The 2017 Mountain Bike Buyer's Guide

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie
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Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie

Rather than simply adding a motor and battery to pre-existing mountain bikes, Specialized’s Turbo Levo series has been designed from the ground up to ensure that they ride and handle like traditional pedal bikes. There’s no throttle — the motor only works when you’re pedaling — which is why Specialized considers these “pedal-assist” bikes rather than “e-bikes.” You can customize when and how the motor kicks in via Specialized's own Mission Control app. The system is fully sealed from the elements, and the battery can be charged without removing it from the bike. We like the looks of the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie, a pedal-assist version of Specialized's FSR all-mountain bike with 140mm of travel and plus-sized tires. With an additional 530 watts of power delivered through the pedal-assist system, it’s truly a bike you can pedal all day. [From $4,500; specialized.com]

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