We don’t reckon there are many places on Earth that can rival Canada’s wealth of amazing trails and breathtaking nature. But to really profit from the trails, you’ve got to have the right bike to confront the challenges and get the best of Canada, so is the Devinci Troy Carbon RR up to the task? Developed alongside downhill legend Stevie Smith, we’re curious to see whether this bike can live up to the hype!
Trail bikes have had something of a moment in 2016, you could say, and rightly so, these whips are more versatile and potent than even before – and the Devinci Troy Carbon is surely the epitome of this evolution! Climbing or descending, this bike looks like it’ll be a sure-fire grin-generating machine. But does it all stem back to its solid and proven spec, or is it thanks to the finely tuned and meticulously developed technologies that have been woven into the Troy’s construction? Take the flip-chip system for example, which lets you tune the geometry to suit your taste. Then there’s the asymmetrical rear design and Boost standard that lent the developers precious room for shorter chainstays. Plus, the bike was developed in collaboration with one of the world’s quickest mountain bikers. All of these elements have arguably contributed to its geometry, handling and performance—and they amount to a damn good bike.
Devinci Troy Carbon RR in detailFork:
RockShox PIKE RCT3 150 mm
RockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAir
SRAM Guide RSC
SRAM X01 1×11
RockShox Reverb Stealth 125 mm
Chromag BZA Clamp 35 mm
Chromag BZA 800 mm
DT Swiss M1700 SPLINE Boost
MAXXIS HighRoller II 29 x 2.3
Devinci haven’t broken any new ground when it comes to the spec of the Troy Carbon, but they have got all bases covered: the RockShox suspension delivers its typically high performance and irons out even the burliest parts of the trails without being too lumbering ( providing you’ve dialed the suspension in correctly). As the stock forks on the bike, the PIKE comes with their Dual Position technology, although even on the steepest gradients we didn’t feel the need to lower the front. When it comes to shifting performance, SRAM’s expertise is no secret, and their X01 is testament to this excellence with every satisfyingly succinct shift. The same applies to the brakes, with the SRAM RSC showing great modulation and letting you get loose content in the knowledge that you can pull the brakes at any moment for the desired anchorage. The cockpit and saddle raise the game on the Troy Carbon RR, with Devinci going all-in with the snazziest parts from Chromag. We’d have loved more drop on the RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost; 125 mm doesn’t always cover the needs of taller riders so 150 mm is often more appreciated. Firmly mid-field players, the wheels perform decently – although considering the price for the complete bike you might have expected a higher quality model.
The geometry of the Devinci Troy Carbon RR
While figures don’t lie, it’s fair to say that they only tell half of the story – and this also applies to geometry stats for bikes. It might give the impression of speed on paper, but it doesn’t always translate to the trails. Fortunately, the Devinci Troy Carbon RR delivers exactly what it promises, tearing up the trails playfully! The super short chainstays render its steering agile and razor-sharp, while the long frame counteracts with stability and smoothness at speed. On technical, burly sections, the steep head angle is a panacea for woes, ensuring that moisture on your brow is purely beads of sweat on your face and not fear.
Those ultra compact chainstays allow the Devinci to be ridden like a sly fox, carving up turns and hurling along technical trails. On steep gradients the bike is stable, despite its fairly steep head angle, and gives you a real confidence boost. Thanks to the long frame, the Devinci Troy Carbon stays planted, follows your lines superbly and manages to maintain its agility. For skilled riders, it weaves exactly the sort of lines that will get you as excited as a kid on Christmas morning, turning into a serious weapon under an experienced touch.