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    S-Works Levo arriving today. Anything I should know about before heading out?

    Hey there

    I am getting my bike today! Anyone out there have one that can share some advice on what they wish they new before getting rolling?

    Thanks!!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Yeah, something very important. Be prepared to have way more fun than you realized, haha

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    Agreed with kneecap. Most fun on two wheels!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Hey there

    I am getting my bike today! Anyone out there have one that can share some advice on what they wish they new before getting rolling?

    Thanks!!
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    Congratulations! Ride Thursday & Friday before the rain! :-)

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    Pray that your buddy gets one also because it's hard to ride with your non EBike friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pachaven View Post
    Pray that your buddy gets one also because it's hard to ride with your non EBike friends.
    I thought the were primarily used to keep up with your friends. Hmm.
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    I'd recommend making sure you have the updated motor case, sponge, and the internal power cable before you take it home. Other than that, have fun.

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    Does the specialized motor setup have the same issue as Shimano, in which it refuses to start up if you have weight on the pedals when you turn it on (something to do with the torque sensors)?

    Might seem inconvenient to know that you gotta click the motor on and wait for it to start-up, before getting on and pedaling.

    I heard that there's some app that you can buy that offers more utility with the Spec motor, called BLEvo. Might prove interesting...
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    Well that was goddamn fun. Downtown Los Gatos to Castle Rock and back (with a secret trail thrown in). About 31 miles, 5400 footies in 2hr30ms (approx). That really works for me. Could not get Specialized app to work with my phone though. Maybe I should read the manual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well that was goddamn fun. Downtown Los Gatos to Castle Rock and back (with a secret trail thrown in). About 31 miles, 5400 footies in 2hr30ms (approx). That really works for me. Could not get Specialized app to work with my phone though. Maybe I should read the manual.
    Sorry to see you give in...youíre not even 50 man

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    Congrats on breaking in the new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Hey there

    I am getting my bike today! Anyone out there have one that can share some advice on what they wish they new before getting rolling?

    Thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Sorry to see you give in...youíre not even 50 man
    But I am 50. This bike will be PERFECT for Pinecrest...shuttle options are always so flakey. (I am also pretty stoked that my backyard just got bigger). Take a guess who else is joining the dark side.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Sorry to see you give in...youíre not even 50 man
    Give into to what, way more fun than you can even imagine? LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pachaven View Post
    Pray that your buddy gets one also because it's hard to ride with your non EBike friends.
    unless your non ebike friends are notably faster than you. Then, you can moto pace them up the hill
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well that was goddamn fun. Downtown Los Gatos to Castle Rock and back (with a secret trail thrown in). About 31 miles, 5400 footies in 2hr30ms (approx). That really works for me. Could not get Specialized app to work with my phone though. Maybe I should read the manual.
    And i bet you were freakin tired after. Ebike allow you to do more and keep going when your are tired.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    But I am 50. This bike will be PERFECT for Pinecrest...shuttle options are always so flakey. (I am also pretty stoked that my backyard just got bigger). Take a guess who else is joining the dark side.
    Iím guessing that Satan, will join the dark side???

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    Quote Originally Posted by rorhound View Post
    Give into to what, way more fun than you can even imagine? LOL!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    And i bet you were freakin tired after. Ebike allow you to do more and keep going when your are tired.
    Nailed it. You just don't ever really stop and then suddenly you find you are toast. I rode again today (can't say where) and had to cut it short because I was just whipped. 25 miles, 5k footies, 2.5 hours.

    I also find it funny that some people are pretty cool about it and want to chat while others you can tell are slightly miffed but it really doesn't take long to leave them there in their stew.

    Bit of a learning curve on climbing tight single track...I usually have more time to figure out how to maneuver. Also, never been on 29s.

    What a blast!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    it really doesn't take long to leave them there in their stew.
    Just don't make the mistake of assuming that an accomplishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Just don't make the mistake of assuming that an accomplishment.
    No sir. I strive to be courteous and conscientious and use big words wheneverpossible.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Sorry to see you give in...youíre not even 50 man
    What does age have to do with anything? I know guys in their 20ís that ride Levoís because they happen to think theyíre more fun. Who cares what others ride, itís their life not yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALimon View Post
    What does age have to do with anything? I know guys in their 20ís that ride Levoís because they happen to think theyíre more fun. Who cares what others ride, itís their life not yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Boredom promotes yawning. Maybe if you werenít so bored with your life, you wouldnt even care what others are doing with theirs.... just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Well that was goddamn fun. Downtown Los Gatos to Castle Rock and back (with a secret trail thrown in). About 31 miles, 5400 footies in 2hr30ms (approx). That really works for me. Could not get Specialized app to work with my phone though. Maybe I should read the manual.
    Hopefully you weren't poaching on that "secret trail" other than that have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemonaid View Post
    Hopefully you weren't poaching on that "secret trail" other than that have fun.
    No sir. There are only 5 people in the world that know the trail I journeyed upon.

    On another topic. Found a major flaw with the bike. It's too fun. I can't stop riding it. My other bikes are getting jealous.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    No sir. There are only 5 people in the world that know the trail I journeyed upon.

    On another topic. Found a major flaw with the bike. It's too fun. I can't stop riding it. My other bikes are getting jealous.
    Love that quote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Just don't make the mistake of assuming that an accomplishment.
    And THAT, is truly what bothers people about ebikes. It's not about ebikes damaging trails or whether or not ebikes are motorcycles. It's is that there are a number of riders out there who derive their self worth from how fast they can pedal up hill. They think ebike riders are somehow cheating them out of something. Like the joy they get riding their bike is lessened because someone else can get the same reward without the same perceived level of hard work, pain, etc.

    I don't get it, but to each their own.

    I don't want to hijack your thread and turn it into another ebike debate. So to answer your original question, before heading out, I would offer this advice after owning a turbo levo for >1 year.

    Go easy on your drive train and keep it clean. Shift softly when possible - plan ahead for steep climbs.

    Invest in brake pad stock.

    Consider one of the computer hacks to turn off the 20 mph speed limit function. It's pretty annoying when you are riding flats. I'm not sure if it voids the motor warranty though. Haven't found a clear answer to that question.

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    You are going to get into awesome shape and are going to smile a lot.

    See you out there.

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    Amen brother. I recognize the feeling. I haven't heard of any hacks for the 2019 but not sure I want to mess with the warranty as apparently Specialized will know if you did anything and it does void the warranty (according to threads I have been reading).

    That 20 MPH cut off does kind of blow...but it's still a crazy fun bike. The 160 DVO up front with DVO out back is stellar!

    I have 3 acoustic bikes and forced myself to ride one yesterday...it's the 1st raw pedal ride of the year. Getting spoiled on this rig.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Some important advice for the new levo:

    -It jumps really well, almost too well. Had some major crashes overshooting jumps. If you are riding a jump trail be conservative and consider turning it all the way off. I think either you can out ride the natural speed of a trail with the boost, or the extra mass carries you further. Took me a while to dial it in. Literally oversending jumps by twice the distance.
    -good shifting advice, make all your shifts early and on climbs slowly and under as little load as possible. Never had a problem with damaging things but you can hear how hard it is on the system.
    -get a standup paddle board coil leash to tow your acoustic buddies. This is not a joke, itís the best way to make a long slog climb with friends better. They will resist the first suggestion but beg you for a tow after that. Think some of the long climbs in Tahoe. Iíve towed up 3k climbs. Both of you work, try to keep it in trail mode, it really doesnít eat too much battery surprisingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryman View Post
    I'd recommend making sure you have the updated motor case, sponge, and the internal power cable before you take it home. Other than that, have fun.
    Hi Harry
    My 2019 Turbo Levo Comp is coming the end of January, I ask dealer to call Specialized north America, and the answer they got back was they knew about the cover and the sponge , but knew nothing about internal power cable.

    Is the power cable a rare problem?

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    Congrats on the new ride - a sweet bike!

    One key item to watch... chain wear. Mid-drive motors are very efficient, but they do put more stress on chains. Ensure you are regularly cleaning and lubing your chain. Strive to be as smooth as you can be when accelerating. We've seen folks wear out a chain in as few as 300 miles. Then, after becoming mindful of chain care and riding style - they'll get multiple times that mileage on their next chain.

    We also recommend an eBike chain. KMC has some excellent choices and Shimano released new upgraded eBike chains last fall. Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Foot View Post
    Hi Harry
    My 2019 Turbo Levo Comp is coming the end of January, I ask dealer to call Specialized north America, and the answer they got back was they knew about the cover and the sponge , but knew nothing about internal power cable.

    Is the power cable a rare problem?
    Not rare it seems. The EU guys are the apparently being the beta testers for the supposedly super well engineered 2019 Levo, which has had a host of issues, some outright head scratching. The cable is failing for some riders because of the way it bends it seems, and specialized is replacing it with another. The cable stuff is popping up in the last 5 pages or so.

    https://www.emtbforums.com/community...s-thread.1710/

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