Specialized Turbo Levo Locking Tips to Protect the Battery

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Specialized Turbo Levo Locking Tips to Protect the Battery

The Specialized Turbo Levo series has a downtube integrated battery pack which doesn’t physically lock to the frame. Instead of a locking core, they opted for a standard 15 mm thru-axle FSR pivot bolt. While this approach is sturdy and perhaps easier to get at, it’s a bit less secure if you’re locking the bike up in a public space. I was initially very concerned that the battery could get stolen by anyone with a set of hex allen keys but Erik from Peloton Cycles in Fort Collins Colorado showed me how he locks the bike properly so that this won’t happen so easily. In short, he loops a cable through the rear wheel, would disconnect the front wheel using quick release and thread the cable through that as well and ultimately connect it to a u-lock which would also surround the downtube. In this way, the u-lock completely surrounds the battery making it impossible to tip out even if the thru-axle was removed. The cable protects both wheels and the entire bike is secured. We tested this on the Turbo Levo FSR 6Fatty electric mountain bike model and it worked great. Erik recommended the Blackburn u-lock because it secures on both sides (it has notches on both sides) and is therefore more time consuming to cut and steal. Note that Blackburn makes their two point Local U-Lock product in a long size which would work better for ebikes with fat downtubes like the Turbo Levo, you could secure the frame to thicker rails and post with this lock choice. Erik recommends bringing expensive bikes like this inside, not leaving them stored and locked outside overnight because the cable can still be cut and then the battery and wheelset is vulnerable even if the frame itself cannot be stolen so easily.

– Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fatty Ebike: electricbikereview.com/specialized/turbo-levo-fsr-comp-6fattie/
– Blackburn Two Point U-Lock Standard: amzn.to/2kdynVN
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– Blackburn Joliet Kevlar Cable Lock for Rear Wheel: amzn.to/2kE9NKK

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