Bike Check: Dakotah Norton's Devinci Wilson 29 - Maribor DH World Cup 2019

Apr 26, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Dakotah Norton is coming into his second season on the Unior Devinci Factory Racing team and, if last year is anything to go by, he will be coming in hot. Dak picked up the shock result of Losinj when he spent most of the afternoon on the hotseat and ended up with his first ever World Cup podium and a fifth place finish.

He backed it up with a sixth in Leogang, but the rest of his season was cut short with injury. He's looking fit again coming into 2019 and already has two pre-season podiums under his belt. He'll be hoping to convert that into World Cup success this year, and here's the bike he's hoping to do it on.

He's aboard a Devinci Wilson rolling on 29 inch wheels - let's dig into the finer details to see exactly how Dak has set up his ride for the 2019 season.

After a season plagued by injury in 2018 Dakotah Norton is happy to be healthy and nearing full strength once again.
Rider Name // Dakotah Norton
Age: 26
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Height:5'11" / 180cm
Weight: 175lb / 79 kg
Instagram: @daknorton

The team are sticking with RockShox / SRAM for suspension, brakes and drivetrain this year, and there's plenty of red matching kit to be found, from the Boxxers packed with air and tokens at the front through to the XO derailleur at the back.

Maxxis provide the rubber and Dak has gone with a Minion DHR II and Assegai combo for Maribor's deep woods and sniper roots. Finishing kit comes from Race Face.

Frame: Devinci Wilson
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil, 450lb/in & 3.5 tokens with MegNeg can
Fork: RockShox Boxxer, 157psi & 5 tokens
Wheels: Race Face Turbine
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHR II rear (28psi), Assegai front (24psi)
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Cockpit: Race Face
Size: Large
Weight: 38.5lb / 17.5 kg
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Dak uses a 7mm offset cup to get his reach just so.

A RockShox Bokxxer fork with 157psi & 5 tokens to manage the demands of Maribor's rooty woods and fearsome rock garden.

Norton runs CushCore front and rear to keep flats at bay.

HT X2 pedals

A red, seven speed XO derailleur.

Dak runs 20mm bar spacers with 35mm rise to give himself a high front end.

The SRAM brakes are loaded with metallic pads and 220mm rotors

The plastic bashguard is likely to see a lot of action in the burl of Maribor.


  • 137 1
 No matter what - a Devinci will always remind me of Stevie. Do him justice Dakotah!
  • 116 0
 Smash it this weekend Dak!! #longlivechainsaw
  • 41 1
 @devinci: it wasn't until I listened to Dakotah's recent podcast that I realized just how much his upbringing and drive embody the spirit of Stevie. You did right by Stevie's memory in signing Dakotah. #longlivechainsaw
  • 7 0
 Got to spend some time with Dakotah at MSA last year and he was a super humble and cool dude. Were perma-fans after that. Get it on Dak!!!
  • 15 1
 Damn Devinci really aren't slowing down in making absolutely stunning bikes I'd buy one, and nearly did, purely based off those LOOKS
  • 4 0
 I miss my Willy.
  • 3 0
 Caitlyn Jenner, is that you? @KidCorporate:
  • 13 4
 After all this high end tech, there's still simple 6bolt rotors!
  • 16 0
 Why fix what isn't broke
  • 18 0
 @SamYardley: progress, bro. progress. what rotors need is a 5 bolt standard, 1.6mm wider in diameter. so your hubs have a home in the classifieds. i can feel a #6boltain'tdead coming on.
  • 15 1
 @SamYardley: are you new to mountain biking?
  • 3 0
 @tobiusmaximum: I would think having 4.99 bolts are better though
  • 2 1
 shimano center lock rotors are on the move
  • 2 0
 To be fair, standard 6 bolt rotor mounts arent great. You generally have to go over a t25s rated max torque to get them to not move about. Especially with 225mm rotors getting more common.
  • 6 0
 Rootin for ya this year Dak!!! And holy cow 157 psi in your fork with 5 tokens ????
  • 1 0
 What in the fuck. I run two and 115 psi and I'm 210 fully kitted up.
  • 5 0
 Devinci must be on that Coil/Air shock game as well...
  • 2 0
 What's the little cable guide just behind the headtube? Something new with the frame or added on by the mechanic? My Wilson could really use one of those...
  • 1 0
 You can buy them yourself. I have added one to my Wilson and it works great. They have a 3M adhesive patch on the back and simply stick onto the frame.
  • 2 0
 @Loki87: yes I've used those before. The adhesive never lasts in my experience. That was several years ago so maybe they're better now?
  • 1 0
Just get some with some quality adhesive backing from 3M or simply buy some 3M tape for your old obes.
It's the same stuff like on the gopro mounts. Mine hasn't shown any signs of wear yet, granted it's only been on 2 park days though. However Gopro mounts never budged in my experience so i'm quite optimistic. There's also not really any force applied to them either if the routing is done right and cables are trimmed correctly.
  • 1 0
 @Loki87: Have a link to the one you used? Building mine up (new 2018 frame) and agree with Freerider11, would have loved if they welded in another cable guide by the headtube.
  • 1 0
 @mr-wilson: Yeah, overall the cable routing on the frame is really really good imo, if it just had that one more guide up behind the headtube...
  • 1 0
These are the ones i used:

I doubt you can get the same ones in canada, but i´m pretty sure they´re just rebranded anyways. I think i´ve seen them from POINT and Magura too.
If you can´t get any quality ones, just buy any for the plastic bit and add your own adhesive. You can buy a roll of the stuff which they use on the back of GoPro mounts from 3M. Just google for the exact product number.

As they are slightly curved it´s also important to make sure you stick them in the correct spot.
If you want i can upload a picture of where i put mine.
  • 1 0
 @Loki87: I won't say no, appreciate it when ever you have a chance.

I've been able to play a bit with shortening the cable lengths, but of course want to err on the side of caution with length while limiting rub.

Thanks for the link.
  • 2 0
Check my photo galery
  • 4 0
 His coil shock has a 450lb spring, 3.5 tokens and a meg neg?
  • 1 0
 i can't believe DH is all 29er, the most craziest thing ever. at least i don't feel bad taking my road bike 700cc/29er on the downhills
  • 2 0
 so, carbon dh front triangles are out? Are we back to fulll alloy again??
  • 2 0
 That is a proper DH bike.
  • 2 0
 38.5lbs or 81 big macs? That's a bigboy.
  • 1 0
 normal dh weight really real tires and alum frame
  • 1 1
 Tokens on a coil shock wtf !?!?! Since when are we able to do that??? So now the only downside of coil would be the weight? Nice, really nice!!! :O
  • 1 0
 The Boxxer Ultimate is an air fork.
  • 2 0
They listed them on the (coil) shock though.
Probably just a mistake by PB.
  • 1 0
 He has 5 tokens in his fork so where that 3.5 tokens would come from!?
  • 1 0
 @devinci How much do these guys actually shift and use gears during a race like this?
  • 3 1
 Is 27.5 dead?
  • 1 0
 I find it strange that for his height he isn't on a XL frame...
  • 1 1
 When will they update the 27.5 to the new 29 Geo?????
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