With 170mm of plush, responsive, super-capable travel, the Kenevo Super Light eats up whatever you throw in front of it, from tree roots and trail chunder to massive G-outs and relentless hucks to flat.
Suspension that works this flawlessly is realized when every component of the whole is developed together in an integrated approach. Total suspension performance involves chassis stiffness, kinematics, leverage rates, spring curves, damping performance, and tunability, all designed and working together to achieve a singular, elevated ride quality on the trail. We refer to this integrated approach to suspension development as Ride Dynamics, and we have a one-of-a-kind team of trail-riding engineers, technicians, and fabricators working together out in the dirt and in our state-of-the-art innovation center to ensure that every component is optimized and functioning in harmony with every other.
SIX BARS, SIX PIVOTS, ONE GOAL
The Six Bar linkage of the Kenevo SL was pioneered on our DH World Championship-winning Demo and later adapted to the Enduro. It represents the ultimate big-trail suspension linkage, delivering an unmatched combination of control, big-hit bump force management, pedaling performance, and durability.
At its heart, the Six Bar is an FSR design, primarily using a fourbar linkage with a “Horst Link” forward of the dropouts. These four bars with the Horst Link enable our engineers to optimize the axle path for bump force management and to tune anti-rise and antisquat for pedaling performance. It also decouples braking forces, so the control delivered by active suspension is there for you even when you’re grabbing a handful.
The additional “tension links” that drive shock compression give us the engineering freedom to separately and independently control leverage rate and axle path, broadly enhancing suspension capability. Compressing the shock from these tension links also eliminates side-loading of the shock. Side-loading can cause binding and shock failure, and removing that from a suspension improves performance (reduced stiction means smoother and more responsive suspension) and durability.
Finally, the Six Bar design improves handling by lowering and centralizing mass (linkage and shock), reducing the center of gravity and moment of inertia. This, in turn, translates to more stable yet responsive handling and a livelier feel on the trail.
The Kenevo SL’s axle path is tailored for getting after it. The axle moves rearward in the first third of travel, and then vertically in the mid-travel before arcing to a forward trajectory toward bottom out. To break this down, the rearward path in the first portion of travel allows the wheel to “swing” back with the bump force, decreasing hangup and thereby helping to carry speed. As the bike moves deeper into its travel, where pedaling isn’t typical, the forward axle path disconnects chain forces from pedaling forces, allowing the suspension to independently compress in response to input from the trail.
Tearing a page from our Enduro’s acclaimed suspension performance handbook, the new Kenevo SL’s leverage rate delivers small bump sensitivity, mid-stroke support, and compliant but controlled full travel when stomping the big hits. The leverage rate is matched by our Rx tuned shock tailored specifically for the Kenevo SL, allowing the suspension to do what it needs to do so you can do what you want to do: shred.
In order to work in harmony with the extra power available, account for the higher speeds possible, and capitalize fully on the potential of the six-bar kinematics, our engineers burned the midnight oil developing custom valving and spring curves specific to the Kenevo SL.