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Old 05-16-21, 12:33 PM
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using Specialized Mission Control app

I just got my wife a new Specialized Turbo Como SL 4.0. She really likes it and, I have to admit, now I want an e-bike! So far we've only had it out for rides under 20 miles but have more extensive travel planned soon in the Texas hill country southwest of Austin.

My question is for Specialized e-bike owners that have experience using the Mission Control app. It's my understanding that with this app you can put the bike's power management into "automatic" mode (instead of one of the 3 preset modes on the control panel). When in automatic mode, does the level of assist get automatically modulated? In other words, if she uses this, will she get max assist on steep grades or with extra pedal pressure?

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not sure if it depending on the model but you can link it to a HRM to control the assist level
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Old 05-16-21, 10:04 PM
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Yes it does, you turn on smart control and you can get all of those features. Hopefully your local shop can run you through it but it is pretty easy. Just hit Ride and then all the way to the right you have smart control and that will get you set up. You can ride to Distance, Time or Heart Rate (assuming you have an HRM paired up). You can set it up to give you more assist at certain points on the hill (every 25ft from zero I believe) as well and you can also make sure you have a bit left in the tank (as is possible) which is super neat.

If you were nearby which you aren't I would love to go over it with you but I am terrible explaining it without the bike and I don't have a Specialized e-bike nearby mine is an R+M. The next time I make it down to Austin won't be for a while and I will probably spend most of my time at Gueros, Bouldin Creek Café and every record shop I can visit before going broke...LOL. I would say go to Mellow Johnny's but unless things have changed they don't sell Specialized but have always been super nice.

If you end up on a similar bike go for the Como SL 5.0. The 4 was just poorly done with a chain when they could have done the belt for a little more and made it a more appealing bike. I don't want an internally geared hub on my bike for it to have a chain, I want a derailleur for that. However they are still awesome bikes and I am sure she is loving the crap out of it. We finally are getting some of the Como SLs in stock and it is quite nice. They are tricky to set up and have some goofy bars but they are quite comfortable and easy to ride just like the regular Como and certainly look clean. Plus the rack system is great, anytime you can put the load on the frame and not the steering you have a winning combo.
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