Ricky Federau and the Devinci Moonracer SL4

May 23, 2008
by ricky federau  
The French have been known for making some high quality shwag, and Devinci represents this name hard. This could very well be one of the many reasons why I was not surprised at the quality, and attention to detail on the recent addition to my bicycle fleet. Pinkbike.com readers, I ride at an International Elite level and it's an Olympic year, so I am here to see if the Devinci Moonracer SL4 and I are made of Olympic material.I recently got handed a big box of "LOVE" and was told to build it up. When I first removed the Devinci Moonracer SL4 from the box my first impression was "light". At approx. 22 pounds out of the box this bike clearly had some hefty money invested into the components, and design of it, in order to make it this light. Utilizing a whopping 75mm of rear wheel travel (3 inches) this baby was designed for pinning it and getting as much power to the ground as possible without unnecessary or excess travel.


The RP23 shock is the choice for a lot of XC, and AM riders due to its simplicity and reliability. It's not designed to take big hits, however it is built around the general consensus of "if it works, don't replace it". The RP23 shock has been around for a few years, on and off the circuit, this leads me to believe it's not going anywhere accept up and down and hopefully to a few podiums with me on it!


The Devinci Moonracer SL4 has a build kit from the heavens. Tied together with some of the most high end parts on the planet this bike was design to be raced and to win races. Up front it runs a RockShox SID World Cup with 80mm of travel. This matches up nicely with the 75mm of rear travel. The wheels are a piece of art work. The Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels were designed to be ridden at a World Cup level and here they are on a bike that you can buy of the show room floor-wow they are shiny and beautiful. Sitting at 1520g per set they are extremely light, and also utilize Mavic's straight pull spoke design for that extra bit of strength, and resistance to bending.


The brakes are something no one can skimp on, so it's no surprise that Devinci spec'd this bike with Avid's high end Juicy Ultimate brakes. These brakes are Avid's extreme cross country brake and are designed to be as light and responsive as possible. It's good to know my life will be in good hands when it comes down to stopping with control. Devinci also spec'd the Moonracer SL4 with a set of Race Face Deuce XC cranks, and a pair of Crank Brothers Egg Beater 2Ti pedals. Yeah, that's right, Devinci spec'd this bike with Titanium pedals, that's not something you see to often.


The shifting on the Moonracer SL4 was taken care of by SRAM, and was done with X.O front and rear shifters. The rear derailleur is a SRAM X.O, and the front derailleur is a SRAM X.9. The shifting is aided by a SRAM Power Glide II 990 9 speed cassette.


So far I am very excited about the Devinci Moonracer SL4. It is a very clean cut, and smooth bike, that offers enough travel to take the pain away from my member(s). My plan for the Moonracer SL4 will be to put hundreds upon hundreds of hours on it, and basically see if I can beat it into the ground before it beats me into the ground. I am now on hour 80 or so, and I have to say it's starting to grow on me. Not only that, but the Orange and White paint and decal job adds to the bling factor.

Frame sizeMoonracer SL
•75mm of rear travel
Rear ShockFox Float RP23
ForkRock Shox SID World Cup
•80mm of travel
HeadsetFSA Orbit MX
CrankarmsRace Face Deuce XC
PedalsCrank Brothers Egg Beater 2Ti
ChainSRAM PC-9910
CassetteSRAM Power Glide II 990 9 speed 11-32T
Front DerailleurSRAM X.9
Rear DerailleurSRAM X.O
Shifter Cable/HousingStock
Shifter PodSRAM X.O
HandlebarRace Face Next SL Flatbar 31.8mm
StemRace Face Deus XC SL 31.8mm
GripsVelo gel lock-on
BrakesAvid Juicy Ultimate hydraulic 160mm rotor
Front WheelMavic Crossmax SLR
Rear WheelMavic Crossmax SLR
TiresMaxxis MaxxLite 310 26x1.95" 120tpi foldable
TubesStock Presta
SaddleSelle Italia SLR Carbonio Flow
SeatpostRace Face Deus 27.2mm
Price$6499 Canadian MSRP


Well it's time for this guy to slip into his spandex and get out there cranking on the endless journey. I will let you all know how it goes with an update in the next couple of months. Hope you all enjoyed the read.

[PI=1895480 size=m align=c]See you on the dirt

Ricky[/PI]


8 Comments

  • + 8
 I'm not looking at Ricky, I'm checking out the extremely hot babe on the left in the funky white boots. But ya, go Ricky, you're a total awesome lung machine dude.
  • + 0
 i cant tell if shes wearing a top :S
but back to the subject
be seeing you on the podium soon
  • + 3
 I want to think that she's not.
  • + 0
 He knows they are Quebec, it is just out here in the red neck Fraser valley we don't make a distinction! Damn French! Ha. just kidding of course...
  • + 0
 Hey Ricky, Devinci are based out of Quebec. They're not French, they're Canadian.
  • + 0
 Good luck I hope to see you on the podium!
  • + 0
 maybe Ricky have been disturbed by the licious babe
  • + 0
 bare my children ricky

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