KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 2

26er 27.5 29er All Mountain Trail Enduro

Devinci Troy

I’d pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t find a Troy at Outerbike so was really kicking myself for missing it at Interbike. But while walking by the Enve tent after having struck out again looking for the Flux at the Turner tent, I noticed two or three shiny black carbon Devinci’s sitting there. I didn’t dare hope that one was actually a Troy in size large but asked anyway. To my surprise one was in fact a Troy but they only had a medium. I asked the tech if they ran a little big because this frame looked like it would fit me. He said they typically run a bit small but I went ahead and sat on it. The top tube felt like it was at least 23.5″ (23.9″ according to Devinci’s site) so I had him mount my pedals and I happily took it off his hands.

Visually, this bike is a stunner. The high gloss black carbon weave with red highlights and well-proportioned lines looks very sharp. Its stunning looks were only surpassed by its brisk, light, rocket launcher feel while accelerating. Wow. LIke the Ripley, this is one bike I wanted to just stand and hammer on. When I got to the trail head there was Ben with the size large Flux! Cool. We must be living right. So off we went to hammer and compare two bikes high on my Chili complement list.

Lunch must’ve done wonders for Ben’s energy level because he was in a mood to push it. I wondered if I’d be able to hang but this bike just wanted to fly. I stood and pushed with my spent legs (this was the afternoon of my fourth consecutive full day of riding) and to my delight the Troy responded…. even begged me to push harder.

Lateral stiffness was exceptional and it responded well to this type of riding. I’m sure the superb Enve carbon wheels, SixC carbon bars and cranks added to this stellar stiff feeling. Carbon just has a very distinct, stiff, lively, but damped feel to it when done correctly and I am fast becoming a carbon snob (Honey, my next bike may be a bit more pricey than the last).The medium size was almost perfect… maybe a tad short but not by much. I’m coming to realize that for tight, swoopy, or more technical terrain where you’re standing more anyway, I prefer this more compact feel. At home I mostly do long seated climbs (45-60 minutes) followed by flowing fun 15-20 descents for my morning rides and wonder if for that I might still prefer the large (although at 24.7″ that may be a bit long) but for this up and down, tighter terrain the medium was perfect.

This was one of the few bikes that didn’t have a dropper post where it didn’t really bother me. I set it an inch or two below optimum pedaling height and just left it. I rarely sat down and cockpit was compact enough that it rarely felt like the seat was in my way. The overall suspension feel was perfect for this ride and I loved that Devinci had spec’ed a larger stanchioned fork (Fox 34) and the RP23 rear shock kept up nicely. I don’t know what dw would say the split is supposed to do (haven’t read the ad copy) but it seems to flat out work right. It was controlled with out feeling wallowy, firm when putting down the power, yet still felt fairly plush without bottoming.

When we got to the halfway point of the trail and it was time to switch, I was very reluctant to give this one up. This is telling, because the freaking Turner Flux was the switchout bike… Certainly no slouch. I’d love some more time on the Devinci in various trail conditions, but it certainly blew me away with its first impression.

I’d somehow lost my camera somewhere between dropping off the Norco, lunch, and picking up the Devinci so didn’t get any pictures of the next three bikes (totally spaced the fact that I had an iPhone in my pack, d’oh). Ben shot the Turner and Devinci so maybe he’ll lend me a couple photos for these posts. Here’s schlim’s excellent photos of the Troy.

There is a switch chip in the linkage that allows you to change the geometry by .5 deg without affecting travel. Not sure what setting this bike was in.

The internal cable routing looked nice and tidy and was quiet.

Split pivot rear drop out is 142mm and requires a tool to remove the axle.

Dug this Fox 34 fork.

Next Bike: Turner Flux 27.5 »

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  • Bikethrasher says:

    Great work man! I always look forward to your reviews. Especially this year as I wasn’t unable to make it to I-Bike or Outerbike. Real jobs pay the bills but sure restrict my ride time.

  • Don says:

    Nice review KRob. I am a big fan of the Chilcotin. Curious about what you liked better about the Firebird. If you didn’t already have the Knolly, which one would you choose?

    • KRob says:

      The Firebird with its dw-link suspension rewards standing and hammering better than the Knolly. I liked the 27.5 wheels though that’s not a huge deal in a bike with this much travel IMO. The taller stack feels better when standing on flatter terrain and higher BB avoids pedal strikes…. though it gives up some to the Chili in railing turns.

      If I didn’t already have the Chili I’d still pick the Chili over the FB 27.5, but there’s a couple other bikes that aren’t quite in the same class as the Chili on the more aggressive side of things that would sorely tempt me, like the Pivot Mach 6, Devinci Troy, Turner Burner, and Norco Sight. Having said that, if I wanted a bike in that class I’d have to ride the Warden too before making a decision. Big Knolly fan.

  • Mike says:

    I rode the ibis ripley at outerbike and liked it . How does the devinci Atlas compare to the ibis I would realy love if I can get some info comparing the two thanks

  • KRob says:

    Hey Mike,

    Yeah the Ripley was cool. Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to ride the Atlas so can’t compare.

  • Jimmymats says:

    Great reviews KRob, did the Heckler you rode really have a Float R shock? When I look at the specs on the SC website it looks to come with a Float CTD Evo.

    • KRob says:

      You know, now that you mention it I’m not so sure. It did have a propedal lock out because I used it on the paved bike path.

  • Matty says:

    Hi,

    love the reviews! Thanks loads. Any advice to help me choose between carbon Norco Sight le1 x01 and Ibis mojo hdr 650b 2 x 10 xt?? For general all round trail use. Ibis costs a bit more here in UK but has kashima shock… Can only demo the Ibis due to Norco distribution.

    Thanks!

    Matty

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