Last year Specialized released the Levo SL
, an electrified version of the Stumpjumper that weighed 38 pounds, making it one of the lightest eMTBs available at the time. The new Kenevo SL is the follow-up act, which takes the popular Enduro chassis and integrates a motor and a 320 Wh battery. The result is an eMTB with 29” wheels and 170mm of travel that tips the scales at only 40.9 pounds. For reference, that's about eight pounds more than a 'regular' Enduro, and 11 pounds less than the full powered Kenevo.
There are just two models in the lineup, the S-Works version shown here that goes for $15,000 USD, and the Expert model that's priced at $11,000 USD. Nobody said that owning futuristic toys was going to be cheap.
Specialized Kenevo SL
• Wheelsize: 29"
• Carbon frame
• Travel: 170mm (r) / 170mm (f)
• 240 watt power, 35 Nm torque
• 350 Wh internal battery, Range Extender available
• 62.5 - 64.5-degree head angle
• 442 or 447mm chainstays
• Weight: 40.9 lb / 18.5 kg (size S4)
• Price as shown: $15,000 USD
• S-Works frame only: $8,500
From a distance the Kenevo SL's silhouette looks almost identical to the current Enduro – the smaller motor and battery keep the carbon frame from getting the bloated look some eMTBs have. There's plenty of room for holding a full-size water bottle inside the front triangle, or that bottle cage can be used to hold the 160 Wh range extender battery that's included with the S-Works model, which boosts the amount of possible ride time up to a claimed 7 hours.
Like the recently released Levo, the Kenevo SL has a display located on the top tube that can be customized to display information like speed, battery life, elevation, and more. It works in conjunction with Specialized's Mission Control app, and can be updated via Bluetooth, allowing for more features to be added a time goes on.
The modes (Eco, Trail, Turbo, and Walk) are selected via the controller mounted on the left side of the handlebar. There's also a Microtune option that can be assessed by holding down the top mode selector button for a few seconds. Once in that mode is accessed, the amount of power can be adjusted in 10% increments. That can be useful for matching the power of a bike to that of another rider's, or for riding with an amount of power that falls in between Eco and Trail or Trail and Turbo. Geometry
Specialized also gave the new Kenevo the adjustable geometry first seen on the Stumpjumper EVO, which in this case allows for a total of six distinct geometry settings. Four of the possible settings are shown above, and Specialized have a geo finder tool
on their site that makes it easy to see all the possibilities. In the slackest position, the bike has a DH bike-worthy 62.5-degree head angle, and in the steepest that bumps up to 64.5-degrees. Those geometry changes are accomplished by swapping out the upper head set cup, and by changing the position of the flip chip on the chainstays. That chainstay flip chip also alters the amount of bottom bracket drop by 6 millimeters, and the chainstay length by 5 millimeters.
The seat tube angle also changes depending on the geometry setting, but it doesn't stray too far from 76-degrees. There are a total of four sizes, with reach numbers ranging from 437mm for the S2 all the way up to 512mm on the size S5. All of the sizes have relatively short seat tubes in order to make it easier for riders to size up or down depending on their handling preferences.Suspension Design
The Kenevo retains the six bar suspension design found on the Enduro. The leverage curve is progressive, flattening out slightly at the end of the stroke in order to ensure that all of the travel can be accessed when necessary. According to Specialized, the Fox Float X2 has a tune that was developed specifically for the Kenevo SL, in order to ensure that its performance would pair well with how the bike is intended to be ridden.Models Ride Impressions
The Kenevo SL is an interesting bike, one that had me scratching my head one moment, and trying to wipe the goofy grin off my face so I didn't swallow any bugs the next. The head scratching came from trying to figure out exactly who the Kenevo SL is for, and the smiles were from forgetting about that and enjoying the effortless speed that's possible on the descents.
The Kenevo SL's level of assistance on the climbs isn't going to blow your hair back – remember, it basically doubles your power, rather than quadrupling it like the Levo
does. The delivery is very smooth, though, and it does make it a whole lot easier to get to the top of a stout climb. I'm still not a fan of the extra noise that comes from the gear driven motor – it's much louder than the Levo's belt driven motor. The Kenevo SL may look a lot like a normal bike, but the sound of the motor is going to be a dead giveaway that it isn't when approaching another rider or hiker. I should mention that I'm a little more sensitive to noise than others; I'm sure many riders won't give those few extra decibels a second thought.
When gravity takes over the Kenevo SL is outstanding, exhibiting incredible composure while remaining much more maneuverable than a full-power eMTB. That 10ish pound weight difference between the Kenevo SL and a bike like the Levo or Santa Cruz Bullit is very noticeable, and makes it much easier to get off the ground, and to make quick direction changes. I've mainly been riding it in the slack / high setting, which gives it a 63.2-degree head tube angle and 442mm chainstays, numbers that feel ideal for the steep, loose trails I've been favoring lately.
With heavier eMTBs I'll occasionally run into moments where it takes extra effort to stay in control, sort of like driving an overloaded van down a twisty road. That's not the case with the Kenevo SL – its weight gives it more stability, especially in high speed rough sections, or when really pushing into a turn compared to a non-motorized bike, while also requiring much less upper body exertion compared to a full-powered eMTB.
Now, onto the head scratching that I mentioned earlier. If you purchased a Kenevo SL and went out for a ride with friends who had full-powered eMTBs you'd need to work really, really hard to keep up, and there's a good chance that the 320 Wh battery would run out before theirs did. That could potentially be a tough pill to swallow, unless all of your buddies were also on Kenevo SLs.
The flip side is that the experience of riding the Kenevo SL is much closer to that of a regular bike, which I'm sure plenty of riders will appreciate. I'm a little torn, though, since I really like the uphill and traversing speed that's possible on a full power eMTB like the Levo. That bike makes it possible to get up ridiculous climbs, or to knock out a bunch of laps in a relatively short amount of time, while the Kenevo SL doesn't have the same level of assistance to really encourage a different riding style.
Will there be a time when you'll be able to get a 40-pound eMTB that has all the power and torque of today's full-powered machines? I don't doubt it, but until then there are concessions that need to be made in order to achieve the lighter weight of a bike like the Kenevo SL. The good news is that those concessions don't limit the Kenevo SL's descending prowess, and at the end of the day that's the best part of the ride.
The Kenevo is an intriguing bike, and it's earned a spot in the eMTB Field Test that'll be taking place later this summer, where it'll be going head-to-head against several other new electric machines.
Maybe he should retire given you are 57. Might be the reason for his “enormous” malpractice insurance costs.
I get that it's top of the line, and electric, and carbon, but the thought that the bicycle costs more than my new car is insane.
Take a breath next time.
of countries in Europe and all over the world with lower GDP than Taiwan which can produce cheap. Taiwan is a high end production country for bikes not a cheap labor country. One should be happy if the sticker says "Made in Taiwan" and expect this to be expensive unless you are Giant and you own the factory!
Your 11k motorcycle is equivalent to your 3.5k bike - good enough for 90% of people but some want and can afford more and some actually ride to a level they need more.
I don’t understand the motorcycle v push bike argument in honesty, with economies of scale, weight/performance ratio, available performance etc all factored in the only connection is they have two wheels.
With hope, they literally design and manufacture everything themselves. The designs are solid engineering from people who used to work on jet engines at Rolls Royce. They sell every spare part for every product they have ever made, for reasonable prices and if they haven’t got it, they will make it. And if you do need an end cap from a hub you bought in 1997 they will charge you £8 for it, not £49.99. There are so many reasons to like Hope. Made in the uk is just the icing on the cake for uk based buyers who like the idea of supporting their local economy.
In my opinion, a design brand designing stuff and having it made at the cheapest external vendor in order to maximise profit, and then discontinuing that line after two years leaving owners up shit creek if anything breaks, is a lot worse.
People supporting Hope is not racist... but there is veiled racism around. Just not in this case.
Made in Taiwan is often better than made anywhere else though. The taiwanese have the metal expertise and they facilities that are not available anywhere else, such as hydro forming machines and those ones that can make tapered tubes. Taiwan is awesome!
You do your thing, they'll do theirs, if you look at it like that, it saves you getting your knickers in a twist.
That said - You are entitled to your opinion.
This new SL comes with the spesh mayle 1.1 motor not the brose btw .
One of the big reasons I switched to moto, the mtb prices are completely outrageous, and you don't even get a fraction of the bike that you do with a late model Enduro dirt bike.
Track bikes (circuit, tarmac) though - well they aren’t even racing and a half decent build once suspension, brakes, drivetrain, controls etc are up to scratch is easily 25k - no work at all to engine, race bikes more.
Suspension internals in standard bikes suck, controls suck etc etc but this isn’t the case for current mtb’s - I assumed MX was the same and that if racing out comes much of the stock gear.
Danny Hart said in a recent interview how they used to get black box gear a few years before it hit public sale, as he says now they all ride stuff that’s literally out of the box it’s so good - I believe an interview with someone from KTM said the same.
But if I’m wrong about the enduro racers managing to race on stock bikes, good stuff, but I would still argue the top end MTB stuff is produced to a higher standard and much lower quantities of manufacture, so the problem remains.
It's too expensive
Could have bought a house/car/Mx bike for less
Have I missed any?
Its actually stupid. I can't believe companies can charge that much for that. For 11,000 I could get two top of the line canyons or my actual dream bike.
Which is what I used to do. I put a 2018 s-works enduro together for about 4.5k by buying nearly new / sale price items when it cost £7k new.
But now this frame only is so massively overpriced, I wouldn’t bother.
Battery dies and it probably still pedals just as well
Then again, you could buy 5 of my bike and still have enough left over for a nice road bike/BMX/DJ/Macbook for the price of the S-Works.
With this thing, I would hesitate doing big stuff. There is no way the construction is as bombproof at that weight.
In reality it's slow on the climbs if you are used to climbing in turbo mode on a real e bike. It's not really a long travel bike for real DH. You aren't gonna get many laps considering the smaller battery and the slower speed. It's compromised in nearly every respect compared to a regular Kenevo with a 700 battery, except in the weight category.
Imagine paying $15,000 for this wEak bike and getting your doors blown off on a climb by a 2 year old 50 pound 190/200 travel double crown Kenevo in turbo mode, which only cost about 1/3 of the price.
i hated myself a little but.. Seller's market. bills to pay yo.
You could get 3 or 4 bikes for the price of this, but nobody thinking about buying one is going to.
Just because it's a smaller percentage of my income than yours doesn't mean I'm going to freely shell out that amount of money for an E-bike. Not when there are much better items out there for the same price. It's all prestige pricing at this point, you're not actually paying for R&D and materials. If it were actually that expensive, motorcycles would be triple the cost that they are.
If I were in the market for an ebike, I would probably just get the cheapest one I could find from Commencal, but not everyone is the same as us.
I see your point. However, come to SoCal and you’ll quickly see why they make these bikes.
You outta come down to Laguna and see the bikes lol OC is littered with 8k+ e-bikes. You become desensitized to the money out on the trail
When you reach ridiculous prices, YOU see the difference on those articles.
Some... are even collectables!
An ebike? Seriously? A lower powered ebike costing 2x more than another that is 1)faster uphill, 2) will last longer?
This is Total BS.
In the Past, I would see Enduros on the trails, but since prices went up, I stopped seeing Enduro.
The New model, not seen once....
This will go in the same direction
Please, post picture and share the link over here
Such rarety should be posted in the WWW
Demand > Supply = ^ Price
Basic economics people, just because you don't see value in it doesn't mean others don't. Appreciate the engineering and the fact that this will trickle down into a $6K version once supply chains open up again.
Had a few upgrades, but the used bike market is really strong right now. I do think it is going to fall off a cliff at some point if the government stops assistance payments.
I saved a lot of dosh... bought a KTM350EXF 2nd hand and still have 10K in the pocket. Might by a Torque from Canyon!
"Now, onto the head scratching that I mentioned earlier. If you purchased a Kenevo SL and went out for a ride with friends who had full-powered eMTBs you'd need to work really, really hard to keep up, and there's a good chance that the 320 Wh battery would run out before theirs did. That could potentially be a tough pill to swallow, unless all of your buddies were also on Kenevo SLs."
...any different than this:
"If you purchased a Walmart bike and went out for a ride with friends who had S-Works Epic EVOs you'd need to work really, really hard to keep up, and there's a good chance that your 280-lb, pizza-powered legs would give out before your vegan, CrossFit-fanatic friends did. That could potentially be a tough pill to swallow, unless all of your buddies were also fat, donut-hoarding bastards."
My only response to that argument is that the “electrifying” of the bike gives Sierra Club ,and groups with similar intentions, more grounds for banning bikes. E.g. potential fire hazard
Oh, I don’t disagree. I’m only stating the lengths that people will go. It’s happened in Aliso/Laguna after a fire a couple years ago. This was a bit of a different situation, but the story is that the home insurance companies around the area got word that the fire could’ve been caused by an electric bike (not sure of the actual cause). Then there was obvious pressure from the locals to ban ALL motorized vehicles. Soon after, we see signs saying “no e-bikes”.
Now are they enforcing it? That’s a different conversation. It sure doesn’t seem like they are as of now. But that may change soon due to new programs being tested...
Also, we’re talking about California here lol The land of litigation.
Motor and battery = $1500 at most, so they are asking $7000 for the carbon bit and shock? Lol
Especially offshore powerboats.... makes some supercars seem cheap
I still want one though lol
Given that I also enjoy the "workout" of those laborious climbs, I would be curious to see kcal burn for the same ride ride time covering the extra miles. If a machine like this still leaves me accomplishing a similar amount of kcals over twice the distance, it could be a major winner. That said, I doubt you'd see the same heart rate elevations during the tricky parts of the climb - so it'll be difficult to get the same fitness benefits.
As it’s such a short blast I’m pedalling hard for the lot, even with the assistance cranked up. I don’t use a heart rate monitor but a few weeks ago I manually took my heart rate at the top of some climbs and it was up near my theoretical max. I also ride the Levo on group rides with the power off 95% of the time when I’m with the group (but use the power to get to and from the ride more quickly).
It’s a hefty beast but I like the stability that gives and I’m strong enough to manhandle it (and that too is great exercise).
I also like that its only about 7lbs heavier than my Enduro. Even if the battery dies, its just a little extra workout for a very similar bike.
I know we are comparing a 140 bike and a 170 bike here, but come the f*ck on.
Spesh doin Spesh shit i guess....
Sorry guys and gals, the bike industry is Sticking it to us on this shit!!!
And yes, they will sell out, because supply is low, because people are rich or because people will take out a loan for a bike.
Basicly the Kenevo is only comparable to the lambo in the fact that they're both leisure products for rich people.
The best dudes I see riding are the 12-15 y/o kids with old beat up Caynons, YTs or Commencals
Specialized is making the gangster move here: small battery, modest motor, and modest torque. There's a feedback loop on bigger motor needs bigger battery requiring bigger motor...etc. I've been part of engineering processes where that takes hold and at some point, you gotta draw a pragmatic line. Looks like here - they've set the bar for 40lb bike, and you'll get less assist and modest range, but a 'normal' ride out of the deal. And I think that's what people are after. E-bike drag racing uphill with the most torque available in Boost mode is fun for one run. And it eats your battery. And it makes for a 54lb beast that gives you a jammer putting it on the bike rack.
What is enduring fun? Having the "E" give you legs to match some riders you want to hang with. That micro adjust feature is pro for that. Or getting those 2+ hour rides you maybe used to do, but don't have time to stay in shape for.
I'm personally not on the "E" train, but I see where it adds value to the cycling community, and these types of "E" with these battery sizes and motor sizes will win the day IMO in the long run.
The Specialized pricing scheme is true to form - you know why they sell a $15k bike? So the $10k one looks like a deal... That and after having worked on a few of these, the gadgets are too much. One bolt can not serve four purposes!
Bought a 1 year old jeffsy frame for $1500. That said, if one decides 123$ is in the budget, that's great.
I choose to live in very high tax/cost state of ca, so my fault for not having more discretionary income.
I don't know if I'll be able to contain myself when I pass someone riding one of these while on my $4900 YT Decoy.
TOYOTA YARIS GR (For ex.... a YT Decoy base model ~ 5k)
So this Ebikspec, is 3x more than a Yaris GR, that would place in the......should be a 911!
I understand the value of a 911 being 3x of a Yaris GR
But.... on the Ebike sceene.... power is the same, weight....uhmmmm almost the same! Range? Uhhmmmm maybe the Cheaper bike will have more range!
And the other aspect is:
Buying this Ebike New, 15K.... and you want to sell it after 2 year. Will ANYONE in it's perfect mind, would pay 10K????? 9k???
Because in 2 years the top of the range of any brand will be MUUUCCHHHH better than this 15K
Apparently if you spend over a million quid on a Bugatti or Koenigsegg the 70mph UK motorway speed limit still applies?!!
So, is the Prime going to be a thing? I wonder when that's coming...
*50:01, nah, 51 today. Happy birthday me.
The battery doesn't last long enough
Its great on the downhills.
My take away from those take aways?
MY battery runs (may legs/stamina) out quicker than my buddies
Why am I spending $22,000cad on a dh bike??
Also... So it's $12,000+ to put an under powered motor, with an underwhelming battery on my enduro....
F@ck off ha
Granted, Sweden is not the biggest of markets, but having a legal e-bike could be good for a brand on that specific market.
I actually find it more logical to have pedal assist on a bike that is focused on the descent rather than on an XC/trail bike.
I'm still not quite ready to jump on the e-bike bandwagon, but the tech really is amazing.
very difficult to remove battery is a deal breaker for anyone looking to travel by airline to ride--buy a bosch or shimano system & in theory you can rent a battery in foreign lands.
personally i'll take the weight penalty of the 2021 commie metapower 29 with full fox factory spec at half the price!
Can anybody get me a copy of such a service drawing?
For the Levo SL there was a "Tech_Service_Workbook_Retailer", I hope there is something similar for the Kenevo SL.
Hope they have solved the cracking issues the enduro suffered from.
And it looks like a normal bike and doesn’t weigh a ton so the wife won’t struggle to throw it around.
As a comparison, these cost similar cash (in the UK) www.ducati.com/gb/en/bikes/monster/monster
Counter point, I would have to assume the external pack has a fair degree of built in protection as it could go flying from the bottle cage in either position.
Regardless I feel like there's a better place they can add it other than in the only bottle cage.
I guess $15k better get ya something.
Just saying seem a bit old for the good ol “oh yeah my dad can do a 1000 push-ups” argument that children have on the play ground.
Our playground argues about craft beer, wheel size, e bikes, and maybe if rider x got robbed haha
For some 350WH might not be good for "all day" to some, but depending on what you want, it can be enough. Sure, I have a 700Wh battery in my Levo, but I can ride my usual home loop (~8km and ~450m of elevation) a dozen or more times on a single charge, so while it's great to have the extra range, in theory, not always as big an issue.
That is 2 mx bikes. That takes the fun out of it.
Anew CRF450R 2021 model is £8299
its a joke ! , not that that I would ever ride or buy an ebike , I hate them even more electric cars!
total marketing bulls#it , it will kill the MTB world , even my LBS keep asking when I will buy one!
They make out they like them just because they have to sell them to keep the importers happy!
EMTB bikes are gradually ruining moutain biking , bum lickers.
*narrator* oh....anyone with a brain saw....
Weight and ascetic wise it just insanely cool;
not sure why ASX would be specks on the bike with internal battery, I would prefer non ASX or integrated solution in order not to charger 5 elements;
price wise - I believe it is reasonable, it is top of the shelf bike with pedal assist, there are chipper options on the market for this who are not willing to spend 15k
also, how do you figure the wireless portion of this system would work in your ideal scenario??????
if this is too much bother above and beyond plugging your electric motorcycle in every single night, I think this isn't the sport for you.
You meant "aesthetic" (or "esthetic", the other spelling of the same word).
If they come out with the Brose motor Kenevo with Enduro frame and base price at about 7K to 7.5K, they would sell a lot of them.