the only xl specialized had at the local demo (Cumberland) was the levo. wouldn't you know it, banned from the trail system. they asked in advance and were denied access to the trails by UROC (united riders of cumberland, the local umbrella trail advocacy, club, etc, etc, etc). so i could only ride it around the roads. electric pedal assist virgin here, and i was impressed. medium setting up a steep road was awesome. is this a bit like superman feels? or me at age 20 if i was an olympian? wow. i bombed down the streets popping off curbs and it felt lighter and more nimble than i thought it would. i can't wait to try one on the trails, somewhere, somehow, someday.
(irony defined: discussing and debating the sturm and drang of this kind of bike and the state of local trail advocacy, when a group of 2 strokers peels out of the trails and flip us off when blowing past. fucking classic.)