Departing from their four bar FSR linkage design, Devinci has revamped their XC, All-Mountain and Downhill bikes with Dave Weagle’s new Split Pivot rear suspension platform.
Mounted to their Wilson DH bike (above), Dixon all-mountain and Dexter XC bikes, Devinci says their new design enhances overall performance by reducing brake squat, small bump compliance and pedaling efficiency.
The Wilson’s suspension is based around 216mm stroke coil springs and a leverage ratio that ramps up toward end to “provide a bottomless feel.” Devinci says this gives it great square edge bump absorption and great cornering feel. The top-end SL shown above will come in around $6,799 CAN, and that sweet integrated fender will be a bit extra.
Check out detail photos and all trim levels for each of the three new bikes after the break…
Unlike the XC and AM bikes, the Wilson’s rear end has very closely spaced seat- and chainstays with a lower linkage that drives the shock. Note the sweet carbon fiber frame guard bolted to the BB shell.
Side view of the Wilson SL. All three Wilson models have full SRAM drivetrains, Fox shocks and various versions of the Rockshox Boxxer fork.
The Wilson RC is the next model down and comes in at $4,999 CAN.
The Wilson XP comes in at $3,799 CAN.
The Devinci Dixon is their revised All Mountain speed machine for 2011. With 145mm of travel, it (along with the Dexter) uses the Split Pivot rear end with a more traditional looking top rocker arm driving a shock directly in front of the seat tube. In fact, the Dixon and Dexter look remarkably similar save for the Dixon’s taller stance.
The Dixon’s leverage ratio was designed around “off the shelf” air shocks, meaning no specific custom parts or tuned inertia valves, etc., were needed to optimize performance. The top of the line SL (above) and XC (below) both get SRAM 2×10 drivetrains and Fox shocks and forks. The SL gets a full spread of Easton’s hot new Haven products, including stem, bar and wheels. The SL comes in at $5,699 CAN.
The Split Pivot design places the rearmost pivot directly in line with the axle.
The Dixon RC gets Sun-Ringle wheels, SRAM X9 with X0 rear derailleur and comes in at $3,999 CAN. Although pedals aren’t shown, they’re listed in the full spec lists (Crank Bros Candy’s in this case).
See a trend with the paint jobs here? The Dixon XP gets a Truvativ FireX triple crankset, swaps Fox for a Rockshox Secktor 150mm fork and Formula hubs with Sun-Ringle rims. A SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain rounds out the package for $2,999 CAN.
For the XC racers, there’s the Devinci Dexter with 110mm rear travel mated to a 100mm fork. This one does appear to take advantage of modern damping and air spring technology to create a more race-oriented platform while still taking full advantage of the Split Pivot’s inherent anti-squat and other benefits.
The SL gets Fox suspension, Easton Haven carbon wheels (drool) and a full SRAM X0 drivetrain with CB’s Eggbeater pedals for $7,499 CAN.
The Dexter SL’s rear end.
The RC keeps the full Fox suspension and gets Fulcrum Red Metal wheels with a SRAM X7/X9 mix. MSRP is $3,899 CAN.
The XP comes in at $2,899 CAN and gets a Rockshox Reba RL fork, Formula/Sun-Ringle wheels and Shimano Deore (with SLX rear der) drivetrain.
Both the Dexter and Wilson are available as framesets, too. Check Devinci’s website for full specs and more detail photos of each model.