Specialized announce the Turbo Creo SL electric road bike

Specialized today announced the Turbo Creo SL, an electric-assisted road bike.



A custom motor and battery were specially developed for the Turbo Creo SL which Specialized claim is ideally suited to the demands of road riding. The motor delivers up to 240 watts while the internal battery supplies 320Wh with an optional range extender, that fits on the downtube bottle cage, offering an additional 160Wh battery. The range is said to be around 130kms on the internal battery with an additional 65 km available from the range extender.


With this bespoke motor and a carbon frame, The Turbo Creo SL is surprisingly light with the S-Works model measuring a claimed 12.2 kg. There is even a special edition specification that creeps under 12 kgs.


To complement the road focussed models, there is also an EVO specification which is better suited to gravel type riding. The EVO makes use of exactly the same frame as the road going bikes but features 38mm tyres, flared handlebars, and a dropper seatpost.


The Turbo Creo SL will be available in South African from November this year.


Read the press release from Specialized below for all the information on the Turbo Creo SL.


Press Release: Turbo Creo SL

We’re going to flatten your climbs. We’re going to make you laugh at headwinds, ride farther, and go faster than you ever imagined. That’s what our first Turbo road bike is all about. Because, let’s be honest, riding faster is just more fun. Turbo Creo SL—It’s You, Only Faster.


Julian Alaphilippe


So Light You'll Forget It's Electric

The Turbo Creo SL isn’t just the lightest e-bike in its class, it’s literally kilograms lighter than the competition at just 12.2kg for the S-Works Creo SL. We made the frame out of our FACT 11r carbon, and we designed it to handle like a Tarmac to inspire dancing on the pedals and diving into corners. And with the Future Shock 2.0, and its adjustable damper, we suspend you, not the bike to deliver more control, confidence, and comfort.


Smooth. Quiet. Powerful.

We launched Turbo seven years ago, and since then, we’ve been relentless in our pursuit of the perfect e-bike—bikes that feel like you, only faster. Since there wasn’t a motor and system for a performance road bike on the market that we were satisfied with, we developed our own. Designed in California and engineered in Switzerland (the heart of the e-bike revolution), the new Specialized SL 1.1 represents the ideal performance e-road bike motor. It’s based on a decade of research, development, and ride testing, and it features the perfect combination of power, weight, size, range, and ride quality, so it delivers consistent power in the natural cadence that riders need. In order to build a performance e-road bike, all of these features needed to come together to deliver a true performance road bike experience.




Ultralight and whisper quiet, the Specialized SL 1.1 motor doubles your effort with silky smooth power delivery—power that feels like it’s straight from your legs. No unnatural power curve, lurching, or motor jumps. It delivers up to 240 watts of power that are in sync with your cadence, and when you want to pedal unassisted, there’s no drag holding you back.


Unbeatable Range

With up to 130 kilometers of range from the internal battery alone, the Creo SL lets you enjoy the power, not worry about the range. Our Range Extender, included with the S-Works build and optional on other models, provides up to 65 kilometers of additional mountain-flattening power. The internal battery offers 320Wh, while the Range Extender is 160Wh battery. The Turbo Creo SL’s internal battery can be charged in as little as 2 hours and 35 minutes. Every rider and every ride are different, so we created a Turbo Creo SL Range Calculator to help you determine exactly how far you ride.


Power Personalised

Our Mission Control app has logged millions of kilometers because it offers an intuitive and seamless way to unleash your Turbo. This is a ride app you’ll actually use. Each of the motor’s three assisted riding modes can be tuned almost infinitely for both peak and sustained power delivery. Mission Control can even manage battery power automatically with Smart Control. Just tell it how far or how long you want to ride, and our app will ensure you have the battery power to get there. It can record your ride, send it to third-party apps, and it even has an integrated power meter that can send your power numbers to an ANT+ head unit. While seamless connectivity comes standard with the Creo SL, connecting with Mission Control is always optional. The Turbo Connect Unit on the top tube gives you all the control you need to ride.


It's Ali, Only Faster

The Turbo Creo SL EVO.
Our Turbo Creo SL EVO build takes the bike’s revolutionary e-road performance and creates incredible new opportunities for adventure and exploration. This versatile build adds 38mm Pathfinder tires, flared Adventure Gear Hover bars, and a dropper post for long gravel rides, bikepacking, and venturing into the unknown.


Alison Tetrick


Turbo Creo SL Expert

The Turbo Creo SL Expert features our FACT 11r carbon chassis and Future Shock 2.0 with damper. A 1x Shimano Ultegra Di2 build with XT rear derailleur and an 11-42t cassette complement the Roval C 38 Disc carbon wheels and Turbo Pro 28mm tires. Meanwhile, a Specialized Future Stem Pro, alloy Expert Hover bars, and a Body Geometry Power Sport saddle handle cockpit duties.


Turbo Creo SL Expert.


S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder's Edition

The Turbo Creo SL ushers in the era of the performance e-road bike, and our S-Works Creo SL Founder’s Edition celebrates this with an incredible build at just 11.9kg. A host of special touches, including gold foil graphics, a numbered Founder’s Edition plaque on the chainstay, and a custom Founder’s Edition SL Kit make this very limited-edition bike an instant classic.


S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder's Edition.
The Founder’s Edition Turbo Creo SL starts with our S-Works build, but it drops to 11.9kg with a special, lightweight spec including S-Works Short and Shallow bars, S-Works Turbo Cotton 28mm tires, an 11-40t XTR cassette, and oversized CeramicSpeed pulley wheels. Gold foil logos complement gold anodized bolt-on thru-axles, a GPS mount, and pulley wheels with a custom Body Geometry S-Works Power saddle with matching gold highlights. To complete this exclusive bike, we’re including a custom Founder’s Edition Specialized SL kit. Only 250 Founder’s Edition Turbo Creo SLs will ever be made.


S-Works Turbo Creo SL.



gummibear, Jul 16 2019 09:40

I see many people joining the SUB 3 hour Aurgus club now ;)

gummibear, Jul 16 2019 09:48

S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder's Edition—$17,000



S-Works Turbo Creo SL—$14,000



Turbo Creo SL Expert Carbon—$9,000

Pure Savage, Jul 16 2019 10:00

This article should have been saved for friday...

Pure Savage, Jul 16 2019 10:02

Can you fit a power meter to it?


Probably best to fit a hub based one hey?

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Jul 16 2019 10:09

Welcome to the club roadies! 


Farrnus, Jul 16 2019 10:25

Boost Fork and Frame Dropout ....

Schmorglebot, Jul 16 2019 11:09

It scares me how much this looks like a road bike

Pieterlab1, Jul 16 2019 12:30

Time to start the thread: "Do eBikes belong on the road."

Sparki 1, Jul 16 2019 01:26

It scares me how much this looks like a road bike

it is a road bike. The evo is suited for gravel.

Patchelicious, Jul 16 2019 01:53

An Sworks E-Bike Roadie, jesssuss douche levels yard stick had been moved. Spez, always pushing the envelope

Schmorglebot, Jul 16 2019 02:04

it is a road bike. The evo is suited for gravel.


Well, it's a road e-bike...

Larry Montana, Jul 16 2019 02:07

An Sworks E-Bike Roadie, jesssuss douche levels yard stick had been moved. Spez, always pushing the envelope

You mean a Fat Sworks E-Bike Roadie flying past you douche level 12

RiverInTheRoad, Jul 16 2019 02:23

WOW. This is unbelievably cool. Damn. Got to hand it to Spaz.

Bellscycling, Jul 16 2019 07:14

Can you fit a power meter to it?


Probably best to fit a hub based one hey?

It has one built in.

Hairy, Jul 16 2019 07:15

Marketing guy's worked hard on this article!

intern, Jul 17 2019 03:54

My mate down the local bike shop just alerted me to this abomination. He described it as the end of our sport. Retails around $20000 NZD here. Gonna stick to buying a dirt bike, maybe a CRF250 Honda or a YZ250 Yamaha for that 2-stroke sweetness...half the price of this flippen moped.

Odinson, Jul 17 2019 10:42

Spez bean counters and product managers after thumb-sucking the RRPs: 



openmind, Jul 17 2019 12:30


Kom, Jul 17 2019 03:33

Agreed - this is the first commercially available e-bike which will be hard to tell the difference

It scares me how much this looks like a road bike

gummibear, Jul 18 2019 05:25

Agreed - this is the first commercially available e-bike which will be hard to tell the difference

Nope its not.Quite a few that you won't know are E-bikes.