29-inch front and rear. Revamped geometry with adjustability. 170mm travel. 240 watts, 35Nm of peak torque and a 320Wh battery. The same Mastermind firmware of the new Levo. S-Sizing. Specialized is frothing to drop the new Kenevo SL. Dig into all the details from the press release.
Weigh less. Way more.
Power up to trail riding’s next level with the Kenevo Super Light and rip the biggest trails like never before.
Created by trail riders for trail riders, Kenevo SL is an e-MTB in a class by itself—a previously unattainable combination of light weight, responsiveness, and capability. Ultra-responsive handling and big mountain capability merge with the benefits of our Turbo Super Light system, enabling you to overcome the trail monsters that have been your nemeses until now. Flow up, over, and through the biggest trails in ways that were previously impossible. Intuitively delivering up to 240 watts of power and 35 Nm of torque, our Turbo Super Light system puts an emphatic “E” in our award-winning Enduro, delivering more of what you want from your trail ride. More power to climb. More pop when you need it. More capability everywhere. More laps. More jumps. More drops. More stoke. And it does this with less. Weighing in at just four kilos more than the Enduro and around five and a half kilos less than the Full Power Kenevo, the Kenevo Super Light is a featherweight e-MTB that redefines big mountain performance.
The approach: To be one with your bike
The Kenevo SL sets this new bar for trail performance through an integrated development approach. Our development team lives, eats, sleeps, and dreams singletrack. They created every part of the bike—chassis, geometry, suspension, motor, battery, controller—to work flawlessly with every other part, and with you to deliver a ride beyond belief.
The full monocoque FACT 11m carbon fiber frame is the backbone of the Kenevo Super Light and is a marvel of composite construction, fully optimized for handling and weight savings. The Turbo Super Light motor and 320Wh battery are integrated and centralized in the chassis to improve handling responsiveness by decreasing the moment of inertia while powering up to 4.5 hours of ride support. (Want to go bigger? No prob, plug in the 160Wh Range Extender battery and you’re set for up to almost 7 hours total supported ride time.) Chassis stiffness is tuned to eliminate unwanted flex, ensuring that front and rear wheels track with precision for predictable control.
FIT: S-Sizing is based on what matters; rider size and style, not inseam. Six sizes, all with similar headtube lengths and standover, allow you to choose the size that best suits your individual style. Smaller S-Size numbers are going to be nimble, thanks to their shorter reach and front-center measurement, while bigger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride.
The Kenevo Super Light sets the benchmark for all-mountain e-MTB handling, adding six-way adjustability to the acclaimed geometry of our Enduro. The generous cockpit gives you room to move on the bike, optimizing traction and corner control. The steep seat tube centers you in that cockpit so you’re free to move back for steep descents or forward to keep your weight over the front when climbing. The slack headtube angle and reduced fork offset keep things stable and calm no matter how fast you charge a boulder field or root-infested line. 29” wheels and a progressive wheelbase strike the perfect balance between providing stability at high speeds while keeping things responsive and fun. Regardless of where—or how—you ride, the Kenevo Super Light can be tuned to deliver exactly the ride you want thanks to its adjustable geometry. Six distinct settings allow you to hone handling characteristics to suit your style and terrain. Head angle can be set at 62.5, 63.5, or 64.5-degrees. Bottom bracket height can be fine-tuned up or down by 6mm.
With 170mm of plush, responsive, super-capable travel, the Kenevo Super Light eats up whatever you throw in front of it, from tree roots and trail chunder to massive G-outs and relentless hucks to flat. Suspension that works this flawlessly is realized when every component of the whole is developed together in an integrated approach. Total suspension performance involves chassis stiffness, kinematics, leverage rates, spring curves, damping performance, and tunability, all designed and working together to achieve a singular, elevated ride quality on the trail. We refer to this integrated approach to suspension development as Ride Dynamics, and we have a one-of-a-kind team of trail-riding engineers, technicians, and fabricators working together out in the dirt and in our state-of-the-art innovation center to ensure that every component is optimized and functioning in harmony with every other.
The suspension layout
The Six Bar linkage of the Kenevo SL was pioneered on our DH World Championship-winning Demo and later adapted to the Enduro. It represents the ultimate big-trail suspension linkage, delivering an unmatched combination of control, big-hit bump force management, pedaling performance, and durability. At its heart, the Six Bar is an FSR design, primarily using a fourbar linkage with a “Horst Link” forward of the dropouts. These four bars with the Horst Link enable our engineers to optimize the axle path for bump force management and to tune anti-rise and antisquat for pedaling performance. It also decouples braking forces,
so the control delivered by active suspension is there for you even when you’re grabbing a handful. The additional “tension links” that drive shock compression give us the engineering freedom to separately and independently control leverage rate and axle path, broadly enhancing suspension capability. Compressing the shock from these tension links also eliminates side-loading of the shock. Side-loading can cause binding and shock failure, and removing that from a suspension improves performance (reduced stiction means smoother and more responsive suspension) and durability. Finally, the Six Bar design improves handling by lowering and centralizing mass (linkage and shock), reducing the center of gravity and moment of inertia. This, in turn, translates to more stable yet responsive handling and a livelier feel on the trail.
AXLE PATH & KINEMATICS: The Kenevo SL’s axle path is tailored for getting after it. The axle moves rearward in the first third of travel, and then vertically in the mid-travel before arcing to a forward trajectory toward bottom out. To break this down, the rearward path in the first portion of travel allows the wheel to “swing” back with the bump force, decreasing hangup and thereby helping to carry speed. As the bike moves deeper into its travel, where pedaling isn’t typical, the forward axle path disconnects chain forces from pedaling forces, allowing the suspension to independently compress in response to input from the trail.
LEVERAGE RATE: Tearing a page from our Enduro’s acclaimed suspension performance handbook, the new Kenevo SL’s leverage rate delivers small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and compliant but controlled full travel when stomping the big hits. The leverage rate is matched by our Rx tuned shock tailored specifically for the Kenevo SL, allowing the suspension to do what it needs to do so you can do what you want to do: shred.
SHOCK TUNE: In order to work in harmony with the extra power available, account for the higher speeds possible, and capitalize fully on the potential of the six-bar kinematics, our engineers burned the midnight oil developing custom valving and spring curves specific to the Kenevo SL.
The Turbo Super Light system
The Turbo Super Light System motor/controller at the core of the Kenevo SL delivers seamless usable power, up to 2x You rider amplification. Sophisticated algorithms and rider-developed software within the integrated controller respond instantaneously to your pedal inputs, boosting efforts with an incredibly natural, intuitive delivery of up to 240 watts of power and 35 Nm of torque. It’s you pedaling, but it’s a way stronger version of you—delivering power and torque so smoothly that you find traction in loose, steep terrain where other bikes spin out. You can sit and spin a cadence of 75 RPM or more for optimal power and efficiency where other, less refined bikes demand you stand and mash the pedals (and your knees). The ability to smoothly and seamlessly control the power delivery is a cornerstone of what makes this bike so great.
Mastermind Turbo Control Unit
The MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) is the “brain” of the Kenevo Super Light. This is the hardware and software that controls how the motor, battery, bike, and you interact. It allows real-time support tuning while riding, and it displays all relevant data about your bike and ride. The MasterMind TCU also enables over-the-air updates so that as new features and functionality come online, your bike will get even better over time. Finally, MasterMind seamlessly integrates with the Mission Control app for advanced tuning, on-trail diagnostics and more.