Bike Check: Jason Momoa's Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

May 12, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  


When he's not leading the Dothraki or saving the world from Steppenwolf, Jason Momoa is also an international ambassador for Specialized Bikes and, apparently, a keen mountain biker. Recently, the brand decided to surprise him with a custom painted Turbo Levo e-bike to celebrate his role as Aquaman in the Justice League and his own film.

And who better to paint it than Tony Bauman? Tony is the man behind several incredible recent projects including Bryn Atkinson's Snakeskin Norco Range and Jill Kintner's Queen of Hearts hardtail, so he has plenty of pedigree with these intricate designs.

Specialized were apparently happy to give Tony free range to let his creativity run wild on this project and that's exactly what he did. He got the brief in April last year and Tony immediately jumped on the project hoping to give Jason a bike that would "blow him out of the water". After 80 hours of labor, he emerged with an awe-inspiring, aquatic frame plus a custom helmet based on Aquaman's tattoos and suit.

bigquotesI wanted to mix it up by having the helmet and frame be completely different while still very much belonging together. For the helmet I focused on his bold tattoos from the movie, which after spending some time breaking them down and planning it out, the design worked extremely well without having to force it. The black and gold pattern over the top gave the boldness that I was after and tied into his gold suit and King of the Sea status.

For the frame, I followed the visuals cues from the movie. A deep-sea vibe, with light rays coming in from the top, sharks silhouettes, schools of fish, an angry octopus reaching up from the depths, glowing jellyfish floating around, seaweed, air bubbles and of course the bridge to Atlantis.
Tony Bauman

Here's a behind the scenes look at how the bike came together and Jason's reaction when he first saw it:

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Tony locked himself away in the pain(t) cave for 80 hours to work on this project.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
The work starts with stencils for the graphics.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Blue was the only choice for the theme of this watery work, what else could it be for the King of the Sea?

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
A seaweed graphic coming to life.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
These shafts of sunlight reaching into the depths are a super-cool detail

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
A well-deserved break mid-way through the project.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
The octopus tentacles required some of the more dexterous work on the paint job.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
There are plenty of details to appreciate when you look closer here.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
The front triangle ready for the full build.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Tony was also asked to paint a helmet to tie in thematically with the bike. He went for a design based on Momoa's costume and tattoos as Aquaman.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Specialized completed the build with a SRAM drivetrain and brakes, Fox suspension and lots of in-house parts

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
An Aquaman logo hidden at the bottom of the seat tube.

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason gives it the once over

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Ever seen a man curl an e-bike?

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
He's a fan!

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
The helmet also gets the stamp of approval

Jason Momoa s Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
A test ride around the hotel. Jason has apparently been riding it off-road as well as a shop sent Tony a picture of the bike with some dirt on it.

Learn more about Tony's work here, and follow his latest projects on Instagram, here.


188 Comments

  • 269 18
 Batman wouldn't need an E-bike...
  • 57 23
 Cam Zink is Batman
  • 6 2
 But Ronon Dex needs the battery to charge his gun.
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: na, its robert pattinson now ;-)
  • 11 0
 Sometimes it can be a long way from the trailer to the set.
  • 62 134
flag chriskneeland (May 12, 2020 at 13:41) (Below Threshold)
 It's an e-bike so it's actually Aquawoman themed.
  • 17 94
flag Three6ty (May 12, 2020 at 13:56) (Below Threshold)
 @chriskneeland: This is the funniest comment on this thread!!!
  • 61 4
 Batman would definitely need an E-bike. Batman just has really expensive toys and no super powers. Superman wouldn't need an E-Bike.
  • 8 65
flag willdavidson9595 (May 12, 2020 at 15:10) (Below Threshold)
 @chriskneeland: HAHAHA! That's awesome!
  • 8 0
 Step away from the Bat Knob Robin and turn on your e bike filter!
  • 51 14
 @chriskneeland: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
so, uhh...
dated, misogynistic, and unfunny?
  • 34 16
 @BuildSendRinseRepeat: True. It is disrespectful to women to assume they'd ride e-bikes.
  • 13 1
 @chriskneeland:
The Washington Capitols called to say you're kicked off their team.

www.tsn.ca/washington-capitals-waive-brendan-leipsic-to-terminate-contract-1.1473842
  • 3 21
flag ybsurf (May 12, 2020 at 17:09) (Below Threshold)
 @chriskneeland: you so right
  • 2 0
 @Stokedonthis: Christian Bale set the bar pretty high...
Should be interesting.
  • 4 0
 @tacklingdummy: Let the Marvel vs DC Universe Battle begin ...
  • 5 0
 @tacklingdummy:
Batman wouldn't need an E-bike. He clearly states in this clip at 1'34" that he "never skips leg day".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ScWnmjpMk
  • 2 0
 Wonder Woman is doing it huge on a real Specialized Enduro and wearing the same bullet proof underwear.
  • 3 0
 @jorgeposada: No chamois needed with bulletproof underwear.
  • 1 0
 i was thinking the exact same thing!
  • 2 0
 @gossman: I wonder if a new superhero is in the mix "EMAN"...
  • 2 1
 @RowdyAirTime: #commentgold
  • 2 2
 he cant ride that bike in water.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Ha, ha. Thanks Waki
  • 3 1
 @tacklingdummy: Superman would buy local. Superman would get so torn over which local supplier to support he would buy one from each local supplier. Superman would have to sell all his locally supplied bicycles to pay his rent. Superman would remember he can fly. Superman would feel silly.
  • 2 1
 @BuildSendRinseRepeat:

Almost as disrespectful as an XY competing against XX just so that they can win
  • 119 0
 He rented DH bikes from the shop I worked at in whistler multiple times, he loves the sport it looks like. Super rad dude.
  • 8 1
 That's awesome! He's an absolute boss. Totally sound guy. I just knew he would be into mountain biking! That sunlight through the water paint is sensational too.
  • 2 0
 Cool! Really pleased to hear that. As I was looking through the photos I was fearing it would sit in the corner of an LA 8 car garage unseen and untouched.
  • 89 0
 Hopefully he rocks the Shimano SPD sandals.
  • 12 0
 Ooh. I have those. I have never been so scared as when I went for a trailride in them!
  • 6 0
 Massively under rated for summer riding....you actually look forward to stream crossings!
  • 77 2
 Looks fishy to me. . .
  • 39 1
 whoa, deep.
  • 25 1
 What a carp comment.
  • 6 2
 @bigtim: All of us punny people have really barracuda'd ourselves in the PB comments section huh.
  • 17 1
 Wonder if the graphics can be scaled?
  • 21 1
 hard to fathom how much work it took…
  • 4 3
 The article has lots of suction on Pinkbike for sure
  • 12 2
 He looked keen to get Kraken on a ride though.
  • 12 2
 Puns are the best part of the pinkpike comment section
  • 19 1
 I bet that frame is worth a few squid
  • 1 3
 Is this bike waterproof?
  • 2 1
 I hope he wears his Coast Guards on his knees and elbows.
  • 1 3
 kale
  • 2 1
 @iantmcg: True, I really like reading some of the comments, but some pinkbike members are obviously really stupid, ignorant and maybe just childish, who knows. You will notice this when they downvote for no reason and do not have a clue even when a good joke is right in front of them. Hey, that's ok, as maybe we're laughing at them...Anyways, back to the good stuff....
  • 85 13
 as soon as he gets in shape he can ditch the e-bike
  • 13 15
 Average heart rate on ebike rides (for current mtb riders) is 94% of what you get on an analog bike according to the NIH study. Anecdotally, I've found this to be true as well. Gotta be fit no matter what powers your bike. Doing twice the amount of descending really works your arms a lot more, which looks like his strong suit lol.
Link to NIH study: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6711045
  • 27 1
 @coletrane-mtb: Ya really whooshed the joke there.
  • 8 1
 @Patrick9-32: If this were anywhere other than Pinkbike comments, the joke would have been apparent hahah.
  • 64 1
 Jasnon Mamoa is (was) a regular at my local climbing gym in LA, Sender One. Met him and his kids on multiple occasions. He really is just a rad dude. Didn't know he mountain biked too, but not surprised.
  • 16 1
 He was in Whistler a binch last season, Never thought he would be here for biking
  • 6 1
 @Haddow-B: He was filming in Squamish for a few weeks in the summer, that's why he was up in Whistler a handful of times.
  • 1 2
 He doesn't mountain bike, he e-bikes.
  • 46 3
 That's all well and good, but am I the only one that was taken aback at how much he looks like Peter Dinklage in the shot where he has the helmet on?
  • 5 1
 Underrated comment
  • 13 1
 Notice how you never saw them together too. Never in the same scene... Coincidence? I think not!
  • 1 1
 Take my upvote.
  • 17 1
 @TucsonDon: maybe Jason Momoa is just Peter Dinklage sitting on someone else’s shoulders under a long coat
  • 2 1
 @Arierep: Agreed. Brilliant.
  • 3 1
 @Upduro: there's no maybe about it.
  • 30 4
 big money maker gets big money bike to promote big money brand on big money site. Big money things make high dolla bikes alright while my pocket is tight but I ride alright. I’ll sleep at night
  • 1 1
 big money site...hahahhahahahahahaha
  • 20 2
 Claim to fame - we were lucky enough to be the shop that build this bike after shipping (Steed Cycles - North Vancouver). Super cool bike!
  • 19 1
 When do the special edition aqua-sram components come out?!
  • 2 0
 I bet it will be a SRAM/Troy Lee Designs collaboration.
  • 10 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: *Sram/Troy Lee/Adidas/Nespresso collaboration
  • 4 1
 Isn’t most sram stuff already swimming with the fishes?
  • 15 1
 merMAN *cough cough cough* merMANNN!
  • 23 11
 So you CAN polish a turd.
  • 10 1
 Everyone is right of course - he probably doesn't NEED an e-bike, but if Specialized really did surprise him with the bike, then maybe, just maybe - he didn't have a say in it.
  • 10 1
 He took Viserys KOM on that thing... "A crown for a king"
  • 1 0
 He was Khallin' ass on that ride.
  • 11 3
 OK, that is super bad ass! Especially the helmet!
  • 1 5
flag rrolly (May 12, 2020 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 The bike is stunning, the helmet is gawdy.
  • 6 1
 That pocket scarf is going to get all caught up in his rear end when things get rowdy.
  • 8 1
 #NeptuneWasRobbed
  • 11 5
 A superhero themed moped. Every 7 year old's dream.
  • 6 1
 Being rich and famous would be dope.
  • 23 0
 Except for the famous part...
  • 10 4
 Slow news day?
  • 5 0
 That guy needs a fox 40 up front and a 600 coil in rear..
  • 1 1
 My friend have a 600 and he really aint like him.... Does 700 even exist? lol
  • 5 0
 All the people hating on EBikes why?
  • 3 3
 the price, Celebrities getting them for free, 50lbs+, the bastardization of the crank/pedal driven design, laws regarding how fast and how much power, Recharging, more maintenance... all sorts of reasons if you ask me... (BTW, You can hate them and still want one.)
  • 3 2
 I believe it can be summed up with the term "sour grapes".
  • 2 1
 Every time I turn around I have people telling me "You need to try one, they are so much better!"

Only for me to tell them I have tried one, I didn't like it. Then I become the hater :rolleyes
  • 4 1
 In before the "Well if he was fit he woudn't need an ebike" comments. Probably too late though...
  • 11 8
 Pish... Maybe if Jason Momoa would get off his fat, lazy ass and ride a regular "analog" bike, he'd be in better shape.
  • 3 0
 Guy worth 14M dollars gets a free 12K dollars E-MTB with custom pro paintjob.
  • 5 1
 "This week on American chopper..."
  • 4 1
 that paint job is sickness. both helmet and bike!
  • 4 1
 Jason seem like a really good dude. Awesome job Tony, bike looks amazing!
  • 3 1
 The only guy I wouldn't rip for wearing a scrunchy on his wrist. Sick bike and all round nice guy by most accounts,
  • 4 0
 Should've gone Kenevo
  • 4 1
 Care to surprise me with a new bike Specialized?
  • 7 5
 He can curl an E-bike, but has clearly been skipping leg day if he needs one.
  • 2 0
 See you at whistler in 2021!
  • 19 3
 Sea Otter is more his style
  • 5 9
flag Beez177 (May 12, 2020 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 @Connerv6: Did you ask your Mom if you can go? No? I'll ask her tonight.
  • 3 1
 So what, that bikes worth like $30,000 now!?
  • 2 4
 I was surprised to see that the bike is an e-bike. I have nothing against e-bikes by the way. I just thought it was a bit surprising that being such a healthy athletic guy he would rather have a regular bike. I get it, you can ride longer and more miles and get a good work out. still surprised hehe Nice paint job. Always, nice to be a famous celebrity.
  • 2 1
 I really like him, he has a true love for the sport and the community, he fricken shreds too. Sexy bike
  • 2 1
 Lots of people mad in this comment section, as if Momoa really cares about what people here have to say.
  • 2 1
 why is every one saying he wanted an eeb??? or did u not read the article where it said spec surprised him with the bike
  • 2 0
 Weird how the more rich you become the more free s$#t people give you!Smile
  • 6 5
 This is the Ebike content that I care about, Pinkbike!
  • 2 1
 How is he gonna use that in the depths of the ocean.....
  • 24 8
 This is hilarious and shows full on the dichotomy of this do called disease. Let me summarize:
1. Climate change is due to human being
2. Human beings are a disease (for the Earth)
3. I am getting an electric bike full of non-recyclabable carbon and rare metals which extraction is a huge source of pollution. And it’s been made on the other side of the world. And I am stoked about it.

Not sure what to think really.
  • 10 9
 Thanks for the post, hadn't heard that! So typical. The disease is the hypocrisy suffered by these elites. It there weren't market demand by humans (aka the disease) companies wouldn't develop and build your "special" bike nor pay to see your movies.
  • 9 11
 @EnduroManiac: it's easy to know what to think, the UN pulls in actors to peddle their bullshit to impressionable minds.
  • 16 6
 Just imagine the outrage if he said "X ethnicity/population/nationality/whatever is a disease"... Just shows how hard it is for this people to think things through.

Just do as I do regarding these celebrities:
- avoid dumping money into their products
- avoid clicking into any headline about anything they do/said (but here we are tho...)
- waste near to zero time discussing what they say, give them the importance they deserve
- assume from the start 90% of them are insufferable hypocrite elitists, won't be disappointed this way
- if possible try to separate the person from the work so you can enjoy some entertainment sometimes
- in doubt, watch again Ricky Gervais's Golden Globes speech
  • 26 2
 @EnduroManiac: What if he keeps the bike until he's dead, and his ashes are stuffed in it and buried? That good enough for you?

These arguments about celebrities trying to improve the world but "they flew on an airplane hur hur hur" are so stupid. It's all about number of eggs broken. He might break a few here and there, but if his cause saves hundreds of broken eggs, he's having an impact. Everything I can find, he practices what he preaches. Yea....eggs will be broken, but he's going to have a net positive compared to most of us in these first world countries.

Now I find him tossing a cig on the side of the trail on his e-bike I'll grab my pitchfork with you, but cut the man some slack.
  • 8 0
 @EnduroManiac: Good reading on how individual choices really can't effect change alone.
www.fastcompany.com/90290795/focusing-on-how-individuals-can-stop-climate-change-is-very-convenient-for-corporations
This battery tech is pretty amazing, hopefully him buying this bike will convince the fat dads down the street they can pilot that e-cargo bike with the kids.
  • 3 1
 @gticket: Just a quick shout out to the great Australian initiative that is "The Conversation", where that article was originally published.
  • 2 1
 @EnduroManiac: Hello tu quoque my old friend. It's time to whatabout with you again.
  • 2 1
 @gticket: Exactly. Part of the problem is that we tend to direct our anger towards celebrities and Swedish teenagers for their outspoken opinions on climate change while benefiting from the hypocrisy, but in reality we should direct our fervor at the politicians who do nothing (or do the wrong things) and the corporations who still promote consumption or worse, lobby for deregulation so they can get back to spewing carbon.

I'm trying to do my part by buying lots of used parts, buying an American made bike that only shipped a few hundred miles made in one of cleanest states in the US, and riding it for more than a single season.
  • 1 1
 Do the joker one ,and aply some smilex on it ,the best product that will ever exist SMILEX
  • 1 1
 Kahl drogo shoulda spent less time on the horses.. wouldn't have needed it to be an e bike!!
  • 3 3
 Must be nice having enough money to buy anything you want and then have companies just throwing stuff at you for free.
  • 1 1
 Yeah eh?
  • 2 1
 I'd ride with Jason Momoa
  • 2 1
 he needs a coil shock! Beast mode
  • 2 1
 [insert Sea-man joke here]
  • 2 1
 Orange County Choppers...but with a bike
  • 1 1
 Oh, look at that purdy thing. Oh my, I could ride that all night long. Oh look... There's also a bike!
  • 1 0
 Jason Mimosa and the Electric Eel
  • 1 0
 Awesome paint job, but such a terrible film
  • 2 2
 simply wow! make it an production paintjob speci...its too rad
  • 3 4
 Cool that he's a mountain biker and amazing paint but I was disappointed with his appearance on snl awhile back.
  • 1 1
 Awesome! And Jill's is too
  • 2 1
 Karmann Ghia!!
  • 1 1
 Patetico, absolutamente innecesario.
  • 1 2
 Big money maker gets big money bike. Promotes big. Money brand on a big money site. My pockets is tight but I ride alright.
  • 1 1
 The guy is a sicko, check out the video on YouTube of him fondling a girl
  • 1 1
 Specialized should realese limited edition of this bike called "Sea Man".
  • 1 1
 That's a bike r on steroids!
  • 1 1
 Tony has to be the best sprayer out there IMO.
  • 1 1
 He wears scrunchies. That's surprising.
  • 1 0
 RIDING VIDÉO NOW
  • 1 1
 nice fingernails
  • 1 1
 Badass paint job ????
  • 1 1
 Supposed to have been a thumbs up emoji...
  • 2 2
 Beautiful artwork!
  • 1 1
 Hahahahahaha
  • 1 1
 gipsy...
  • 1 3
 Must be headed for retirement!
  • 1 2
 shit-art.com welcome
  • 1 4
 Sorry but thats bike porn
  • 2 5
 Aqua- eTurd loose stools toxic diarrhea.
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