When I rode the Specialized Turbo Vado SL (the letters stand for “super light”), I wrote that it felt like I had suddenly grown Greg LeMond’s quads. I didn’t realize how much faster it would feel to have a similar motor propelling me on a carbon-fiber bicycle that’s 7 pounds lighter.
The author seems to have never heard of Creo SL, especially the S-Works version.
I generally prefer a Bosch motor to a Mahle one—I think Bosch motors and computers are smarter and smoother, and I like being able to toggle back and forth between assist levels with different buttons rather than mess with Mahle’s confusing single-button system
it's an interesting bike, just slightly lighter than most creos. it uses the mahle x35+ system. it's flat bar, rear hub drive, otherwise it has many similarities in power, range, weight, gearing (1x GRX), etc to the creo, with upgrade options for things like carbon rims, di2, and range extender batteries that bring it right into the price range of a lower level creo. essentially, it sits somewhere between a vado sl and creo sl. carbon, but straight bar.
And an interesting company. Even if the eBike isn't a big hit, a US based carbon fiber specialist manufacturer with some basic patents is interesting. And his name alone may sell some bikes...hopefully. But I wish he would call it the Cheater.