Bike Check: Keegan Wright's Devinci Troy - Short Travel Thunder

Mar 29, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  

Keegan Wright passed on Devinci's long-travel Spartan and instead, chose the lighter and more nimble Troy for the EWS races in Rotorua and Tasmania. Wright said he wanted a bike that was snappier and easier to pump terrain with. Tasmania is definitely rowdy on a few stages, but Wright believes that if you nail the good lines and stay smooth, you can carry speed and get away with less travel. Get off line, however, and a short-travel bike will definitely become a handful. Keegan's aces in the hole are the Troy's 29-inch wheels, but the 140 -millimeter Troy is still a bit of a gamble for two of the most unpredictable courses in the EWS this season, Wright's confidence here is undeniable, though, which should trump any doubts..
Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy -

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - 170mm on the Lyrik up front paired to 140mm out back.
Wright chose a big, 170mm RockShox Lyrik fork...
Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - A rather short 140mm travel back end for the the EWS in Tasmania.
...To add some teeth to the Troy's "short travel" 140mm rear end.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - The flip chip sits in the low position and the travel is set to 140mm
The Troy's flip chip sits in the low (and slack) position.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - Brake levers nearly flat
Brake levers only seven degrees from flat.
Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - One Up tools stashed in the steerer tube.
OneUp tools stashed in the steerer tube.
Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - An alloy Race Face cockpit
All-aluminum Race Face cockpit
Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - Blackbox shift lever but not wireless.
SRAM Blackbox shift lever, but not wireless.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - Race Face alloy rims and Cush Core front and rear.
Race Face aluminum rims and Cush Core inserts in both tires.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - A Maxis DD Aggressor out back
Rear tire is a fast-rolling Maxis Aggressor. Front is the GOAT designed, super grippy Assegai.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - 34 teeth get the job done up front.
A modest, 34-tooth chainring....
Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - E13 guied up front
...Topped by an E*13 top guide.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - 200mm rotors front and rear with Code calipers.
SRAM Code brakes with 200mm rotors on both ends.

Keegan Wright s Devinici Troy - HT pedals with custom plates to help with clipping in.
HT pedals equipped with custom guide plates to help with clipping in.


  • 57 2
 170 fork, short travel?!? Okey dokey
  • 25 1
 Sure, why not. Less travel in the rear isn't as bad as it seems on paper. You can 'override' the rear and compensate with the front to save it and carry on. Not unlike a HT actually....
  • 14 0
 Yeah, exactly- 140mm in the rear isn't nearly as bad as it sounds, you can do with a lot less in the rear when you've popped 170mm up front. Now if he was racing 140/140...I'd be impressed as hell.
  • 8 1
 @loopie:, i know what you re sayin, sometimes i still ride my old 26 steel trans am ht, it has a fox 36 160 and as long as the front tyre clears, the rear follows.
I was being sarcastic, a 170 fork on a 29er is hardly short travel, just sayin
  • 2 0
 @Pyres: Ahhh, I gotcha. I read as comparing the 140 to 170. haha Smile
  • 1 1
 Yeah I really dont know why all bike magazine/forum writers focus more on the rear suspension, sure it does do a lot of work, but the fork in my opinion does even more!
  • 22 3
 140mmish rear in a 29er is proven to be a winner, and has been for a while so it's not big news. Look at T-mo and Leov on the Remedy 29, the gentlemen at Specialized running the stumpjumper over the Enduro for a few courses, and even Yeti guys with grossly over forked bikes.
  • 20 0
 Yep. Also Transition Sentinel. If this rides anything like a Sentinel, I can vouch for its ability to get surprisingly gnarly on descents and still be quite comfortable on the way back up. I consistently ride my Sentinel on trails that in years past I reserved for a DH bike.
  • 76 3
 Which brings us to conclusion that we need a new genre between Down Country and Enduro... let's call it Covfefe
  • 6 19
flag mtbikeaddict (Mar 29, 2019 at 1:57) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: How about "rideyourfreakinbike" Big Grin
  • 27 2
 120-140mm of travel and and max 20mm upforking: DUROCROSS be da name - @mikelevy write it down!
  • 10 0
 @WAKIdesigns: quick, get in there and patent it before SRAM manage to make a new standard around it.
  • 10 0
 @WAKIdesigns: here we have a 9 xc loop filled with small to médium features. We use to call it SEMIDURO
  • 5 0
  • 5 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: Speaking on which, has anyone tried a 170 mm on the Sentinel yet ?
  • 1 0

maybe with a long-shocked rear?

A 60mm stroke over the stock 57.5mm would net about 146mm...... take that Ripmo!!!!!
  • 2 0
 over forked 140mm framesets is "Up-duro"
  • 3 0
Transition authorizes the use of 170mm forks on the Sentinel. Actually that's what the owner of the brand uses
  • 1 0

Hahahaha! I love it!
  • 12 0
 Sick bike! I never felt that my Sentinel lacked in travel. Best descending bike I've ever ridden.
  • 5 0
 5.5" .. all ya need to get the job done lol
  • 1 0
 @Silliker269: SB 150 bud!!!
  • 1 0
 @Golden-G: Your gonna snap that thing like a twig !
  • 1 0
 @Silliker269: LOL! Lifetime warranty brah!
  • 6 0
 i want these skidplates for my ht x2 so i look even more pro (pins already removed). seriously though, after the pro teams have been doing it for years ht should update the pedal. 4 holes and a steel plate, cant be that hard.
  • 9 1
 Just buy the Saint pedals and you'll be fine...
  • 3 1
 if it's so easy, go roll yer own? It's quite pleasing being able to pull off your own mods. Have at it!
  • 1 0
 @dooganmcdoogan: i really like the support and very firm engagement of the ht pedals, something my dx pedals never had, so i wont swap. the new saint clips look good though.
  • 3 1
 @Kapricorn: i can work quite well with words but besides typing and maybe screwing my hands are pretty useless. sadly not a joke
  • 14 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: sounds good, do you want to be my secretary?
  • 6 0
 @BenPea: quite possible you misunderstood "screwing"
  • 3 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: Sorry, my mistake.
  • 4 1
 Ooof, 29” 2.5 wide double down casings with cush cores, those are some heavy wheels! Adds a good 2.5 pounds compared with the usual EXO spec with no inserts that most average joes are running. And that’s 2.5 pounds on your spinning wheels wear you feel it much more that say, on a frame.
  • 1 0
 no shit eh. Keegan (all of these guys i imagine) must be strong as race horses.
  • 3 0
 What Garmin Mount does he use? and does it flip up so he can access his EDC? Thanks!! lovely pictures too
  • 2 0
 Standard road one in reverse so it sits above stem cap. Most pros running this setup don't tighten the mount too much so they can flip it up to access EDC tool.
  • 2 0
 Clean looking bike!! That is a lot of rotating weight with those tires and cushcore
  • 1 0
 There’s a scracth from the chainring in the chainstay. Is okay forca carbon rear end to go like that? Especially for him that goin beyond average rider in rock gardens.
  • 2 0
 Agressor on the back of the Assegai. Sweet setup!
  • 1 0
 I thought the bike model was the Thunder... derp..
  • 1 0
 170/140 Eek What a beast!
  • 2 3
 What he needs is a 27.5 on the back. Seriously it is so good. #mulletlife

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