After doing a little running around and trying to secure the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert 6Fattie 2018 from Head Office, (Seems everyone is wanting to test this bike) it finally arrived in a well packaged, HUGE bike box. Needless to say, I was psyched to get out on it.
After much deliberation, I decided Beamish Woods would be the venue of choice. Anyone who knows Beamish, would know it would be a proving ground for an eMTB. Short sharp runs, turn tail and head back up to the top track. The morning couldn’t have started better. I parked up in the little lay by up from the gate, stepped out of the van and slipped on sheet ice. This is going to be entertaining.
Out comes the Specialized Kenevo Expert 6Fattie 2018, and down the hill a roll to the gates. The track leading into the forest was a complete wash out. Straight away the Kenevo came into its own. Being a Plus Bike, it was digging in hard and making mince meat of the soaked track, not a bother. With assistance helping me plough into the wood, I was instantly grinning.
After a little reccy along the bottom track to the far end of the woods, I put the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert through its paces. A short steep climb turned into nothing but a mole hill. With the motor in the highest setting, the Kenevo just climbed and climbed. Popping out onto the top track I was amazed, it was a breeze.
27.5 Plus tyres, Specialized’s new 1.3 motor, I could tell I was going to enjoy this ride.
For all the eBike fans, lets have a little geek out. It may come as a surprise to some to find out that Specialized Turbo’s are powered by Brose. And to further that, the new Specialized Turbo 1.3 motor is simply the new Brose S motor. Specialized say they have tuned and optimized the BROSE motor to specifically suit their bikes, and what they expect from an eBike, calling it Rx Trail Tune.
Though it’s hard to find official figures, the previous Brose model T, is said to put out upto 90Nm of torque, putting it in the number one spot of the top three motor manufacturers. Again the official figure hasn’t been released on torque output for the Brose S, but they have kindly told us that it is 15% more powerful.
For those who havn’t used the Specialized Turbo System, their MTB range doesn’t use a display unit. Everything can be controlled from your smart phone via bluetooth using their own app called Mission Control. Meaning the cockpit of the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert 6Fattie is ultra neat. If your not a fan of carrying your smart phone around while out on the trail, not to worry, Specialized have fitted their in-tube battery with a LED display to tell you remaining battery life and what mode your riding in. A big part of the eBike revolution is making the bike as traditional looking and feeling as possible. The Kenevo Expert is definitely a front runner in this way.
So back to the riding. Once on the top path of Beamish Woods I started picking my way down some of the easier sections. One thing to get used to when riding any eMTB, not just the Kenevo is the weight of the bike. As you can imagine its a change from market leading carbon weapons. Gravity grabs you and you start rolling quick, fast. I took a couple runs to get used to throwing the Specialized Kenevo Expert 6Fattie around in berms and quick changes of direction, but soon it felt natural and super comfortable.
As soon as I was confident with the bike, it was time to really start pushing the boundaries. And in complete honesty, it wasn’t the bikes limits I was pushing, but my own. The Kenevo Expert took everything in it’s stride, with total ease. with the RockShox Lyric 180mm forks and the Ohlins TTX22M coil shock at the rear. Nothing at Beamish could truly test them. The Ohlins TTX22M coil shock was remarkable, 180mm travel was more than enough for the venue, but proved excellent. Absorbing every big hit I could give it. I will honestly say that faster, even more confident riders could really test this beast at Beamish with the HUGE road gap.
The RockShox Lyrik RCT3 180mm travel forks, as you can imagine handles brilliantly in the woods. Again more then enough travel for Beamish unless your hitting the BIG gaps at break neck speeds. Not necessarily the Lyrik’s issue, but I did notice a significant different in weight from front to rear on the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert 6Fattie. Though the BB is low, the Kenevo felt a little short in the reach, possibly just down to my ape arms, but thus forced me to sit back often and effected the centre of balance of the bike, causing the front end to lift slightly.
After a two hour ride in the woods, I had used minimal battery life. I lost only 1 single block of charge on the display. Rather impressive for the amount of climbing, given the challenging wet conditions, the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert 6Fattie worked hard and lost very little charge.
Overall i was extremely pleased with the bike. Its was a superb long travel eMTB, probably way more travel then required for most trail centres in the UK, but if its available, why wouldn’t you want more. The only down side of the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert 6Fattie was the reach. It felt short, sometimes causing the sensation of being a little twitchy, and like previously mentioned, front end lift caused by shifting my weight too far back. I suppose I could have done a little more research prior and opted for the XL over the Large.
I can 100% say that testing this eMTB has really opened up the possibilities of what long travel eMTB’s have to offer. The Kenevo Expert is brilliantly designed and engineered. Every material was of excellent quality. Two hours proved plenty of time to have a boat full of fun, and plenty of runs. For me the eMTB could prove to be the way to go when you have limited time.
These guys are hard to come by and Specialized don’t expect to see availability until February 2018. I can 100% see why the first drop of the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert 6Fattie’s sold out QUICK!
As you are no doubt aware, we have become the Specialized Independent Dealer in the region. From Darlington all the way up to Edinburgh.
There has been a lot of buzz around the Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie 2018, not just in the shop but online and in magazines. When Specialized offered the bike to us for a few days, we jumped at the chance.
So lets get to it.
Chopwell Woods was the venue, Icy were the conditions. After a quick pedal out of the car park and up into the forest to get the legs spinning. As locals will know the fire roads and paths of Chopwell can become like sheet ice, so off-piste was the way to go.
To get acquainted with the Specialized Enduro 29/6Fattie 2018, I thought it best to take the first section easy. So down goes the Command Post and I stamp on the pedals as hard as possible, leaving my buddy behind! Thanks to the FACT 9M Carbon front end, acceleration was awesome. Given how stiff the bike feels, not an ounce of power was lost, efficiency was unbelievable.
Every 29er fan will know, when the going gets rough, you hardly notice. The Roval/DT Swiss wheel set took every bump in their stride. As you may well know, when your local trails have been icy for weeks, the earth doesn’t give up much. Every rut was solid and the Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie 2018 picked its way over everything I could throw at it. Roll rate was tremendous from the DT Swiss hubs, zero resistance, again ment efficiency was unrivaled.
Now for the Ohlins RXF 36 Forks. Ohlins, perhaps better know for making advanced suspension technology within the Motor Sport world, have produced a variety of suspension for MTB. The RXF 36 is the ‘BIG BROTHER’ to the the successful RXF34. Specifically designed with all-mountain, enduro riding in mind.
With 160mm travel, The Ohlins RXF 36’s really pushes the boundaries of whats possible on the Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie 2018.
When powering through the woods, I didn’t even have to think about what the front end was doing. At no point did I have to push the front end in to find more traction, gain more grip through this corner, or worry about losing contact when pushing hard over this section. It was 100% a game of point and shoot, and the Enduro Elite always saw me through it. It wasn’t until I popped back out onto the fire road, that I realised how much I didn’t have to think about front end grip. Some may think that it is a bad thing, that I wasn’t immediately blown away by how well the Ohlins RXF36’s were working. I say that is the sign of an immense piece of engineering work. They completed their job perfectly and gave me all the confidence in the world that I was sticking every corner, always supplying grip and absorbing every bump, while always keeping contact.
At the rear, Specialized have fitted the Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie with the awesome RockShox Monarch Plus, with Specialized Auto-Sag Technology. For those who havn’t used Auto-Sag, its an awesome quick way of setting the correct sag rate for every rider. With 160mm travel, the RockShox Monarch was at home on the Enduro Elite, absorbing every hit.
As with all trails and trail centres, what goes down, you always have to climb back up. The Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie climbs well. Some folk will say 29er’s struggle, even more so when they have such a slack head angle. Not this bike. Specialized seem to have hit the nail on the head with the geometry and she can climb! Helped along by the SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain, supplying you with what feels like a ratio that could climb a wall.
With SRAM GX giving you the go, SRAM have kindly supplied the stopping power. The Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie 2018 comes with Code R 4-piston calipers, 200mm to the front and 180mm rotor at the rear. Braking was never an issue on the Enduro Elite. Even when under heavy braking the rear end never once decided to stiffen up and cause a problem.
It comes as no shock to Specialized fans that the Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie comes with plenty of SWAT Technology. With a handy little integrated storage system, that allows you to storage spare tubes, tool wrap and even your jacket. Neatly accessed under the bottle cage. Not only that but the bottle cage also holds your very own SWAT multi tool. Making sure you don’t get stranded trail side.
I can honestly say, I loved it. It performed excellently. It may seem like an understated review. But when a bike lets you jump on and go have fun in the wood, its doing an excellent job. I couldn’t find a fault with the Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie. Every ounce of technology that has been thrown at the bike, has done it’s job. Dialed doesn’t cut it. This was an awesome machine.
The Specialized Enduro Elite 29/6Fattie is now available in store!
We’ve had a number of bikes come through our workshop that have required more work than the owner initially thought. So we thought we would help you out so you know exactly whats up with your bike.
We are offering FREE HEALTH CHECKS on your bikes.
Whether you are putting it away for winter, pulling the winter bike out of the shed or your trusted commuter has had a tough few months. We’ll let you know whats up and you can decide what you want to do.
Get in touch on 0191 2645215 or just drop by and we’ll slot you in.
On or off the road, Dual Sport+ can conquer it all with confidence. Dual Sport+ is the ultimate electric hybrid, part city bike, part adventure trail ride. Fast 700c wheels, suspension and a light, strong frame make it the go-anywhere choice.
Modern refinements like disc brakes for all-weather confidence and puncture resistant-tyres keep you riding in any conditions. Dual Sport bikes handle city streets and off-road riding with equal ease.
Neko+ is the perfect combination of refined women’s city bike and trail ride. Neko+ handles city streets and trail excursions with equal ease and confidence, with fast 700c wheels, suspension and a smart frame that’s DuoTrap S compatible for fitness tracking. Add racks and mudguards for extra utility and all-weather rideability.
Neko is ready to take you from week to weekend and back in comfortably in style.
Super Commuter+ combines the refined aesthetics of a stylish city bike with the integrated power of a frame-mounted electric motor for a fast, futuristic, dependable daily ride. The base of any spectacular bike is a spectacular frame; the integrated frame-mounted battery optimises handling precision and balance for greater control and confidence.
Conduit+ is a hard-working, lightweight, electric-assist commuter bike. Smart features like a smooth mid-drive motor and onboard lighting make quick, fun work of your commute. Equipped with Disc brakes for reliable all-weather stopping power, integrated lights and rack for night-time safety and hauling gear.
We don’t just sell electric bikes, we fully believe in them. The eBike revolution is here, and we’re behind it. We have carefully selected our electric bike range to be able to offer you the perfect eBike.
Whether your new to the electric bike scene, or a season veteran, we’ve something to offer. Some folk are still skeptical about the eBike, those are the cyclist who haven’t tried one yet. Electric bikes are for everyone.
Not sure what style of electric bike to go for? Here’s a handy list of what might just work for you.
Hybrid is an excellent place to start your own eBike revolution. Arguably the style of bike 80% of cyclists should be riding. If your looking for a bike to get you from A to B in comfort and relative ease, Hybrid is your category. Generally fitted with a mid range motor from all manufacturers, hybrid generally covers most peoples budget in the electric bike market.
Mostly 700c wheels, a variety of tyre tread pattern depending on your model and split through the range whether you have a short travel suspension fork for comfort or a full rigid for city slickers.
Hardtail electric bikes, or eMTB is our next step from hybrid. Designed for the eBike enthusiast who want to do that little bit more adventure and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
To the lower end of the eBike range of eMTB, bikes come with similar motors as the higher end hybrids. The idea is to give you enough assistance to climb those muddy tracks and weathered trails. Generally speaking, eMTB, comes with a sturdy amount of travel in the front fork to be able to take some hits and provide comfort for every rider. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that they are a bit tame for the seasoned mountain biker. This range will take you up to some big hitting rides with enough power output for any weekend warrior.
Now your really starting to get into it. The getting to the thick end of electric bike wizardry. Starting from rider friendly, confidence boosting geometry to some super slack, long travel rigs. The full suspension electric bike range here and KB Cycles Newcastle, is something we have pour over for months. Carefully picking from each manufacturers offerings, we believe, we’ve got your next eBike.
Fitted with some of the most powerfully and reliable motors from the leading manufacturers, these guys are designed for one thing, and one thing only. To keep you smiling no matter what the terrain. Whether your powering up steep tracks or giving it your all in and out of every corner and berm. The full suspension electric bikes at KB Cycles will give 100% fun and confidence.
Luckily for you there is cross overs between all these categories and even some very niche categories of their own, like the electric Fat Bike, the eGravel bike or even a folding electric bike from raleigh.
We honestly believe we have the biggest and best range of electric bikes in Newcastle. We pride ourselves on being the leaders of the eBike revolution in Newcastle.
Don’t believe us, just pop your head in store and see for yourself. We live, breathe and sleep electric bikes.
It will come as no surprise to Transition fans that the brand new 2018 line up has finally started arriving, and people are going wild.
With a full new design across the entire range, comes new technology. The questions of availability have be thrown at us for months now. And we can finally say, “YES, we have them in stock.”
So we wont keep you waiting any longer, Here’s what Transition Bikes have to offer you…
The Transition Sentinel 2018, is the new boy to the Transition Bikes family. Transition themselves say, the Sentinel 2018 has been designed with ’29er haters’ in mind. The Transition Sentinel 2018 is a capable and playful 29er while staying responsive when throwing it downhill.
Featuring Transition Bikes SBG (Speed Balance Geometry), the Transition Sentinel 2018 is a LONG & SLACK 29er.
Along with SBG, Transition Bikes have redefined their suspension to now feature GiddyUp 2.0hh.
With 140mm on the rear and 160mm up front. The Transition Sentinel has plenty of travel for you push the limits.
The Transition Patrol 2018 has a full revamp. Every Transition fan found out that these guys were coming during the summer of 2017. It was definitely worth the wait. Not a very technically comment, but have you seen the colours? Here in the Storm Grey and the BEAUTIFUL Ponderosa Green.
The Transition Patrol 2018 comes LONGER, SLACKER and LOWER than previous models, all thanks again to Transition Bikes SBG. With 160mm on the rear and 170mm at the front end, the Transition Patrol is designed to take some BIG hits.
You keep hearing SBG, what the hell is it? Grab your brew, sit back and we’ll explain.
Speed Balance Geometry is the creation of Transition Bikes. As our beloved sport has evolved, so has the trails we’re riding, therefore its time for the MTB to evolve. Transition had a dream to create a bike that corners like its on rails, fills every rider with confidence in every corner and climbs like stink.
The answer to better bike handling is simple, LONGER & SLACKER. However, push the boundaries too far an your going to notice it. At slower speeds and flat terrain, your slack steeds front wheel is going to feel miles away & your going to struggle to weight that front end correctly.
Transition Bike’s SBG utilizes frame size to create a longer bike and place the rider directly in the centre. Transition managed to do this by lengthening the top tube, along with a slacker head angle and a steeper seat tube, placing you directly over the bottom bracket. This all gives you more traction climbing, less sag and way more confidence in descending and cornering.
For SBG, Transition say you have to use a specific fork with with a much shorter offset than a traditional fork. This allows you to gain full potential of SBG.
Transition Bikes have also fully redesigned the Transition Scout and its bigger wheeled brother the Transition Smuggler, both featuring SBG and the updated Giddy Up 2.0hh suspension technology.
As usual, Transition Bikes offer you Frame Only options or with a variety of build kits to make a bike to match your needs a budget. All bikes come available at either SRAM x01, GX or NX.
With all the hype for the past number of months, you can imagine how quick they are moving. Our insiders tell us that if your not quick, you want be able to get your hands on one of these rides until into the new year.
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Well in case you haven’t guessed we here at KB Cycles Newcastle, The North East Leading Cycle Shop and the premier Trek, Scott, Haibike and Transition bikes dealer are proud to introduce Specialized Bikes into the fold.
Specialized is a brand that we have wanted to be part of what we do here at the shop for a very long time and we are all buzzing at the prospect of the bikes arriving next week.
We will be Specialized bikes only independent bike shop in Newcastle upon Tyne and we have got big plans for the brand. But, lets be clear even though we have big plans for Specialized bikes they will not be taking the place of Trek, Scott, Haibike or Transition Bikes. They will be running along side our already awesome brands to give you, our customers, the choice and range we pride ourselves on.
Specialized have such an extensive range of bikes and products it is going to very hard what we are going to have in stock and as much as we would love to have them all, we just don’t have the space. But we will be featuring some of there most well know bikes including…
The Roubaix take its name from the infamous Classic Paris-Roubaix race. Famously a race that is brutal on both the rider and the bike. Reducing fatigue is a pretty obvious factor in speeds, the more comfortable you are the less tired you’re bound to get. Put simply, Smoother is Faster and that is just what the Specialized Roubaix does, it creates a smooth ride with the innovative and unique Future Shock.
The Future Shock features up to 20mm of travel, and it’s positioned above the head tube in order to move in a vertical path. So when the front wheel encounters rough terrain, the bike moves up towards your hands and preserves your forward momentum without slowing you down. Since the Future Shock is positioned above the head tube, the wheelbase isn’t changing throughout the suspension’s travel, so you get the added benefit of extremely predictable handling. The Roubaix is perhaps the most relevant road bike Specialized make with the condition of the North Eastern roads and it will make a great edition along side the awesome Trek Domane!
The original Specialized Enduro broke the mold when it came to long travel trail mountain bikes. Specialized saw something in making trail mountain bike with longer travel and more down hill capability but you could pedal back to the top.
The new Specialized Enduro is no different, it is a bike that is equally as good going up as it is down. Lightening quick on the ascents and tear the tyres off fast on the downs.
Specialized bikes blazed the trail with their FSR Suspension platform that effectively isolates the chain a braking forces from interfering with the suspension. In turn FSR Technology delivers more comfort and efficiency. The Specialized Enduro will be a welcome edition to stand along side the Trek Remedy and Slash, and the Transition Sentinel and Patrol.
Specialized’s Tarmac is infamous, Peter Sagan’s bike of choice and the all new Tarmac is no different. Specialized have made the bike lighter, stiffer, and more responsive. It is their most complete race bike Specialized have ever made. More aero that the original Venge, which was designed for Mark Cavandish.
Specialized have achieved this by developing a new fork, dropping the rear seatstay and the d-shaped seatube and post. None have which have added any extra weight to the bike. The Specialized Tarmac’s race winning pedigree will if nicely along side the shop favorite in the Trek Emonda.
As Newcastle and the North East’s Number one Electric bike dealer this is the bike that we are most excited about, and it is going to fit right in along side our already industry ebike brands in Haibike and Trek.
The Specialized Turbo Levo is a bike that we get asked about all the time and now its available in carbon. The updated motor now produces 90Nm of torque making it the highest output on the market and its integration makes you take a closer look to see if it really is an electric bike.
We have the world’s number one for electric bikes, Haibike, and two of the biggest bike brands of the market all under one roof why go anywhere else for your electric bike.
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Its fair to say we are buzzing to be Newcastle’s only independent Specialized bike dealer. online now and in store later this week!