My Expert (non-EVO) was $9000 in July of '22.
So far both versions of the new model come with dropper post and gravel tires. This used to be the EVO designation. Has the road version been dropped?
I like the narrower Q factor, and I'd like to see how much difference hydraulic damping makes in the future shock.
As for the motor, I don't need more power and torque than I already have. They say it's quiet but how does it compare to the original SL?
I'm sort of thinking the perfect bike would have future shock together with the TQ harmonic pin ring motor.
Q factor 12mm narrower. 40% quieter and nothing to stop you putting road tyres on it! Despite everyone going wider anyway. TDF 30mm for example on 19mm internal rims so more like 32mm. The wide clearance is fantastic means it can go anywhere. And more torque, yes please. Plenty of 20% + hills around here plus rocky steep bridleways I can explore, spending a day 60% on roads 40% on trails. This looks like it can go anywhere. Horses for courses I suppose. What's it weigh anyway? Frame is lighter, motor the same I think.Meh!
I also do not need a more powerful motor. Only advantage from my perspective seems to be the conventional hub spacing and claimed quieter motor. Still with 1X drivetrain, similar weight and I suspect the Q factor is similar. It's not clear to me why they chose to eliminate the road version. Doesn't seem like one will be offered as they dropped the EVO designation. I suppose you can drop 1-2 lbs by eliminating the dropped post and changing to more conventionally sized tires, but why couldn't Specialized do that and save me $250. Domane + is looking much better now.
Sound quality also plays a large role in annoyance. I test rode a Velotric and heard a super high frequency (~15-16 kHz) sine tone. It was objectively very quiet but also annoying to me. I did my lap and brought it right back.From what I have read the 1.2 is still a bit of a noise-maker but Spesh has 'tuned' the noise to a lower frequency which provides a perception of less noise (and they are advertising it as quiet now). From what I understand from the reviews it is still slightly noisier when compared to its chief competition but not over-bearing.
Sound quality also plays a large role in annoyance. I test rode a Velotric and heard a super high frequency (~15-16 kHz) sine tone. It was objectively very quiet but also annoying to me. I did my lap and brought it right back.
My new Performance Line Bosch makes some noise at the upper end of my hearing ability (17-18 kHz), but it’s at least fuzzier, not as concentrated in one frequency band. I still do vastly prefer the bike to be off. Ability to ride unpowered is such an attractive feature of these light bikes. So glad to see that bike companies seem to prioritize acoustics.
Not to start another argument over comparisons, but what might be similar enough to warrant a test ride? We talked about Skitch the other day.