First look at Specialized’s $15,000 Kenevo SL electric mountain bike
By Micah Toll
May 13 2021
Kenovo SL electric bike
The Specialized Kenovo SL electric mountain bike was just unveiled today, bringing the Kenevo into the “Super Light” family of Specialized’s Turbo e-bike line.
The six-bar, six-pivot big-trail rear suspension is tuned for bump force management across a range of forces, moving the rear axle backwards in the first third of travel then forwards to compress in the second two-thirds of travel when pedaling usually isn’t occurring.
Powered by Specialized’s own in-house SL1.1 motor, the bike puts out a claimed 250W, though the motor peaks at higher power. Specialized claims that the motor is designed to offer twice the sustained output of a typical rider, so this isn’t an electric motorcycle by any stretch of the imagination.
The bike is powered by a built-in 320 Wh battery that can also be supplemented by a 160 Wh range extender. The optional range extender battery mounts in the bike’s water bottle cage.
The bike is available in four frame sizes and they’ll all cost you a small fortune. The S-Works frameset starts at US $8,500, while the complete Kenevo SL Expert bike is priced at US $11,000. The complete Kenevo SL S-Works will run you a cool $15,000.