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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
17 reasons to buy
- Testers are blown away by the Kenevo SL’s agility on descents.
- Reviewers compliment the bike’s “exceptionally balanced, descent-orientated” geometry and “low and centered” weight.
- Reviewers say they can maintain speed through rough descents, thanks to the performance and adjustability of the Kenevo SL’s ‘6-bar’ suspension system.
- Owners can alter their Kenevo’s geometry, via the SL’s headset cup and flip-chip.
One tester says power transfer is efficient and climbs on the Kenevo require
“close to no effort”.
- At 42 lb for the Expert, the Kenevo SL is lightweight for an e-MTB.
- All Kenevo SL frames are crafted from high-end FACT 11m carbon fiber.
- An expert describes the damping properties of Fox’s Float 38 suspension fork as “supple”, yet supportive.
- After extended use of the Kenevo SL, testers report impressive durability.
- Specialized say riders can attain 4.5 hours of ride time from a full battery charge.
- It takes only 2.5 h to fully charge the Kenevo SL.
- Specialized's Mastermind TCU offers expansive customization options. The Mission Control app gives owners access to detailed information and power settings.
- Updated firmware smoothes out pedal-assist activation and tapering off.
- Each model is available in four sizes.
- A removable rear fender is included (or 2, on the S-Works), as well as a robust chain protector.
Reviewers admire the bike’s “sleek lines”. Each SL is available in 1x color and
1x monochrome option.
- Butcher Grid Trail tires received praise from testers, in both dry and wet conditions.
5 reasons not to buy
- A tester reported frequent pedal strikes while climbing.
- An Expert tester says Roval Traverse wheels literally bend under heavy use.
- Even at the Comp level, the Kenevo is pricey.
- Testers complained of seatpost insertion limitations, on all Kenevo SL models.
- Reviewers are sometimes unimpressed by SRAM Code RS brakes. One reported rear brake fade on long descents.
Bottom lineThe Kenevo SL range offers lightweight, lower-powered alternatives to Specialized’s heavyweight Kenevo models. At 10 lb lighter, the SL is more agile, maneuverable and huckworthy. Reviewers describe it as an evolution of Specialized’s unpowered ‘Enduro’ range. 35 Nm of torque ‘boosts’ riders uphill. Testers say its handling is closer to that of a regular bike. Since the previous model, software upgrades result in smoother motor assistance. Adjustments can be made to alter bottom bracket height by +/- 10 mm, head angle from 62.5° to 64.7° and chainstay length by 5 mm. The Kenevo SL’s ‘6-bar’ suspension system is praised by testers, for its anti-squat feedback, big-hit management & bottom-out bumper, allowing riders to maintain speed.
Expert Reviews82/100 based on 10 rated expert reviews
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert Enduro E-MTB Review:
A Wild Beast With the Heart of a Road Bike
Specialized’s Kenevo SL is a great balance of outstandingly controlled, succulently smooth downhill domination with enough pop and agility to stop it from feeling like a dumb plow… an extremely well-polished complete package.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Tested
Specialized’s Kenevo SL e-bike is appropriate for all-around trail riding with the added benefit of less weight… and the nimble, direction-changing demeanor of an enduro bike. Pedal strikes while climbing are common. We rode a mix of trails that left us with a serious #@%$-eating grin… It can handle a freaking beating.
Specialized S-Works Turbo Kenevo SL Review
The S-Works Kenevo SL is a thing of beauty. Specialized’s detail-oriented approach to design is evident in the seamless integration of the latest e-bike tech. It’s not picture-perfect, though. The suspension isn’t super plush and the layout limits seat post insertion.
Tested : Pete’s Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert Review
If you have the talent, it will take you off-road faster than you have ever been before… I’d liken it to driving a fairly low-powered car… You certainly need to pick your gears more carefully on the Kenevo SL, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded…
Long Term Review : Pete’s Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert
After spending a solid six months with the Specialized Kenevo SL Expert… It simply hasn’t put a foot wrong… suspension remains the best… SRAM GX Eagle drive train has remained crisp… a cracking bike, of that there is no doubt, it might just not be the one for me.
Specialized S-Works Turbo Kenevo SL
– In Our Big 2022 E-MTB Group Test
The weakest climbing performance and the least long-distance comfort in the entire test field… it feels like an analogue MTB with a generous tailwind. On the other hand, Specialized’s e-bruiser delivers an impressive performance on rough and fast trails and jump lines, where it shreds past most of its competitors with its lively handling and composed character.
Specialized S-Works Turbo Kenevo SL Review
The Kenevo SL might be very, very expensive, but it manages to bridge the gap between regular and full-blown e-MTB brilliantly. We were instantly impressed by just how agile and easy to manipulate the SL felt. At the end of my test ride… I felt fresher and eager for more. If you were ever on the fence about e-bikes, this could easily be the one to win you over.
Specialized S-Work Turbo Kenevo SL
– In Our Big Enduro Bike Comparison Test 2022
Specialized’s Light e-MTB steams past the competition on the climbs and shines with its smooth, intuitive handling and excellent traction. Unfortunately, on the descents it lacks agility and the suspension doesn’t offer sufficient reserves.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert
– Test of the Lightweight Enduro High-Flyer [German]
Ballermaschine. Anyone who likes to have 100% fun going downhill will be absolutely satisfied with the Kenevo SL.
Test: Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert [Polish]
The Turbo Kenevo is a motorized armored fist. Calmness and steadfastness radiate from it, even when bombing straight down the most broken passages. On most common trails, however, it is also accompanied by a feeling of a kind of futility.
Specialized Kenevo SL Review |
A Stunning, Lightweight, Long-Travel E-MTB
Striking a balance between a traditional enduro bike and a full-power e-MTB, the Kenevo SL hits a smaller niche, but hot damn does it hit it well! If you still don’t see the point of having less power and a smaller battery, then this bike isn’t for you.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert Bike Review
It rides like a modern enduro bike… riding this E-bike Light was a real treat and offered nearly downhill bike performance mixed with e-MTB stability. In terms of pedal-assistance, the Kenevo isn’t a powerhouse by any means.
Specialized Kenevo SL 2022 – Long Term Review
It’s a great enduro bike if you’re going to be riding really tight switchbacks or really tight trails.
[R]eviewed // Specialized Kenevo SL ‘Expert’
That’s a whole lot of money, but I have convinced myself that it is in fact good value… You are literally getting two bikes in one here. The performance, when the bike is powered up and helping you boost around, is jaw-dropping, and a pure laugh the whole time.
Field Test: Specialized S-Works Kenevo SL – An E-MTB in Disguise
It’s the production hyper-car of the mountain bike world…pushing the industry boundaries… you’ll be able to tackle those devastating climbs, and more, just faster… huge advantages of low weight and descending capabilities… for those that have the cash and particular needs, the Kenevo SL ticks all the right boxes.
Specialized Kenevo SL Expert Review [French]
The ideal machine to make a smooth transition between downhill or muscle park mountain biking and an electric-assist model. It is impossible to recommend this bike to competitors who would like to embark on the Enduro Series in the VTTAE category. It is not designed for that.
Less Weight = More Riding Fun: Specialized Kenevo SL 2022 [German]
The faster the speed gets, the more comfortable the Kenevo SL feels. The weight distribution and balance are excellent and make the Kenevo SL an absolute fun bike with almost a downhiller attitude!
TEST – Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert 2022 [Italian]
Light and very fast, it will be the joy of riders who will have the skills to exploit it.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL: New Definition of “Electric” Enduro [Italian]
If you are looking for an e-MTB that gives you a feeling of omnipotence and control of the trail, with the Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL you hit the mark.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL: The Stress Test [Italian]
A superenduro with the innovative and high-performance Turbo Super Light power unit and an incredible weight: no less than 5 kilograms less than the Kenevo.
I Tried Riding Specialized’s New E-MTB Turbo Kenevo SL [Japanese]
It can be said that this is a bike for experienced riders who originally rode MTBs, and who want to easily climb uphills and push downhills aggressively.
Test: 2022 Specialized Kenevo SL Expert [Norwegian]
The bike takes playfulness combined with safety on the descents to a new level. We both hope and believe that electric mountain bikes will develop in this direction.
Launch :: Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL 2021 [Spanish]
I love the SL concept! The level of assistance is 2x, which gives you that feeling in your legs that an analog bike gives and that in a 4X you tend to lose… Another very important factor is the weight, 18 kilos! and you have to be honest that it comes ready for the spanking!
TEST: Specialized S-Works Kenevo SL [Spanish]
The Kenevo SL is the ‘fitness’ sister to the Kenevo, a downhill borderline enduro e-bike that has received a massive drop in weight to make it one of the lightest and most capable e-enduros on the market.
Finnish Design: The New Specialized Kenevo SL! [Finnish]
This time, Salla, Mika and Bob check out the freshly baked Specialized Kenevo SL, which they have been able to ride even before the release. The special thing is that Finn Tero Jakku has been involved in designing the Kenevo SL.
New 2021 | Specialized Kenevo SL: Stunningly Good [Dutch]
If we do not look at the price tag and we only take the handling into account, then this is a bike for everyone who has no objection to electric support but does not want to give up the natural handling of a classic mountain bike.
Test E-Enduros 2022
Specialized Kenevo SL Comp [German]
The handling of the light Specialized Kenevo SL is more natural and light-footed than the Power-E-Enduros. The chassis and geometry are uncompromisingly tuned for smooth running. Mini downhiller!
Specialized Kenevo SL – Premiere and Test [German]
A powerful e-enduro… If a large battery capacity is less important than pure performance and the joy of riding, you will find a worthy e-mountain bike in the Specialized Kenevo SL!
Specialized Enduro S-Works & Kenevo SL S-Works on Test [German]
As soon as a tour with a lot more pedaling is announced and I only had the choice between the Enduro S-Works and the Kenevo SL S-Works, I would of course go for the Kenevo SL.
Light E-MTB in 3000 km Test! [German]
The dust could work its way into every crack in the SL-1.1 engine. The motor housing is perfectly sealed. The SRAM GX Eagle chain is “at its end”. On the other hand, the SRAM X01 Eagle cassette and chainring are good for a few more thousand kilometers.
Special Bike Test: Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert [Italian]
It’s not the kind of e-bike that does everything for you… for the pleasure of riding and opening the throttle downhill, making the most of the physical and mental energies saved on uphill transfers, there’s Kenevo SL.
Try Specialized Turbo Levo SL [Italian]
The idea of downsizing and the consequent “muscularisation” of the riding style of a certain type of pedal-assisted mountain bike is a winning one.
How Was the Specialized Kenevo SL? Editorial Staff Impression [Japanese]
There is no doubt that it is the most evolved bike among the current Specialized e-bikes.
Test Ride of Specialized’s Latest E-MTB
Can the Turbo Kenevo SL Be the Best Buy? [Japanese]
The Turbo Kenevo SL can be said to be an e-MTB for expert riders that tests the rider’s ideas and common sense.
Test of the Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert 2021 E-Bike [Norwegian]
The Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL is a bike for those who are always chasing the steepest descents.
Test: Specialized Kenevo SL Slimmed Down! [Polish]
One thing is for sure, the lower weight is felt, definitely. If you’re looking for a bike that’s drastically different from a classic e-MTB and feels as natural as possible on a non-powered trail bike, you’ll be happier with the Levo SL than the Kenevo SL.
Test: Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp 2022 [Polish]
The Kenevo SL bridges the gap between heavy electrics and analogs in a beautiful way. In a group of normal e-bikes, the Kenevo SL is always the last to reach the top and runs out of battery the fastest. However, it is hard to find a better bike for torturing enduro routes.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Expert – Lightweight E-Enduro [Polish]
Of most importance are the new possibilities and kilometers of trails, paths and routes, which will be much easier to reach than on a regular enduro.
Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL [Spanish]
If you’ve come this far, you empathize with my viewpoint, you’re a hardcore enduro rider, most e-bikes don’t convince you, and you want to ride longer but without losing the essence and “heroin” that only a light bike can give you, then your bike is the Turbo Kenevo SL.