset, but keeps the two-position pivot at the rear dropout. This means a middle-position 64º-64.5º as standard, depending on the rear end’s setting.

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike suspension linkage

That means 150mm rear travel, with a 160mm fork up front. Like many modern eMTBs, it also uses a mixed wheel size, with a 29er up front, and 27.5″ in the rear.

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike suspension linkage

The frame itself is an M5 alloy chassis that’s offered in six sizes and uses their sidewinder-style shock brace. Protective tape sits in the impact zones, and an integrated chain keeper sits atop the chainring.

Turbo Levo Alloy pricing & specs

2022 specialized turbo levo comp alloy e-mountain bike rear 3-4 view

The $7,500 Turbo Levo Comp Alloy gets SRAM GX Eagle shifter and derailleur, chain, XG-1275 12-speed cassette, and Code R brakes with 200-220mm rotors depending on frame size. Cranks are Praxis M30 alloy with 160mm arms and custom offset.

The cockpit is a full alloy Specialized mix plus X-Fusion Manic dropper seatpost. It’s rolling on Specialized alloy wheels with Butcher (T9) and Eliminator (T7) GRID TRAIL tires, both in 2.6″ widths.

They get a 160mm Fox Rhythm 36 fork, with only the the S1 (smallest) frame size dropping that down to a 150mm travel fork. The S1 uses a Fox DPS rear shock, and all other sizes get the Fox FLOAT X, both in Performance guise. Choose from black, red, blue, and sage green.

2022 specialized turbo levo alloy e-mountain bike side view in mint green

2022 specialized turbo levo alloy e-mountain bike side view in ice blue

The $5,500 base model subs in a SRAM SX drivetrain with the same Praxis cranks, a TranzX dropper post, and a Rockshox 35 Silver fork and Deluxe Select R rear shock with external rebound adjustment. Same shorter 150mm travel fork setting for the S1 size applies here, too.

Brakes are SRAM Guide RE with 200-220mm rotors. It comes in Oasis, Ice Blue, and Black. It’s worth noting that you get all the same motor, battery, and electronics here, so if you have better drivetrain parts or suspension laying around, the $2,000 you save here could go along way toward lighter wheels and cockpit parts.

The new Specialized Turbo Levo Expert Carbon

2022 specialized turbo levo expert carbon e-mountain bike side view

Specialized told us there’s a 1.8lb difference between carbon and alloy frames. So, if you’re in the spending mood and want a nearly 2-pound head start, the $11,000 Expert Carbon model uses the same FACT 11R frame as the higher end models, relying on spec changes to drop the price.

This one comes with SRAM XO1 shifter and derailleur, GX-level chain and cassette, and the same Praxis alloy cranks. Wheels are Roval Traverse, with the same Butcher/Eliminator tire combo, which are fantastic tires. It gets SRAM Code RS brakes, an X-Fusion Manic dropper post, and a higher end (but still alloy) Specialized cockpit with Diety grips.

Not all of these models or sizes are listed as available yet, and it was a pretty quiet launch, so check with your local dealer for availability.

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David Grooters
David Grooters
9 months ago

Any word on the Comp Carbon for the US market? Apparently it’s available in Europe.

zcalifornia
9 months ago

Wrong, the cheap one comes with a 500wh battery..

DefRyder
DefRyder
9 months ago

Erik’s Bike Shop lists the 2022 Levo Comp Carbon on their site at $8,999 with an estimated ship date in “102” days. Maybe Spesh just hasn’t fully updated their Levo site yet? The base alloy model is ‘unavailable’ online while the comp alloy model shows shipping in Feb. ’22…

nooner
nooner
9 months ago

Perhaps one of the biggest Tech features that everyone misses is Specialized use of 2170 battery cells. These cells have a higher energy density than 18650 cells. Time for Bosch and Shimano to step it up…

Zach Overholt
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Zach Overholt(@zachoverholt)
9 months ago
Reply to  nooner

Not everyone. 😉 https://bikerumor.com/specialized-recharges-turbo-levo-e-mtb-w-added-range-power-less-weight-more/

To be fair, Specialized is pretty coy when it comes to saying what battery cells they use.

Buzzy
Buzzy
9 months ago

Don’t put any money on an ETA listing from ERIK’S. Those are guesses at best as to when they will be in stock. They have no idea what they are doing over there.

Edward Clark
Edward Clark
9 months ago

I can buy a 80 hp electric dirt bike with a 6 hour run time for 12,000 e mtb are way to expensive

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
7 months ago
Reply to  Edward Clark

Come into the comment section of a bicycle site and tout how cool motorcycles are…. wise move.

asdf
asdf
9 months ago

too much compared to Luna Enduro

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
7 months ago
Reply to  asdf

Bafang motors are garbage. You get what you pay for.

Toby
Toby
4 months ago
Reply to  Dirt McGirt

The bafang ultra is awesome really. Twice the power. 5 pounds heavier. Its a beast. I have 5200 miles on mine.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
9 months ago

It’s still got a Brose motor that craps out 2.5 years in like clockwork.

And touting a $5500 base model as “affordable” is laughable.

Mountain biking will continue to turn into the same lame scene as golf/tennis/skiing if we stay on this trajectory of pandering to the ultra wealthy.

The industry has it’s head up it’s keister and it shows.

Us dirtbags will be here to pick up the pieces, though. Don’t worry your pretty little privileged heads about it..

Jake
Jake
4 months ago
Reply to  Dirt McGirt

5k isn’t expensive for an ebike.. a freaking regular yeti is more than that.. the cheapest full suspension bike that won’t fall apart on you on real trails is 2.5k.. you can find emtbs used for 3/4k and new options starting at 4/4.5. considering suspension alone cost over 1k before all the other components.. dropper post..150, bars 100, cranks 150, frame 250-500, wheels 300-500, derailleur set 300… Brakes and rotors/pads.. 300+.. . You can always get a thousand dollar hardtail MTB/Emtb.. the suspension is where the big cost is.. then wheels.. carbon has always been pricey.. I’d expect the total cost to drop on low end emtbs in 10 years or so when they are coming place in most households, and the used market can drive prices down as much as they can.. with that though comes the inevitable builds of cheap quality that will get someone hurt or killed..
And comparing motox to MTB isn’t fair. The rnd to keep it a bikes weight and pedal properly without a hollow body for a motor and throttle isn’t cheap, nor is it to make.

JM
JM
9 months ago

Just picked up a 2022 Comp Carbon – specs are on the Canadian site

https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/turbo-levo-comp/p/199880?color=320770-199880

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
7 months ago

Great setup for about 2 years until that drive unit craps out.