For a relatively small bike brand, Devinci has managed to make a pretty big splash in the world of downhill racing. Some of that has been down to the undeniable talent of its star rider Stevie Smith, but the firm’s Wilson platform has proved itself more than up to the job of World Cup-level racing.
After the last year’s update to accommodate 650b wheels, it’s small surprise that Devinci has reintroduced a carbon frame option for 2016. Thanks to the move to composite for everything save the linkage hardware and chainstays, an impressive 400g has been shaved from the frame. That means the top-end SL build tips the scales at a highly competitive 16.1kg/35.5lbs.
Apart from the weight savings and the ability of the frame engineers to tune the ride feel with the carbon layup, there are a few neat tweaks that the alloy bike doesn’t have. The first are the integrated fork bump stops that help protect the frame from any damage from the triple clamp fork in a crash. They also double up as cable guides for the externally routed cables, which might not be as neat looking as internal routed ones but will give mechanics everywhere a much easier life.
The second is the chunky down tube guard, which helps protect the carbon underbelly from anything that the front wheel throws up. You can drop a fair amount of weight if, like the team, you get rid of this but for riders that have to pay for their frames, this would seem a poor idea.
A pivotal design
The suspension delivers 204mm of rear-wheel travel
Elsewhere, the bike will be extremely familiar to anyone who has ridden the alloy bike. That’s because it shares the same geometry and uses the same Split Pivot suspension system to offer up 204mm of rear wheel travel paired to a 200mm fork up front.
A safe shape
A gentle impression
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