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The increase in the use of electric bicycles and in particular the increase in sales of the Specialized Turbo Levo has caused us to have a range of tires with certain compounds and measures specifically designed for use in electric bicycles, we tell you under our point of view which with the best for your Turbo Levo.
As a starting point it is advisable to highlight the traction and rolling differences that electric mountain bicycles present, which is why it is necessary that a series of specific tires be used to channel this extra power and favor its correct application and handling, it is that is to say, abandoning the concept of thinking that for an electric mountain bike we can mount any type of mtb cover as long as it is of measures, especially wide, high. Good proof that this concept is more than outdated is that Specialized has its own line of development and research designed to meet the needs of electric bicycles in general and the Turbo Levo in particular.
The Specialized tires specifically intended to be mounted on the Turbo Levo can be grouped into 3 different typologies, the Butcher tire, the Eliminator and the well-known Purgatory.
In this article we try to clear the doubts about which tires to ride my electric bicycle and why, we capture our own experience and that transmitted by our customers.
Specialized defines the Butcher tire as the latest generation of the tire developed in the World Cup, it is our way of seeing the ideal tire for use in the front wheel due to its excellent traction capacity and grip both central and lateral, thus offering a very precise and safe driving. The Butcher tire is available in two very different ranges under the name of Black Diamond (BLCK DMND) and Grid, each having certain characteristics in the form and arrangement of tacking, composites and measures.
Specialized Butcher BLCK DMND 2Bliss Ready tire for e-Bike
Specialized Butcher Grid tire for electric MTB
Designed to lower very fast with your Turbo Levo, possibly the tire with more grip and rolling in the segment of electric mountain bicycles, the arrangement of its tooth-shaped tacking offers extreme stability at low load that together with the Its lateral tacking arrangement allows full control in sharp braking even in curves. In addition, the central blocks are arranged in such a way that they favor rolling at high speeds, at all times seeking to ballast as little as possible, if we add the Gripton compound that is specifically designed to improve the damping and therefore the continuous contact with the terrain, the result is already brutal.
As we have said before, our clients usually mount it as a front wheel and especially in 29 x 2.6 size, currently the Butcher Black Diamond 2Bliss Ready is available in 29 '' covering the width 2.3 and 2.6 and in diameter 27.5 "650b with a range of 2.3, 2.6 and 2.8.
New for this 2020 in the Specialized tire catalog being the logical evolution of the previous Butcher GRID, it is an intermediate tire that has a staggered central tacking and in a more separate arrangement allowing a smoother change of direction in In addition, the bicycle has added additional protection to its housing, which provides greater durability, better stability and a considerable increase in lateral stiffness.
Available only in 29-inch diameter covering a width of 2.3 or 2.6
With performance similar to the Butcher, the Eliminator is presented as a high-performance tire but, in our opinion, clearly focused on being mounted as a rear tire (its combination together with the Butcher in a Turbo Levo), its layout of the tacking is inherited from the models used in DH but its adaptation allows a spectacular ability to go down trails with compacted terrain, that is, the Eliminator combines 2 exceptional mountain characteristics in a mountain bike tire, which demand the electric trail bicycles, the perfect combination between the control on the trails and the smoothness and rolling necessary in the forest tracks.
Specialized Eliminator BLCK DMND 2Bliss Ready tire
Our clients and ourselves in our test Levo have been able to appreciate that it is a cover with a very hard shell that allows us to carry it with less pressure being able to maintain exceptional stability in fast curves where it is also noted that it is a e-bike tire that "weights" as little as possible.
According to Specialized, they define it as an enduro tire with spectacular versatility. This tire is currently available in diameter 29 "with width of 2.3 and 2.6, also for diameter 27.5" found in 2.6
The same concept that applies to the Butcher tire in terms of this finish also applies to the Eliminator, so we have an intermediate version of the Eliminator.
What can we say that you do not already know about the Purgatory, a tire with an impressive track record in everything related to the Trail, now in the Purgatory Grid 2Bliss Ready comes to us with an optimization of its tread with which we get a better grip on curves that together with the Gripton compound, makes the Purgatory a very versatile cover for almost any type of route, if we add to this the Grid housing that gives extra protection against cuts and punctures on the side flank and its 2Bliss Ready design , we are facing one of the most complete covers for Turbo Levo or any other mountain e-Bike, mostly used as a rear tire.
Specialized Purgatory GRID 2Bliss Ready tire for e-Bike
We hope we have helped you a little to clarify your doubts about which is the best cover to mount your electric mountain bike in general and your Specialized Turbo Levo in particular. On our website you will find the whole catalog of Specialized tires for Mtb electric bike