Specialized Turbo Creo 2

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Release Year
Charge Time
2.5 Hours
Maximum Range
120, 43 Miles
Top Speed
28 mph
250 W
50 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 6.6Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
31.9, 30.78, 28.58 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Turbo Creo 2. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • Experts praise the Turbo Creo 2’s versatility off-road thanks to the wide tires, dropper post, and Future Shock 3.0 suspension.
  • Reviewers say the Creo 2 is “incredibly fun” and capable on rough gravel and light trails.
  • This bike has clearance for 29” x 2.2” (57mm) tires.
  • Several riders praise the comfort.
  • Reviewers agree the Turbo Creo 2 performs well on the road despite its gravel design.
  • Using the Specialized app is intuitive, according to one tester. Owners can customize the assist levels in 10-percent increments through the app.
  • The frame has mounts for fenders, bikepacking bags, and front and rear racks.
  • Experts are impressed by the 320Wh battery’s range—Specialized claims up to 43 miles with 4,921 feet of elevation gain.
  • The own-brand SL 1.2 motor proves very quiet in testing.
  • Reviewers enjoy the controlled, stable ride, balanced by responsive and precise handling. One relishes the bike’s ability to corner at high speeds.
  • Experts describe the pedal assistance as natural, “without harsh cutoffs”. One says the motor “seamlessly responds” to rider input.
  • Testers report that the “mightily impressive” motor handles gradients up to 32 percent without issue.
  • According to one expert, the Future Shock 3.0 headset-integrated suspension enhances control and comfort on descents.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Testers agree the Turbo Creo 2 is heavy for this price, especially the Comp and Expert builds.
  • An expert says riding without assistance feels “sluggish” due to the wide tires and relatively high weight.
  • One reviewer complains about the big jumps between gears on the 10-50t cassette.
  • The battery cannot be removed for off-bike charging.
  • Two experts warn that the bike can accelerate suddenly in Turbo mode, potentially causing a loss of traction when riding up steep hills off-road.

Bottom line

The Specialized Turbo Creo 2 is a versatile and capable electric gravel machine that moves away from the e-road design of the original Turbo Creo. It’s available in three premium builds. Though expensive, the bike wins praise for its performance, comfort, and fun ride quality on and off-road. A powerful 50Nm motor impresses on steep climbs, and the wide tires, Future Shock suspension, and gravel geometry provide stability and control on rough gravel and light trails. Testers are disappointed by the relatively high weight, but otherwise, Specialized looks to have delivered a bike worthy of its premium price tag with the Turbo Creo 2.

Expert Reviews

91/100 based on 5 rated expert reviews
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Cycling Weekly

New Specialized Creo Launched: Gravel Capability as the Brand Rejects the Electric Road Bike Market

 The Creo is excellent in the category it’s now designed for: gravel, all-road, and straight-up road if you’re based in the US. If that fits what you’re looking for in an e-bike, you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

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Specialized Creo 2 First Ride Review – A Genuine Gravel Bike

The Specialized Creo 2 builds on what was already a successful e-bike and makes it a serious contender off-road with its wide tire capacity and dropper post… I can see how this bike would be a great companion on a bikepacking adventure. 

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Specialized Creo 2 First Ride Review: The Only E-Road Bike on My Shopping List

It has been and remains, in my opinion, the best e-road bike on the market. I don’t say this lightly, but the Creo 2 is years ahead of the competition…

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Gran Fondo

Specialized Turbo Creo 2 Expert in Review – An E-Gravel Bike for the Rough?

On rough gravel and light trails, the Creo 2 is incredibly fun to ride, underlined by its maneuverability, precise steering, damping, and support on the climbs. 

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Specialized Creo 2 First Ride Review: Off-Road Capability With a Serious E-Boost

The Creo 2 was engaging and fun to ride and is very capable… I could push the Creo 2 hard off-road and really have fun, but then when you’re back on tarmac, it zips along nicely…

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David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

Is the Specialized Creo 2 the Ultimate Adventure Bike?

… on flowing trails, the assistance feels natural, it’s not intrusive at all, it just feels like a normal bike…

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First Ride: Specialized Creo 2 E-Bike

V2 Creo is more of a utility vehicle than a race-bred machine—V2 trades some sportiness on pavement for more capability on dirt and gravel roads and trails.

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Rennrad News

Specialized Turbo Creo SL2 First Test [German]

The handling on easy and more demanding gravel trails is simply good, well done, precisely adjusted, and perfectly complimented by the comfort of the handlebars. Added to this is the increased versatility for bikepacking and everyday use.

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New Specialized Turbo Creo SL 2: More Power for an All-Terrain E-Gravel Machine [Spanish]

It’s not a mountain e-bike, but it’s perfectly capable of going into MTB territory and enjoying the challenge.

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Specialized Creo 2 Expert – Review [Dutch]

… the Creo 2 might not come into its own in large parts of the Netherlands. But most of the world is not as flat as the Netherlands, and that is precisely where the Specialized Creo 2 Expert has its potential.

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Matos Vélo

Test of the Specialized Creo 2 Expert, Gravel Without Limits [French]

Whether you’re a seasoned sportsman or a less-trained cyclist, the Creo 2 will enable you to ride faster with the same physical effort or to tackle difficulties that your training wouldn’t normally allow.

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