Video: Marshall Mullen Rides the Specialized Turbo Kenevo at the OG Rampage Site in Virgin, Utah

Oct 10, 2018
by Long Nguyen  

The Specialized Levo was the first ebike I owned. I remember after the first week into riding it, I thought an ideal ebike should be an aggressive long travel enduro bike, with a dual crown fork. This idea was not feasible at the time. However fast forward to a year, the Kenevo was released and I knew right away that this was the bike. I received the Kenevo early on and although challenging, I put a Fox 40 on the front, a Deity cockpit and a new set of Carbon Roval Fattie wheels to help shave some weight off the bike.

When I built up the Kenevo, I knew I wanted to take it to Utah. I had some doubts in the beginning just because it was an e-bike. But everywhere I went, nothing seemed to hold it back. The bigger I went on it, the better it felt. I knew the potential was there and we had to try it.

I was blown away after we completed this project. The Kenevo handled the jumps, drops, and loose terrain Virgin had to offer. It is one thing to have a bike that performs on downhill and drops, but when you have one that can also handle climbs, that’s different.

This project really opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of my Kenevo. I think the future is bright.
- Marshall Mullen




Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Marshall putting his Specialized Kenevo to work.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Things got steep towards the top.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
It's not every day you get to pedal to the top at the OG Rampage Site

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
After making it to the top, Marshall prepares to drop in.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Staying low and fast

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Hitting one of the big drops on the ridge.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Marshall & Jasper Wesseleman reviewing footage.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
The views in Virgin, Utah never disappoint.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
The morning sunrise light is always on point in Virgin.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Marshall descending down one of the other ridgelines.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
It doesn't matter which way you look. There is always an amazing backdrop.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Sending it over a mini canyon gap

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Eyeing the double drop

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Keeping it low

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Marshall sending the step down towards the bottom of the OG Rampage site.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
It was hard to gauge the speed initially as you are going into it blind.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Dropping into the steep double drop shoot.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
The Specialized Kenevo and Fox 40 combo are no problem for the steep double drop shoot.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah
Marshall was excited to be able to take his Specialized Kenevo to the OG Rampage site.

Marshall Mullen Virgin Utah



53 Comments

  • + 26
 shuttling with V8 trucks is good , riding up with an ebike is bad - thanks for clearifieing
  • + 3
 wegen der Sitzheizung oder warum?
  • + 23
 Looks like a ............f*cking fun day out Smile
  • + 22
 Yep. Rode up, did many more runs and therefore had much more fun. Await the haters (which always give me a great laugh)....
  • + 23
 Just buy an mx bike and be done.
  • + 4
 It's entirely different from mtb and moto. Sure wish people could wrap their heads around this idea.
  • + 14
 Well!! To be honest I always wondered why they were no more DH e bikes... if there is one place where they make sense to me is in dh. I spend years pushing a DH bike up as I do not have the luxury of Uplift assisted mountains... got tired and used only the enduro bike now... but if I could get to the top of the DH trails and do DH runs with no uplifts ... makes perfect sense to me!
  • - 2
 Nah Enduro makes plenty of sense too. DH bikes excell mostly on proper DH tracks, and not everyone is into this every second day of the week. Then why would you carry the motor to a bike park. Fuzua kind of stuff is the future.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Of course enduro bikes make a lot of sense. I love being out in an enduro, trail or XC bike.I just miss the Full on DH runs... but I don't miss at all having to walk up the mountain 30min for 2 minutes runs... and E DH bike could help massively.
  • + 1
 @enjuto: yeah. The thing is we need more of bike equipped with these Fuzua units where you can easliy remove the motor and the battery and you end up with a normal bike. I don't fancy taking motor with me to the bike park. I am also fit enough to use smaller battery and motor.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns:
Understand, I didn't knew anything about those Fuzua and they look really good, quite versatile. but i do like the concept of a full on Dh E bike more than a E trail bike, as i dont have any access at uplift mountains.
  • + 1
 @enjuto: i meant Fuzua for DH bike this time around. Cheers!
  • + 1
 @listeryu: yeah, what is HE on about?!
  • + 1
 @clarky78: yes absolute idiot
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Yes, when will someone reduce the assistance/size/weight and make a 16kg ebike? I don't want an MX (not legal on most trails in NZ) and i don't want a 22kg Bike, but i do want to get back to the top of hill faster to get more runs in without shuttling or using a car!
  • + 13
 ....2020 RampagE
  • + 7
 Kurt SorgE
  • + 5
 sEmenuk
  • + 7
 @chyu: Semen.uk is a different story. We had T-Mac, C-Mac, time for E-Mac.
  • + 3
 E-than Nell?
  • + 8
 Riding rampage uphill... i feel provocated.
  • + 1
 Let's say, "provoked" Smile
  • + 3
 That's what E-MTBikes are meant for. Please don't bring them to bikepark lifts nor ride them downtown for shopping with a kickstand. My goodness.
  • + 1
 Whats the problem with bikepark lifts and ebikes?
  • + 1
 @Bubzreh: why using a lift, when the lift is build in the bike already? Redundance uphill shuttle crazyness Smile
  • + 1
 @Lasse2000: So in need 2 expensive Bikes? One for shuttling my Hometrails/Bikepark without a lift and one for the Bikepark with a lift? Rip 10000€
  • + 2
 @Bubzreh: yes.
  • + 1
 @Lasse2000: Simply remove the battery when shuttling or lifting.
  • + 5
 This is heresy!
  • + 4
 Expected to see more uphill if I'm honest
  • + 1
 What on earth did I just watch....... You sir, have just exploded my brain science
  • + 3
 Maybe the perfect use of an ebike..... wouldn't buy it but could see it opening up some runs for me.
  • + 2
 I enjoyed the video and the photos but I couldn't wait to get to the bottom and read all the hate. Thanks guys!
  • + 2
 I know, i know. Haters gonna hate, but still: 2:09 of Specialized advertisement
  • + 3
 eFreeride is the new eMTB! Awesome the doors this opens up!
  • + 1
 E-ride sounds almost like Freeride
  • + 1
 I would love to have that bike. I just wouldn't pay for it. Mainly because Im poor
  • + 3
 well..fuck
  • + 1
 ebikes are fun but ebikers are the new joeys...
  • - 2
 Not mountain biking so why’s it being posted on a mountain bike website? Again f*ck you pinkbike for making this enter my sphere of influence. Seriously just start a sister site for ebikes like gmbn did.
  • + 1
 Yeah this ones a no from me
  • + 1
 Ebike AND carbon rims at Rampage? This should be good...
  • + 1
 Would it not void your warranty putting tripple clamp forks on your Levo?
  • + 1
 That drivetrain sound is just annoying...
  • + 1
 So V8 motor sound is much better? Or helicopter sound? Still don‘t get it why everyone at pinkbike loves freeride vids with big trucks shuttling uphill or backcountry heli rides, but hates on ASSISTED uphill climbing with a tiny e-motor?
  • + 1
 Hell yeah Marshall, F*k the haters. I'm loving the Kenevo!!
  • - 1
 If you want to see an engine on two wheels here you some proper footage www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCVM8VxU8M0
  • + 1
 The massive step up looks like great fun.
  • - 1
 FUK ALL E-BIKES
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