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 size||Moonracer SL|
•75mm of rear travel
|Rear Shock||Fox Float RP23|
|Fork||Rock Shox SID World Cup|
•80mm of travel
|Headset||FSA Orbit MX|
|Crankarms||Race Face Deuce XC|
|Pedals||Crank Brothers Egg Beater 2Ti|
|Cassette||SRAM Power Glide II 990 9 speed 11-32T|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM X.9|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X.O|
|Shifter Pod||SRAM X.O|
|Handlebar||Race Face Next SL Flatbar 31.8mm|
|Stem||Race Face Deus XC SL 31.8mm|
|Grips||Velo gel lock-on|
|Brakes||Avid Juicy Ultimate hydraulic 160mm rotor|
|Front Wheel||Mavic Crossmax SLR|
|Rear Wheel||Mavic Crossmax SLR|
|Tires||Maxxis MaxxLite 310 26x1.95" 120tpi foldable|
|Saddle||Selle Italia SLR Carbonio Flow|
|Seatpost||Race 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