The Specialized Kenevo has had a major update for 2020 - here's everything you need to know.
The first Specialized Kenevo lead the charge for long-travel eMTBs, with plenty of brands srambling to see if they could match the prowess, travel and grunt of Specialized's minty green trail beast. With the overhaul of the Specialized Stumpjumper and now the Enduro with the Sidearm design and optimised suspension kinematics, Specialized have brought that same design architecture and refinement to their big travel eMTB line. And it's more than just a small update for this 180mm travel eMTB that may tear up the need for shuttles.
It's faster when the going gets rough
The new Kenevo and Enduro share suspension design—specifically a more rearward axle path that reduces rear wheel “hang-up” on big impacts. That means more momentum, more control, and even more speed, to keep you moving forward over terrain and not stalling on big hits.
The frame is stiffer and lighter
The new frame is one kilogram lighter, and stiffer. The key is the Stumpy-inspired, sidearm frame design, which directly connects all three mounting points of the rear-end and shock to the frame, reducing frame flex and increasing control. The new power assist unit is also 400 grams lighter.
The Kenevo geometry is agressive
This should be no surprise, but the Kenevo is longer in the cockpit, so you feel more centered on steep descents. The two degree steeper seat angle improves your position atop the pedals when heading uphill, while the shorter seat tube increases your manoeuvrability. The Kenevo also adopts reach based sizing like the Enduro.
The motor is lighter and more powerful
The Turbo Kenevo now sports the Specialized 2.1 motor. It's lighter and more powerful with no weird surging, and is still able to be optimised to your riding with the app. There's 560W on tap with 90Nm of torque.
The Kenevo has an increased range
Specailized increased battery capacity on the Expert model by 40%,courtesy of a 700Wh M2 battery. The Comp model sports a500Wh M2 battery, which boosts its capacity by 8%. Less charging, more... charging trails.
The Kenevo is built for business
The RockShox Boxxer and Super Deluxe suspension combo on the Expert model puts the Kenevo's stance right out there. This bike is built to go hard. The Comp model goes burly with a Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork/CR rear shock. Both models also get brawny Roval wheel and BLCK DMND tyres.
Across all sizes the Kenevo Expert will sell for $11400, and the Comp will retail for $8800. Head to your local Specialized dealer for all the detail.