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.
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