Devinci's Wilson has been on the World Cup circuit for years, but after a brief hiatus, it is back under the Unior Devinci Factory Team, with Dakotah Norton taking it to 5th place in Losinj. The current iteration rolls on 29" wheels, with a Canadian made aluminum frame and 204mm of travel delivered via a Split Pivot suspension design.
The reach goes from 430mm (all measurements in the high geometry setting) for the small to 490mm for the XL in 20mm increments, which should happily provide a size to fit everybody. The head tube length also changes between sizes, with the small and medium being 100mm, while the large and XL have 110mm head tubes.
The head angle is slack at 62.5° and the chainstays are long at 458mm to balance out the long front center and provide front wheel grip without having to aggressively weight the front wheel. The BB sits 360mm from the ground, which isn't massively low but should help the bike move from corner to corner easier. All these numbers add up to a 1329mm wheelbase, which should be more than stable at speed.
With the flip chip in the low position, the BB drops by 7mm to 353mm, so head angle slackens further to 62° and there are also several other small changes to reach, stack and wheelbase. Personally, I'm pleased to see modern geometry numbers so that I don't have to automatically drop every bike straight to the low position; I actually used this bike most of the time in the high setting, which may be a first for me.
Taking the Wilson on back to back runs with the Intense M29 showed this bike was more of a plow bike than the sporty American. The Wilson carved corners slightly better, but was less responsive on short and sharp turns, where it wanted to sit into its travel more. On modern downhill tracks and bike parks, those short and sharp corners appear to be few and far between, and the Devinci was slightly more comfortable in terms of straight trucking.
Small bump sensitivity was great, and it had really good bottom-out resistance on bigger hits. It is nice for a 29" downhiller to come with the full 200mm travel up front and slightly more at the rear with 204mm. I found the Wilson to have a good balance of stiffness and compliance. The older bike was notorious for being extremely stiff, so perhaps Devinci have worked on this aspect of the frame construction, or the bigger wheels and the straight pull, non-crossing spokes of the RaceFace Vault wheelset gave that bit of give and traction when traveling across angled and rough camber.
"The Wilson is a pure speed-machine that is best suited to the biggest and rowdiest descents you can find. Devinci offers this bike as a great overall package with nothing to hold you back "– Paul Aston