First Ride: 2022 Specialized Kenevo SL - The Electric Enduro

May 12, 2021 at 10:31
by Mike Kazimer  


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
specialized.com


Specialized Kenevo SL

Frame Details

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.

Specialized Kenevo SL
The 160 Wh range extender battery sits in the bottle cage.
Specialized Kenevo SL
The charging port is located underneath a latch on the non-drive side.

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.

Specialized Kenevo SL
Specialized Kenevo SL

Specialized Kenevo SL
Specialized Kenevo SL

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.

Specialized Kenevo SL

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

Specialized Kenevo SL

Kenevo S-Works - $15,000 USD

Frame: Fact 11m full carbon
Fork: Fox Float 38 Factory
Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory, 62.5 x 230mm
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Motor: Specialized SL 1.1
Wheels: Roval Traverse SL carbon
Tires: Butcher Grid Trail T9 / Eliminator Grid Trail T7, 2.6"
Cranks: Praxis carbon M30
Handlebar: Roval Traverse SL carbon
Stem: Deity Copperhead
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Seatpost RockShox Reverb AXS
Saddle: Specialized Bridge, ti rails
Specialized Kenevo SL

Kenevo SL Expert - $11,000 USD

Frame: Fact 11m carbon
Fork: Fox Float 38 Performance Elite, 170mm
Shock: Fox Float X2 Performance, 62.5 x 230mm
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle
Motor: Specialized SL 1.1
Wheels: Roval Traverse Alloy
Tires: Butcher Grid Trail T9 / Eliminator Grid Trail T7, 2.6"
Cranks: Praxis forged M30
Handlebar: Specialized Trail Alloy
Stem: Alloy Trail Stem
Brakes: SRAM Code RS
Seatpost X-Fusion Manic
Saddle: Bridge Comp


Specialized Kenevo SL

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.

Specialized Kenevo SL

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 of 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.

Specialized Kenevo SL







546 Comments

  • 823 7
 We´ve gone past dentist bike.. we´re at fkn brain surgeon bike now.
  • 30 19
 underated comment
  • 51 2
 Orthodontist bike
  • 40 2
 Ha! I was thinking anesthesiologist bike.
  • 167 5
 I work in a high end shop, most people who buy these ebikes are builders and tradesmen. Dentist do not have time to ride. Go pick up a trade and buy 1 every year.
  • 36 0
 @alpha-bio: I shoulda been a plumber.. kind of a sh!t job but my cousin buys whatever he wants at the end of his sh!t day
  • 9 2
 More like Lebron if Lebron cared about bikes. Reggie Miller, maybe?
  • 28 4
 Let's be honest, this is bitcoin millionaire bike
  • 21 34
flag flipoffthemonkeys (May 13, 2021 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 @solar-evolution: my dad is an anesthesiologist. mal-paractice insurance costs are enormous. trust me, my dad ain't rich...
  • 134 9
 @alpha-bio: seriously. I can relate to the idea that high-end bikes are unattainable because I've been riding for decades and started buying low end like every kid, then used, then trading up, over and over for years. but what a lot of people who complain about "dentist" bikes don't realize is that, if you've stuck with riding, and your job, for a long time and you've got a roof over your head and the bills paid, why the f*ck wouldn't you pay for top of the line products related to your passion with the extra cash you have? I'm not saying spend for spending's sake, but if it's a really good product, it leads to your stoke, and you're set bill-wise because you've put in some time... pull the trigger.
  • 26 0
 @alpha-bio: I also work in a lbs... Guy who has bought the most expensive bike we ever sold is a painter and decorator!!!
  • 13 0
 @mikekazimer - The only man on earth than can hear silence.
  • 13 8
 @flipoffthemonkeys:

Maybe he should retire given you are 57. Might be the reason for his “enormous” malpractice insurance costs.
  • 24 1
 The SL, for riders who are on the blue pill, but insist on cutting it in half.
  • 76 15
 @ranke: just because motorcycles have engines, 62000 parts, will go 150mph and will last 100,000 miles and twenty years with regular oil changes. $11,000 for a bicycle with a battery and motor that will need to be replaced at huge cost in 2-3 years is ridiculous. It’s an absolute joke. Quite why anyone would buy one at the prices Spesh is asking does not compute. I mean, I get why someone who already has everything he wants would get one... but for normal mountain bikers it’s a hard sell. I would be open to spending $5k on one of it had an engine that was going to last years and years, but everyone knows these Brose motors do not last, nor do the $800 batteries.
  • 13 9
 @flipoffthemonkeys: you look to be of retirement age, so that’s frightening that your dad is still administering anesthesia to humans.
  • 63 8
 @jaame: Add to it that it is "Made in Taiwan" using cheap labor. I mean for $15,000 I would expect it to be handmade by Dwarves in the forges of Erebor.
  • 20 0
 @carters75: with an arkenstone battery to boot!
  • 19 3
 @carters75: made in Taiwan is better than made anywhere else, but yeah the wages there are a bit lower than western countries. At least Spesh is sticking with Taiwan, I respect them for that. They could have gone for lower production costs and lower quality like a lot of companies have done. They’re still extortionately priced though.
  • 2 3
 @alpha-bio: i mean if you say so
  • 10 0
 @jaame: i hear you. it is a hard sell. i wouldn't buy one at these inflated prices either. but i've been a normal mountain biker for 30 years and i ride an 8k kenevo expert when i'm riding e, and i'm a teacher. started on a low end gt karkoram in the 90's though, paid for with a deli job and bought plenty of used rigs on my way to where i'm at. i spend my extra money on bikes. and since i've ridden a lot of other ebikes and i'm convinced you can't beat a kenevo (opinion, i know) i'll go back in for the same rig when the prices come down or get a commencal, since they make baddass rigs too with great specs at a good price point. as far as the motor, it lasted a year and a half before it went, and i got it warrantied in one day for free. small price to pay for the quietest, smoothest motor out there on a bike with absolutely dialed geo and spec. i'm guessing that these bloated covid prices will come down though. but again, i hear u. the prices on top of the line rigs are ridiculous right now.
  • 6 0
 I guess you don't keep up with road bike prices
  • 30 3
 I honestly paid $1,000 less for a brand new VW Jetta in 2014...

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.
  • 11 0
 It comes out to $365 a pound
  • 32 17
 @carters75: made in Taiwan doesn't mean it's crap. Have you been to Taiwan? Inform yourself before making uneducated statements based on nationalism.
  • 29 36
flag Riwajc (May 13, 2021 at 19:20) (Below Threshold)
 @carters75: if it was made in Europe you wouldn't say it's cheap. Don't assume just because a white nation makes it it's quality. It's vieled rascism. You people that think like that assume made in Asia is shit and made in a white country is good. Doesn't matter if it's Canada, us or a European country.
  • 15 22
flag Riwajc (May 13, 2021 at 19:21) (Below Threshold)
 @carters75: your phone or computer you wrote that comment on was made in Asia. Is that a cheap piece of shit too?
  • 43 5
 @Riwajc: I feel like you misread his comment. He said it was made with cheap (meaning less expensive) labor, thus criticizing the cost of the bike, not its quality. He never said it was crap because it was made in Asia. However it is known that it is cheaper to manufacture in Asia than North America, Europe, etc, which makes the cost of this bike even more ridiculous.

Take a breath next time.
  • 11 4
 @flipoffthemonkeys: Anesthesiology is consistently listed as one of the highest-paid medical specialties, in the top quarter of the list. Yes, he is rich, or else he is lazy. or just very bad at his job.
  • 1 0
 Inflation.
  • 24 18
 @Riwajc: give the woke bs a break. It soo fing' annoyong that people like you get offended over everything. Everything is the white mans fault!!
  • 4 0
 @solar-evolution: The should've called it the Kevorkian at that price....Spesh be killing my savings!!
  • 3 1
 @codypup: Bahahahahaha. Comment of the year!
  • 3 0
 @alpha-bio: u nailed it... Im a tradesmen... Only on a yeti sb130 tho so - I'm still only an apprentice.
  • 2 0
 @DizzyNinja: I'm diesel tech.. No shit in my day.. But i still buy whatever I want..
  • 1 0
 @ranke: nailed it!
  • 1 0
 @TypicalCanadian: Na.. Thats just tequila
  • 2 0
 @alpha-bio: 100% accurate. The top customer of my old store owns a building firm and has spent over double my yearly salary in the space of about 4 years. Regular tradesmen would quite often come in and just buy a high end bike with cash, no hard sell needed.
  • 17 0
 @flipoffthemonkeys: i am anesthesiologist, maybe you should meet his second secret family with all the kids riding S-works and the last one on the carbon hotwalk..
  • 1 0
 @Grealdo: Only so many ways you can get rid of the cash stuffed under the bed nowdays....
  • 11 19
flag bonfire (May 13, 2021 at 23:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Bushmaster123: get bent. He’s right. It’s like people frothing over Hope products because they’re cnc robots are powered by the Uk grid. They make an average product in a million colours but for some reason the geographic location of where the robot is, matters. That is racism to a t. It isn’t woke BS. Stop being a Luddite and look inward.
  • 3 2
 @TypicalCanadian: Obviously you are not familiar with Taiwan's economy as well. There are a bunch
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!
  • 5 2
 @bonfire: You literally argue against him and yourself in that comment which is quite the achievement.
  • 10 1
 @jaame: wouldn’t a better comparison for this level of mtb be the same level of motorcycle which would cost about 30k upwards?

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.
  • 3 0
 @alpha-bio: U r spot on!
  • 37 3
 @bonfire: the reason people buy hope, in my opinion, is mostly because they make quality products in house that last. The prices are reasonable. If you want to buy a hub, for example, you have a choice of Shimano or something like Novatec which are well priced, then you have hope one step up the ladder, then you have several other manufacturers several steps further up the ladder cost-wise. Novatec freewheels don’t last. Shimano hubs have cup and cone bearings that most people don’t like. A lot of the newer hubs with 658 points of engagement also don’t last. The teeth are tiny, they sound nice, but they don’t last.
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!
  • 5 2
 @ranke: I would love to buy a Kenevo... for £4000. That’s the bike I would have if I could have any eeb. Maybe wait for this new platform to make it up to the full day version.
  • 4 3
 @jaame: dude, just because you can't afford it doesn't mean others can't enjoy it.
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.
  • 2 1
 @jaame: I’ve got a 2020 kenevo you can buy in a years time and it will still have over a year warranty on the BROSE motor !
This new SL comes with the spesh mayle 1.1 motor not the brose btw .
  • 3 0
 2001 Bitcoin investor bike
  • 3 1
 Its a shrinks bike. At least then you'd be able to treat yourself for the range anxiety the 350w/h battery would induce.
  • 1 0
 were not.. close friend of mine is neurosurgeon and i can tell you, this is way over budgetBig Grin this is more like a spare lung/kidney black market territory
  • 5 0
 @alpha-bio: I worked for a commercial general contractor as a carpenter and concrete finisher; building movie theaters, restaurants, schools and office buildings. Eventually I worked my way to a superintendent and didn’t have to do so much physical labor. After 14 years with them (and making them millions) I decided to go out on my own. My wife has great job with our local city and it afforded me to be able to take a risk. Best choice ever! Now I run around town making home improvements There’s money in the trades. Now only if my stumpy evo would show up that I ordered in February.
  • 5 0
 @TypicalCanadian: Exactly, they totally misunderstood my comment. It wasn't a knock against the quality, it was just a comment about a $15,000 bike being made in a country with much cheaper cost of manufacturing than in say, UK, US, Canada etc.
  • 3 0
 Any down votes to this are clearly just jealous dentists.
  • 4 0
 @alpha-bio: same here. We do have a couple dentist customers, but they are usually going for less aggressive models. Mostly because they don’t want to crash and injure their dainty little hands
  • 3 0
 @alpha-bio: Pay no income tax, afford a flash new bike. They don't tell you that on careers day.
  • 5 0
 @justanotherusername: The "coulda' bought a moto" response is tired out. But my 2021 TE Husqvarna, 11k US out the door, is entirely capable of winning a national championship event, even if I am not.
  • 2 2
 So over the knee jerk price whining about bikes few people on here will ever actually buy. A new KTM 450 SX-F is $11k before any mods or upgrades. Quit yer bitching and buy used if you really want one but can’t afford it.
  • 1 0
 Fck me
  • 3 0
 @alpha-bio: smartest comment I read all year! Thanks for that
  • 1 0
 @alpha-bio: They must be rich! I would start motoing before paying that!
  • 3 3
 @carters75: Have you been to Taiwan? Taiwan ain't some 3rd world country with dirt cheap labor. They have a highly educated workforce and the standards of living there is pretty good.
  • 1 1
 @rideallday110: Still cheaper to manufacture there compared to the USA. Not that it matters to Specialized when it comes to their pricing.
  • 1 1
 @bikegreece: you’re confused. I didn’t make any comments about economy or GDP.
  • 5 0
 @bonfire: wanker...
  • 4 0
 @bonfire: gimme another verse bro, while I play the violin.
  • 2 0
 @Reno233: Make that 13K out the door in California.
  • 3 0
 @alpha-bio: SHhhhhhhh most dont know that a good trade can pay as much as a dentist and some doctors lol.
  • 2 0
 I am still waiting for that hedge fund manager version
  • 1 0
 @rideallday110: Yeah, not more than Japan and dirt bikes with an engine and many many many more parts are cheaper than this specialized bs hype.
  • 1 1
 @Reno233: I would totally buy a used one if it had an engine that will run and run. Who is going to buy a used eeb with a two year old battery that’s running at 70% capacity, and a motor that will probably shit itself soon... with no warranty?
  • 2 0
 @jaame: because at 2 years of riding it at least 3 times a week, the battery is at 93% and the warranty is transferable and lasts for four years
  • 1 1
 @ranke: the warranty is four years and every one of those years will be essential if one wants to ride it until six years old. If one wants to sell it on at that age, one will have to be prepared to be disappointed.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: mate just sold a 2019 out of warranty kenevo for 4K , I’ll pm you when I sell mine lol
  • 1 1
 @Matt115lamb: money pit
  • 3 1
 @justanotherusername: this is where you are wrong. An out the door 11k$ usd ktm/husky is the exact same bike top enduro riders use. They are not on these $30k dirtbikes everyone on pinkbike think exist. They are on almost bone stock machines.

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.
  • 1 0
 @Squeakybb: Fair enough if true, I know nothing at all about enduro racing.

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.
  • 1 0
 @a10s: last week
  • 1 0
 you're pushing the most liked comments c'mon keep liking we could be a part of something great
  • 1 0
 @rideallday110: and it's f*cking beautiful there
  • 183 20
 I will enjoy playing peasant bingo now.
It's too expensive
Dentists
Moped
Could have bought a house/car/Mx bike for less
Cheating
Lazy
Pinkebike
Have I missed any?
  • 15 1
 Add 'OAP' and 'knees' to the bingo card
  • 87 4
 Environment Hypocrisy Waste of resources I have kids Limited Time Time Poor Keeping up with single mates Green votes Accessibility Diversity Longer Harder Wanker
  • 13 1
 You forgot mobility scooter.
  • 10 0
 @bigtim: You know how to hurt a guy. I'm "knees."
  • 2 1
 There's also the "I can't think of any other reason that someone would complain about the pricing" person.
  • 4 0
 Kills squirrels and small rodents...
  • 3 0
 BINGO!!!
  • 3 2
 @FoesKnows: Where did you find a Pinkbike comments ipsum generator?
  • 5 1
 I always use "cheaper than a Bass boat".
  • 1 0
 @FoesKnows: I don’t think those are daft punk’s lyrics
  • 97 4
 Imagine Spending 11,000 dollars on a bike that doesn't even have a factory level fork and a high end dropper post?!
  • 22 0
 I cant even comprehend
  • 9 0
 @drem861: Its insanity...
  • 40 0
 Don’t forget alloy wheels, alloy bars, alloy cranks, and mid grade brakes!
  • 8 0
 @Austink: Its actually stupid. I can believe companies can chage that much for that. For 11,000 I could get two top of the line canyons or my actual dream bike.
  • 7 0
 @Austink:
Edit:
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.
  • 2 0
 @Austink: So, it could be even lighter Wink And more expensive Frown .
  • 8 2
 Specialized knows that people will pay it. You're paying for the name. I bought an Enduro s works for half price. Retail was 10'500. I absolutely do not believe it's worth the MSRP. Not a chance. Even at half price I consider it to be just fair. You're definitely paying for the name with specialized.
  • 7 0
 In Europe you can buy any s-works frame and the same components as on s-works complete bike and it'll be around €1000 cheaper than buying complete bike.
  • 5 0
 Even worst is spending 15000 and getting Praxis cranks!!!
  • 3 0
 @wyric:
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.
  • 1 0
 @MattP76: at $15000 it should sport 3D printed titanium cranks.
  • 1 0
 @jollyXroger: Ohh yeah. Its needs eewings
  • 1 0
 @jollyXroger: Totally agree
  • 1 0
 @MattP76: Allllll day!
  • 82 6
 The weight is impressive considering some modern aluminum sleds (and carbon for that matter) are pushing high 30's. Hell my Enduro bike breaches the 40lb mark with a full water bottle on board.
  • 24 25
 the battery is small, which more or less explains the low weight. I think they should gone larger, so you can ride it up more than once or twice.
  • 20 24
flag Maestroman87 (May 13, 2021 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 @MRwillP: Yeah that capacity seems like it would only last an hour on a moderate climb.
  • 43 1
 Yeah, this is like a pound or two off of my Madonna...

Battery dies and it probably still pedals just as well Frown
  • 63 3
 @Maestroman87, remember, the motor is smaller too, so the battery lasts longer than it would on a full-powered e-mtb - definitely much longer than an hour.
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: and also there is a range extender.
  • 9 2
 @mikekazimer: for sure, if it's anything like the levo sl, the battery life can be longer than the full fat model. My Levo sl can go 35 miles of mixed riding, all on trail with no issues
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer:Fair enough. I was thinking of what my peak power output would be for an hour and I guess 350W is on the high side, probably more like 250W. Since the motor doubles the output, and the terrain could accomodate that pace, it would last 1.4 hours. More realistically though, you'd probably just work less, and putting out 250W total (as an example) giving you ~2.8 hours of climb time.
  • 5 1
 @MRwillP: The battery can be half the size when the motor has half the draw. Same range and a regular kenevo
  • 10 1
 My S4 size Status weighs 36 pounds with a bottle cage and flat pedals. Throw a bottle in there and a dual ply tire set and I’m right over that 40 pound mark.

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.
  • 44 17
 dont care how "good for a motorcyle" it is, $15k is absurd
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: What kind of vertical were you able to get out of a full charge?
  • 5 16
flag wheelsmith (May 13, 2021 at 10:42) (Below Threshold)
 At 40 lb calling it an SL is absurd
  • 8 6
 ...aaaaaaand sold out already. lol. all good. if i want a light bike and a workout, i ride my analog. if i want to shuttle dh, i ride the 50 lb beast and get to the top fast and often. both bikes are fun, but i don't want a compromise in the middle of both rigs for over ten grand that none of my buddies have.
  • 3 0
 @tonkatruck: yet they’re selling out of em. They could price them even higher and people will still buy.
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 @mikekazimer: So what kind of range did you actually get in practice?
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flag BenTheSwabian (May 13, 2021 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 @Maestroman87: You seem to underestimate how lazy people are ( - if they weren't lazy, why would they have bought an e-bike?). They will just cruise around in boost mode and drain that tiny battery in no time.
  • 8 2
 @BenTheSwabian: ok so let them
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flag BenTheSwabian (May 13, 2021 at 11:18) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: Sure. I don't care. It's just that then I don't understand what this bike is supposed to be. Like, if you actually make a long travel e-bike, give it 200 mm of travel, a dual crown fork and a huge battery so I can shuttle myself to the top of the mountain all day long and not run out of battery after like two runs.
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flag eugenux (May 13, 2021 at 11:48) (Below Threshold)
 finally, an electric bike for mtb-ers! Big Grin
  • 4 0
 @tonkatruck: you get what you pay for here, its pretty much the best specs you could pay for and all us regular humans can do is dream about the bike while some dentist buys it. lets be honest here, if you where a rich old guy still making six figures you would probably buy this up without a second thought too, and thats who these bikes are made for.
  • 3 9
flag eugenux (May 13, 2021 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 @ranke: you seem to be confused; you have only one bike. that overweigh shite on wheels does not count as a bike. This electric enduro does though... so does the Levo SL, Orbea Rise and the bikes from Forestal, Cyon and Siryon. A 50 pounds(or more) electric is not a bike.. thus, you're not doing mtb-ing; stop pretending! Wink
  • 5 6
 @BenTheSwabian: what do you mean.. it is an electric mtb... like all electric mtbs should be; not the overweight shite on wheels pseudo-mtbs those 50-60+ lbs electrics are. Those do not behave, handle and act like a mtb. This does(and several others as well)!
  • 1 5
flag eugenux (May 13, 2021 at 12:34) (Below Threshold)
 @gabrielmedd1: if it will be 3-3.5-4k for a frame.. with some bro discount, maybe you, I and anyone else who tolerates 6k mtbs, can make a case for it and build one.
  • 5 5
 The difference is, when you analog enduro bike weighs 36-38 lbs, you know you can chuck it off serious stuff like a freeride bike, especially if you have components like Fox 38/Zeb on there.

With this thing, I would hesitate doing big stuff. There is no way the construction is as bombproof at that weight.
  • 5 1
 When did it get acceptable for bikes to get heavy? my 2008 giant glory DH bike weighed 40lb.... And that was considered heavy at at the time but I was a student and it was all I could afford. 30lb used to be considered the magic number... Over is too heavy under is light enough for usability.... Ok I'll give e bikes their tolerance as that motor does help but still top end enduro bikes are well over 30 lb these days and they are not cheap builds!!
  • 1 0
 @netracer-enduro: I struggled to come to terms with this as well. I have justified the weight increase as a function of bikes simply being bigger, longer reach etc.... and wheel size increase and tire weight. I recall my 2012 Scott Genius LT weighing around 30lbs with 180/185mm rear travel. However...... my current 37-38 pound bike climbs and descends better because of geometry I guess. I can't think of any other valid reason...I'm fatter, so it's not that.
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: only one way to find out... Yeti - your move
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: so is their solution to the e bike haters to just give it less juice and a smaller motor. If it only helps a little maybe they will like it....
  • 6 1
 @eugenux: lol. You're a terrible troll.
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flag eugenux (May 13, 2021 at 22:27) (Below Threshold)
 @ranke: you're terrible at denying the truth.
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 @takeiteasyridehard: Agreed, it seems like they designed this bike with Pinkbike e bike haters as the #1 priority.

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.
  • 3 8
flag eugenux (May 14, 2021 at 0:26) (Below Threshold)
 @ranke: see... this, above, is a troll. He purposefully denies the truth, considering his definition of electric biking to be the absolute truth.. when the poor little creature, in reality, does not have a effin clue what mtb-ing really is.
  • 4 2
 @eugenux: what else has your research on the human race revealed?
  • 2 8
flag eugenux (May 14, 2021 at 6:57) (Below Threshold)
 @SterlingArcher: that you and your comrades are perpetuating a dumbeffistanese fast food type of goals towards the rest of the world, without anyone asking for them.
  • 2 0
 @ranke: Sold out bc they only make a few and or mark sold out to hype it!
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: I'm guessing on eco mode this thing will pedal slightly better than the average trail bike and get over 5000' of climbing. Except it will allow you to bring a lot more fire power to the party. Definitely not an uphill missle but it will get you there relatively fresh.
  • 81 4
 MTB prices are going up like they were crypto
  • 178 2
 If only they went down like crypto too!
  • 94 1
 @Richt2000: The do the minute you ride them out the shop door.
  • 17 0
 @SlodownU: Yea until they are reposted on PB buy/sell 5 years later for original MSRP.
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU: I wish (spent months hunting for a Levo SL, those foooking things keep their value).
  • 2 0
 @SlodownU: Speak for yourself lol. I just sold a bike I rode for 2 years for only $600 less than I paid for it.
  • 1 0
 Need Elon to tweet about it and it will
  • 5 0
 @HB208: Did you pay $600 for it?
  • 2 0
 I Bough a 2015 spesh enduro for £1200 back in 2019 and sold it last month for £1400

i hated myself a little but.. Seller's market. bills to pay yo.
  • 64 9
 $15K is nuts!! I don't understand.... who's buying??
  • 39 6
 people that buy products because of the price tag.
  • 16 0
 I know a guy who buys an e-bike for everyone in the family. Plus the toy hauler and dirt bikes, plus the Porsche....he has a trail bike too.
  • 10 1
 @downcountry: just ride your bike at that point. The whole point is to enjoy the activity, not start a collection
  • 38 1
 I was blown away when someone mentioned on another S-works e-bike post that the base MSRP for a KTM electric dirt bike is $11K: www.ktm.com/en-us/models/e-ride/freeride/ktm-freeride-e-xc2021.html. And KTM aren't known for making cheap bikes! It's insane!
  • 4 1
 @sourdiesel Speshy will sell out all of them just as they have their also high-priced Levo cousins. Expensive and low cost toys are always quick sells. The middle ones generally take longer to sell. PS: Great user name!
  • 1 11
flag jefe (May 13, 2021 at 9:30) (Below Threshold)
 @bikeybikeybikebike: E-mountain bikes and E-dirt bikes have exactly the same components. Sure, E-dirt bike components are larger but the added material cost is negligible. Making parts smaller tends to be more difficult. I guess I just don't get the justification anymore why the price shouldn't be the same; with a gas motor they have loads more parts so that's a different story.
  • 29 3
 Tech workers, data scientists, strategy consultants, entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, (successful) realtors, trade workers...a lot of people can afford these price tags. It's a diverse sport. Not everyone is a shop wrench making $14 an hour.
  • 11 6
 @fullendurbro: you're right but if I paid 14k for a bicycle I would feel guilty scratching it and wearing it out. I'd have it on the wall. At that price point you could buy 3 or 4 bikes and get a massive amount more use out of them
  • 9 7
 @giantwhip: I think you're forgetting that 14K is nothing to a lot of the people I mentioned in my comment. Average annual bonus for a consultant at a good consulting firm is $40k-180k. Product Managers/SWE's at a company like google get *quarterly* bonuses up to 20% of their pay ($40k average), plus stock options. Healthcare providers at the low end get quarterly bonuses up to 10k, on the high end up to $150k.

You could get 3 or 4 bikes for the price of this, but nobody thinking about buying one is going to.
  • 1 0
 @giantwhip: Whoa whoa whoa. N+1 dawg!
  • 2 0
 Yeahhh! 15K is nuts! What a bargain!!!

Smile
  • 2 9
flag TDMAN (May 13, 2021 at 10:49) (Below Threshold)
 @fullendurbro: you live in bike planet right? Even if I made Double of what you're talking about, there is NO WAY I would spend 10K, on a Ebike that won't out stand from a 5K........
  • 3 1
 @giantwhip: reminds me of that joke on the other show about cars (not Top Gear), went something like "the only people who can afford this are those whose first name is Sheik"
  • 1 2
 @giantwhip: He uses them all. Just letting you know, this kinda cash is a fly on the wall for some...
  • 2 0
 People who can’t save and don’t pay cash for things. Never never
  • 17 2
 @TDMAN: To each their own. In my opinion, once you cross a certain level of income threshold and are maxing out your retirement accounts, have a healthy diversion to traditional investments, and are in a overall healthy fiscal place (i.e. no debt, not house poor), you have every right to spend your money on what you want. For some, that's a Ferrari or a Porsche. For others it's an ebike that some might say is too expensive.
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 @fullendurbro: I think you're forgetting that $14k is $14k, regardless of whether I'm making $300,000 a year or you're making $50,000 a year.

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.
  • 5 0
 @fullendurbro: I guess, but I am not poor and am doing those things you are speaking of (maxing out my 401k, own a house, healthy diversion to investments) and there is no way I'd spend this much on a bike. The thing you are missing is that this is not the only bike out there and you can get something that performs almost as well for way cheaper. Plus, lots of people who make money are also slow to part with it. For every dude that starts making money and goes out and spends $150k on a Porsche, there are five behind him just saving and investing. Maybe one day I could justify this, but honestly, I still think I'd go with something cheaper.
  • 2 1
 High end bikes are generally intended to be purchased by rich people. This bike is for those rich people that can easily afford it. My cap is 6k cad for a bike...insane to think that's cheap these days.
  • 5 1
 @nickfranko: I don't disagree with you. I have no interest in spending that much money on an ebike. All I'm saying is that plenty of people have the disposable income and interest in doing so -- I'm sure there are many passionate Specialized fans with lots of money that will be buying these.
  • 2 1
 @HB208: I agree with everything you said, I'm just saying there are plenty of people who do have money, and do find it worthy of spending $11k or $15k on, and it's not within our right to judge them for it.

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.
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: I agree. I just don't think that market is all that big. We are talking about a subset of people that are rich, like to ebike, and are willing to spend $15k on an ebike. I just don't think the market is that big. Maybe that doesn't particularly matter to me.
  • 3 0
 There are lots of people with lots of money out there. I've lost count of the amount of $15+ ebikes I've seen go through our shop recently.
  • 3 0
 @HB208: Specialized sold out of all of their new Levos, the $13K and $15K models almost instantly. They will have no problem selling these and likely just as fast.
  • 1 0
 @hellbelly: Fair enough, but who knows how many they made and how that compares to cheaper manufacturers.
  • 1 0
 @downcountry: Does he have a mountain too?
  • 1 0
 @PHAbiker: No, just an all-mountain bike Smile It may be a down-duro though? Hard to tell unless you get really close...
  • 2 0
 @HB208:
I see your point. However, come to SoCal and you’ll quickly see why they make these bikes.
  • 1 0
 @Jaystey: I'd believe it. I am sure they sell like hot cakes in LA and SFC.
  • 2 1
 Honestly 15k is not that much money to everyone. I live in the Bay Area where people are driving around $100k plus cars all the time.
  • 1 0
 @HB208:
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
  • 1 1
 @bikeybikeybikebike: is the ktm faster? Better suspension? Lighter?
  • 7 0
 @Grosey: i mean it literally has 75 times the amount of power as the spesh, so it's probably safe to say it's a little faster.
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 @HB208: According to my friend who is a Speshy dealer, they made a ton of these. They got caught with their pants down like every bike company when the boom took off and sold out of Levos (and everything) way faster than expected. FWIW, and I've ridden all of the eBikes from Speshy over the last few years save these newest ones, the one I'd get would be the Levo Pro (actually something less fancy like an Expert or Comp model when they arrive later this year would be more my thing). I don't see the point of the Kenevo SL as the experience is too close to just riding an Enduro +8 lbs. If I want more of acoustic bike feel then that is what I'll ride. However, when the time comes for me to purchase an eBike, I'd want something that delivers a different experience.
  • 1 0
 @Kern1: sarcasm didn't translate... I suspect the exc is a fair bit faster... but is it lighter? Bottle mount? Smile
  • 2 0
 @fullendurbro: I would spend huge amounts on a car, motorcycle, etc... - no problem!
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
  • 2 1
 @TDMAN: I see 15-20 enduros every weekend. Usually S-Works. I'll see these everywhere too. Not sure what you're getting at.
  • 2 1
 @fullendurbro: that must be something else...
Please, post picture and share the link over here
Such rarety should be posted in the WWW
  • 2 0
 @ThunderChunk: I'm financially set, and I still buy used bikes! Maybe that's why I have the dough in the first place lol. 5K max for a mtb is my #
  • 3 0
 @Bushmaster123: awesome! Same here I'm financially set but I'm always looking for deals or going used. My previous DH bike was built with parts I only found on pinkbike.
  • 50 0
 This Ebike is helping the environment. Not because you dont need a car anymore...but because you just cant afford one anymore.
  • 1 0
 Lol good one
  • 57 10
 Everyone complaining about the price, yet every single one available will be sold today.

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.
  • 6 0
 All the S-Works already are.
  • 40 1
 Yeah that doesn’t mean the price doesn’t suck
  • 8 1
 it hurts, but its true
  • 9 1
 @kleinblake: Agreed. How rich do you have to be to wake up, see a new 15k bike then buy it.
  • 1 1
 Agreed. Also worth noting that folks on their way up the income ladder will be able to buy these in a year or three for a large discount and still get a dope bike. I have big f-off shiny bikes now but I started on a knackered $800 Craigslist special back in the day and still had a million laughs.
  • 2 0
 @PHX77: Go through the buy/sell. Used bikes are through the roof too. Try and find a used e mountain bike for under $4k.
  • 5 2
 It's not basic economics, it's over simplification. What about commodity fetishism, marketing psychology? Do people always act rational when making purchases, especially in cycling?
  • 5 0
 Spoken like a California homeowner . . .
  • 3 2
 @agul29: those are all part of economics.
  • 2 0
 @send-it-bro: only need a credit card really.
  • 8 5
 LoL your average PBer, at least the ones who post, clearly don't have much cash. 15k is nothing for a lot of people. Being able to do 1000m of climbing on an average day and smash the downs as hard as you can on this rig is sick. Pedaling sucks.
  • 2 0
 @send-it-bro: Sold to retailers who have them on the floor. Technically, they are not unavailable (sold out) and can still be purchased at an LBS.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: @PHX77 just sold my Kenevo Comp for $6K vs a retail price of.... $6K

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.
  • 1 0
 Demand (virtual) - yes....... HUGEEEE
Available.... cof...cof...YEAHHHHH

I saved a lot of dosh... bought a KTM350EXF 2nd hand and still have 10K in the pocket. Might by a Torque from Canyon!
  • 38 1
 How is this:
"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."
  • 39 1
 I DGAF what anyone says, its a sweet bike. If I had infinite money to spend this would imaginably be a fun ride for touring terrain.
  • 9 1
 I was thinking the same thing. If any bike is going to get me to buy an e-bike, this would be it. But that price point is going to keep me out for now. Not complaining about it, just stating my reality. But man, what a nice bike!
  • 2 2
 If you had $15k to spend, there are so many better options, including bikes with hot swappable battery options.
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 The tech is impressive but remember when people said E bikes should be used as tools (For disabled/older riders, trail building, search and rescue?)... This new type of e-duro bike seems fun but obviously not marketed as a tool. Say what you want but I think this particular category of bike poses a huge problem for the integrity of the sport at large, and it's worrisome for places still grappling with trail access issues.
  • 43 24
 It is a tool. A tool for TOOLS.
  • 36 5
 Sorry to break it to you, but people who want mountain bikers off the trails don't care whether said bike has an electric motor. The only people who differentiate between pedal bikes and e bikes are bike riders. The Sierra Club cohort's arguments against e bikes are literally the same talking points leveraged against pedal bikes. Too fast, interrupts other trail users, erosion, unnatural, disturbs wildlife, scares horses, etc. Making concessions to those individuals does nothing positive for trail access, it only lends credence to their underlying assumption, which is that bikes on trails are a problem to be mitigated. Based off what I've been seeing in Utah and elsewhere, e bikes are just another way that people enjoy their local multi-use trail networks, and the VAST majority of e-riders are responsible, friendly folks with whom I'm happy to share the trail.
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 @DirtCrab:
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
  • 2 0
 @Jaystey: You're right about one thing, entitled NIMBYs frequently make arguments that are completely divorced from reality...
  • 2 0
 @DirtCrab:
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...
  • 2 1
 @DirtCrab:
Also, we’re talking about California here lol The land of litigation.
  • 1 0
 @Jaystey: like things didn't catch on fire before ebikes. I feel were preserving habitats only for them to eventually be burned down by the homeless, the power companies, campers, smokers and natural events.
  • 1 0
 That was just BS Marketing language designed to create a victim and then directed at governing bodies. Aka, if Forest Service/County bans EBikes, they hate old people and disabled people. They do that all the time in politics like "Oh we have to rezone your street for super high density to save poorer people housing"...then the developers make 700k$ condos out of said "affordable housing" and all the less than rich people are pushed out...while the city takes in the money too. It's all just language that fuels a vehicle which drives revenue into someone's pockets for the most part. In this case, a bike industry where geometry and innovation is starting to plateau a bit. Every business needs a next thing to sell, its 101.
  • 30 1
 Frame only $8500 !!?!!

Motor and battery = $1500 at most, so they are asking $7000 for the carbon bit and shock? Lol
  • 5 0
 More than 1500, but you make a good point!
  • 4 1
 @noplacelikeloam: Well a Bafang M620 and 750wh battery is around $1.5k all in, so not really. That has a lot more power and stuff going on than that Brose motor ever would.
  • 3 0
 @GilesSTurner: It's also heavier and probably a lot less sophisticated in how smoothly it delivers that power).
  • 3 0
 @GilesSTurner: uh, first: this isn't a Brose motor, and second... Ah, why even bother?
  • 30 5
 I'm very sorry, I don't usually rant about stuff like that, but it's a statement that even Santa Cruz and Yeti offer better value at this point. $11 000 for non-factory suspension is, imo, unacceptable.
  • 6 0
 Yup you gotta pay 4 GRAND more if you want factory lmao
  • 4 1
 @speedy-toast: If you're spending 11k anyway what's a few thousand more. I can't wait until you people find out how much boats cost!
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: boats are insane
Especially offshore powerboats.... makes some supercars seem cheap
  • 24 1
 Feeling better about the price I paid for a new KTM 350 right now Big Grin
  • 3 1
 Bingo! KTM 350s are sweet!
  • 3 1
 Yeah the kenevo looks fun, but the value you get from a motorcycle for the price is amazingly better. And it wont depreciate the way that bicycles do.
  • 3 3
 I love dirt bikes and once my career change is complete plan to get one but I'm still not sure they're more fun than a MTB. If you are riding in the mountains, dirtbikes are only fun going uphill. I'd rather be full pin on the downs.
  • 3 1
 @friendlyfoe: dirtbikes are only fun uphill? Tell that to Kris Foster.
  • 4 0
 Yeah I just picked up a brand new Husky 350 enduro bike. If only I had saved up another 5k dollars, I could've bought a specialized with a tiny electric motor in it!
  • 1 0
 @Bushmaster123: Did you intentionally miss the "in the mountains" part of that statement? Random youtube clip but this looks like less fun than bombing down a MTB trail. www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_93A1idajM

I still want one though lol
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: Dude those guys are riding slow as hell. of course it doesn't look that fun if that's your reference lol
  • 19 1
 The Orbea Rise is over 5lbs lighter, has the same battery, the proven EP8 motor and....drum roll.....is $2500 less!

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....
  • 6 0
 And people will still buy this over the Orbea!
  • 1 0
 While the Rise is a bit of a smaller bike, it rides like a big bike and has twice the power... I feel good about my decision there in light of this. I'm guessing an updated Levo SL will give the Rise a run, but this isn't it...
  • 2 0
 Several people already have changed their Rise’s shock to a 216x63 one to achieve 160mm of rear travel, put a 27.5 rear wheel, and have put also a 160mm fork up front, and are really happy with the mullet 160/160 setup they now have. Claims are it’s problem-free and you end up with a very light e-enduro bike.
  • 2 1
 @hitarpotar: be careful what you read on the internet. Screwing with geometry causes all sorts of issues with cornering performance. It might be great in a straight line but usually screws up the grip in high speed and flat corners
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: how would slackening and lowering (barely) a bike screw up its grip in high speed and flat corners? Did my fair share of geo tinkering in the past and all that happened with the bike was it started swallowing the gnar even better...
  • 1 0
 @hitarpotar: Well from experience on my 2014 Giant Trance going from a 140-150mm fork felt great, but going from 150-160 completely ruined the bike (I only did this in anticipation of moving the fork over to a new frame a week later). With the 160 it felt great in a straight line going over rough stuff but there was a complete and total lack of front end grip when cornering. I am of the belief that you shouldn't be messing with things like BB drop and swingarm angle unless you know what you're doing. There are also plenty of people who went to 160mm forks on the same model Trance as me who loved it. This likely comes down to a difference in skill level, riding style, or possibly simply awareness of what the bike is doing under them. I am by no means a pro rider but I do seem to be fairly sensitive to differences in bike setup.
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: well, here’s my experience: went from a 180mm sc-fork and normal headset to a little higher 200mm dc-fork and a -2 angleset: felt a big improvement in all conditions. Later on, due to a new bar/stem combo, i had to extend the fork all the way to the max, making it considerably higher than before. This, together with a new, -3 angleset, made a HUGE difference in how the whole bike behaved: became an animal in high speed, corners, speed bumps, brake bumps, etc. All this on the very same frame. So i’m all in on tinkering with geo and travel (of course, you should know very well what you want and what you’re doing!!!). Smile
  • 17 1
 The Kenevo SL has a display located on the top tube that can be customized to display information like speed, battery life, elevation, how many Orcs you have killed, how to protect yourself with the spell that repels Saruman and more.
  • 4 0
 Is This the One Bike to Rule Them All?
  • 19 3
 I have to say, I have a long history of being very anti-EMTB. That said, I actually like the balance this machine strikes. For my normal weekday rides I am on a 7 mile loop that is effectively a 50 minute climb, followed by a 20 minute mostly-descent. If you're going to tell me that I can enjoy a machine that is just as capable as my current enduro bike on the descents, AND that I can possibly fit 2 laps into my normal 1 lap rides (I'm a father of two youngsters), I'm actually pretty interested.

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.
  • 8 0
 You hit the nail on the head for me too. If the bike rides the same (i.e. it has the nimble/playfulness of a normal mtb), but I can get an extra lap in I am for intrigued by this bike.
  • 7 1
 I’ve been commuting and MTBing on my Levo for over two years (I have a hardtail too but I sold my other full-sus as it wasn’t getting used enough). I’m a father of three small children and run my one business but the Levo let’s me fit a nice chunk of MTBing by taking the long way to or from work via some trails - in half an hour I can do 1100’ of climbing and descending in about 6 miles.

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).
  • 2 0
 Echo what you're saying. I'm extremely interested in this bike, combine that with the fact that I've really been enjoying my geometron and this gets pretty close. That price thooo, sighhh.
  • 7 1
 This is what this type of bike exactly does. I just got a Levo SL, bumped the front suspension to Fox factory 160mm and on the back Float X2. The bike is 39lbs and just rips. Still get an amazing workout but takes off the edge just enough on the climbs that I don't have to sit at the top panting for several minutes before I gain the energy back to do the downhill. I just keep going and rip the downs with no stopping. Super fun.
  • 4 0
 @unusual-bread: I'm with you. My current steed is a 2020 Spec Enduro - loving the steeper, longer, more travel type Enduro bikes. Obviously, the bike in question is a direct comparison to my current bike, just with the benefit of doubling my watts on the way up.

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.
  • 2 0
 @dhx42: nothing nimble/playful about 442-447 chainstays. But the weight is impressive.
  • 5 0
 If I wanted to do 1000m of climbing I'd have to plan it as a special event, carb load the night before and morning of, bringing food with, no alcohol for a day or two before etc. With this thing it'd just be a Tuesday ride. So sick.
  • 2 0
 @DCS1138: I hear you with the Spec Enduro... More of pure enduro race steed. I was more commenting on the general concept of the bike - smaller motor/battery to provide some assist for faster laps but keeps the feel we've all become accustomed to riding.
  • 20 5
 Hey Specialized! Please let me know where these are even legal in Northern California. You know the place you call home...
  • 2 1
 Henry Coe, it's in our Town.
  • 1 0
 @AC-Fabz: ok fair play, but can you name any other. No because they are still illegal.
  • 1 0
 @Bushmaster123: Wilder, Pacifica, Cayote Creek and maybe Toro Park? Anyway I hear you though they are still outlawed in most of the spots around the Bay but hopefully that will change in the future.
  • 13 0
 “Due to shortages”, dental supplies have nearly doubled in the past hour.
  • 14 1
 Not sure what they’re smoking at Specialized HQ, but I’m pretty sure they’re lighting it with $100 bills.
  • 21 8
 15,000 dollars... this is getting ridiculous
  • 9 4
 You can get a new 2021 Hyundai Accent car for $15,000. the fact that a bike is as expensive as a car is f-ing ridiculous. Think of all the parts that go into a car and has a engine and transmission, etc.. The tires on the bike cost more than tires for a car but have about 1/10th of the raw materials in them.
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.
  • 4 1
 Okay but now you compare a bike that is not on a hyundai accent level but mostly in terms of materials, technology, engineering and marketing, on a lamborghini aventador's level which starts at 420,000 USD.
  • 3 0
 @tajtigabor: Not really. The bike industry is notorious for incredibly shitty quality control and manufacturing tolerances (and it's not even price related), something that's not a problem on Hyundai Accents. Materials, technology, and engineering are all much more expensive in cars than in bikes because of the quantity, complexity, quality control and tolerancing.

Basicly the Kenevo is only comparable to the lambo in the fact that they're both leisure products for rich people.
  • 10 1
 After seeing my friends with Levo's have multiple motors replaced under warranty I would be absolutely terrified to own one of these outside of warranty. I would also be very picky about where I bought this. You are dependent on the shop if the electronic stuff breaks. 15k comes with an expectation for a higher level of service. I wonder how used values will hold up once second owners find themselves paying huge repair bills to keep them running or find themselves unable to even get support.
  • 1 0
 I'm seeing the same thing in my riding area too. Motors just aren't holding up for the folks actually putting a few days a week use on them. It's almost as if you would need two in rotation as to not miss out on riding while the other motor is being addressed by the warranty department. And yeah, who is going to buy a two to three year old used ebike. This will be a huge hurdle for core riders that have fitness and ride frequently. Ebike manufacturers need to offer longer warranties and maybe even an extra swap out motor during initial purchase, to get core riders on board.
  • 13 5
 Rich poser bikes. Like seeing the middle aged dude doing pizza wedges down the ski hill in full, top spec Arc'teryx gear. I swear, these days the more expensive the bike I see under a rider, the less they can actually ride it.
  • 2 2
 Thats actually most likely true.

The best dudes I see riding are the 12-15 y/o kids with old beat up Caynons, YTs or Commencals
  • 10 0
 In Summary: Not quite enough assist, and rides nearly as a good as an original unadulterated bike.

Sounds legit.
  • 21 11
 There is a walk mode as to assist pushing a bike? Too funny!
  • 12 8
 Its very useful actually
  • 9 0
 Wonder when there will be 'bike rack mode' lol
  • 14 8
 @chasintrails: please explain? You have the skills that warrant this bike, but can't push a 40 pound bike uphill? Wrists hurting from doing too many fillings?
  • 3 2
 @ScottB-408: Dude! I need to design an E-rack. A rack with an electric arm to assist the loading. I'll base it on existing technology used to help geriatrics out of hospital beds. We'd make a fortune!
  • 23 13
 @JDFF, easy on the snark. The walk mode is handy when you dismount on a super steep section of trail and need to push to a flatter portion to get back on. It's a situation that's more common on an eMTB because the motor allows you to attempt climbs you wouldn't ever try on a regular bike.
  • 6 1
 @mikekazimer: Downhill trails as you churn the lips out Mike?
  • 12 10
 @mikekazimer: sounds like a poorly designed trail or a trail that an ebike shouldn't be ascending? Or someone who doesn't warrant a bike of this caliber. Am I wrong?
  • 12 3
 @JDFF, ebikes can make moto trails really fun to ride, trails that would be pretty miserable on a regular bike due to the ruts / steepness.
  • 2 1
 @mikekazimer: that is a fair assessment. Agreed.
  • 26 4
 @mikekazimer: You know what else makes moto trails fun to ride? A motorcycle!
  • 2 1
 @JDFF: yes you are.
  • 3 1
 @kcy4130: too funny. I also happen to know that Kaz doesn't just stick to moto trails when he is riding his ebikeWink
  • 21 4
 @kcy4130, true, but you can't exactly pedal a moto if you run out of gas. And then there's the noise, transportation to the trailhead, etc... All of these things are just options for goofing off outside. It doesn't really bother me what people choose to do.
  • 3 1
 @mikekazimer: I'm all for goofing off outside. I'm just waiting for the a 35-40lb ebike (160/170ish) that can do 10,000' and has at minimum a five year motor warranty. When that's available, I'm in.
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: I'm just busting your chops. But in all seriousness, if you're riding alone bikes even ebikes presumably, are better than a moto for exploring moto trails that are very techy like maybe above the rider's skill level. You can always carry a bike, even a 60lb ebike up a hill. On a moto, not so much. Even crashing off a bench cut trail on a steep slope can end up being a major ordeal trying to man handle the 240lbs moto back up onto the trail. That's why motorcycling alone is a much worse idea that biking alone. Moto's are still super fun tho.
  • 1 4
 @JDFF: Yes your smooth brain is incorrect
  • 6 8
 @mikekazimer: Sounds like somebody needs to hit the gym...
  • 2 1
 Dirt bike squids getting smoked by eeb - www.instagram.com/p/COfZFa1HcM5/?igshid=jvrkmd7dt063
  • 3 2
 @kcy4130: when you go off a bench cut trail on a moto, you just point it down the hill and ride/bushwack until you find another trail. lol
  • 1 0
 @ScottB-408: You just have to temporarily disable gravity in the game settings.
  • 11 2
 $15,000?! You could buy 2,307.69231 chicken burritos (without guac) from Chipotle for that!
  • 16 0
 You would die from extreme dehydration due to the severe diarrhea before you got through $500 worth of those burritos.
  • 8 3
 We're a Shimano STEPs dealer and I must say, Spec's e-integration is quite strong. I'm a former robotics/motor technologist (well, still practicing, but also running a bike shop!) and I follow the e-stuff out of technological intrigue.

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!
  • 40 32
 15 f*cking grand? You can get two yz 450s for that money
  • 78 21
 Oh look, this comment again
  • 13 0
 To be fair, I think the YZ250 would be the kenevos fossil fueled counterpart...
  • 12 5
 So go do it.
  • 33 4
 15 f*cking grand? You can get 15 grands worth of other stuff for that money
  • 10 9
 @jomacba: dirtbikes far out last carbon mtbs... therefore, overall btr for enviro.
  • 2 3
 @jrocksdh: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  • 3 0
 @jrocksdh: Hmmm, interesting theory. Only one way to find out... We start a go fund me page requesting one million USD to purchase these items and do real world back to best testing. I suspect we will need to start a second and third crowd funding scheme... err I mean campaign to fund our research over multiple timeliness to truly determine if these bikes are really worth 15 grand...
  • 2 1
 Not quite. $9,400 plus fees each for a new YZ450. But yes, madness.
  • 4 3
 Yup, I'd rather buy a brand new YZ250X for half the cost. And then continue to enjoy my YT Capra when I want to pedal
  • 1 0
 @speedy-toast: seriously. Bought a 1 year old tx300 for $7k, ca plated too.
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.
  • 8 1
 Seeing this thing on trails made me double take. Without the whirring you can't even tell its an ebike.
  • 7 0
 Oh good! I needed to check off the 'bike over $15k' square on my Pinkbike Hater Bingo card.
  • 7 1
 i know i know, the bike is great and its more than enough ..... but if its extremelly expensive, at least give me what I was waiting for ; 180mm, double crown and 29er.
  • 8 0
 The Kenevo SL (Squillionaires Lavishicycle)
  • 5 1
 Came here for the comments about the price. Wasn’t disappointed. If you want to ride and can only afford a cheap bike get a cheap bike. If you have the means and want a $15000 e bike, buy one. Would I like one, yes, if I had that kind of spare cash to buy a bike would that be what I’d get, probably not. Still a cool machine and as I get older I can definitely see a time in my future where something like this will become a necessity for me to keep riding with my younger riding buddies.
  • 6 0
 Looks like the perfect ebike to be fair, but I'll never even consider it at those prices, not in a million years
  • 6 2
 Seems like the perfect choice for the person who keeps riding with their much fitter friends. More like a cheat mode for regular mountain biking than riding an almost-motorbike.
  • 5 0
 Beautiful bike but $15000? Come TF On.

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.
  • 10 4
 It‘s very sad where our beloved biking has come to. And if this is the result of it, then it‘s very tragic .....
  • 3 0
 I think this bike is targeted at people that want hide that they have an e-bike. It looks like a regular acoustic MTB! Kinda like Depend adults diapers that you can wear under your regular clothes without people noticing it. I will get an e-bike when I become a first time grandfather but I won't judge otherwise capable people that get them at of a younger age (cough-cheaters!-cough).
  • 7 2
 Lobbying to get a motorized vehicle classified as a non-motorized vehicle must be really expensive.
  • 2 0
 Extrapolating this values for the Car Industry, we have, on one side a....

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
  • 3 1
 Nice bike but a total rip off.. 15k and it still has the same 25kmh cap all e bikes have, which means above 25kmh, which I regularly go over cruising mundane trails on my 'analogue' bike, you are still stuck with an expensive paperweight. I mean I built my sb165 for 8k with miles better components, full carbon hoops, fancy hubs, PUSH 11.6, Smaspot etc. Only a guy with money but no proper knowledge of what makes a good bike will buy this, all them components are generic high end off the shelf factory parts, not boutique parts, and in the case of the expert not even high end. Why would I spend 33% more for standard FOX Factory and SRAM crap, when I can build a bike with a £1200 custom tuned shock, coil fork, Shigura brakes and 1300 gram wheelset for less. This is definitely not a case of you get what you pay for, you are paying a massive premium for a food processor motor by the bottom bracket. I've got toy rc cars that weigh 3kg and put out 9000 watts, not 250w and they didn't cost me 15 grand. This is for the rich fat ass that wants to show off but doesn't care if he is actually getting the best performance possible.
  • 1 0
 25kmh limit is imposed by law, at least around here, but I belive its the same across the Europe. Any faster and you are a motorcycle so licence, registration, insurance etc.
  • 3 1
 “Nice bike but a total rip off.. 15k and it still has the same 25kmh cap all e bikes have”

Apparently if you spend over a million quid on a Bugatti or Koenigsegg the 70mph UK motorway speed limit still applies?!!
  • 1 0
 @threehats: But this is the point, paying such a massive premium for a bike just because it has a motor that is restricted and has 250 watts when you can build up a Yeti, Santa Cruz etc or other high end bike with luxury components not just mid/high end for 2/3 the cost. You spend 15 grand on a bike and past 15mph end up with a worse performing bike than one that costs you thousands less. For 15 grand you should be getting creap of the crop, Trickstuff brakes, custom shocks, high end wheelsets, SQ labs saddle etc, not alloy wheels and a bloody FOX X2.
  • 2 0
 No head scratching here, this bike is definitely aimed squarely at the ‘partnered with cyclist but can’t keep up’ sector and maybe also the ‘don’t want a 50lb bike for the 2-mile loop I ride’ sector and possibly even the bougiest of in-town bike path racers. Quite the genre bender.
  • 1 0
 Almost forgot, also aimed at someone who wears a pack and is willing to buy 2 batts?
  • 2 0
 For anyone getting one of these spiff steeds, we've got our Tailored Protection frame kit ready to go and the coverage is damn sweet. Party on :-)

https://www.ridewrap.ca/products/specialized-turbo-kenevo-sl-ridewrap-tailored-protection-frame-kit/
  • 4 2
 I can buy a used GS BMW moto for that! I scored a barely used 2021 Levo Comp for $6000. I don't ride it as much as my real bikes; although it's fun to take out with my son and my other buddies for shuttle days!
  • 6 3
 I will tell you who the bike is for. People who want to lap and pre ride enduro races in the week leading up to practice day. Example: hubapalooza enduro
  • 2 2
 But if the goal is just to pre ride as much as possible why not get a bike with more power/range?
  • 3 0
 @Austink: Because dynamically it's very similar if not identical to your standard enduro bike. So you get to lap the course, not kill your legs before the race and have a good sense for how to ride most sections.
  • 4 2
 Thats what shuttles are for.
  • 2 0
 Is it? If I just wanted to do lots of laps to check out trails, I'd grab the cheapest, high power ebike I could find for those scouting missions.
  • 1 1
 @hardtailhowie Beacon elevation gain is so tame, an ebike there is such overkill. How long to pedal to the top... maybe 30 mins?
  • 6 2
 The wheels they put on my '21 Levo SL are junk buuuuuut.....the bike still makes me grin every time I ride it
  • 7 2
 Best looking cheater bike forsure
  • 1 0
 In the video for the Levo release, in the press conference scene at the end, one of the reporters asks something about the Kenevo Prime and the spokesperson says "No comment."

So, is the Prime going to be a thing? I wonder when that's coming...
  • 1 0
 How much further can you go on this compared to the Enduro? Or is it just a thing of being a little bit less tired? Motor is supossed to have 2X your power but then the bike is heavier. Just trying to understand the benefits of this over the non motorized one since the turbo levo seems to be an different league.
  • 4 1
 15000 USD...... more expensive then a KTM E-XC 13,599.00 USD.... how we still doing this, can guarantee you they are making way less electric dirtbikes.
  • 2 1
 Close but not ready yet. I want a bike this light and flickable but i also want to be able to get a bunch of laps in for long decent oriented riding. In 5 years when i feel im old enough to warrant an e bike you guys should have it figured out.
  • 1 0
 If u started investing at age 16, are now 40, and use the 4% rule, 15k is like putting a dollar in a pop machine. For ur avg joe, this is worth more than ur truck (worth more than both my trucks combined). Maybe i should ride this to the bush and pack my pickup on the back & ride it on the trails. Lol.
  • 3 0
 A dollar, invested at four percent interest and compounded annually over 24 years, would become $2.56. What are you even talking about?
  • 1 0
 4% with zero risk... right....
  • 1 0
 Never mind the bike.....a Giro Tyrant, worn by someone less than 25. Gives me hope that I can get one to protect my gizzards and not need to be able to slap berms and steeze to pull it off.

*50:01, nah, 51 today. Happy birthday me.
  • 3 0
 Like electrification, they managed to annihilate the $ 10,000 MTB ceiling. They are already much more expensive than a motocross and approaching an Elantra.
  • 3 2
 Take aways from the article
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
  • 1 0
 F@%$ u specialized you keep making these amazing machines that can still be called a bicycle. . . ( maybe. . Open for interpretation). They look amazing Mike says there the shit (paraphrasing) but there so expensive. . . . I want one but holy shit I have to work for a living and if I want fancy bike parts I got to put in some OT. Even a used one of these in few years is out of reach. Can you put your fancy motor and fancy batteries in some aluminum with some "ok" components and let us look at a sweet mustang instead of these Ferraris.
  • 1 0
 As someone on the shorter side, I understand the entire industry seems to be going with wagon wheels, it would be nice however to have some options. 29'' - obviously better in a straight line, but when it comes to dynamic performance and manoeuvrability surely there's still a good portion of riders out there wanting the choice between wheel size
  • 1 0
 So here's an e-bike that is actually legal to ride where I live as the motor is below 250W of power.
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.
  • 1 0
 Weighs less and performs better than the DH bike I had 21 years ago. And adjusted for inflation (this bike would cost $9672 in 2000 dollars), not all that much more expensive...

I'm still not quite ready to jump on the e-bike bandwagon, but the tech really is amazing.
  • 1 0
 I would rather take the risk that one breaks underneath me and buy a Chinese carbon e-bike frame for $500-$800 than spend $8500 on a frame alone. One is the possibility that my frame catastrophically fails at the worst possible time. The other is the definition of failed judgment, broken wallet, depleted savings.
  • 1 0
 don't get putting trail casing tires on a supposed enduro bike--anyone who rides hard in rocky terrain will shred those sidewalls. typical specialized b.s. trying to meet weight weenie marketing goals at the expense of durability.

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!
  • 1 0
 No thanks. 11000 usd for crappy alloy rims, bars, dropper etc. Go specialized. I got a Enduro. Only thing left stock is the rear shock (ohlins coil) and the front wheel. I just warrantied the front rim though. Cos it flexed so it broke, they not very flexy. Pos.
  • 2 0
 Buy BITCOIN OR OTHER CRYPTOCURRENCY. way better than buying this high end e-bikes. within 10 years you can buy as many high end e-bike you want once BITCOIN value goes beyond $1 million.
  • 1 0
 I see alot of negative comments around here, but this bike is f*cking amazing, this bike is for the rider that has the legs to keep up with regular eMTBers without the weight penalty of a regular eMTB. Most of eBikers i've ridden with have no pedaling power of their own and when i ride with them on aregular eMTB i outpaced them for a lot, so this bike is gonna even things out, with the plus that it is a sub 19kg bike.
  • 5 2
 So stoked for the eMTB field test!!!!! Pinkbike is f-ing rad, in my opinion.
  • 4 2
 Where are my crypto 'investors' at that thought they could buy something that costs this much until they looked at their portfolio this morning?
  • 3 0
 Somebody is mad they didn't buy bitcoin in 2012. Wink
  • 6 2
 Fuck I want one of these.Think of the laps!
  • 2 0
 Compared to other e-bikes this one doesn't look like a dying pregnant walrus which is cool, but as 100 others have said, 15K is full derp money for a bicycle.
  • 4 2
 Of course it's going to shred downhill..so does every other bike made in the past few years..and what's the rush ..why do u need a motor
  • 3 0
 #dadlife I don’t have the time to train to be in excellent shape to bang out a cool ride in 90 minutes. With this I could… except I don’t have that kind of money.
  • 4 0
 Specialized killed it with everything except the price
  • 1 0
 Like it but can’t afford it I’m too poor for electricity so I will have to rely on my legs for a few more years!
Hope they have solved the cracking issues the enduro suffered from.
  • 3 3
 This is pretty much the perfect e-bike designed for me and the wife. With kids we don’t get the chance to do huge epic rides anymore. But we could both use the extra power for short fast blasts around trail centres (for multiple runs in short time) and to help tow the kids up the hills.

And it looks like a normal bike and doesn’t weigh a ton so the wife won’t struggle to throw it around.
  • 2 0
 Specialized, your next move should be $20,000 Kenevo to get even more comments on pinkbike ($15,000 ebike and $1,000 carbon balanced bike are not enough)!
  • 1 0
 Love the concept of the bike but I don't really understand why Specialized named it "Kenevo SL". I mean it looks like a Electric version of the enduro bike... (If someone can help me)
  • 2 0
 The most exciting part about this advertisement for me is the prospect of the "next gen" Enduro having adjustable headset and hi/low chainstays like the Stumpy Evo.
  • 5 1
 I'm glad its $15K. Once these become affordable we're all f'd
  • 1 0
 Nice idea but poorly executed. This needed the Shimano Ep8 motor like the one in the Orbea Rise with 60nm torque and the a 400wh battery. Regarding the price, absolutely ridiculous......
  • 1 0
 I don't care how good it is, how well it's made, anything about it. $15k USD is taking the p1ss.

As a comparison, these cost similar cash (in the UK) www.ducati.com/gb/en/bikes/monster/monster
  • 1 0
 How many m of elevation can it do on one charge on the lowest, the middle and highest power settings? That seems a more useful metric than "range" as it will obviously be able to go further if it isn't pointing upwards.
  • 3 0
 Can it take a dual crown though?
  • 2 1
 Why can't you manufactures figure out the longer the bike the steeper the seat tube angle? If the rider is tall =long legs=butt to far back over rear. Math people!!!
  • 1 0
 A better way to deal with that is longer chainstays. Why should a tall rider get forced into a TT bike style pedalling position (which may be fine on very steep climbs but do you want it everywhere else?)?
  • 1 0
 Specialized doesn't produce a 77' ESTA/535mm reach bike yet with OR without a motor. I think we can safely say that if you're an XXL person Specialized is not interested in serving you.
  • 1 0
 @threehats: the best way is optimizing both of these parameters.
  • 2 1
 Not an ebike fan, but this is very close to the level I'd consider getting one. Shave 2kgs more even with using 27.5 wheels and I got a serious thing to think about
  • 2 0
 Let the « descends like a _________, climbs like a __________ » comment contest begin: ⬇️
  • 2 2
 Alrighty hear me out, we all know we hate waterbottle cages on the underside of the downtube, but why not put bosses there for the rage extender, doesn't need to be as protected and keeps the triangle open...
  • 3 2
 Ever seen a lithium battery explode?
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: good point.

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.
  • 1 0
 @rclugnut: for sure, it’s just a convenience thing and keeps the weight relatively low.
  • 2 0
 Checks bank account to see if there’s $15k I forgot about... nope, dang it. This would be fun.
  • 6 3
 Douche Scooter - Coming to flat single track near you soon
  • 1 1
 Not gonna lie that thing looks sick! I would rather spend the money on a brand new dirt bike for less though, and keep my nice non-assisted pedal enduro bike. Best of both worlds, no expensive ebike required lol.
  • 1 0
 I saw a v10 for sale on my craigslist where the guy bought some serious aftermarket moter for it. it looked ugly but he said it could reach really fast speeds to get uphill.
  • 1 2
 iv just had my new vitus mythque 29 deliverd for 1650. looks like im working poor in the mtb world nowerdays with these prices,when i tell my work mates the vitus is 1650 thay think that is well expensive.ebikes are fun but non of them are 15000 quidsworth of fun.id rather buy a suron with an upgrade battery.
  • 3 1
 for 15k it should with a solar charged battery that produces snacks and water with the extra energy from the downhill
  • 1 0
 You’re paying for the name. Look at Gibson and Fender. Other companies make way better products but people gravitate to their history
  • 1 0
 if you drink straight out of the range extender, does that double your own power, which will be doubled again by the bike? asking for a friend Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Can we talk about the real injustice here? Americans get this bike in a sweet yellow colour, but in Canada they are only offering boring-ass grey? Bah!
  • 1 0
 i pray that privateer bikes ebike in development meets the fire fighter salary constraints 161 with a motor pretty please !!!!!!
  • 2 0
 Tell me you've had an orchiectomy without telling me you've had an orchiectomy.
  • 2 0
 The price is nuts, but that's the best e-bike I've seen so far....hands down
  • 4 2
 Great! A $15,000 moped! Does it come with a factory installed fat guy, or do you have to provide your own?
  • 1 0
 So $15K, or an extra $500 for half the torque power and battery life of the turbo levo $14.5K that was released a few weeks ago?
  • 1 0
 All other traits of this bike aside. I gotta say IMO it's the best looking e-mtb so far.

I guess $15k better get ya something.
  • 1 1
 So we just cool with sneaky e-bikes now? Definitely no way that could negatively impact trail access. Looking forward to when they remove the pedal assist and we can all admit these are just electric dirt bikes.
  • 2 3
 @bainer66 @TypicalCanadian @barp @Oldgerald and all the other delightful downvoters on PB. i should clarify...my dad was an anesthesiologist-my apologies. he retired 5 years ago. the final 5 years of his working life he was faculty at ucsd medical center teaching anesthesia, not practicing. before that he was chief of anesthesia for 10 years at grossmont hospital in the san diego area. definitely not a hack...what else can i say? medical school is hard, and expensive. really, really expensive. medical school typically costs 200-300 thousand american drakmas. if you think medicine is an easy path to riches you're wrong. i'm semi retired from the movie biz-art dept. middle management, foreman level 2. mill-shop foreman, prop-shop foreman, foam-shop foreman, metal-shop foreman. on a 12 hour day i make 800$. which is probably more than my brother makes-and he's a psychiatrist, working for kaiser. and he has a PhD in neurochemistry. all i did was go to art-school (calarts) where i mostly f*cked off and drank and chased girls. my wife is a tech recruiter for netflix/google/facebook etc. all day long i hear her quoting hourly rates to candidates for job titles like user interface/user experience at hourly rates that usually exceed 125-150? for a BS in comp sci and 5-10 years practical experience. we live in a neighborhood full of doctors. my income puts me in the 5% individually, and my wife makes more than i do. but i barely work 6 months a year. did i mention that i'm not particularly ambitious? and we live in a neighborhood full of people who went to med school. maybe the MDs out there crack the top 1%, but it's hardly worth it. there are easier ways to make a living...
  • 3 1
 I didn’t downvote you. I made a joke. Woooooosh.
  • 3 1
 Man you are very defensive for a career that wasn’t even yours. I don’t think any one said that physicians don’t deserve to be paid well. You just claimed that malpractice insurance offsets the net gain. Average salary for an anesthesiologist in the USA seems quite decent. Yes that’s after almost an eternity of school, residency, fellowship etc.

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

www.salary.com/research/salary/alternate/anesthesiologist-salary
  • 6 5
 350Wh battery. Is that a joke? What, are we supposed to ride it up one hill?
  • 3 0
 I'm not too familiar with what happens when the battery run flats. Do you push against the resistance of a dead motor like a generator? or can you disengage and ride as normal? 350Wh would be a 1 hour climb basically, okay for the shorter rides, but no good for a day long epic.
  • 7 0
 @Maestroman87: for Shimano ep8 you only pedal against the additional E-Bike weight and maybe super grippy tires, combined with a usually larger chain ring. The Motor itself doesnt brake you
  • 7 0
 No, you pedal.
  • 4 0
 Remember it's a smaller motor and lighter bike, I have been getting 4-5 hour rides in on a single charge.
  • 6 0
 @noplacelikeloam: In Soviet Russia, eBike pedals you....
  • 2 0
 The smaller motor pulls less power from the battery so the same range as the regular kenevo. I think more with the ranger extender battery.
  • 2 0
 Unless you constantly in turbo mode it should last you for more
  • 2 0
 @Maestroman87: There are 2 freewheels on ebikes, one on the rear wheel (duh), and the other in the motor. You need both or else you wouldn't be able to not pedal.

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.
  • 2 0
 I have found that the 350wh on the normal SL is better range and/or vert than the typical 504wh full powered ebikes (in my experience 1st gen Kenevo).
  • 2 0
 That fox 38 in Ohlins colors on the expert is great.
  • 2 0
 That rear fender wants your ballz for dinner!
  • 1 0
 Haha that one made me laugh out loud Smile
  • 3 1
 That yellow looks absolutely fire!!
  • 7 0
 That yellow looks absolutely custard!!
  • 3 1
 Bro no internal storage?!!? this isn't a specialized!
  • 2 0
 It has a battery stored inside, so…
  • 2 0
 The sad part of the pricing is they will sell everyone. Frown
  • 3 1
 LOL the MSRP sum of the 5 bikes in the last "Field Trip" was $13,016.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer You have the Float X2 on the Expert build but specialized has Float X listed. Spec change?
  • 1 0
 Can't wait for a slacker version to come out with a stars and stripe paintjob called the Evo Kenevo
  • 2 0
 I’m holding out for the $17,000 Evo Kenevo retro version.....just sayin!
  • 1 0
 Where I live everything is steep... I'd love to have one of these for the "go easy" days Wink
  • 1 0
 I am cheaper than most people, but I have never even paid 15k for a vehicle.
  • 1 0
 I just bought a used 03 Jetta for $2000, so my bike budget is anywhere between Huffy and Schwinn
  • 1 0
 Maybe if they sell enough of them they can knock down the price of the mere mortal bikes.
  • 1 0
 Those specs are wrong. The S-Works has a 38 Factory and the Expert does not have a Deity Copperhead stem.
  • 1 0
 The tire specs are wrong in the article. It's butcher grid trail t9 front, t7 rear in 2.3
  • 2 0
 Now I must put sticker on my Big S Enduro Analog Power....
  • 1 0
 Since when did moving your arms around, looking at things and using a tool become so well-paid
  • 1 0
 15k. The world has gone mad. Bring the aliens. Start the invasion. Humankind went wrong.
  • 2 0
 So it's basically a mild AssBike. Got it.
  • 2 0
 Alloy wheels and an X-Fusion dropper for $11k, eh?
  • 1 0
 Disillusioned to realize the Enduro may have been designed around an ebike platform..?
  • 1 0
 People on a used $600 DJ building jumps in the woods > Whoever is buying this thing
  • 5 3
 Too much
  • 5 4
 Scratched my head so hard it began to bleed
  • 6 5
 Wow, new Yamaha Motorbikes are less than this.
  • 2 1
 Two Yz 250’s for one a deez
  • 3 6
 What is it with Specialized's e-bike names? Levo sounds like the cycling equivalent of a little blue pill, promising to help you achieve a harder and longer ride. Kenevo makes me think I should be on a rocket powered bike jumping a gorge or maybe a bunch of school busses.
  • 1 0
 Its going to be cracking good!
  • 1 0
 Amazing, cant wait to see it racing up technical climbs.....
  • 1 0
 Fuck I love the millennial yellow on the SL version.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sick... But FK these prices .
  • 2 1
 Idc if it was $150. It’s stupid.
  • 2 1
 What nobody shows up to rail on ebikes and call them mopeds anymore?
  • 1 0
 Wow that price though gotta pay to play I guess
  • 13 12
 Good damn fuck off all this e-bikes....
  • 2 0
 Take my money
  • 1 0
 Specialized can eat crow, fin joke
  • 1 0
 what in tarnation $8k for the frame ..
  • 1 0
 frame, motor and battery.
  • 2 0
 the E-nduro
  • 1 0
 It must be nice to test so many bikes like @mikekazimer
  • 2 0
 15K? Take my money!
  • 1 0
 Not sure this site will survive the eMTB field test. Grabs popcorn.
  • 2 3
 If bike manufacturers truly believe e-bikes are the future of the sport then they must be intending to kill the sport. Not many people will be dropping 11k
  • 2 1
 $15,000 USD LMFAO - kindly f*ck off specialised
  • 2 2
 Can you change the headline to “Motorized Enduro” electric doesn’t give the full scope of what’s on the bike
  • 1 0
 No way, Specialized is grinding in the E-bike category!
  • 1 0
 Sick looking bike, hangover from the price.
  • 3 3
 Specialized manages to make their acoustic bikes good to great value, but their e-bikes the literal worst on the market.
  • 1 0
 Specialized sees it the other way round for sure Smile
  • 5 2
 please stop with the acoustic bike and analog bike jargons, bikes are not musical instruments. acoustic refers to creation of sound also analog synthesizers use electricity. i know i know i should shut up, but e-bikers loose their shit too when they call their e-bikes mopeds or scooters. so just pls no!
  • 1 1
 That yellow will look nice on the back of your school bus after you sell your home to afford the bike.
  • 1 0
 Nice a BB height that isn’t trying to kill you, take notes other brands!
  • 2 0
 Actually not bad
  • 1 1
 Awesome another bike even my dentist cannot afford. Designed in Silicon Valley/Morgan Hill for tech workers.
  • 1 0
 15.000 with foto no Factory and 11.000 with seatpost X-Fusion. WTF Spz???
  • 1 0
 Can we get an itemized breakdown of each part?
  • 2 2
 I was just here for the price. Specialized lost their f@#^$* minds.
That is 2 mx bikes. That takes the fun out of it.
  • 1 0
 Isn't 15000 dollars like 8000 pounds? Seems fair in this day and age...
  • 2 0
 £10,655 GBP
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.
  • 1 0
 @pedro46: so your not gonna be riding Surrey Hills on one any time soon?!
  • 1 0
 @pedro46: I've heard if you pedal fast enough they mine bitcoin for you...
  • 2 0
 this is hilarious
  • 1 1
 Mtn bike manufacturers are driving alot of buyers toward buying dirt bikes with all this price gouging.
  • 1 0
 Still not rocket science though
  • 1 0
 I’m gonna need to sell my 3 cars for this
  • 1 0
 Is this the bike that officially jumps the shark?
  • 2 1
 $15,000????!!?!??!
  • 3 5
 welcome to the state of affairs! who knew printing tens of trillions of dollars and making it rain stimmy checks would have such unforeseeable consequences!??

*narrator* oh....anyone with a brain saw....
  • 3 0
 @conoat: lol idiot
  • 2 0
 @conoat: Don't be jelly cause you're not getting any Biden bucks over in ol' Blighty.
  • 1 3
 Anyone who pays 12.5k for one of these has a carbon fibre head! I just do not see where this expense is in this bike. Rip off
  • 1 2
 might as well get a moto at that price point. My guess is that Instragram f*ckboy @fotornr is going jump on this one
  • 2 2
 It looks like a real bike, but it aint…
  • 1 0
 WE MISSED YOU MIKE
  • 1 0
 Whyyyyy 29
  • 2 3
 $18000 Canadian for what? everyone to think you are a homo on the trails... its still an Ebike
  • 2 4
 Specialized taking it to the next level! Even the dentists will think twice!
  • 3 4
 If you are paying full retail for these, I'm laughing at you.
  • 3 6
 An ebike for people that are strong enough that they can actually put down enough watts, they dont need 4X the boost. So better for real riders then.
  • 3 1
 A "real rider" by your definition would surely just get an actual mountainbike instead of an e-bike, no?
  • 1 0
 @BenTheSwabian: Not really, I mean anyone that rides a lot can put a reasonable amount of power down for a time. 4x power is just silly. You max out the torque before you max out your legs.
  • 5 6
 Another waste of a review. Pinkbike caters to rich old men now
  • 1 1
 and their dumbass offspring...
  • 1 2
 Where’s the wank filter to turn e bike content off?
  • 8 10
 An e-bike that many e-haters should be willing to get behind!
  • 8 10
 Nice Moped! Should keep well heeled riders happy.
  • 10 12
 Can there be a different website for ebikes?
  • 12 5
 Turn the filter on.
  • 11 13
 Peoplemust be verry lazy if the pay 15k toavoid a little bit of pedaling
  • 6 5
 Not sure why people are downvoting you, cause you are correct.
  • 3 3
 @p-m-z: Because while all regular people are still out in the woods, Moped guys are allready at home using thier extra time verry wise
  • 2 1
 @p-m-z: spot on !
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