I remember one day Jana told her mother on the phone that I now had a new bike and her mother asked, "An e-bike?" At that moment, I looked at Jana indignantly, "Excuse me? Is she trying to insult me? Tz!" After all, I've only been riding my fixed gear bikes for 8 or even more years. Me ...? An e-bike? Never!

Friday night, once Jana's workday at the agency was over, we picked up the bikes at Concept Cycles Hamburg. The two Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVOs were already waiting for us, fully charged and ready for the sunrise ride on Saturday morning.

On Friday evening, after Jana's workday at the agency was over, we picked up the bikes at Concept Cycles Hamburg. The two Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVOs were already waiting for us, fully loaded and ready to go at sunrise on Saturday morning. Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVOs were already waiting for us, fully loaded and ready to go at sunrise on Saturday morning.

But before we tell you about the ride and our impressions of the bike, let's share a few details about the bike itself....

The Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVO is based on the same frameset as the Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon e-road bike and is available in two different finishes: Satin Sage Green/Black and Gloss Navy/White Mountains. Our favorite is definitely the green bike, and luckily we had this one for testing.

At the heart of the Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVO is the SL 1.1-E motor with maximum assistance of 240W, powered by the 320Wh battery in the down tube. Specialized specifies the full range at 120km, but it can be extended by another 60km with an optional range extender.

The Comp Carbon version of the bike is equipped with a 1×11 Shimano GRX 810 group and brakes; I already know this group from my Canyon Grail CF SL and like it very much. Specialized installed Praxis cranks on the bike.

Integrated into the head tube is the Future Shock 2.0 system, which is adjustable in the intensity of its damping via a knob on the stem and offers 20 mm of travel.

Specialized has also equipped the Turbo Creo SL EVO with an X-Fusion Manic dropper post with 50 mm travel.

Standard equipment includes 700 x 38 C Pathfinder Pro tires on DT Swiss R470 Boost wheels. The front axle is 110 mm wide and the rear axle 148 mm wide. The frame allows maximum tire widths of 700 x 42C or 650b x 50.

The Specialized Turbo Creo SL EVO IN THE WILD

The alarm clock rang at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, after coffee and a banana with peanut butter and pretzel sticks, we left home. Recently we had discovered Himmelmoor on another ride and wanted to return there.

Since we absolutely wanted to be there in time for sunrise (which we still have not managed, because sometimes we just dawdle), we have not changed the pedals as planned. (Never say: "Oh, it will be fine!!!).

So there we were, on the probably most simple flat pedals that Specialized has to offer, on the road. Perfect dream if you are on the road with clipless shoes. Well, for the next time we know that we have to finish it in the evening.

One thing we noticed right away on Friday evening: The Specialized Turbo Creo SL EVO is light for an e-bike. We could not find exact data on the weight, but carrying the bike to the 4th floor was no problem. That was our impression again on Saturday morning.

The assistance wasn't as spectacular on the road, but off the pavement, I think it was more noticeable, as you usually need a lot more power from your legs to match the speed on gravel. I can't say that it wasn't fun to zip around this way.

Arrived in the moor, we were rewarded with beautiful light and sunshine, first a quick snack, a few photos, and then move on. At this point, we already noticed that the bike attracts attention. And rightly so. It is a beautiful bike, and the most remarkable thing about it is that it does not scream e-bike at first glance. Until you notice or hear the engine. It is noticeable but not annoying. Since it was our first time on an e-bike, we can't compare it to other motors out there.

Jana, who rides a Specialized Diverge Base Carbon with Future Shock 1.5, was very impressed with the adjustability of the Future Shock 2.0 while riding; the suspension was noticeable on cobblestones and bumps and helped make the ride more enjoyable.

I was very impressed with the smooth and direct shifting. Maybe I should readjust mine on my Grail.

Of course, we were not spared a flat tire, but the tube replacement went quickly, thanks to the thru-axles. It is hard to judge whether this is a direct argument against the tires or whether Jana was simply unlucky. She has not yet had a puncture on her Diverge, which is also equipped with Pathfinder tires.

Now let's move on to the...

CONCLUSION

We are not quite sure what the purpose of the Specialized Turbo Creo SL EVO could be for us. For a moment, I thought that I could use the bike for bikepacking tours, but it lacks mounting points because, except for two bottle cages and mudguards, nothing can be mounted. I know this from my Canyon Grail CF SL, but the dropper post also takes away the possibility of a saddlebag. In addition, the range of 120km, so if I want to ride longer distances, I have to attach the extender and thus lose one of the two places for water bottles.

Jana already mentioned during the ride that the bike is fun for her, but it can never replace the feeling she gets when she rides a bike on her power. At least not while she is still fit enough to do so.