2018 Kenevo WHITEPAPER BY SPECIALIZED
When we launched the Turbo Levo, one of the first things we heard was, “That’s cool, do you have one with more travel?” Yes. Yes, we do. The Kenevo came from a want to ride steeper, rougher, and gnarlier trails without loading up your buddy’s truck and spending more time driving up than riding. Based on our Enduro chassis, the Kenevo is meant for the rider who wants to consider shuttling a thing of the past. Equipped with a RockShox Lyrik fork, Öhlins coil suspension, SRAM Code brakes and dedicated 27.5 x 2.6″ tires, this bike takes everything you can throw at it and asks for more.
Shuttling, no matter where you are in the world, was at some point a necessary evil to get to “the goods,” but that’s no longer the case. Kenevo was built with this purpose in mind, steep and deep, with 180mm (front and rear) of bump- and chop-eating travel and a burly aluminum frame. With a slack 65-degree head angle, “steep” becomes a relative term, while the coil rear suspension leaves you grinning as you plow through damn near anything. The new Wu dropper post, meanwhile, makes climbing and descending even better than before. But let’s back up. What is the Wu you ask? It’s a dropper post that changes seat angle incrementally as it drops, giving you a setup more similar to a gravity bike at the bottom of its stroke.
With all this, the Kenevo quickly becomes a true rider’s e-MTB bike. And with no corners cut, the gravity-fed experience is purer than ever, so you can leave that truck in the driveway.
INTEGRATED TURBO TECHNOLOGY
Integration was nearly as important for us as a brand as the ride characteristics. Having a sleek, seamlessly integrated e-mountain bike not only made a pretty package, but building our own ecosystem (not just taking off-the-shelf systems) is what truly allowed us to build a no- compromises trail bike.
New to the integrated motor and battery system is our Trail Remote. Tucked discreetly on your bars to keep a clean cockpit, it provides easily accessible access to change modes (eco, trail, turbo, and new walk-assist) without removing your hands from the bar. Smooth power delivery and silent operation also make the experience truly like you, only faster.
The new Turbo 1.3 motor comes equipped on ALL 2018 Kenevo models, no longer making you pick two or three upgrades. Instead, you get improved efficiency, better heat management, and more power—you get all three. The new motor also packs 15% more power through new magnets and an all-new electronic unit. Improved motor efficiency and better heat management come from two sources—hardware improvements and a new software update (which is retrofit table to current Levo bikes). The software does not only support motor and heat management efficiencies, thought, it balances your own power inputs to guarantee an even smoother assistance. Thermal pads in the motor, meanwhile, help balance heat distribution internally, while the thermal pad between the motor and frame rid the system of excess heat.