Specialized Turbo Creo SL Review

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Updated February 1, 2023
88 Expert Rating

As one of the best gravel e-bikes, the Specialized Turbo Creo SL is a stunning example of craftsmanship, with all of the bells and whistles one would expect of one of the best electric road bikes on the market. Few other bikes, like the Giant Revolt E+ Pro an example, have an app to help track their progress and control some aspects of their bike thru an ant Bluetooth connection. The Creo Sl is also one of the best electric bikes for the road on the market, making it a great multi-tasker.

Why We Like It – Specialized Turbo Creo SL

A lightweight gravel grinder E road bike with flared handlebars, wide treaded tires, a seat post dropper, and unique Future Stem 2.0 steer head tube suspension that’s not all the Specialized Turbo Creo SL has going for it, but those are a few of the favorite aspects from the reviews. A similar option to check is in the Specialized mountain bike review.

  • Battery can get up to 80 miles per charge
  • 2-year warranty
  • Low motor profile
  • No kickstand

Durability & Build Quality

Due to the slightly higher chance of scratches from the chain to the frame, an extra long rubber slap guard protects the carbon frame from chain strikes when riding on bumpy terrain, it’s a clean, lightweight design that’s effective at what it does ensure the carbon fiber can remain as clean as an aluminum competitor like the Yamaha Wabash. The Specialized SL is filled with innovations, such as the Future Shock damper front suspension system and a rear hub motor that can hit 28 MPH. If you want another bike with a similar build quality, then you need to read our Rambo electric bike review.

Performance (Speed & Acceleration)

While the Turbo can’t quite match up to its sister, the Specialized Works Turbo Creo SL Expert, its max speed of 28mph is nothing to shake a stick at as not even the Cannondale Synapse NEO SE can match. The motor activation is fairly smooth and fluid, it’s a zippy noticeable feeling that beats all of the other lightweight SL road bike models like the Surface 604 Rook.

Range & Battery

The beloved 320Wh internal battery pack can get up to 80 miles of use on a single charge, and the range extender batteries can boost that up to 160 miles, though the cord to connect the extra battery is sold separately. It’s awesome that Specialized has allowed you to choose which battery is drawn down first, or to drain them both in tandem using the Mission Control app, this way, you won’t be cycling one battery constantly wearing through its cycles faster.

Safety features

The 11 Speed Shimano Ultegra motor Specialized SL gives the electric bike the power it needs with a cover to keep clothes from getting caught in the gears even if the turbo mode is active.


The Specialized Creo is a rather mid-range bike when it comes to cost, both the front, rear, and main gear hub have clear signs of quality, but the cost coming in lower than some of its competition leads to the bike not matching up to the most expensive bikes. Instead of going for an expensive option, and all you need is a commute ebike, read the Speedrid electric bike review.

Specialized Turbo Creo SL Wrap Up

The bike works, Creo SL is overall a good bike with few problems, like the lack of a kickstand being more of an annoyance rather than an outright battery specialized in getting an outstanding 80 per charge, making even some of those more expensive bikes look cheap by comparison.