Construction & Features
The Kenevo's aluminum chunky front triangle mirrors the Enduro's 'X-Wing' frame profile, with the necessary bumps and bulges to streamline its electronics. The FSR rear suspension is equally overbuilt and it drives a yoke to compress an Ohlins TTX coil shock.
The rest of the frame meets common standards for 2018: 148mm Boost rear hub spacing, a tapered head tube and, (hold on) it has a massive, 34.9mm diameter seat tube. The oversize tube accommodates Specialized's new 'Wu' Command post - the one that tilts the saddle at the same time it's moving up and down.
I have been ranting about short crank arms ever since I first swung a leg over an eMTB. Specialized fits all their Turbo eMTBs with 165mm Praxis cranks as standard, and while they are not the super-short 160mm/150mm cranks that we are starting to see, 165mm is compact enough to give good clearance for technical climbing.Simple Electronic Controls
One of Specialized's main goals with eMTB's is to create a bike that is as easy and intuitive to ride as your normal mountain bike, so they have kept things simple with the electronics. Some eMTB's have bulky screens and levers to activate and adjust, where Specialized simply use a small button control next to the left grip. This control can toggle up and down between power modes using two buttons, while the 'S' button on top puts you directly into Turbo from any mode. There is a separate 'walk mode' button underneath the panel, which is found on most eMTB's to help drive the bike up steep slopes or steps, so you don't have to push it.
The second part of the control system is a svelte LED block on the side of the down tube. Buttons on the panel power the bike on and off, and can also be used to change power modes. The LED array also displays the remaining battery charge.
Another part of the bike's electrical system that Specialized have aced is their 'Mission Control' smartphone app, which is really easy to use. The app pairs quickly to the bike and is used to adjust the level of power assist in each mode via slide bars. The app also can be used to track GPS routes and it gives you information like the number of miles ridden, charging status, and battery health.Custom battery
The battery does not use a key to secure it like most systems. Instead, a 6mm bolt locks it in place. Not as effective as a key lock, but it should ward off time-crunched battery thieves and make your life easier when you have lost the key. The battery itself is a 504 watt-hour unit that is proprietary to Turbo Kenevo's and Levo's. Designing their own battery helps with aesthetics and streamlines the frame - but a dedicated battery can make finding a replacement more difficult. I would be wary of that on bikes from smaller brands, but a giant like Specialized should make it easier to get replacements in the future. Bear in mind that these batteries should last around 1000 cycles, which equates to a 2 to 3-hour ride, every day, for three years.More Powerful Motor
And finally, to the motor. In conjunction with German motor specialists, Brose, Specialized built the Kenevo around the Turbo 1.3 motor. Specialized claim this has better heat management in the motor and 15% more torque than its predecessor. More power may be on the horizon too. Since this Kenevo was delivered, the new Turbo Levo was released with the Brose's new 2.1 motor, which promises to be quieter, with more power, torque, efficiency, and lower weight. It will be interesting to see if Specialized makes the 2.1 a running change on the Kenevo.
And I can´t really agree with you. With all it´s weight, those bloody 2,8 tires and all the travel, this bike makes me feel like I am riding on a pregnant rhino, slow, sluggish, heavy, no feedback, yeah it goes thru everything no matter what it is,but it is sooooo boring to ride it. Honestly you can get a tractor tire, hop inside and roll down a hill and it´s gonna be very simmilar, but cheaper. In a fact I wasnt doing more laps because I could pedal up easily, just because riding the fattie back down was no fun.
Its realy heavy, I couldnt get ist around any turn,the BB feels to way high and bottom outs are generated easier than anything else. I have been much faster on other ebikes. Also the brose motor can not compete with Shimano riding side by side uphills. But yes you dont hear the bike.
PS: The Bike had a 150mm dropper post and 650b 2.4" tires, so it should have been rideable at all.
Not that much of a fun bike.
''Very nice Moped you have there, but strange that they use bicycle parts on it. Moped would perform much better with special Moped parts on it. Gearboxes are very good on Mopeds, also inverted dual crown forks are quite nice to have, brakes could be bit bigger and more heat resistant, and what about that dumb speed limiter is it a joke a Moped with a limiter? Ok when you give one to a kid then I understand, but if you are a grown up then ride the f*ck out of it till the limiter, with that weak motor it wont go more than 30 mph anyway. I suggest manual power control, put it on the handlebar that should be comfy, also it would make drive unit much more simple, then you can throw that pedal assist crap and all sensors away cause it only adds weight and makes it complicated. You can leave the cranks and pedals for occasion when your battery get empty and you still have to ride somewhere, I have nothing against that.''
true but it was way way worse than I thought it would be. very disappointed.
I wanna ride one with regular 2.5 tires to see if its caused by the plus wheel weight and no grip that makes them so bad. hoping with regular wheels they will get some fun back to usable levels.
shut the f*ck up....
has to make a separate website!? - just so idiots that refuse to read how e-bikes work, dont get triggered when an e-bike article appears. how about a separate site for XC and 29ers or those that like boost standards or a separate hardtail site, or one for slopestyle as thats not real MTB right!!!! - come on!!
the mountain bike community needs to band together, not in-fight, in-fighting means that those that want to ban mountain biking and revoke access to routes have more ammunition, - stronger together people, stronger together
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@Specialized: please make a 130mm 29er version of this that weighs in at 16Kg or less.
It was not mountain biking.
The weight is so great you cant hop, pop and move them about like a mountain bike. You just hang on and plough through. Fine for beginners, but once we got over the fact you didn't need to work uphill, we found them very unsatisfying doing any real mountain biking. Where you need to move over/around trail obstacles, or ride light over stuff, or swap lines etc., they were horrible.
I can see the attraction for unfit riders, or those who cant pedal far/hard. But for us they were a let down. On the plus side we were able to ride all day in the Alps, but on the negative side it really wasn't fun on the techy bits or DH bits. We also found ourselves constantly worrying about running them flat and being in the wrong valley. No way can you pedal it far without the motor working.
I've found I get the same distance, but do it quicker, great for a time poor ride but not an all day epic.
They are good for fit strong riders who can muscle it around corners (where they can be faster), sprint it uphill, and keep pedaling when the motor stops, be it the speed limit or dead battery.
Imagine fatigue you'd get by doing hours of downhill without the shuttle/chairlift rests, that's emtb.
Makes total sense to me (If I had the cash I'd buy one for sure)
lot more fun, it dosent pretend to look like a very ugly mtb, and it's made by guys that know better how to make motorbikes...
...I just hope that this ebike industrial orgasm will deflate soon ...,
Plus why can I go and buy a brand new Enduro MX bike off the shelf for less than the S works ebike? Crazy!!!!!
Only because I know I will have to have one.
10kgs less, no motor - would be a great bike.
Spent £4000 and I’m genuinely looking at immediately adding a dropper and swapping out sektor forks for lyrik or pikes.
It makes more sense then spending £5000 on the equally disappointingly specced comp
BUT..... every time I ride my DH BIKE IT BLOWS THE KENEVO AWAY!!! Downhill bikes are Waaaay more fun to ride.
Back to the Kenevo, Maintanence is higher, the mech hangers get bent a lot, if you don’t lube the bb area it starts getting stiff, the seatpost is very average quality but the way it lays back when down is great, first thing I did was put normal enduro hope wheels on with 2.6 tyres as it makes it ride more like a normal bike. In the mud it’s hard to stop due to the weight (iv even got hope v4’s on it), the longest ride I have done was 38 miles in eco mode.
I will be honest as I have thought about going back to a normal trail bike until I rode one again lol
If you are looking for an ebike that more DH oriented the kenevo is a good bet.
I test rode the Levo before hand, they felt the exact same on the climbs but the Levo was terrible on the descents.
Iv been racing and riding for 26 years now, I’ve ridden every generation of mountain bikes, ebikes have a long way to go to become refined and as good as a standard high quality bike.
It’s taken 26 years to get to a point where Yeti’s don’t break every time you ride them lol
Was in Finale Ligure last week and shuttled half a day with a bunch of french guys on Haibike's e-DH.
Whoever say that an e-bike doesn't jump or pop, need to try one or, at least, need some coaching (i need some coaching too, but i'm hopeless).
I'm not that interested in this e-bike stuff, and i can't speak for the kenevo, but haibike's e-DH surely can pop
...you've stolen it from my tongue...
If you ride week in week out and you idea of having fun on a bike is getting rowdy with your buds sending, hucking and flicking you're bike around aka mountain biking then you already know that Ebikes aren't for you and never will be. Ever tried to manual an Ebike?
If you're lazy, physically incapable or pushed for time have at it and make the most of your time on two wheels
I think I’d continue to ride 3 times a week on normal bike and then ride 2 times extra per week because of the kenevo. Especially as it means I could smash out the 2 miles of road I have to do to get to the trails from my front door in 5 minutes.
But one thing I'll guarantee is that it'll be 100% more fun on the way down than any ebike and i'll do it all XC rides, DH rides sending gaps and drops. In fact it so good that even on DH orientated days I'll often spend time debating with myself which bike to take and as much as I hate to admit it my Nomad steals some of the limelight from my DH bike as the more capable I realized it was I started riding the enduro bike more and more.
Or pink bike nowadays changed name for “pink motorbike”??
Pedal bike equipped with combustion or electro motor is motor pedal assisted bike or shortly moped, and doesn’t belong to bicycle forum
A moped (/ˈmoʊpɛd/ MOH-ped) is a scooter with bicycle pedals, generally having a less stringent licensing requirement than motorcycles or automobiles because mopeds typically travel only a bit faster than bicycles on public roads.
Just like you don’t have to spout the same tired cliches in the comment section.
If it’s not for you it’s not for you.