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Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ

Turbo Vado SL 5.0 EQ

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Meet the Vado SL. This super-light e-bike was designed to take on anything from daily commutes through urban landscapes to clocking even faster workouts. Need to carry your bike? No sweat. Weighing 40% less than the full-power Vado, there’s no other electric bike out there with ride quality, range, and power like this. All you need to do is get on and go.

The Vado SL comes equipped with everything you need to start riding right away. First, the extra-bright, built-in lights give you higher visibility in low-light areas. Next, the MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) makes it easy to view ride info on the go. The Nimbus tires roll fast on or off the pavement with plenty of grip, and the Vado SL's featherweight status also makes it perfect for city commuting and offers far more than ride quality — it means you can hang it on a wall or car rack. And it makes public transportation a breeze.

So whether you're going fast or far or both, the Vado SL provides the confidence to do it all at a fraction of the weight.

LIGHT WEIGHT: You’ll be blown away by how easy it is to lift your bike on to a rack, carry it up stairs, or ride nimbly around town, thanks to the category-leading light-weight of the Turbo SL technology, optimised frame materials, design, and specification.

COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT: Body position and handling are optimized to deliver unsurpassed riding comfort, confidence, and control. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes reign in your speed, while larger tires provide maximum traction for turning and stopping.

TURBO SL: The heart of the Vado is its Turbo SL technology, the advanced and integrated electric bike system that delivers an unequaled combination of light-weight, natural feel, anti-theft functions, training tips, a full-function bike computer, ride anywhere range, and more.

The speed limit at which the motor will stop supporting may vary significantly by region and is based on local requirements. It may also affect range: a higher speed limit may result in less range.

Technical Specifications

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Bridge Sport, hollow cr-mo rails, 155mm


Specialized, alloy, single bolt, 21mm offset, 27.2mm


Specialized Stealth Stem, alloy, 14 deg, 31.8mm, integrated TCD mount


Specialized Body Geometry Contour, lock-on


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



Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor


Specialized MasterMind TCU, percentage of remaining charge, 120 possible display configurations, MicroTune assist adjustment, over-the-air updates, ANT+/Bluetooth®, w/Handlebar remote


Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh


Custom charger, 48V System w/ SL system charger plug

Wiring Harness

Custom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeport

Wheels & Tires


DT Swiss R500 disc, 22mm internal width, 23mm internal depth

Front Hub

Specialized alloy front hub disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x110mm, Center Lock™, 24h

Rear Hub

Specialized alloy rear hub disc, Center Lock™, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm, 28h


DT Swiss Industry

Front Tire

Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm

Rear Tire

Nimbus II Sport Reflect, 700x38mm

Inner Tubes

Standard 40mm PV 700x32-50



E5 Aluminum, bottom bracket motor mount, fully integrated downtube battery, internal cable routing, fender and front rack mounts, Smooth Welds

Seat Binder

Integrated w/ frame



Lezyne Ebike Power STVZO E115, 310Lumens, 12V


Lezyne Ebike Rear Fender STVZO, 11Lumens, 12V


Specialized kickstand, 40mm mount


Turbo SL Rack, Closed Platform, direct fender mount, Racktime-compatible, 15kg


Specialized DryTech, Aluminum


Simple bell


Specialized Commuter w/ grip tape & reflectors


Rear Derailleur

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

Shift Levers

SRAM GX, trigger, 12-speed


SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t


Praxis, Forged alloy M30, custom offset


SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed





Rigid carbon fork, Boost™ 12x110mm thru-axle, flat mount disc


Front Brake

Tektro HD-R510, hydraulic disc, 160mm

Rear Brake

Tektro HD-R510, hydraulic disc, 160mm



16.5kg (36 lb, 6 oz)

Weight Size


* Weights based on production painted frames as pictured. Actual weights will vary based on colorway, frame size, and component variation. Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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Crank Length170mm172.5mm172.5mm175mm
Handlebar Width680mm680mm680mm680mm
Stem Length60mm75mm75mm90mm
Saddle Width155mm155mm155mm155mm
Seatpost Length350mm350mm350mm350mm
Head-Tube Length130mm161.5mm194.5mm230mm
Head-Tube Angle70°70.5°71°71.5°
B-B Height291mm291mm291mm291mm
B-B Drop70mm70mm70mm70mm
Fork Length (full)390mm390mm390mm390mm
Fork Rake/Offset50mm50mm50mm50mm
Chain-Stay Length445mm445mm445mm445mm
Top-Tube Length (horizontal)558mm589mm613mm632mm
Bike Stand-Over Height791mm811mm836mm861mm
Seat-Tube Length415mm446.5mm494.5mm535mm
Seat-Tube Angle73.5°73.5°73.5°73.5°

Rider Reviews

  • 4.6
  • 7 Reviews

Fun machine

So much fun to ride, you'll feel like a kid again. Handles beautifully and very stable (ie if you push it a bit further than you meant to you're not going to wobble and crash). It's mainly for road but it can handle a dirt track now and then if it is in reasonable condition. It was worth paying more for this quality, I have no regrets.



Love This Bike!

I've been a serious rider for the past few years, clocking more than 2500 milers a year. I rode a Sirrus X Carbon Fiber and liked the light feel and geometry. Trouble was that my friends all went to high-end electric biker and I had trouble keeping up. I bought the SL 5.0 EQ at a good price and now i have no trouble riding with my friends. The motor is smooth and strong, all components are top quality, and the geometry is very similar to my Sirrus which I felt was perfect for me. Wish I had bought it sooner.

Would Recommend?



Vado 5.0 ST / 2019 durability

I'm 74 years old , 200lbs and have ridden dirt track and paved over 4000 miles. A great experience overall. Electric bikes are a fantastic way to see the world even with bad knees and hips. My wife and I ride alot on local , very mountainous roads, finding 20 round trip miles doable. Flat riding accommodates for 20-30+ miles easy. Vacations include a Burly "Tail Wagon" trailer containing two rat terriers , so fun , they love it too. My motor failed out of warranty @ 3000 miles, battery still seems good. Brake pad and less frequent rotor replacement is dedundant, best to learn how. Overall my impression is that chains and gears take a lot of punishment with electric drives. All of which I have replaced. My next bike will have an integrated motor/gearbox with belt drive to the rear. I would advise shopping for such. Do not let your charger get wet !

Would Recommend?



My Silver Streak

My wife and I have been riding for 30 years or more, probably 25 or so on dropped handle bar road bikes. When I transitioned from a hybrid bike to the road bike it was similar to moving from a station wagon to a sports car. The transition to this Turbo Vado SL is moving to a totally different level of enjoyment, exercise, speed, control and joy. I can now ride the distances I want and work as hard as I can, and get the amazing variable assist that stops my knees and lungs from slowing me down. As someone commented previously the engineering in this bike is amazing. I can petal along unassisted as if I was on a regular bike or ask for wind at my back if I so desire. The styling and ride makes it a stealth e-bike, and I am very happy with the hybrid handle set up. I simply love it...

Would Recommend?



Tubo Vado sl 5.0 EQ

I am a life long biker, it all started in my early 20s when I got my first trek. I just turned 60 on 04/26/2023 and the bike makes me feel like I did when I was 30 years old when I think about the stuff I used to be able to do and I can't anymore, this bike makes me feel like I'm 30 years old again and I can do stuff that I could only dream of before making this purchase. It's rare when you can buy a product that gives you back time and oh my god this is that product! I know this sounds too to be true and possibly a love letter to my new Tubo Vado sl 5.0 EQ I standby 100%

Would Recommend?



Eval Vado sl 5.0

I heavily researched and rode all possible to arrive at what I was trying to avoid. Reasoning, was trying to maximize or be sure to invest in product that would validate want for a pricey recovery/therapy and commuting tool. Lamenting for a least 3 intense months in arrived at my worst fears. To simplify, you usually and most definitely in this case get what you pay for. I do not have nor see signs for future buyers remorse. The only change I needed was a saddle and pedals. That is a give in within this industries norm. Don't will this need to use as a stepping stone in walking away. Failure to accept is simply failure in one self to recognize truth and will be doing exactly as mentioned with any other bicycle maker. Remember, you are worth every cent invested. The only crime would be in turning olit into a clothes hanger, yet even then it would shine in serving that outcome. This is one beautiful creation of design and function.

Would Recommend?



Best E Bike Ever !

If you want an e bike that flys under the radar and looks more like a conventional bike this is it !!! The bike is so well engineered that you will never have range anxiety because if the battery runs out it’s so well balanced that you just ride it like a conventional bike ! My trips have been longer , getting more exercise, and the fun factor puts a smile on your face. Honestly been researching e bikes for two years and this one checks all the boxes!!! Absolutely love this e bike !!!

Would Recommend?