Specialized adds cheaper Turbo Kenevo SL Comp to range

It'll still cost £7,000, though

The Turbo Kenevo SL was launched earlier this year to much fanfare, partly because it was one of the most anticipated bikes of 2021, but partly because of its (shall we say) premium price tag – £12,500 for the S-Works version and £8,750 for the Expert model.

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Today, though, Specialized has added a cheaper priced Turbo Kenevo SL Comp to the range, at £7,000.

Now, we know this is a lot of money, but the Turbo Kenevo SL is one of the most advanced electric mountain bikes on the market.

Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp
One of two colours, the Turbo Kenevo SL is available in stealthy black or a brighter orange.
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Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp frame details

This latest model gets the same 170mm travel, 29in-wheel carbon frame as the pricier models.

The six-bar suspension layout is borrowed from its race-winning Demo DH bike, with a focus not just on small bump sensitivity but, with its initially rearward axle path, plenty of composure over harsh square-edged hits.

The frame holds an SL 1.1 motor, with 250W of power, and a 320Wh battery, as found on the Turbo Levo SL. This is controlled by Specialized’s latest TCU2 information hub that sits on the top tube and displays exact percentages of battery life and the option to make 10 per cent incremental adjustments to the bike’s power delivery.

Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp
The new display has more information on offer
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Though Specialized’s press material mentions a 20mph top speed, we assume it will still be capped to 15.5mph here in the UK – for more details on the specifics of ebikes, check out our electric bike FAQs.

For full details on the design of the frame, including more information on the unique suspension layout, read our launch piece on the 2022 Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL.

Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp geometry

The Kenevo SL uses Specialized’s ‘S’ sizing system. While this largely follows Small to XL sizing, shorter seat tubes mean more riders can fit on a given size, so you have more flexibility over how long a bike you might fit will be.

The Kenevo has plenty of geometry adjustment features, too, with adjustments possible to the head angle, bottom bracket height and chainstay length.

There’s an online geometry calculator to help you work out what shape might work best for you.

Specialized Kenevo SL motor
Specialized’s battery and motor system is packaged incredibly well into the bike and allows for geometry that follows that of the non-powered Enduro.
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Below are the key figures for the Kenevo in its lowest, longest and slackest setting.

  • Reach S2/S3/S4/S5: 435mm/460mm/485mm/510mm
  • Stack S2/S3/S4/S5: 614mm/622mm/631mm/640mm
  • Seat tube length S2/S3/S4/S5: 400mm/420mm/440mm/465mm
  • Wheelbase S2/S3/S4/S5: 1,238mm/1,269mm/1,298mm/1,327mm
  • Head angle: 62.5 degrees
  • Bottom bracket height: 348mm
  • Chainstay length: 447mm
  • Seat angle: 76.2 degrees

Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp specification

Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp
The Comp version of the Turbo Kenevo SL comes with cheaper parts for a more value proposition from Specialized.
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We are currently waiting for Specialized to confirm specifications for the bike, along with international pricing, but from the images we have, here are some of the spec highlights:

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  • Fork: Fox Rhythm 36, 170mm
  • Shock: Fox Float X with lockout
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Cranks: Praxis
  • Wheels: Roval aluminium
  • Tyres: Specialized Butcher Grid Trail T9 (front) / Specialized Butcher Grid Trail T7 (rear)
  • Brakes: SRAM Code, 220mm front rotor
  • Dropper: X-Fusion Manic
  • Saddle: Specialized Bridge