Troy Gets Rebuilt Longer and Stiffer
Canadian company Devinci is updating their 140mm travel Troy platform to better suit more aggressive riders. The basic lines will look familiar compared to last year's bike, but every element of the frame has been re-designed in a search for increased chassis rigidity and updated geometry that includes a much longer front end than Devinci's bikes have featured in the past. Devinci will offer both carbon and aluminum versions of the new Troy when the bike becomes available this coming November, as well as a frame-only carbon fiber and aluminum options for those who want to build it up to their own preferences.
Devinci Troy Details
• Intended use: trail / all-mountain
• Rear wheel travel: 140mm
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• More progressive suspension
• All new frame
• Carbon and aluminum options
• Longer reach, shorter rear end
• Internal cable routing
• ISCG 05 chain guide tabs
• Carbon frame 1X only
With the original Troy, Devinci found that the 140mm travel bike was often being ridden by downhillers as an aggressive trail machine, something that led these riders to spec the bike with things like shorter stems and wider handlebars than what it originally came stock with. It was clear that the next generation Troy would need to be designed with these points in mind, and that's exactly what Devinci have done. So while the old medium sized bike featured a 415mm long reach in the 'LO' setting, the new Troy sports a 440mm reach and will come from the factory with a short stem and either a 780 or 800mm wide handlebar depending on the model. The 67 degree head angle remains the same as last year, though, as that number suits the 140mm travel bike's intentions as a burly trail machine - if you want slacker and more capable, the 165mm travel Spartan is what you should be considering. The new Troy's rear end is also slightly shorter at 426mm, with 4mm removed compared to last year due to the carbon bike's dedicated single chain ring design that provides a touch more clearance.
Devinci was also on a quest to greatly increase chassis rigidity, and they say that they've been able to do that thanks to the massive carbon tubes that make it clear that the bike is closely related to the longer travel Spartan. The rear end is also all new, with burlier carbon seat stays, new aluminum chain stays, and a stiffer rocker arm that are all said to contribute to a big jump in lateral rigidity. All that adds up to a slightly heavier frame, with the new version coming in a 6.13 pounds compared to 6.07 pounds for the old bike, a bump up that Devinci clearly feels is well worth it.Suspension Updates
The re-designed Troy still employs Dave Weagle's Split Pivot suspension design that lets the dropout pivot rotate concentrically around the axle, and it's said to allow the braking neutrality to be tuned independently of chain induced suspension forces. In short, active braking combined with good pedalling performance. But comparing the previous iteration of Troy to the new bike will reveal slightly different pivot locations between the two, and especially when talking about the new and stiffer rocker arm. We might only be talking about a few millimeters difference here and there, but the end result is a more progressive stroke that, along with new shock tunes from RockShox, is said to make for more bottom-out resistance compared to the original design. Again, this news should keep more aggressive riders happy.