Review: Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0

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Like many cyclists who consider themselves “purists,” I’ve had difficulty wrapping my brain around the increasing popularity of e-bikes: The total worldwide sales tallied 36 million units in 2016. German postal workers

use e-bikes on their routes, and in the US, major bike manufacturers like Specialized, Cannondale, and Trek have introduced a surprising array of motorized options from off-road fatties to commuters.

But still, I thought. Why complicate the beautiful simplicity of a plain old bike, minimize my calorie-burning potential with a motor, and wait hours for a battery to charge? It all seemed complex and unnecessary. Then I tried Specialized’s new women’s Turbo Vado 6.0 commuter e-bike, and discovered that there is room in my life for a new category of cycling joy—especially when the rush of the Turbo kicks in.