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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.
Expert Reviews91/100 based on 5 rated expert reviews
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.
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.
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.
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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