Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

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Release Year
Charge Time
5 Hours
Maximum Range
93 Miles
Top Speed
28 mph
250 W
70 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36 V 19.6 Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
52.9, 58.25, 60.0 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • With 70 Nm of torque, reviewers have no trouble “cruising” up steep inclines.
  • Testers say the Turbo Vado 4.0 reaches its Class 3 top speed of 28 mph very quickly.
  • Experts are impressed by the Vado 4.0’s balanced on-road handling.
  • Reviewers commend the Vado 4.0’s comfort, thanks to a suspension seatpost, plush Rivo Sport saddle, and relaxed riding position.
  • Testers find the 2.3” Specialized Pathfinder tires incredibly comfortable.
  • The highly efficient motor allows testers to reach up to 93 miles of range.
  • Reviewers say the customizable, full-color MasterMind display is bright, clear and comprehensive, and estimates range accurately.
  • The Vado 4.0 arrives with integrated front and rear lights, a rear rack, and full-length fenders.
  • The SRAM NX 1×11-speed drivetrain offers a wide range of gears.
  • The SR Suntour 80 mm Mobie A32 suspension fork allows testers to happily tackle rail trails and mild off-road paths.
  • Testers report a high level of control from the SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes.
  • The Turbo Vado 4.0 is available in four sizes (S, M, L, and XL) and three colorways (🟥,⬜, and ⬛)
  • Specialized offers the Turbo Vado 4.0 stepover and step-through frames.
  • Owners and reviewers admire the sleek design.
  • Specialized’s ‘Mission Control’ app disables the motor in the event of theft. Owners can also activate an anti-theft motion-sensor alarm.
  • The included 4A charger allows for shorter charging times.

3 reasons not to buy

  • At 52.9 lb to 60 lb, the Vado 4.0 is heavy.
  • The Turbo Vado 4.0 is expensive.
  • Two testers say the charger is fiddly to plug in when charging on the bike.

Bottom line

The Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 is a high-end electric commuter. Durable, quality, brand-name components are blended with Specialized’s proprietary kit. The handling and assistance are supple, and with 70Nm of torque, the bike climbs effortlessly. A fine-tuned 250W motor allows the Vado to outdo many 750W fat bikes. Even so, the Vado 4.0 is quite heavy, ranging from 53lb for a step-through model to 60lb for the stepover. For something more svelte, riders will want the Turbo Vado 4.0 SL EQ. The Turbo Vado 4.0 consistently impresses experts and riders, thanks to its high-end components, engineering, and design, all of which are reflected in the considerable price.

Expert Reviews

93/100 based on 9 rated expert reviews
Electric Bike Report

Specialized Turbo Vado Review, 2023

The Turbo Vado 4.0 is the best electric commuter bike I’ve ever ridden. The Specialized 2.0 mid-drive motor is divine. It demands very little effort from the rider. The price is exactly right for a bike with this spec sheet and engineering.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

Whether you want the Vado for commercial use, general household duties, commuting, fitness or all of the above, I really don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Review

One of the very best examples of a versatile do-it-all e-bike. This bike has pretty much all I’ll ever need from e-powered transport.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 (2022) Review

An e-bike for all seasons. Beautifully designed, really well put together, and rides like a dream. Seamless SRAM 11-speed derailleur gearing. The overall build and ride quality constantly remind you why sometimes it’s best to spend a little bit more.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Review: A Multi-Purpose E-Bike

It’s in the performance department that the Turbo Vado 4.0 truly excels. It’s comfortable, fast, handles well and simply eats up the miles. There’s an attention to detail that simply makes the bike a joy to ride.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Review: A Smooth Electric Bike Brimming With Tech

If I was to become humankind’s ultimate ruler and displace everyone from the comfort of their cars, I’d also want to make sure each one of them had one of these to ride around on.

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Les Numériques

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 St Review: Smoothness and Connectivity in a Versatile E-Bike [French]

From the first strokes of the pedals, the Turbo Vado 2022 impresses with stability mixed with suppleness. With 2.3” tires and a certain heftiness, this bike seems made to swallow everything tin its path. It nevertheless remains quite agile.

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Specialized Turbo Vado Review: The Perfect E-Bike for Long Journeys? [French]

The new Turbo Vado holds its rank. Quality manufacturing, serious equipment, robustness and a new, more consensual design are its main characteristics. This is what still makes the Turbo Vado a benchmark this year.

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Specialized Turbo Vado Test: A Serious and Versatile Electric Bike [French]

Fun to ride, very customizable, with generous torque, very long range and suspension fork, it’s a very successful, modern and high-performance electric bike.

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Electric Bike Review

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Step-Through Review

A sporty urban commuter with suspension fork and suspension seat post included! Outfitted with some of the best fenders, rear rack, and integrated lights I’ve seen on any e-bike. The battery integration looks much nicer than previous generations. The bike is fairly heavy.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 E-Bike (2022)

I must say we are impressed. Julie is very happy with her choice. The Specialized bike is just a bit more refined than the Bosch Purion system. Of course, it’s a ‘Tweaker’s Delight’.

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Tested: Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 E-Bike

The Turbo Vado 4.0 is an exceptionally well designed and executed bike. For this amount you could buy two Aventon Levels. However, with this higher price tag comes a more refined and integrated riding experience, superior brakes and drivetrain, a usable suspension fork, and a global dealer network in the event your motor requires service.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Review

Easy to handle ⋅ Well equipped ⋅ Light (for an e-bike)

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 E-Bike Test Ride [Dutch]

The Vado 4.0 is fine for commuting, but take the longest route, because driving straight home is a waste. The components and pedal assist are sublime. Specialized have tuned their own engine very well.

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Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 2022 vs. 2021 – The Comparison [German]

The new Vado series has become around 10% more expensive. But there are also a whole lot of useful innovations and improvements on offer.

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User Ratings

87/100 based on 22 ratings
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