How To Derestrict a Specialized eBike in 2022?
In this blog post we are going to explain how you can derestrict your Specialized eBike using a tuning chip. Before we start, please note that removing the speed limit on your eBike can potentially void your warranty, eBikes with the speed restriction removed are illegal and only to be used on private land.
What motor do I have?
Before we jump in to the different tuning chips for Specialized eBikes we need to establish what motor you have on your eBike. Specialized use a variety of different motors on their eBikes so it's important to understand exactly what one you have first.
Here's a breakdown of the different motors:Brose 1.2/1.2E/1.3/1.3E Motor
This motor is typically found on Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail (2021), Turbo Kenevo Comp or older Specialized Levo models (pre 2019).Mahle 1.1 SL Motor
You'll find this motor on lightweight Specialized eMTBs & e-Road bikes such as Turbo Levo SL & Vado SL 5.0. Weighing just 1.95 kg it's the lightest of the all the motors, delivering power of 240 W and 35 Nm of torque.Brose 2.1 Motor
The 2.1 motor is based on the Brose S-Mag, it's one of the most popular motors for Specialized eBikes. It weighs 2.9 kg but with that brings power of 565 W and 90 Nm of torque. You'll find this motor fitted to Specialized Turbo Levo's (2019-2021).Brose 2.2 Motor
Brose's 2.2 motor is the latest iteration of the 2.1. It was released at the end of 2021 and has received a minor update to it's software as well as a new drive belt. It has the same power and torque as it's predecessor with 565 and 90 respectively. This motor can be found on the latest 2022 Turbo Levo models.
Best Tuning Chip for Specialized eBikes with 1.2/1.2E/1.3/1.3E motors
Our #1 pick for this motor comes from PearTune. Manufactured in the Czech Republic, this chip was released in 2021 and received a significant upgrade to the previous 2.0 version. It now comes with original connectors which gives riders a true plug & ride solution. It can switched on/off using your walk button and even gives accurate speed and distance on your display or Mission Control app - something that it quite hard to find with Specialized Tuning Chips.
Our #2 pick is not a tuning chip but a magnet based solution from BadassBox. It clips on to the frame of your eBike so doesn't require access to the motor. The features are more basic, it simply overrides the restriction enabling you to double the max speed on your eBike. Due to it being magnet based, it will cause inaccurate speed/distance on your display or mission control app.
Best Tuning Chip for Specialized eBikes with 1.1 SL motors
Our #1 pick for 1.1 SL Mahle motor comes from Levociraptor. This Gen2 version was released in 2021 and is an updated version to the hugely popular Gen1. The tuning options for the 1.1 SL motor are limited due to the design of these eBikes, many of which are e-Road bikes. The key benefits of this chip is that it's plug & ride and is simple to install. The only downside being that it won't give accurate speed or distance on your display or mission control, however you can use the third party BLevo app via a bluetooth integration if you need this function.
Best Tuning Chip for Specialized eBikes with 2.1 Motors
Our top pick for Specialized eBikes with the 2.1 brose motor is the Levociraptor Gen1. One of the most popular chips on the market, it connects via the TCU giving you a plug & ride solution. Unfortunately it won't give accurate speed or distance on your display or mission control. However for the price, it offers great reliability and value for money. The Gen2 Levociraptor is also compatible with this motor however we believe the Gen1 offers better value for money.
Our runner up for the 2.1 motor is the PearTune 3.0. If you are looking for accurate speed/distance on your mission control app then this is one to go for. It's slightly more complicated to fit as it requires access to the motor however you do get more features compared to the Gen1 Levociraptor. This chip comes in two version, 'Standard' or 'Always On'. The 'Standard' version can be switched on/off using your walk button whereas the 'Always On' is permanently active once fitted - more of a set and forget option for those that need it.
Best Tuning Chip for Specialized eBikes with 2.2 Motors
As mentioned earlier in the post, the 2.2 has only been out a few months therefore the options are more limited. Our top pick is the PearTune 3.0, there are two versions available; 'Standard' or 'Always On', both give accurate speed & distance on your mission control.
How could we do a write up on tuning chips without mentioning Speedbox, the OG's of the tuning game.
If you're looking for a cheap & cheerful tuning chip for a Brose S Mag, Brose S or Brose 1.2 motor then it's worth taking a look at the Speedbox 1.0. As you can see from the photo it's more basic than the other options we've mentioned, however it's the cheapest option by some distance. There are a few important considerations before purchasing. Firstly, it requires you to physically cut the speed sensor wires on the eBike making it a permanent fix. Secondly it won't give you accurate speed or distance on your display.
As you can see there are lots of options when it comes to Specialized tuning, we hope you found this blog post helpful. In summary, if you're looking for accurate Speed/Distance then go for the PearTune option, but if this isn't important to you the Levociraptor is a great pick. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions.
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Please note that removing the speed limit on your eBike can void your warranty, eBikes with the speed restriction removed are illegal and only to be used on private land.