Specialized has revealed a new build kit option for the Gen 3 Levo, and while it might be more affordable it still isn’t cheap.
There’s no denying that Specialized is leading the charge in terms of eMTB design. It was Specialized that really introduced the concept of a lightweight eMTB to the market, and their latest Kenevo SL and Gen 3 Levo eBikes show what’s possible when designing a frame, motor and battery from scratch.
Though the Kenevo SL might be the talk of the town, it’s still the Levo that many riders are eyeing up for its larger battery capacity and more powerful Specialized 2.2 motor packing 90Nm of torque.
The latest, third-generation Levo launched earlier in the year but only as a £13,000 S-Works build, today though an Expert build-kit has been revealed sporting the same frame, motor and battery but a reduced price point.
Specialized Levo Gen 3 Expert
The Gen 3 Levo gets 160mm of front wheel travel mated to 150mm on the rear, through a new RX Tuned suspension platform designed with higher eMTB speeds in mind. The mismatched suspension travel is mated to mismatched wheels, and like many new eBikes, the Levo runs a 29er on the front and a 27.5in wheel on the rear.
This Expert build has a FACT 11m full carbon frameset, adjustable head angle and an adjustable horst pivot. That horst link suspension is controlled by a Fox Float X2 Performance Elite rear shock. A Fox Float 38 Performance Elite with Grip 2 damper is in charge of the front wheel damping. As we saw with the Kenevo SL, a SWAT tool is stowed away in the steerer tube of the 38, while also hidden internally is a 700Wh battery, though in the carbon downtube.
SRAM handles stop and go duties with a mix of X01 and GX for the transmission and Code RS 4 piston brakes with 200mm rotors front and rear. An alloy Praxis chainset connects the 12 speed Eagle drivetrain to the motor.
Specialized will offer the Gen 3 Levo Expert in either a Maroon/Black or Smoke/Black colour combo and the build will go on sale through Specialized dealers for £8,750.
For more details on the Gen 3 Levo check out Mark’s first impressions here.