Devinci Spartan Carbon X01 Eagle

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 Here's my "it's all in the details" review of the 2019 Spartan:

Devinci uses a split pivot rear suspension, which has the rear pivot concentric with the rear axle. One side effect: the pivot hardware protrudes outward where the thru-axle clamps on. This makes the rear end wider than most other bikes and requires a longer thru-axle.

The wide clamping surfaces aren't inherently a problem, unless you screw up the rear axle spec, which is exactly what Devinci has been doing for years.

The DT Swiss RWS lever they specify is simply ridiculous on a split pivot bike. It's OK on a bike like my wife's Reign, where the lever is inset into the frame. But one still has to question why one needs to carry around a permanent lever all the time in the first place. On the Spartan the lever sticks out well over an inch to the side and is certain to hit a trailside obstacle eventually, at least for anyone who uses the bike in aggressive terrain. One rock strike will end its life, and a hard strike could leave the rider stranded.

The smart way is obvious, just specify an axle without an integrated lever. Simpler is better.

The stupidest thing is that the rider gets all the rock strike risk for no benefit at all. Unless you consider having to take out an Allen key to be a burden on those few occasions when you need to remove the rear wheel.

The added cost for Devinci to do it right: less than $0. Price for the buyer to replace the mis-spec'd part afterward: $50-$90.

When I complained to Devinci their response (from engineering, not customer service) was that the RWS lever was "ultimately deemed to be OK". So Devinci engineers thought about the design years ago when they bought the split pivot suspension design, got it wrong, have now considered it again, and they are doubling down on the stupid way of doing things.

Conclusion: Buyer beware. I'd look for a bike from a company that understands both the big stuff and the small stuff. Because if they can't get the small stuff right there's reason to think they're not that good at the big stuff.

Other issues I'd suggest you consider before you buy a Devinci Spartan for aggressive use: No underbash guard included. 180 mm rotor is too small on a bike with a 180 mm travel fork. Reverb is junk (unless you think 1.5 mm of vertical play is acceptable in a new seatpost). Guides are marginal. Tires are too narrow. All-mountain crank, should run a Descendant. Overall, stock setup needs too many upgrades that Devinci should have taken care of themselves.
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Devinci Spartan Carbon X01 Eagle (MSRP $6999) —

Specifications Compare to other All Mountain/Enduro/XC

Release Date 2018
Price $6,999
Travel 165MM (rear)
Rear Shock ROCKSHOX SUPER DELUXE RC3 DB 205X65
Fork ROCKSHOX LYRIK RCT3 27.5 BOOST 110 SOLO AIR 170MM
Headset FSA ORBIT 1.5 ZERO STACK
Cassette SRAM X01 EAGLE 12S
Crankarms SRAM X01 EAGLE 34T BOOST 148
Chainguide E13 TRS RACE SL CARBON ISCG05
Bottom Bracket SRAM BB92
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 EAGLE 12S
Chain SRAM X01 EAGLE 12S
Shifter Pods SRAM X01 EAGLE 12S
Handlebar RACE FACE NEXT R 35 20MM RISE 800MM
Stem RACE FACE TURBINE 35*50MM
Grips DEVINCI PERFORMANCE W/LOCK-ON
Brakes SRAM GUIDE RSC
Wheelset RACEFACE TURBINE R30
Tires MAXXIS MINION DHF 27.5
Seat SDG FLY MTN
Seatpost ROCKSHOX REVERB STEALTH

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