Video: Georgia Astle On Going Pro & Her Devinci Troy - Pro Bike Check

Mar 18, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


Tom Bradshaw has a yarn with Devinci Global Racing Team rider Georgia Astle on her new bike day. Astle covers what it takes to become a pro, knowing your worth as an athlete, the importance of mentorship and the most crucial part - having fun.




Devinci Troy Details:
Frame: Medium, 29er
Rear Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory 140mm
Fork: Fox 36 Float EVOL GRIP2 Factory Series 160mm
Headset: Chris King inset
Cassette: Shimano XTR 12s 10-51T
Cranks: Race Face Next R 170mm
Chainguide: E13 TRS Race SL
Pedals: HT T1
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR
Chain: Shimano XTR
Handlebar: Race Face Next R 20mm rise, 770mm with grips
Stem: Raceface Turbine R 40mm
Grips: ODI Elite Pro
Brakes: Shimano XTR Trail 4 Piston
Rotors: Shimano XTR M980 203mm
Insert: CushCore XC front, Pro rear
Wheels: Race Face Turbine
Tires: Maxxis Assegai 2.5WT DD / Minion Highroller II 2.5WT DD at 23 front / 25 rear
Seatpost: Fox Transfer 175mm










61 Comments

  • 49 2
 Not to get political or anything, but I thought this video was actually quite enjoyable
  • 24 0
 My wife and I got the previous version Troy's 27.5's and they are sweet. My only complaint is she got purple and I got gray...the purple is sooo sweet!
  • 13 0
 Bring back the 27.5 option! Please
  • 21 1
 Wow, that is a good looking purple machine... The troy is an amazing all around bike and their aluminum builds are awesome value... people seem to overlook them but the Canadian pricing is super good compared to other brands. Good look out there Georgia!
  • 2 0
 The carbon are good value too, relatively speaking. The Troy xt Ltd is spec’d so well. Nothing needs swapping.
  • 1 0
 Are the alu. Troys built in Canada too like the Marshalls?
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: According to their website the two mountain bikes they don't make in Canada are the Troy and Django. So unfortunately no they are not.

This is where they say what is: www.devinci.com/en/quebec
  • 4 0
 This! I'm shocked more people don't talk about Devincis value (Esp in Canada). Top end carbon builds in the mid 7's. Yeah its a lot but compare.....
  • 16 0
 Congrats Georgia ! Killer bike !!
  • 11 0
 Love bike checks- One thing I wish they would add standard is the rider height / inseam / weight / age like they do for the PB staffers.
  • 25 0
 @ninjatarian:

Geo's geo:
5'8" / 172cm
145lbs / 65.5kg
29" / 74cm inseam
23 y/o
  • 7 0
 Thanks! So nice, right?!
  • 3 0
 @georgiaa: Please still come to the Dunbar Summer Series even if you've gone full enduro! ;-)
  • 4 0
 @sexley: Always have time for my very favourite DH series!
  • 13 0
 Georgia is my neighbours daughter and was making my morning coffee just the other week - great to see her getting this opportunity to follow a dream.
  • 6 0
 What a great human!
  • 9 0
 Gotta love small towns. Smile
See you for your morning coffee stop soon, Paul!
  • 11 0
 this bike is a bit weird, the design, the colour.... and i'm in love with it. hottest bike going right now. the reviews are glowing. i would love to demo one. apparently they climb like mad.
  • 7 0
 Devinci scored on this one....the bike is nice but they just picked up a great asset for their company to grow. Love your outlook. Georgia all the best.
  • 6 0
 Cheers! So stoked to be working alongside Devinci for another season.
  • 4 0
 Purple isn't my favorite color, but these new Troys are some of the only frames that came out after I got my Knolly that really have me wondering what I would have done if I had waited... great geo, seem like just a great big trail/lighter enduro type bike. Plan is to keep the Knolly for a while, though...
  • 3 0
 This bike ticks all the boxes. Might even convert you to a purple lover.
  • 5 0
 Might be late to this ... but I think I just fell in love with Georgia Astle. What a great interview and a real stand up athlete! Rooting for her in 2021.
  • 5 0
 Thanks for the support! Love to hear it.
  • 4 2
 New Troys look/sound great but MAN the lower level build colours are so goddamn ugly it hurts. I was on the cusp of buying one with the intention of immediately making the frame raw. If you aren't buying the top-spec carbon you're pretty much stuck with periwinkle blue or an ugly bright orange. They both look like childrens bikes from walmart.

That's definitely an area that LBS brands can take a page from DTC brands playbook. Commencal, YT, Canyon etc all have nice ass colourways throughout the whole range.
  • 1 1
 I agree! I hope devinci changes this for next year. I love the design of the troy but couldn't afford the carbon models and the Alu model colours were not my thing
  • 4 0
 Thanks for a video AND a full spec sheet for us at work who cant watch videos.
  • 9 0
 Cheers @ybsurf! I think we need to do a "How to get your boss into mountain biking, so they let you watch bike videos at work" video ha ha
  • 1 0
 Devinci won’t recommend it for obvious reasons but my experience with up-stroking the 21’ has been great. Anyone else doing it? The coil is nearly a must imo due to “progressivity” as well... on a 160mm 38, the stack height is real high by comparison, surprised to see so many spacers in the review. Curious what was meant by the setup connection between fox and devinci for the fork...
  • 1 0
 Greg clocked some race miles on his Troy last year so he and the team were able to work with the folks at Fox to find his ideal setup. I went off of those numbers to start with. Nothing too crazy, but for sure playing around with all of these configurations you've mentioned.
  • 1 0
 @georgiaa: that makes sense 100% now, I was like.. where can I find these numbers LOL.
  • 2 0
 Good for you Georgia, totally agree with different sports to keep the enjoyment of biking, i moto and snowboard to keep the love too.
  • 2 0
 I'm drooling over this bike. Good spec for a good price IMO. Do we know how tall Georgia is?
  • 7 0
 Hiya! I am 5'8" and very comfortable on Devinci's medium bikes.
  • 3 0
 That's legitness! The new Troy looks so sick! I'd love to try one.
  • 2 0
 Love my new Troy and my other Devinci bikes. Great interview. Good luck Georgia!
  • 2 0
 Absolute shredder on a bike. One of my favorite riders and personalities out there at the moment.
  • 2 0
 One of the best bike checks I have seen. Love the in-depth explanation on why you run things a certain way!
  • 2 0
 Also, wondering if she was able to find a 34.9 transfer or if a shim is being used for this monster seat tube?!
  • 1 0
 I’m guessing a shim. I was going to shim the Fox I have but ended up using the SDG that came with the frame. The Fox with the shim would have been heavier and maybe more susceptible to creaking.
  • 1 0
 @Tinshield: ah yeah makes sense. I used the sdg for a bit but didn’t like it. Replaced w pnw 200 drop and like it much better so far...
  • 1 0
 @biketyson11: been fine for me with the Shimano lever. I admittedly don’t use it a ton.
  • 1 0
 I notice that on her bike, and on Keegan Wright's Troy, they're both using the old version of the Transfer. I wonder why? The rest of the Fox kit is all 2021 stuff on both bikes...
  • 1 0
 @BrambleLee: I’m not sure either but I think the old clamp was stronger. The new ones bend. images.app.goo.gl/zSvSSZmypM5uZqo18
  • 2 0
 A great rider with such a killer calm attitude I wish her nothing but success.... and that bike is drool worthy
  • 1 0
 Seat is certainly slammed forward for a steep 78 degree seat tube and a not-long top-tube. Seat buzz issues?
  • 1 0
 Could be slammed more. It’s got a pretty slack actual angle and she’s got some steep climbs around so that’s what I expect is happening.
  • 1 0
 @andrewfif: And she runs that seatpost almost all the way down, so I'll bet the effective on that particular bike is damn close to the spec sheet if not steeper by a hair. Actual seat tube angle alone isn't going to tell us about the actual location of the seat relative to the wheel, only effective STA will.

PB has been telling us for a while that 78ish degrees effective angle is like the _minimum_. so you don't have to worry about slamming your seat forward, but this one still looks pretty forward from these pics, just curious why, also considering that the top tube is not very long compared to reach.
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: so I am a sta kinda guy. I currently have a knolly with my west pretty high and forward. In this case my reasoning is likely right on. Eff sta is literally measured at the height of the headtube directly horizontal until it intersects the actual angle. Bikes with kinks like this mean that they are not usually helpful for long legged people with steep climbs. Anytime the seat height is above the headtube (pretty normal) you’ll have to take the actual into real consideration. Likewise, ett is always measured at that same intersection, so the moment your seat goes past your headtube, the measurement is only helpful in conjunction with actual sta
  • 1 0
 @andrewfif: Effective seat-tube angle is not necessarily measured at the height of the head-tube. Almost no bike manufacturers tell us where they measure it from. If you know for a fact that Devinci measures it from there, I'd love to see a reference for that.

I do know that on my Stumpy '19 27 Large it's likely measured pretty close to my own saddle height, which is well above the headtube (almost level with the bars with 12-17mm top cap + spacers, 45mm x 10deg rise stem, and 30mm rise bars), because I've measured it myself and it matches right up with their spec sheet.

I know slack actual seat-tube angles can suck for anyone at the tall end of a size range (not just absolutely tall people), I've been saying that on here for literally years, along with advocating for size specific chainstay lengths to help mitigate that long seat-post on slack seat-tube equals saddle too far back syndrome.

In this case I'm more curious about the dropped saddle position in relation to the rear wheel at full compression. Eyeballing it, it sure looks like they'll come pretty close together. Close enough that, even though I'm in the size range for a Medium at 178cm, I suspect I wouldn't fit since I want a longer ETT than 598mm (even accounting for the actual seat tube angle combined with a longer seat post.) so I'd slam the seat most of the way back and maybe get some tire buzz.
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: I have talked to/bike with designers from Knolly, Specialized, Guerrilla Gravity, and Ibis. While you're right that not everyone does it the same, and I can't find anything specific to Devinci, reach is always measured from top of headtube and usually so is ETT. Otherwise a brand is saying this headtube, plus these spacers across to this seat height. Which is 100 possible that some do this. For your own personal bike, that's great that it matches up. It may conveniently be that the HTA and STA are close, and based on your stem length and bar preference/roll/height/etc it aligns well.

I'm also agreeing strongly with size specific stays or at least flip chips. I love a balanced bike front to rear. One of my all time fav bikes is the banshee titan, although I wouldn't hate having a flip chip to try slightly shorter stays.

I also see what you're saying about having some seat buzz when the seat is dropped. That's an issue that I've never had to deal with on any bike and may be a consideration for you. Knowing a little bit about her area and preferences I'm guessing that the seat position is solely based on climbing, but hopefully @georgiaa can share why she does it. I'm not a huge fan of long ETT due to the trails that I typically ride and the climbs to get there, but thank goodness for room to adjust. In your case you may have to sacrifice some dropper height and run your seat at a taller dropped position if you slam it back.
  • 1 0
 @andrewfif: "It may conveniently be that the HTA and STA are close, and based on your stem length and bar preference/roll/height/etc it aligns well."

What? HTA and STA are close to what? Each other? The spec? I only gave the cockpit numbers to show that I'm not at some super low seat height. (it's actually just a few mm lower than what would be the middle height possible with stock components). Stem length and bar roll have _nothing_ to do with HTA or effective STA, so not sure why they were mentioned at all.

"and usually so is ETT"

Pretty sure ETT is _always_ measured horizontal from the head-tube/top-tube junction, other wise it would make no sense. And because of this Actual STA sometimes does have a large effect on saddle to bar distance, but (as you caught on) I'm not concerned with that here.

"this headtube, plus these spacers across to this seat"

Spacers? Seat height? This is what I'm talking about. You previously said Actual STA is measured at the the height of the top of head tube. Adding spacers into the mix is just silly, but seat height is the actual key. They only need to say "effective seat-tube angle at X saddle height" (X being the average for someone in the middle of the size range) and it's done. Otherwise, one could assume it's from the top of the head-tube, or the head-tube/top-tube junction like ETT, or some middle ground saddle height (makes the most sense and easiest to extrapolate from), or anywhere. But since almost no one tells us, we the consumers just have to guess and then get in arguments online about who's Actual STA is stupid and who's doing it right.
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: It is clear to me that you are confused about bike geometry and we aren't getting anywhere. I also can tell that your tone has changed and you're upset. Not entirely sure why, but ok. You've also misunderstood what I said repeatedly, so I'm not going to discuss this anymore as I know everything that I need to know and you have nothing new to offer to me, which is fine. I wanted to help you out.

So, final thing-after reaching out to Georgia, the seat doesn't buzz when dropped on her bike.

If you'd like to argue about nothing further, keep replying and I'm happy to do it.
  • 2 0
 I think it’s a PNW thing. I had a rental in Squamish last year and the seat was as far as it would go forward. Felt very odd... until we hit some climbs.
  • 2 0
 10-4 Rubba ducky, come on.. I like georgiaa.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for another bike check.
  • 1 0
 So all the Devinci enduro team is riding the troy and not the spartan?
  • 3 0
 Ive noticed the same thing though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Callahan on the Spartan... While I still mostly dig my 2017 Troy it’s no enduro.
  • 2 0
 So purple and rad!
  • 1 0
 Side note anyone know what bike the dude on the right has got at 9:23?
  • 1 0
 Nnniiiiiice

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