has revealed an updated version of its Kenevo battery-assisted mountain bike
and it has true trail dominating ability.
With global demand for e-mountain bikes (eMTBs) growing strongly, Specialized has invested in a dedicated battery and motor design centre, located in Cham, Switzerland.
has been a range of excellent eMTBs, which ride much like a conventional
mountain bike, but offer the pedal assistance for those who are injured or attempting
to regain fitness.
Specialized has been marketing its Levo eMTB since 2015. For those riders who wish to attempt the most daring downhill trails, they also introduced the Kenevo, with significantly updated suspension.
The 2020 model year brings a redesigned Kenevo 2.0, which sees Specialized achieve the goal of providing an eMTB which can replace your traditional downhill bike.
Riders who need the ultimate mountain bike for launching off huge drops and clearing massive jumps, will discover that the Kenevo is built to enable extreme mountain biking.
Kenevo helps you get to the top
700Wh battery helping you along, there is the potential of being able to pedal
a Kenevo to the top of every double-black rated downhill trail – something which
ordinarily requires a chairlift or shuttle vehicle.
A new electric motor design combines with the 700Wh battery pack (which is 200Wh more potent than before) to amplify your pedal input by 410%. The system gives a peak pedal assistance of 560 watts, which is like having a pair of professional cycling legs helping you with each pedal stroke.
Kenevo might be great at climbing steep gravel roads to get to those downhill
drop-in points, but it is the descending ability which is even more impressive.
A new frame design has allowed Specialized to make the Kenevo’s structure 1kg lighter. Suspension performance is crucial for an eMTB which is targeted at downhill riders and as such, the Kenevo features some very capable components.
And the Kenevo is even better when you want to race down
Up front it
runs a triple-clamp Rockshox Boxer fork, with 180mm of travel. This is a significant
upgrade from previous Kenevos, which used a single-crown fork. The Kenevo rear-suspension
is managed by a coil shock, which provides a similar 180mm of terrain absorption.
that its Kenevo riders will be speeding through the roughest rock gardens and
attempting the largest jumps, Specialized have equipped its most extreme eMTB
with powerful brakes and robust wheels.
The Kenevo uses 200mm brake rotors at both the front and rear wheels. Although the current mountain biking wheel build trend is for fewer spokes (with 28 being the new default), Specialized has delivered the Kenevo to market with overbuilt wheels, tensioned by 32 J-bend spokes.
This new eMTB also rolls Specialized’s Butcher BLK DMND 650b tyres, which are the most puncture resistant rubber available within the brand’s own product portfolio.
second-generation Kenevo is an interesting eMTB for South African riders, who
generally don’t have access to chairlifts and are often constrained by vehicle
access laws, preventing the use shuttle bakkies.
With its ability to help you pedal up the steepest climbs, without inducing fatigue, the Kenevo is a great tool to enable multiple descends of a particularly technical trail, in a single riding session.
Amazingly, the Kenevo is set to retail for R125 000 in South Africa, which makes it cheaper here than is the case in America.