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  • Specialized Creo Turbo SL (2022)
  • dave661350
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    I’m looking at one of these next week. Lifelong cyclist rapidly approcahing 60 with some recurring health issues that mean that after months of riding 3 and 4 times a week and having a good level of fitness, it vanishes within a fortnight or 3 weeks of inactivity and being unable to eat (pancreatitis) I figure a mix of an e-bike for longer steady non exhausting rides coupled with my existing bikes may be a good compromise…so, has anyone got one and can tellme how they get along with it before I take the plunge. Cheers

    iainc
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    I have a 2020 carbon expert one, in medium, same geo etc, it’s a great bike, I used it a fair amount during and immediately post lockdown, though it’s still on original chain and cassette with minimal wear. Think it’s only been ridden 3 times in the last year as I’m on regular road and gravel bikes most of the time. Mine has Ultegra/XT di2 which is lovely in use.

    I have considered selling it but second hand prices are poor.

    There is a useful Facebook uk owners group. It does seem that this model gets more love than the 2024 new model, which is heavier and very much a gravel bike.

    iainc
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    I have a range extender which I can use on both the Creo and my Levo SL. I rarely use it though, the Creo is good for around 60-70 mixed terrain miles for me, in middle setting without, and a bit over 190 with.

    dave661350
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    Thanks for that. The one I am looking at is a 2021 model, bought new last September and being sold having been ridden 132 miles. It is a bit of a bargain.

    oceanskipper
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    I’ve got an Expert Evo 2022 model which is absolutely awesome. SRAM AXS version. Easy to ride with the motor off and when in use it’s smooth and (relatively) quiet. I switched out the cassette for a 10-50 from the 11-50 that was fitted. I ride it around 50% of the time with the motor off and the rest in Eco mostly with  35% assist. I get up to 80 miles with 2000m climbing easily. I have the range extender but only used it about 3 times. Using the RE I did 112 miles and 3000m climbing a couple of weekends ago – batteries were 4% each at the end (so 8% left of 150%) and it was in reduced power mode so luckily there were no more climbs as I was knackered!
    Below are the stats from the Velo 29 Daffodils Sportive.

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    The Specialized app is great and well thought out. Allows you all sorts of customisation. For example you can add a route and input how much battery you want left at the end and it will automatically adjust the assist level to achieve whatever you set.

    I don’t like the look of the 2024 model as it’s heavier and more powerful with a reduced range – aimed at gravel riders.

    I am however on my 2nd (well 3rd in reality as it’s been replaced twice) motor. 1st one the sprag clutch got a bit clunky so Specialized warrantied it and then the second one developed a feint but noticeable whine, even when off,  so again it was replaced with zero quibbling

    dave661350
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    Cheers for that. As the 2nd owner, it looks like I’ll get 50% off any ‘turbo’ repairs. I’ll live with that (and hope nothing goes wrong) but thankfully the nearest Specialized Service centre is pretty close by.

    iainc
    Full Member

    I have found the Spesh dealers to be really good, great aftercare.

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    dave661350
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    I’ll expect a gallic shrug (I live in France) and anything above that will be a bonus.

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    dave661350
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    I’m now halfway thru the 2nd charge on this Creo. In the least assistance setting the battery gave me 110m and 9300ft of ascending. I was a bit astounded to be honest. Mid setting is currently at c 48miles and 4200ft with 37% left. Impressed with the bike but reverting to a ‘normal’ bike in a week or so (until my next medical ‘episode’ and I need the leg up this bike gives)

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