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Turbo Levo Expert Review (2023)

Turbo Levo Expert review

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Specialized’s Turbo Levo range has been a firm favourite of ours for a while. From our numerous reviews of other bikes in the range, we’ve come to know what to expect; bikes which offer chunky batteries and powerful motors, and all without overly compensating on weight.


They’re playful eMTBs and handle really well out on the trails. We’ve previously rated the Turbo Levo Comp Carbon, Turbo Levo SL Comp and Turbo Levo Comp Alloy all very highly, with each bike scoring 4* and above.


But how does the second-highest spec bike in the range compare to the cheaper options? We’ve taken the Turbo Levo Expert to the trails, climbed the climbs and thrown ourselves down the descents, to give you a definitive answer.


Join us, then, as we delve deep into the world of the Turbo Levo Expert!

Our Verdict


Bravo to Specialized on this one.


The Turbo Levo Expert is a serious contender in the enduro market, with a big old battery and powerful motor, without being too heavy.


It’s a lightweight, playful eMTB, with a tailored feel, thanks to its adjustable geometry and different sizing options.


It’s incredibly manoeuvrable and easy to manipulate through the twisty and challenging trails, while also having serious juice to power you up the hills and keep going all day.



Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert

Turbo Levo Expert

Price: $8,240


This is a very well-kitted-out eMTB, with a fully carbon, lightweight frame. We’ll come to its electronics in a minute, but one of the big questions on riders’ lips is how much the Turbo Levo Expert weighs?


And the answer is a very admirable 22.4kg (we reviewed the bike in a size 4). As with all the Turbo Levo range, you can choose between 6 different frame sizes when purchasing the bike, helping to create a more tailored feel to your ride, rather than just the small, medium and large options you get with many other brands.


That tailored and bespoke feel to the bike is furthered with the 6 distinct geometry settings you can choose between – with an adjustable headtube angle of between 63 and 65.5 degrees, along with a bottom bracket which can be adjusted up or down by 7mm.


All of these adjustable elements mean that you can tweak your Turbo Levo Expert to the demands of the day’s trails or to your body.


On the trails the bike handles like a dream, with a very balanced feel, making it ideal for manipulating the bike through the twisty tree-lined trails and a comfortable partner to accompany you on longer days out riding.


Oh, and the bike is a beauty to look at, too. It’s a very well-designed, with internally-routed cables and a sleek, polished finished. From afar, you wouldn’t be able to even tell the bike had electrical assistance. Well, that is, of course, until you absolutely fly up the side of a mountain and leave conventional MTBs in your wake.


One the main selling points for the Turbo Levo Expert is the amount of range it has in the tank, without being overly heavy. The bike comes with the company’s M3-700Wh battery, which carries a lot of juice to power you on some long old rides.


It’s always hard to provide a truly definitive range figure, but Specialized’s stated assisted ride time is 5 hours, which it managed well on flat terrain. There are a lot of variables to consider, including the weather, fitness of the rider and the type of terrain; however, we found the bike to perform admirably out on our review rides, giving us enough juice to cope with most ride demands.


The battery is concealed neatly into the downtube and its casing has been strengthened in this newer edition. This is a welcome update after previous incarnations of the Turbo Levo Expert had issues with water seepage into the battery, and other impact issues.

M3-700 battery

Overall, we’re impressed with the battery and it ticks the boxes for most ride days out, unless you’re looking to go out on some monster rides with endless climbing.


The Turbo Levo Expert comes with the company’s Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor, which kicks out an incredibly powerful 90Nm of torque. That’s a serious set-up, which provides a punchy kick up almost any climb you encounter.


It’s complemented by the lightweight frame, helping you to dance up even the steepest of climbs. The power delivery also feels nice and smooth, without any real jerkiness, and the motor operates silently, which again adds to that impression that you might be riding a normal MTB.


The reduction in noise is another solid improvement from the crew at Specialized, as previous editions of the Levo Expert had a slight rattle. The bike has a very natural ride feel due to that smooth power delivery, which adds to the bike’s playful nature.

Turbo Levo Expert motor

Motor Display

We’ve harked on about the Turbo Levo range’s display for a long time now, and justifiably so in our eyes because it’s undoubtedly one of the best in the business. Specialized’s Mastermind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is mounted neatly onto the handle bars and displays the amount of charge you have left in 10 LED light increments.


That’s far more precise than some displays, particularly the Shimano EP8, which has 5 lights. It’s far more than that, though, it’s an all-encompassing ride aid, and one that’s highly customisable; you can display your power output, climbing data and link it up to heart rate (HR) devices and other apps.


It’s a seriously nifty piece of kit and it can be linked up to your smartphone, too. A very handy friend to have with you on your rides, to be sure.

Turbo Levo Expert motor display


Turbo Kenevo SL Expert fork

The Turbo Levo Expert comes with 160mm travel at the front and 150mm travel at the rear. It’s geared up with FOX Float 38 Performance Elite forks and FOX Float DPS Performance rear shocks

ℹ️ Now, this isn’t the most advanced set-up by any stretch of the imagination, far from it. It’s a very primitive suspension set-up compared to some of the best e-MTBs out there.


It’s key to consider the style of riding you want to be doing. The bike’s suspension lends itself to enduro and cross-country style riding.


It would come enormously unstuck on serious downhill routes and on any big drops, in fact you would probably end up feeling pretty battered and bruised after a chunky air or gnarly descending section.

If you take the bike for what it is, then the suspension is more than adequate for long days out on varied trails and can happily cope with obstacles and leave you feeling comfortable. However, if you’re looking for some full-send rides, then this isn’t the eMTB for you.


Traverse wheel
Turbo Kenevo SL Expert tyres

The Turbo Levo Expert comes with a mullet wheel set-up, which we’ve become accustomed to these days on many market leading eMTBs. It has a Traverse 29in at the front and a Traverse 27.5in at the rear, giving you a stable footing on the trail, while also providing the playfulness you want from a pricey eMTB.


The larger front tyre is a Butcher with Grid Trail casing and the rear is an Eliminator with the same casing. We’ve always been impressed with the Grid Trail – its teeth dig sharply into the dirt and feels really stable when hitting corners at pace.


The mullet set-up feels balanced and playful at the same time, complemented by the lightweight nature of the bike.


The Turbo Levo Expert comes with SRAM Code RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc brakes at both the front and rear. They’re super responsive and a trusty accompaniment to the powerhouse of a motor you get with this bike.


The brakes are also incredibly durable and brake fading is minimal, even after a lot of heavy use. No matter how hard you push the Specialized Levo Expert, the brakes stand up to the test.


Turbo Levo Expert drivetrain

The Levo Expert comes with an SRAM XG Eagle, 12 speed cassette, and SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed rear derailleur and shifters. It’s a decent set-up, with smooth shifting, which coupled with the smooth power delivery of the eMTBs motor, creates very natural ride feel.

Price: $8,240

This is a big win for the Turbo Levo Expert. The bike has been heavily discounted on Specialized’s official website at the time of writing. For context, it usually comes in around the $11,000 mark.


With nearly $3,000 off, it becomes a very attractive option if you’re looking for an enduro and general trail-riding eMTB.

Turbo Levo Expert Facts & Figures

Size Configurations

Crank Length160mm160mm160mm160mm160mm160mm
Handlebar Width780mm780mm780mm780mm780mm780mm
Stem Length40mm40mm50mm50mm50mm50mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm143mm143mm143mm143mm
Seatpost Length100mm125mm150mm170mm170mm190mm
Headtube Length105mm105mm115mm125mm135mm145mm
Headtube Angle64.5°64.5°64.5°64.5°64.5°64.5°
BB Height352mm350mm350mm350mm350mm350mm
BB Drop25mm27mm27mm27mm27mm27mm
Fork Length (full)557mm567mm567mm567mm567mm567mm
Fork Rake/Offset44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm44mm
Front Center738mm760mm784mm814mm843mm878mm
Chainstay Length442mm442mm442mm442mm442mm442mm
Bike Standover Height752mm776mm783mm787mm788mm790mm
Seat Tube Length380mm390mm405mm425mm445mm465mm
Seat Tube Angle78°77.2°76.7°76.2°76.2°76.2°
Max Seatpost Insertion210mm220mm240mm255mm275mm295mm
Min Seatpost Insertion80mm80mm80mm80mm80mm80mm

Full Specs

StemAlloy Trail Stem, 35mm bar bore
HandlebarsSpecialized Trail, 7050 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 30mm rise, 800mm, 35mm clamp
GripsDeity, Knuckleduster, Black
SaddleBridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mm
SeatPostX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SLR LE lever, 34.9, S1: 100mm, S2: 125mm, S3: 150mm, S4/S5: 175mm, S6: 190mm
Front BrakeSRAM Code RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, S/M: 200mm, L/XL: 220mm
Rear BrakeSRAM Code RS, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm
Rear DerailleurSRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
Shift LeversSRAM XO1 Eagle trigger, 12-speed, single click
CassetteSRAM XG-1275, 12-speed, 10-52t
ChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
CranksetPraxis Forged/Custom Offset/ISIS Spindle Interface, 160mm
ChainringsSRAM X-Sync Eagle, 104 BCD, 32T, steel
Inner TubesStandard, Presta Valve
Front WheelTraverse 29
Rear WheelTraverse 29
Front TireButcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® T9 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29×2.6″
Rear TireEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® T7 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5×2.6″
Seat BinderAlloy, 38.6mm
FrameFACT 11m full carbon, 29″ front wheel, 27.5″ rear wheel, full internal cable routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travel, geo adjust head tube, geo adjust horst pivot
ForkFOX FLOAT 38 Performance Elite 29, Grip2 damper, 44mm offset, HSC, LSC, HSR, LSR, 110x15mm, 1.5″ tapered steerer, 160mm travel
MotorSpecialized Turbo Full Power System 2.2 Motor
ChargerCustom charger, 42V4A w/ Rosenberger plug, 100-240V
UI/RemoteSpecialized MasterMind TCU, percentage of remaining charge, 120 possible display configurations, MicroTune assist adjustment, over-the-air updates, ANT+/Bluetooth®, w/Handlebar remote
BatterySpecialized M3-700, Integrated battery, 700Wh
Wiring HarnessCustom Specialized wiring harness
Rear ShockS1: Fox Float DPS Performance, S2-S6: FOX FLOAT X2 Performance, LSC, LSR, 2-position lever
SWATSWAT CC steerer tube integrated tool with chain tool and link

* Specifications are subject to change without notice

How Does it Compare?

Ok so the Turbo Levo Expert ticks quite a few boxes in the enduro market, with its chunky battery, powerful motor, and lightweight and playful nature. And the discounted price point is unquestionably appealing.


We’ve reviewed other bikes around the same price point to determine whether it’s worth taking the plunge on the Specialized Turbo Levo Expert.

Mondraker Crafty Carbon RR

Turbo Levo Expert vs. Crafty Carbon RR

Coming in at $9,250, you have the Mondraker Crafty Carbon RR, with a 29in wheel set-up. It’s just under a kilogram heavier than the Turbo Levo Expert, coming in at 23.3kg.


However, that extra weight is due to the Crafty Carbon’s chunky 750Wh battery, slightly bigger than the Turbo Levo Expert. It’s geared up with a Bosch Performance Line CX Cruise motor, kicking out 85Nm of torque, meaning it’s slightly smaller than the Turbo Levo Expert.


The suspension set-up places it in the same target market as the Specialized, with 160mm travel at the front and 150mm at the rear, gearing it up for enduro-style riding.


It’s also got a sturdy SRAM G2 RSC brakes set-up and solid drivetrain.


Overall, it rides not too dissimilar to the Turbo Levo Expert, but you care carrying that little extra weight in exchange for not much more gain spec wise. It also looks a little frumpy in comparison to the sleek Turbo Levo Expert and it’s more expensive, too.


We would go for the Specialized here.

Cube Stereo Hybrid ONE55 C:68X TM 750

Cube need little introduction, as they’re a serious player in the MTB market. Their Stereo Hybrid ONE55 C:68X TM 750 is a decent eMTB to rival the Turbo Levo Expert.


With a 750Wh battery and Bosch Drive Unit Performance CX G4 motor, which kicks out 85Nm of torque – it’s certainly a punchy beast. It does come in a little heavier than the Turbo Levo Expert at 22.9kg.


It also comes with a similar suspension set-up, with 160mm travel at the front and 150mm at the rear. The Cube has a progressive geometry, but it doesn’t have the level of adjustable elements that the Turbo Levo Expert has and it isn’t quite as playful on trails.


It’s also a little more chunky-looking than the polished finish on the Turbo Levo Expert and comes in close to $1,400 more expensive (when factoring in Specialized’s hearty discount). It’s still the Turbo Levo Expert for us in this match-up.

Final Thoughts

We’re big fans of the Turbo Levo Expert. There aren’t many aspects to hold against the bike and it achieves exactly what it sets out to. Suspension is the only area you would flag on the Levo Expert, but then again, it isn’t designed to be taking on the biggest drops and gnarliest trails.


This is a serious player in the enduro market, with a large battery, powerful motor and playful feel. Despite its solid eMTB credentials, you aren’t compensating on weight, which is a real achievement from Specialized.


And it’s that combination of factors which makes us give it a big vote of confidence. The Turbo Levo Expert is a fantastic eMTB and, with its currently heavily-discounted price on Specialized’s website, it’s an absolute steal. It’s a thumbs up from us, but what do you make of this beauty?


Take it out on the trails, yourself, and let us know!

If you enjoyed this review then make sure to check out our reviews of other Specialized e-MTBs