Est. 1982

2021 Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0

If you can characterize your life as on-the-go, busy, or not having enough time, we made a bike for you—the Turbo Vado 3.0 Step-Through. It's made to accommodate busy lives...
Frame Colour
Cast Blue/Black/Liquid Silver

If you can characterize your life as on-the-go, busy, or not having enough time, we made a bike for you—the Turbo Vado 3.0 Step-Through. It's made to accommodate busy lives that are always in movement, which is why we took our award- winning pedal-assist technology and accelerated it well into the future.

Beginning with the integrated Specialized 1.2 E motor, the Turbo Vado proves itself as the ultimate city bike. The 1.2 E uses the same hardware as our 1.2 motor, but it features a tune that prioritizes efficiency. This means less peak torque and maximum output. Of course, it still features a near-silent operating design with our Custom Rx Street Tune that takes the output and makes it the most usable for an urban environment. Think of it this way: The more power you put out, the more power the motor puts out, and this makes accelerations from a standstill at, say, a traffic light both quick and efficient. The belt driven motor is also smooth, silent, and free of annoying vibrations.

For the Vado 3.0, we developed a custom Specialized U1-460 battery that seamlessly integrates into the frame, is lockable, and easily removable for simplified charging. In other words, there's plenty of juice to take you to and from work, a trip to the grocery store, or even to that new café on the other side of the city. If you wish to see exactly how far you can go on a charge, have a look at our Turbo Range Calculator for more exact estimates.

The new Turbo Connect Display (TCD) is the best way to view data on your Turbo. It not only displays basic ride metrics (speed, cadence, power, battery level, and time), but it also lets you toggle between modes. Its design, meanwhile, is rugged and clean, and it has multiple mounting options for either road or mountain setups. As for the latest version of the Mission Control App, you'll find that it now has more features and is even more intuitive to use. It lets you custom-tune nearly every aspect of the bike with ease, monitor your power usage, control your range, perform basic system diagnoses, and record/upload rides.

To top off all of the innovative features, we chose a worry-free spec that features Shimano 9-speed components, hydraulic disc brakes, racks, front/rear lights, and fenders. 

  • The Turbo Vado frame features an alloy step-through frame that's pretty light and super easy to get on or off of.
  • The Turbo Vado’s Specialized 1.2 E motor emphasizes efficiency and range. We also fully integrated it with the frame, and it's been custom-tuned for city riding. It intuitively reacts to the force of your pedaling, so the harder you pedal, the more power it delivers. And with an internal belt drive design, it does this without added vibration for the smoothest and most silent ride possible.
  • We made the custom 460 Wh battery to be fully integrated with the frame, removable for easy charging, and lockable for added security. It communicates with the display and has multiple modes to maximize the overall efficiency and range. For range estimates based upon a variety of variables, please refer to our Turbo Range Calculator.  

Frame:- Turbo Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, Fitness/Transportation Geometry, fully integrated & lockable down tube battery, internal cable routing, fender/rack mounts, Smooth Welds


Forks:- SR SunTour MOBIE30, custom crown, steel steerer, 9mm open dropout, 50mm of travel


Front Hub:- Specialized 6-bolt disc, ball bearings, 9x100mm spacing, 32h


Rear Hub:- Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h


Spokes:- DT Swiss Industry


Rims:- 700C disc, double-wall alloy, pinned, no eyelets


Inner Tubes:- Presta, 40mm valve


Front/Rear Tyre:- Trigger Sport Reflect, 700 x 47c


Crankset:- Custom alloy forged crankarms


Chainrings:- 40T, custom alloy


Shift Levers:- Shimano Alivio, 9-speed w/ Optical Gear Display


Rear Deraillleur:- Shimano Alivio, Shadow Design, SGS cage, 9-speed


Cassette:- Shimano CS-HG200, 9-speed, 11-36t


Chain:- KMC e9T.NPNP, e-bike chain, 9-speed w/ Missing Link™


Front Brake:- Tektro HD-T276, hydraulic disc, 180mm


Rear Brake:- Tektro HD-T276, hydraulic disc, 160mm


Handlebars:- Specialized, alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 15mm rise, 31.8mm


Grips:- Body Geometry Contour, lock-on


Stem:- Specialized Flowset, 3D-forged alloy, 20-degree rise, 31.8mm clamp


Saddle:- Specialized Aldia Sport, steel rails, 155mm


Seatpost:- Specialized 2-bolt head, forged alloy, 8mm offset, micro-adjust, 30.9mm


Seat Binder:- Alloy, bolt-type, 34.9mm


Motor:- Specialized 1.2 E, custom Rx Street-tuned motor, 250W nominal


Battery:- Specialized U1-460, On/Off button, state of charge display, 460Wh


Charger:- Custom Specialized 42V2A Charger w/ Rosenberger plug, AC power cord included


Wiring Harness:- Custom Specialized harness


Head Light:- Herrmans MR4 e-Bike, stainless bracket for suspension fork, 6V


Tail Light:- Herrmans H-Trace Mini e-Bike, 220-degree visibility, fender-mount


Kickstand:- Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount


Fenders:- DRYTECH fenders, 52mm width, stainless steel fenderstays


Rack:- Turbo Rack, Closed Platform, direct fender mount, Racktime-compatible


Pedals:- Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors