New in: Specialized Turbo Kenevo Electric Bike

Words by Aaron Scott

on 16/10/2017 17:03:36

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Just arrived online and in Specialized Concept Store Nottingham, we take a look at the latest electric mountain bike tech from Specialized.

New to the Specialized stable for 2018, the Turbo Kenevo sits alongside the popular Turbo Levo and provides another, more aggressive, option for mountain bikers looking to take advantage of the growing popularity of electric-assisted bikes for off-road riding. With longer travel, a slack 65-degree head angle, and high performance components from Rock Shox, Ohlins and SRAM working in beautiful harmony with a new Specialized 1.3 motor, the Turbo Kenevo is a true rider's e-MTB, capable of handling everything you can throw at it, and giving you the power to pedal back to the top of the hill without breaking a sweat.

Price: From £5,499.99

Discipline: Electric Mountain Bike

Usage: Downhill

  • + 180mm travel, front and rear
  • + New motor with integrated turbo technology
  • + Completely customisable tuning

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Familiar frame; new ability

The Turbo Kenevo is the downhill bike to the Levo's trail-oriented set up, with a chassis based around Specialized's Enduro range. Constructed from M5 aluminium, the frame has been shaped to accommodate the motor and battery in a sleek and subtle way, while still retaining the Enduro's easily identifiable X-wing top tube. As you'd expect then, geometry is similar to the Enduro with a slack 65-degree head angle and 350mm bottom bracket height. Although concessions have been made to make space for the motor and battery with slightly longer chainstays, at just 443mm they are still around the shortest in the e-MTB market. Cable routing on the Kenevo is all internal, including for the dropper post, and they've included some neat tucked away tools, with room for a SWAT bottle cage and multi-tool, with another tool hidden in the headset.

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Ready for the rough stuff

Geared towards a desire to ride steeper and rougher trails, the Kenevo has180mm of travel at both the front and back with a RockShox Lyrik fork up top and �hlins TTX2M coil suspension at the rear. The bike is built around a 27.5x2.6� tyre size with the Roval wheels shod with own-brand, but highly capable, Butcher tyres. The extra weight usually associated with an electric bike requires plenty of compliance from braking components, but this is comfortably handled by SRAM's Code R brakes and 200mm disc brake rotors. SRAM are also responsible for shifting on the Kenevo with most of the drivetrain made up by their GX 11-speed transmission, with a single-click shifter borrowed from the e-bike specific EX1 drivetrain at Specialized's request.

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Like the 2018 Enduro, the Kenevo comes with Specialized's new WU Command Post dropper seatpost. This new system adjusts the tilt of the saddle when dropped so that, when fully extended, the saddle remains in your preferred position for pedalling. When dropped through its 115mm of travel, however, the saddle tilts backwards by 14 degrees effectively creating a post with 150mm drop that offers a more effective seated position.

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The end of shuttling?

Specialized claim that with the Kenevo you no longer need an uplift or shuttle truck to get back to the top of the hill, and that's as a result of the assistance offered by the latest Brose Turbo 1.3 Rx Trail Tuned motor. Also specced on the new Levo Carbon, the new motor boasts a 15% increase in power over the previous version, which is achieved through new magnets and an all-new electronic unit. Alongside the boosted power, the new motor claims improved motor efficiency and better heat management as a result of hardware improvements and new software.

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The Kenevo's battery is more than just a battery too - with ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, it can connect to pretty much any device you'd like to give you an in-depth level of information, all in a customisable format. Alongside your own choice of information display, the battery also has the same integrated LED display as the Turbo Levo to provide an indication of battery life and mode.

All of this new technology and improvement in performance is integrated seamlessly into the frame to create a much less 'electric' aesthetic, and an all-round good-looking bike, particularly in the stunning Cali Fade paintjob. Specalized's quest for integration extends to the Trail Remote which is tucked discreetly onto the bars and provides easy switching between the Kenevo's four modes without taking your hands off the bars.

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Infinite tuning

Also updated is Specialized's Mission Control app. This offers extensive custom tuning potential through the Infinite Tune feature which allows you to adjust the assist level and maximum motor current for each ride mode, independently of each other - a level of tuning which is almost unrivalled in the e-MTB market. Included in the updated Mission Control system is the 'Smart Control' feature which gives you the option to program your planned distance or ride time, and then monitors and adjusts the battery and motor output every ten seconds to ensure that you don't run out of battery before the ride home.

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Ready for rougher, steeper rides, with no need for uplifts!

  • Frame - M5 Premium Aluminium
  • Fork - RockShox Lyrik RCT3, 180mm travel
  • Drivetrain - SRAM GX 11-Speed
  • Brakes - SRAM Code R, hydraulic disc, 200mm

See the Turbo Kenevo in-store

Now in-store at Specialized Concept Store Nottingham, you can be one of the first to test ride the Turbo Kenevo at our in-store event on 21st-22nd October 2017.