Interbike 2011: Devinci

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We took a look (and a test ride) at the booth of Canadian brand Devinci. Bikes are all made in Canada and the suspension models use Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot design.

First up is the 145mm travel, 26in wheel, ‘should be good in the UK’ Dixon. It’s pitched as a true all mountain bike that’ll still work as a daily trail bike. It features 145mm of Split Pivot travel, a tuning ‘chip’ in the rocker arm to raise or lower the BB height for different trails and it’s made in Canada.

You can see the 'chips' at the top of the seatstays. These can be reversed if you want to raise the BB and steepen the head angle - or vise versa.

 

Tapered fork in a beer-barrel size head tube

Devinci Atlas: Here’s the Atlas from Devinci, it’s a 110mm 29er trail bike with ‘the shortest chainstays of any full suspension 29er’

The Atlas features the same Split Pivot design as other bikes in the range, along with a BB92 bottom bracket, 142×12 rear axle and that chip system to raise and lower the BB height.

 

Here's a close-up of the chip system.

 

 

Flarey flare

We took these two out on a back to back test ride and we can report that the super short 16.9in back end really helps make the bike feel, and corner more like a 26in wheel. There’ll be a video along shortly about that too.

In the meantime, here’s the Wilson, Devinci’s full-on DH bike. It now features carbon seatstays for added stiffness as well as some very complicated looking machining going on inside that shock garage in the seat tube.

The Wilson, or WLSN as it says
Carbon and curvy seatstays

The new Atlas and Dixon should be out very soon. Devinci is brought into the UK by Haven Distribution

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (7)

    Atlas looks like a top contender for my fullsuss bigwheeler.

    Yes, looks good. 110mm seems a good amount of travel to have for a 29er too

    Like the Dixon, like that a lot actually…

    Got any pricing for the uk, or will this be a job for my brother in vancouver?

    Looks like they’ve got the adjustable geometry wrong though, the slacker setting looks like a good everyday setting, the other one should be slacker not steeper.

    Not so Northwind. In the lower setting my Dixon has spot on geometry for very aggressive riding. I measured my HA at 66.5 degrees, a BB of 13.7″ and with 145mm rear travel it feels utterly planted.

    I’m surprised that GT don’t have anything to say about ‘DeVinci’s’ chip system. Looks mighty similar to what my old LTS used…

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