Test Ride: Specialized Turbo Vado

The Specialized Turbo Vado (recently previewed in Wired) is a beautiful thing. Once again I have the opportunity to try another in the awesome line up of e-bike brands and models at Gears Bike Shops and the Vado is certainly a pleasure to ride.


My day off started with a short trip to get a brief treat, aroma espresso bar in Forest Hill Village. Taking a meandering route through the surrounding neighbourhood, I eventually found my intended destination, parked the Vado beside the patio and brought my coffee out along with my laptop.

One of the greatest attributes of the Vado is its belt-drive motor – it is very quiet! The low hum of the tires overpowers whatever sound may be coming from the motor itself. The Brose motor and Shimano drive-train provides an easy shifting and very responsive assist to help achieve any cycling challenge.

Looking for an interesting backdrop in a nearby neighbourhood to take a pic of the Vado, I went to Wychwood Barns in Hillsdale. After achieving my mission I started on my trip back home when I saw a woman standing with a folding e-bike (quite a popular model). She was speaking with a friend and when I noticed the conversation turn to the bike and its features, I went over to join the session.

My observation from this little ‘everyday story’ is that e-bike owners come in all shapes, sizes and walks-of-life, and each one of them becomes an advocate for this new wave of transportation and fun.

To understand what all the Vado buzz is about and why e-bikes are creating such a stir in cycling circles, drop by any of our Gears stores to try one, just for the fun of it. The guys and gals at Gears will welcome you and chat about your e-bike interests even if it’s just to learn why e-bikes are becoming so popular.

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