Bike Check: Greg Callaghan's Devinci Spartan - EWS Zermatt 2020

Aug 30, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

For 2020 Greg Callaghan is onboard a new team and bike with a switch from the Cube Action Team to the Unior Devinci Factory Enduro team. This weekend will be Greg's first big weekend out on the new bike and he will be hoping for a top result to kick off the season.

Greg is running a fairly standard Devinci Spartan that has seen no major changes for racing in Zermatt, apart from using Cushcore front and rear. Greg says that he will probably use this setup for most races this year as he feels the weight penalty is worth it if it means his bike can last through a weekend of racing.

The Spartan is also equipped with new goodies from Fox with the 38 upfront with 100psi and two tokens installed. Taking care of the rear suspension duties is the Float X2 shock running 170psi and two tokens. One interesting component choice is the decision to run Sinter's brake pads in his XTR brakes. Sinter pads are claimed to be better at not fading, which could provide a good advantage on longer stages, and for the first round in Zermatt Greg has chosen to run their medium power brake pads.

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan
Rider Name: Greg Callaghan
Height: 181 cm / 5'11"
Weight: 82 kg / 181 lb
Team: Unior Devinci Factory Racing Team
Instagram: @greg_callaghan

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan

Frame: Devinci Spartan (Size: XL)
Fork: Fox 38 (100psi // 2 tokens)
Shock: Fox X2 (170psi // 2 tokens)
Wheels: Race Face Turbine R 30
Tires: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 / Minion DHRII 2.5
Inserts: Cushcore XC front / Cushcore Rear
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR - Raceface Next Cranks
Brakes: Shimano XTR with Sinter brake pads
Cockpit: Race Face with OneUp tool system.

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan
Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan
Greg is running Sinter Brakes pads which come in four different options that are claimed to not fade in different temperature or weather conditions. For Zermatt, Greg is running the blue option which provides a medium level of power.

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan
Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan
HT Components surprised Greg with some custom pedals for this weekend

Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan
Greg Callaghan Devinci Spartan

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  • 79 0
 Bar width? Saddle height? Crank length? Chainring size? Cassette range? Brake rotor size(s)? Tire pressures? The bike checks this year have been pretty bare-bones. Don't get me wrong; I still like seeing the photos... just wish there were more data to nerd out on.
  • 19 0
 And tire casings! It's all well and good to give the precise pressure and make and model of inserts, but those don't mean much if we don't know whether it's Double Down, Super Gravity, EXO+, DH, etc.
  • 16 0
 These bike check this weekend have been seriously weak sauce. C'mon PinkBike
  • 12 0
 You could write this bike check from the moon as long as you knew who his sponsors were
  • 2 0
 @CM999: dude, what if Ed Sprat IS on the moon? Whoa!
  • 10 4
 @anotherbikerguy Don't forget what flavor electrolite drink, how many turns of tension on their pedals, what bean for their coffee, and their toilet paper preference.
  • 3 0
 @R-M-R: on this note, I was under the impression that the dhr2 didn't even come in a 2.5 width. just 2.4WT.
  • 1 0
 @Grosey: ISS.

@anotherbikerguy: though E. Master's controversial choice of Medium frame was reported. His reasoning: the Large felt like a boat.

Keeping the bike checks to suspension settings is better marketing for suspension? I see the new favored bike cover photo is diagonal profile. If I hadn't already used up all my tin foil smoking crack, I'd make a hat and wonder if it wasn't a way to discourage any consideration of seat tube angle. Ed M. is much more succinct.
  • 4 0
 @Thirty3: might have something to do with distancing rules around the pits making it harder to get up close and chat?
  • 4 0
 @R-M-R: The first photo shows DH casings fitted. 2.5 dhrII though?
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo yea, first photo shows it. Assegai 3C Maxx grip DH casing on front ,DHRII 3C max grip dh casing rear.
  • 1 0
 is a 5' 11" guy on an XL surprising to anyone else?
  • 1 0
 @Tinga: pro sized for max wheelbase/bike length and bump-erased straight line speed? In flatter corners, soft beefy front tire tread helps compensate for stubby stem and rolled back bar. Young, fit pros also tolerate lower stack heights. I'm 6' and would ride a Medium in this, but I like to go sideways-forward, and won't use a stem shorter than fork offset....
  • 17 1
 You call this a bike check? You could have at least mentioned how many turns of spring tension he runs on his pedals JEEZ!
  • 26 9
 Chiiiiillll. Its a bike. It rolls and goes fast. Pinkbike is pumping these bike checks out like theyre mormon babies. Not all of them can be perfect.
  • 12 0
 @chillrider199: Mormon babies. Hahahahahah...
  • 8 0
 It would be really cool if they could include complete race ready weight of the bike.
  • 6 0
 Greg was on Cube action not Specialized... come on guys
  • 3 0
 I noticed you guys fixed it. Nice.
  • 6 1
 So he switched teams and now Cube have finally made a bike with modern geometry
  • 5 1
 HT put a 4 leaf clover on his pedals instead of a (3 leaf) shamrock leading to incorrect cultural links and unnecessary weight of that extra leaf.
  • 3 0
 That depends if it's screen printed or laser etched...
  • 1 0

Defo screen etched
  • 4 0
 How much sag?
  • 3 0
 Yeah this is what I'm really interested in. I have a spartan and found it tricky to dial in completely and always wonder what other people are rocking for sag. I think I've found a happy medium at around 32% but I'm still always interested. Psi doesn't do much for those with other companies suspension
  • 3 0
 29 or 27.5?
  • 1 0
 its a 29
  • 1 0
 Every team has been modifieing ht pedals for years, still ht does not change the design - sad
  • 1 0
 Sinter brake pads are an actual brand from Slovenia:

But the website is under construction :-(
  • 1 0
 Shout out @phil_electrique
  • 1 0
 Merci monomme!!
  • 1 0
 This makes more sense than the 191cm on that Vital Video
  • 2 5
 Don't overthink it. Mt bike are basically childrens toys for people that don't have the balls to MOTO .. so crawl out of your mommys basement, go out side and pretend your a real man with your skinny jeans, man bun and skanky girl (boy) friend covered with ink... Sorry to bust your balloon, but that's what grown ups think of you.
  • 1 0
 Go on Greg!
  • 1 0
 Gowan Greg pinnnnnnnnit!
  • 1 1
 What travel?

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