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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Specialized Turbo, the 'world's fastest' electric bike [Bike Radar]


Specialized launched a new bike today – but it won't be available in the US, and perhaps the UK too, because it's too fast! 
Three years in development, the €5,499 Turbo, which is Specialized's first e-bike, has been designed specifically to be "the fastest and best e-bike ever". However, its top assisted speed of 45km/h (28mph) is 13km/h faster than is allowed under US federal law and 20km/h more than is permitted in the EU*, including Britain.
In a letter to press and dealers, product manager Marc Faude admitted: "Due to regulatory requirements, there are many markets, including the USA, where the Turbo is simply too fast to be legal."
Key features include a 250 watt rear hub motor, a 342Wh lithium-ion battery that's integrated into the down tube and is said to recharge in just two hours, and carbon fibre Magura MT series disc brakes with a regenerative charging feature. “You can get an hour on full speed,” Ben Delaney, Specialized’s global marketing manager told BikeRadar via email. “The engineering team has done several 40km rides at top speed on mostly flat terrain.”

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