First Look! 2014 Devinci Troy 650B Race-Winning Trail Mountain Bike
Here at Crankworx Whistler 2013, the all-new Devinci Troy took first place in the Fox Air DH race. Quite the coming out party for a 650B trail bike with 140mm travel. Of course, Steve Smith’s race-winning bike was a bit modified, and we’ll cover that in a separate post, but the basics resemble what you see here. And we think you’ll like what you see!
The bike is built on the same Split Pivot suspension design as their other full suspension bikes, complete with the geometry-changing AXIS Intelligent Link and swooping low stand over. It runs all cables internally, including the rear brake and dropper post, and it’ll come in three carbon bike builds and one alloy model, plus framesets of either. All of it’s mated to a 140mm or 150mm fork depending on model.
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FRAME DETAILS & GEOMETRY
The frames use an offset shock, set slightly to the non-drive side, which lets them better balance the bike’s weight and improve clearance for the front derailleur.
On the carbon bikes, the asymmetry is taken further to improve performance by pushing the tubes out wider and keeping lines straighter to improve strength and stiffness while reducing weight. The PFBB92 gives them plenty of room to work with.
Carbon bikes use full internal cable routing, even for rear brakes through the front triangle and stealth dropper routing.
The carbon seatstays are shared with the alloy model. All alloy parts are made in house at their Chicoutimi factory in Canada. That includes the alloy frames, rockers and linkages.
The Split Pivot rear end works around a 12×142 thru axle that requires tools to remove.
The flip-flop chip where the seatstays meet the rocker link allow for geometry changes without affecting travel. While the numbers are subtle, we’ve found they produce a noticeable effect on handling when we reviewed the Atlas 29er.
COMPLETE BIKES, WEIGHTS & PRICING
The full internal routing runs through two ports on either side of the headtube and makes for very clean lines on the bike.
All the cables pop out just in front of the shock, with the dropper post and rear derailleur feeds going back into the frame or chainstay. The entry/exit holes are a bit oversized, which could let mud and water in, so we’d like to see grommets or something offered. For now, judicious use of electrical tape would help.
Rear derailleur cable pops in and out of the chainstay on both the carbon and alloy models.
The Fox shocks are custom tuned for the bike. The offset design isn’t obvious at first glance. Actually, even after staring at it for a while, it looked pretty normal to us.
The latest version of their Intelligent Link chips are much improved from when we reviewed the Atlas, making for easier trailside switching.
Click to enlarge for specs. From left to right goes from top of the line to base model. Carbon models range from $4,800 (SLX) to $6,500 (XO 2×10) to $6,599 (X01), and it’s $2,399 for the frameset, which comes in at a claimed 6.07lbs (2.76kg) with shock. The $3,000 Troy XP alloy bike and comes in at a claimed 6.5lbs (2.96kg) for the medium frameset with shock. Only one model will be offered, with SRAM X7, Elixir 3 brakes and house brand wheels with Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires. Frameset price is $1,899.
Actual weights for size Medium carbon frame is 5lb 9oz. Carbon X0 bike is 27lb 5oz, and alloy bike is 30lb 6oz.
Stay tuned for a closeup look at Steve Smith’s race-winning Troy!