Specialized Turbo Vado Review, 2022

For over three decades, Specialized has had the same mantra: “Innovate or Die.”

That three word slogan represents the ethos of Specialized; a condensed summation of the mindset that’s driven the northern California-based company to become one of the largest and most iconic bike brands on the planet. It’s also the driving force behind why Specialized electric bikes are among the best money can buy.

In this Specialized Turbo Vado review, we take a look at the brand’s flagship electric commuter and parse out what sets it apart from the competition. We test its hill climbing abilities, range and do our best to showcase why the Specialized name has become synonymous with innovation and really good e-bikes.

Powered by a 250w mid drive motor and a 710Wh internally integrated (but removable) battery, the Turbo Vado 4.0 is a sturdy competitor in the high-end commuter category. The latest edition of the Turbo Vado has been reengineered with new geometry, a retooled motor and a new look. Best of all, that 250W motor is capable of Class 3 speeds — and boy is it quick.

It’s an e-bike we’ve been itching to get our hands on, so let’s see how it performs in our tests.

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Ebike News: Tahoe Lawsuit Settled, Four-wheeled Mubea E-cargo Launch and Lots More!

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Whilst there weren’t many new e-bike releases this week there is plenty of related news, from the final resolution of the legal situation at Lake Tahoe, one of the most popular trail riding spots in the US, to China’s recent efforts to make electric vehicle battery recycling more effective.

The eclectic nature of the week’s news continues with features on the UK throttle only laws, a new e-bike motorized workstand and the new legal obligations on French automobile advertisers that might just help sell e-bikes; all going to show the many related areas the huge and growing popularity of e-bikes have helped them reach into.

In this week’s e-bike news:

  • Lake Tahoe class 1 trail access legal dispute finally settled
  • Innovative looking Mubea e-cargo four-wheeler slated for summer launch
  • UK’s Wisper’s limited run of throttle only e-bikes
  • Motorized EZLift for heavy bikes and e-bikes
  • China aims for more and better battery recycling
  • French car ads must tell you there might be better ways to travel
  • Dutch, Belgian and German e-bikers buying pricier e-bikes

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Himiway Zebra Review 2022

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been a pretty hot competition for which brand can build the biggest, baddest and most powerful affordable electric fat bike on the market.

Of course there’s a competition on for who can build the best e-bike in every category, but it’s been especially heated among builders of affordable electric fat bikes, and few brands have thrown more into this fight than Himiway.

In this Himiway Zebra review, we’ll take a close look at the brand’s newest flagship electric fat bike and see how it compares to some of the best e-bikes in its class. We’ll also look at how it compares to some of the other new electric fat bikes Himiway released alongside the Zebra last fall.

The Zebra is a hardtail electric fat bike with a 750W motor, an oversized 960Wh battery and a price tag of less than $2,000 — all ingredients that on paper should make it a contender. But it’s a bike built by a smaller company with less history and likely less funding than some of the giant e-bike companies it competes with, making an e-bike from Himiway — at least in some people’s eyes — a bit more of a gamble. But is it a gamble, or a game changer?

Let’s see how the Himiway Zebra stacks up.

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