The Specialized Como was given a revamp this year, placing more emphasis on comfort and convenience with a new frame design that has a lower stepover height to make it even easier to get on and off. And it really is low, with the stepover height down to 355mm on a large frame compared to 526mm on the previous model
The Como now comes with smaller 27.5” wheels and large volume 2.3” wide Pathfinder tyres to further enhance comfort, plus a Suntour Mobie A32 steel-sprung suspension fork with 80mm travel and a sturdy looking thru-axle. It uses a Brose-based mid-drive but with Specialized’s own software, and this full power 3.0 version is rated at 50Nm of torque – relatively modest for a mid-drive – with the 4.0 and 5.0 full power versions offering 70Nm and 90Nm respectively. This version comes with 9-speed Shimano Alivio gearing, and the MasterMind display allows you to find out plenty of info about your ride on the move such as real-time tuning of support levels and the enabling of over-the-air updates.
The frame is very strong, which means the bike weighs well over 20kg, so it's probably not suitable for a rider who needs to haul their bike up and down stairs. If you're after a very practical and easy to ride yet high-tech city e-bike and have somewhere safe to store it, the new Como should certainly be on your radar.