Como: Oh! I get it!
Now that I’ve taken the Specialized Turbo Como for a good ride through the city streets, I get it. I get where the name comes from; well, I think I do.
My guess is that the name comes from Lake Como in northern Italy. It is incredibly beautiful.
Lifestyle in the Lake Como region is stylized, civilized, cushy and comfortable, much like one might describe the ride of the Como e-bike.
On the other hand, there may be another more esoteric explanation for the name’s origin; an Italian-American crooner.
Perry Como, for those (like me) of a certain generation, we remember him for being our parents’ favourite singer – up there with Bing Crosby. Perry was smooth, casual, cool, wore cardigans, spoke calmly and when he sang, he connected with all the right notes.
As you might imagine, that description also fits the Specialized Como perfectly – smooth, calm, comfortable, cool and it hits all the right notes as you ride and feel its ‘chill’ but pure power.! !
Powered by a totally redesigned and integrated 250 watt Brose Rx street tuned, belt-driven motor – silent, smooth and free from vibrations, and ideal an our urban environment. The design, featuring a belt drive, allows for a more compact motor and tends to look more integrated with the frame than most other e-motors.! !
Importantly, the battery is totally customized, seamlessly integrated with the frame, and lockable, making it easy to recharge on or off the bike. As for range, the 504Wh battery will assist you for 100+km in ideal conditions on a full charge.
With power taken care of, you only need ride one to understand its comfortable ride position.
Specialized calls this positioning geometry ‘Ground Control’ since it allows you to put a foot down at stops, and easily get on and off the bike. Uniquely, the position combines a relaxed, upright posture with stability and efficiency.
Other important information on the Como includes …
- A Suntour NCX E25 fork providing 50mm of suspension
- Front & rear brakes are Shimano BR-MT500 hydraulic disc (180mm & 160mm)
- Shimano SLX, 11-speed Shifting system
- Canopy Comp Saddle – super comfy
- Trigger Sport Reflective Tires – 700x47mm
Specialized has developed their Mission Control App used with some of their e-mountain bike models, and anticipate it to be available for the Turbo Como toward the end of the year. The App will allow riders to custom tune their motors if they choose, as well as to view their ride data, providing a much broader range of their power system capabilities versus competitors.
With all I now know about the Turbo Como, and my experience riding one, I can enthusiastically and confidently recommend it for anyone who wants style, comfort and speed in a stable and easy-to-control e-bike platform. The Como is ideal for any urban and/or gentle country setting.
Cycling The 6ix!
See you out there!