When we launched the Turbo Levo, one of the first things we heard was, “That’s cool, but do you have one with more travel?” The answer is yes. Yes, we do. It's called the Turbo Kenevo.
The Power to Ride Bigger Trails
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 anyone that 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 2.8" 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. The 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 custom Öhlins coil rear shock 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 the 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 Specialized E-Bike Technology
Integration was just as important for us as the Kenevo's 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 toggle between the four modes (including the 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 Specialized 1.3 motor no longer makes 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. Meanwhile, improved motor efficiency and better heat management come from two sources—hardware improvements and new software . But the software not only supports motor and heat management efficiencies, it also balances your own power inputs to guarantee even smoother assistance. Thermal pads in the motor also help to balance heat distribution internally, while the thermal pad between the motor and frame rid the system of excess heat.
Power and big batteries are great and all, but you can still be caught out on the trail with a dead battery, right? Wrong. Our exclusive Mission Control App with its new Infinite Tune feature makes for a completely customizable tuning process. Downloadable from any app store (iOS and Android), the app gives you full control of your Turbo Kenevo. Each mode can be endlessly tuned in its assistance level and max motor current output, completely independent of one another. This capability is unrivaled in the e-MTB space. But that's not all it does. Inside the Mission Control app is the Smart Control feature that monitors and adjusts battery and motor output based on rider and ride input parameters. Every 10 seconds it will adjust accordingly to make sure dead batteries only happen in your Walkman®. Now, more than ever, you can control every aspect of your e-MTB experience. How about the battery? The integrated and easily removable battery is more than just a power source, it’s also the brains of the bike. It’s ANT+ and Bluetooth® compatible, and this means that the Trail Display on the battery isn't the only place to get your information. We call this a modular handlebar concept, and it makes for a system that's compatible with any ANT+ device on the market. So, whether your CPU is on your body or on your bike, it's ready to display the level of information you're looking for. Now, riders can choose what type of display they want, or if they even want one at all.
As we mentioned, the Kenevo was designed around 27.5 x 2.8" Specialized tires. You can run smaller, of course, but you’ll have to be really aware of the ultra-low BB.
More on the New Motor
More Power? You bet. The 15% increase in power comes from new neodymium magnets, new electronics, and a new dynamic river control unit. All of this increases current, which increases power. But what about thermal balance & heat management? Aside from the entire system producing less overall heat, the new thermal pads are paired with the new motor software to ensure there's improved thermal balance within the motor. The pads inside the motor evenly distribute heat throughout the system, while the external pad simultaneously removes additional heat from the system.
The hardware updates on the motor go along with an improved motor efficiency. The second, less obvious part of the efficiency equation is the software. The software update marries the hardware updates and optimizes the battery energy into motor power instead of heat production. Another key to the success of the motor is a belt-drive system that damps vibration and noise while transferring maximum power. No rattling or clacking here. The new software also played a huge part in power delivery, taking out the inefficiencies of riders (unequal power distribution through choppy pedal strokes) to deliver smooth, seamless power.
You can now track your rides and upload immediately to 3rd party app suppliers. Riders have tracked nearly 3 million kilometers through the app so far, with 133,000 rides and counting. Mission Control can also help you to diagnose issues within the system. Turn the app and the bike on and get full visibility of system health. You can also download a system report and send it to your retailer to streamline the service process. Mission Control, with its new Infinite Tune feature, also makes for a completely customizable tuning process. Each mode can be endlessly tuned for every assistance level and max motor output, completely independent of one another—making it the first e-bike to ever accomplish this.
If you’re riding for 3 hours, 30 miles, or maybe both, the system will monitor and control the motor and battery based on your progress. It does this by adjusting outputs based on percentage of ride completed and rider inputs (power). It also works from a smart algorithm that came from thousands of testing hours and a consultation with two Swiss universities (so you know it’s good) that determined when and how to manage power.
The Kenevo also includes a built-in power meter—how cool is that? You can either check your rider input live on your app, or on any paired ANT+ device, or you can geek out on all the stats after your ride on your 3rd party software.