Joining the super lightweight Specialized Levo SL is the all-new Kenevo SL. It brings its full enduro credentials to the lightweight e-bike platform, shedding 5.4kg off of the regular Kenevo. It's driven by the Turbo Super Light motor, powered by a 320Wh battery both of which are tidily integrated into the frame. Read on for all of the details.
The brand new Kenevo SL is built around Specialized's FACT 11m carbon fibre frame that's been optimised for handling and weight savings, says the brand. It's also been specially tuned for stiffness, ensuring that the wheels track with precision for control. At both ends of the bike, there are 29" wheels along with 170mm of squish.
Within its downtube, you'll find the bike's 320Wh battery and Turbo Super Light motor. They're integrated and centralized in a bit to keep handling responsive by decreasing inertia. Then the battery and motor combo promise up to four and a half hours of riding time. If that's not enough for you, a 160Wh range extender can be plugged in, offering almost seven hours of total supported riding time.
The new Kenevo SL has a handful of tricks up its sleeve to tune it towards the trail you're about to throw yourself down in the form of head angle and bottom bracket height adjustment. Together, they offer six different setups with a 62.5°, 63.5° or 64.5° head angle options and 6mm of bottom bracket adjustment.
With BB height in its Low setting and the headset cups in the middle setting the bike offers a 460mm reach (in the S3 size) a 63.5° head angle, a 447mm chainstay, and a 76° seat tube angle.
As I've just touched upon, the Kenevo SL follows Specialized's more modern sizing system which focuses on rider size and style, rather than just the inseam. The Kenevo SL comes with four size options all with similar headtube lengths are standovers which allows the rider to pick a size that's more suited towards their riding style.
For example, the smallest S2 should be more nimble due to its shorter reach and front-center while the S5 offers a more stable ride because of its extra length.
Much like the Specialized Enduro, the Kenevo SL uses a Six Bar Linkage that was first spotted on the brand's downhill bike, the Demo. It's basically a four-bar linkage with a Horst Link which has enabled Specialized's engineers to optimise the axle path for bump force management and to tube anti-rise and anti-squat.
Then additional tension links are added that drive shock compression and allow the engineers to independently control the leverage rate. It also eliminates side-loading of the shock, says the brand. This improves performance by minimizing binding and excessive stiction.
This linkage also lowers and centralizes mass, reducing the centre of gravity which promises a livelier feel on the trail.
Along with the Super Light motor and battery, the Kenevo SL comes sorted with a MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU for short) which is the brain of the bike. It allows real-time support tuning, even while riding. It also displays all of the ride data you could ask for. Another neat touch is that it seamlessly integrates with the Mission Control app for more tuning options and on-trail diagnostics.
In fact, it's full of neat tricks. 'Live Consumption' teaches the rider how to pedal efficiently by displaying real-time miles (or kilometers) per watt-hour and its MicroTune feature allows for on-the-fly adjustment of peak power and support levels in 10% increments.
The new Specialized Kenevo SL is available in three models with prices starting at £6,500 for the frameset and up to £12,500 for the S-Works model.
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