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Old 09-10-13, 01:56 PM
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Specialized Turbo

Has anyone ridden or owned the Specialized Turbo? I saw three parked over the summer plugged into their wall outlets and last I checked, three were still plugged in by the time I left the state.
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Old 09-11-13, 08:32 AM
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I have ridden it and it's an awesome bike, it doubles your power output, you can cruise at 28mph all day long on it. It's really run. Too bad we can't get the 35mph European version here.

It'd be a really good bike for commuting. You can fly without working too hard (sweating)
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Old 09-11-13, 09:43 AM
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28mph all day long? Really?
What is the practical distance you can ride 28mph with minimal pedal assist?


Edit:
Answered in the following article. Very cool bike. If it had the same performance for 100 miles, it would be really something.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/outd...-ride-15587488

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Old 09-11-13, 09:54 AM
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my LBS has one on display/for sale and they ALL love it. it weighs something like 40lbs but with it having a power output, it is so easy to ride (From what I hear)
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They look pretty cool in person, I saw one at the shop last week.

$5,900 for a bike to run errands? Not so cool. I guess you could commute to work on one but at what point do you just buy a damn motorcycle?
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There's this for half the price, and it's been around a while. Works the same way, and even kinda looks the same as the Specialized.
https://www.motostrano.com/Stromer-ST...le-p/st1p2.htm

I've ridden the one here at work a few times and it's a pretty cool feeling to have a watt multiplier for your legs.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
They look pretty cool in person, I saw one at the shop last week.

$5,900 for a bike to run errands? Not so cool. I guess you could commute to work on one but at what point do you just buy a damn motorcycle?
I agree...or a gas or even electric scooter. This technology would be fantastic if it were more evolved...a lighter bicycle with much greater travel range on a single charge. It really is the same knock on electric cars. They would be great if they would go farther on a charge but they don't.
I wonder in 100 years what is in store? Batteries that replenish from photosynthesis and more efficient motors with super conducting magnets.
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Originally Posted by jmX View Post
There's this for half the price, and it's been around a while. Works the same way, and even kinda looks the same as the Specialized.
Wait, so specialized is more expensive than the competition? Who knew? That's still pretty pricey for a limited-function mode of transportation. Get 'em down to 1k or 1.5k and I bet they'd fly off the shelves. Just enough battery assist to keep you from sweating out your work (or play) clothes but still more maneuverable than a car. Harder to bring inside maybe? That would be a real issue for some areas of this country. Expensive bike = target.

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I agree...or a gas or even electric scooter. This technology would be fantastic if it were more evolved...a lighter bicycle with much greater travel range on a single charge. It really is the same knock on electric cars. They would be great if they would go farther on a charge but they don't.
I wonder in 100 years what is in store? Batteries that replenish from photosynthesis and more efficient motors with super conducting magnets.
Battery technology has come a really long way in a short while but it's still the main hindrance for all our nifty gadgets. Fuel cells for the win!
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So much fun and Plenty of battery life for realistic usage.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
28mph all day long? Really?
What is the practical distance you can ride 28mph with minimal pedal assist?


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Answered in the following article. Very cool bike. If it had the same performance for 100 miles, it would be really something.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/outd...-ride-15587488
To me, 28mph felt like ~220 watts, which is not very much for the speed.
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I rode this a few weeks ago at Freshbikes in Arlington. What a hoot! And a bit dangerous. I about rear-ended a couple of cars. Once your momentum gets going, letting up on the pedal pressure does NOT slow the bike down as you would expect. The bike just keeps going.

Not for me, but I like to see these kinds of developments.
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Originally Posted by brian416 View Post
To me, 28mph felt like ~220 watts, which is not very much for the speed.
So Brian, how many watts did you contribute to the ~220 watts of supplemental motor power to achieve 28mph?
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For me, depending on the wind, that'd be 360-380 watts
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And I thought this was going to be a thread about tires... now I'm disappointed.
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