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Old 05-06-20, 09:20 PM
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Specialized eBike

Rode one today. Fantastic! But is it really worth twice the price of the online offers?
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Old 05-06-20, 10:18 PM
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Specialized has always been more expensive than most of the competition. They also spend a ton on sponsorship. Many of the Youtube E-bike channels mainly use Specialized products.
I've owned many non-E products and they are of excellent quality. I cannot afford their E products for the time being.
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Old 05-07-20, 03:54 PM
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Yes most assuredly. They support their dealers and their customers. They use the high quality Brose mid-drive motors and other quality parts. Plus when you buy from a shop you are supporting local business which is always important. You get a built bike usually with at least one free tune up or some service along with it plus warranty support. For Specialized they offer a lifetime warranty on their frames and forks and may offer a crash replacement discount as well to keep you rolling.

Plus the Specialized Como is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable non-suspended e-bikes I have been on and I have ridden quite a few. I had a lady come in recently who was scared she couldn't ride it and needed a throttle and was looking at a really cheap bike and within a few minutes she was passing me up a steep hill and she ended up being so happy with the bike (and my help) that she went for it.

The online brands offer you cheap products at inflated prices (for what they are offering you) and they pass on the real cost to you. All the service and warranty work is on you if they even give you much warranty. If you need parts in some cases you are well on your own as the company may not have those parts anymore or may not be able to help you. I had one of the cheaper brands tell me as I was helping a customer with their product that their bike was out of warranty (by 4 days) and they would not support their product. Plus a lot of shops might not want to touch something off the internet or might not have the skills or resources to work on the cheap stuff.

Having been selling e-bikes for a while now I can say buying a high quality bike in the first place will save you in the long term. A lot of people go cheap and then whenever they get the opportunity they upgrade and wish they had just done that in the first place. I could tell tons of stories like the Amazon bike that was not working from the box and they refused to help at all and eventually with some serious pressure returned the bike and the customer bought a Como 4.0 and loves it to death but I won't go on and on.
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Old 05-13-20, 08:12 PM
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Can I ask what‘'s kind of electric bike is specialized?
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Originally Posted by vtuvia View Post
Can I ask what‘'s kind of electric bike is specialized?
Not sure what you're asking.
There is a brand of bicycle called Specialized
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I have no idea what you are talking about specifically. That is too broad a statement. They just announced their "new" ebike, and it looks pretty interesting to me:

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/p...vado-sl-455656
https://electrek.co/2020/05/12/speci...icycle-launch/

Sure, 6+ years ago they announced their first bike at, what, $7000? So I just built one myself for about $500 (ironically using a specialized donor bike). But 3K for a top tier brand bike - sure I could go for that. Heck, I've spent that much for a bike without a motor ;-)
I'm still riding my 7 year old bike. 25lbs, 25mph, 25 miles. It gets me to work and back. But these new bikes are starting to have features, integration, reliability, and ease of use that make me look twice at them.
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Originally Posted by vtuvia View Post
Can I ask what‘'s kind of electric bike is specialized?
Go to Youtube and Scan this guys Videos : Great reviewer of E-Bikes All Brands > Or at least Most

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Looks like this bike could be a game changer (to me) with the price/performance/weight. Finally getting close to where I'll purchase an OEM again.
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The SL has changed my shopping perspective

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Looks like this bike could be a game changer (to me) with the price/performance/weight. Finally getting close to where I'll purchase an OEM again.
I agree wholeheartedly. There are a couple of minor things that may make me choose another model, (no removable battery and less assist than my olde bones might prefer), but the Vado SL (and other SL models) can change your perspective on what’s possible in an ebike in 2020.
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Old 05-19-20, 08:21 PM
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I agree wholeheartedly. There are a couple of minor things that may make me choose another model, (no removable battery and less assist than my olde bones might prefer), but the Vado SL (and other SL models) can change your perspective on what’s possible in an ebike in 2020.

Need to shave off 5 more lbs.
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Went For a 32 Mile Ride on My Non Electric Verve 3 : On They way Out the Ride was Great. A good Combo of Flats and some Hills : On the way back Strong Winds kicked up. Blowing Straight at us : There were stretches that 6-7 MPH was all I could Muster :
The Way back felt like Twice the distance Easily > Not That I've never experienced this : We just weren't expecting it ,since there was virtually no wind on the first part of the ride. .Had it been windy ,We wouldn't have taken the path in the direction we did , It is a Rolla Coaster type of ride. Everyone knows it's a tough Ride under quiet conditions as it is pretty hilly.
Having a Vado SL would have been a God Send
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Old 05-22-20, 10:46 PM
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Looks like this bike could be a game changer (to me) with the price/performance/weight. Finally getting close to where I'll purchase an OEM again.

Prices increased on some of them.

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