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While the Turbo Tero looks very much like a mountain bike, it can do everything from commuting to gravel riding and even carrying cargo and kids.

The own-brand motor is controlled from a bar-mounted computer, and you can tweak the three power modes using Specialized’s app, where you can even disable the motor and enable a motion-sensor alarm.

The powerpack is locked inside the down tube, too, for extra security.

It’s clear from the Tero’s huge down tube that it’s packing some extra power.

The removable 530Wh battery gives decent range combined with Specialized’s 2.0 motor, which has just 50Nm of torque (pricier models get the considerably higher-torque 90Nm 2.2 motor).

Geometry is at the conservative end of ‘modern’ but, despite the notably long chainstays, the Tero has a very well-balanced ride quality.

The SR Suntour XCM32 fork feels crude compared to the Fox suspension on the Tero’s pricier rivals.

It has a coil rather than air spring and, while it deals adequately with bigger impacts, is clunky returning to position after taking a hit. It isn’t good at ironing out repetitive bumps.

A bigger-than-normal 36t chainring is paired with a smaller-than-usual 11-36t, nine-speed cassette.

If you ride somewhere with steep hills, having fewer sprockets and a harder easiest gear is noticeable. It’s harder to find the ‘perfect’ gear and, on steep climbs, the easiest one is too hard to spin easily.

The gears aren’t helped by the cheap Shimano shifter feeling a bit basic and requiring a forefinger, rather than a thumb, to shift down the cassette into a harder gear.

One impressive component is the own-brand Fast Track T5 tyres, fitted on cross-country style rims, which roll exceptionally quickly and have just enough tread to dig in on gravel and grass.

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