Steve Smith signs with Devinci for 2011

Jan 26, 2011 at 9:01
by Tyler Maine  
Devinci Global Racing takes on the World with the addition of World Cup Racer Steve Smith! Pinkbike was at DGR's first shoot, check out the video of Steve in action!
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Chicoutimi, CA—Cycles Devinci is proud to announce the formation of Devinci Global Racing as a UCI MTB race team for the 2011 World Cup Season. Devinci’s close proximity to Mont-Sainte-Anne, home to the longest running event on the World Cup circuit, makes the launch a natural move for the brand.

The Devinci Global Racing squad features a mixture of podium threats and young standouts; paired with experienced management and top mechanical support.


Leading the DGR charge is 21-year-old Canadian Steve Smith. Smith recently demonstrated his prowess in the most prestigious race of the season, storming onto the podium in 2nd place at the World Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In addition, he captured multiple top-10 World Cup finishes throughout the season.

Smith says, “I’m stoked to have a strong Canadian bike company like Devinci backing me with the bikes I need to win. I know Devinci will be able to offer what I need to achieve all of my goals I have set.”


Joining Smith is New Zealand’s George Brannigan, who was a force among junior riders in 2010. Brannigan led the Junior World Cup series for most of the year, was crowned the Oceania Champion, and nailed a 4th place finish at the 2010 World Championships.

George at the 2010 World Champs at MSA. Photo by Ian Hylands
George at the 2010 World Champs at MSA. Photo by Ian Hylands

Both Smith and Brannigan will be piloting Wilson bikes from Devinci’s newly launched Split Pivot series. The Wilson is the weapon of choice for all DGR’s World Cup DH events.

“We’ve assembled a great program under the DGR banner—riders, co-sponsors, support staff,” says Gabe Fox, Devinci MTB Marketing Manager. “It’s the foundation for a strong future and I envision seeing our program with some great results.”

For 2011 Devinci Global Racing will target the complete World Cup Series, the US Open, Crankworx and other select Canadian, North American, and European events.


“I’m excited to be making this commitment to World Cup racing, and having Steve Smith on the program is the perfect fit,” says Devinci President, Felix Gauthier. “Smith shares many of Devinci’s core values and I’m looking forward to the season.”

"We're very excited to be teaming up with a great brand like Cycles Devinci and having Steve Smith back home "head to toe" on SRAM products again. Steve proved his potential for winning a World Championship last year and now being the newest addition to our race winning BlackBox program we expect him to take it one step higher in 2011. Go Stevie!" -John Dawson, SRAM's North American MTB Race Manager

Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, Canada. It has led the industry by way of manufacturing expertise and product development since its inception in 1987. In 2011, Cycles Devinci continues to forge ahead with licensing suspension guru Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot suspension platform. Combined with the company’s Axis Technologies, Devinci is set on a path for domination. For more details on Devinci and DGR, visit devinci.com

Devinci Global Racing is proudly supported by: SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Fox Head Clothing, ODI, and Schwable.


*Photos by Sterling Lorence unless noted
*Thanks to Keith White at Keith White Audio for the video sound optimization


190 Comments

  • + 36
 Awesome news! Canadian shredder, Canadian team, Canadian made bike! I know who I'm rooting for in 2011.
  • + 8
 agreed. this is good news. stoked.
  • + 3
 Woohoo, Go Steve ! Can't wait for the season to start. He is fo sho going to win it all Big Grin
  • + 2
 Yeah Stevie! Been a favorite of mine for a while now, true Canadian ripper...stoked!
  • + 4
 Stoked on this! Stevie is going to kill it this year! I'm incredibly stoked to see how the 2011 race season pans out!
  • + 1
 idk if i like it or not.. but hey, he likes it so fuck yea!
  • + 1
 Anywhere Gabe goes, Steve follows
  • + 23
 i guess its perspective but that bike looks huge next to him..
  • + 5
 yeah i think its just cuz its at arms length away and on higher ground
  • + 13
 smith is really starting to climb the ranks. well done from all of us from pinkbike steve!
  • + 4
 Top man Steve... I predict some really tight racing this year! Big Grin
  • + 28
 I liked him on Evil but devinci is gonna be awesome
  • + 20
 Looks pretty clear Evil is on the downslide.
  • + 4
 can see devinci making a seriously good name for them selves at this rate! (ino they are not a new brand, but were not major)
  • - 5
flag rejean (Jan 26, 2011 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 al i can think about is EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE for devinci bikes, great they finally got a world cup team, if this were facebook, i'd ­''Like'' the video
  • + 1
 YEAAAAYEAAAAA
  • + 8
 Which factory riders are still racing for evil? Vanderham left, now steve..
  • - 21
flag biname (Jan 26, 2011 at 11:32) (Below Threshold)
 NOOOOO! Devinci is tolerable... but fox clothing... TLD is soo much more prime!
  • + 1
 WHOA! Stevie can rip! he's gonna do great on Devinci (not saying devinci ever sucked). Sweet jersey too!
  • - 5
flag bworthen (Jan 26, 2011 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Darkstar63 Evil is owned by Dave Weagle, who designed this year's Devinci Wilson's split pivot. Evil doesn't have a full on DH it seems this year for 2011, so basically Evil's 2011 bike = Divinci Wilson. It's not an exact fact but makes sense to me if stevie likes the evolution of Weagle's designs Smile
  • + 8
 Very interesting points. I dont really know whats going on with Evil, I dont think anyone really does at this exact moment except for them. I would be very interested to know though, I hear all these rumors about frame failures, you go to Evils website and their latest news bit is from November '09. Then you see these Evil sponsored guys popping up on other teams. Seems to me if they were smart they would let people know what the heck is goin on before their name gets tarnished beyond repair.
  • + 1
 @rejean if you had a brand of bike you would wont to be as successful as possible so stop bitching and let Devinci get as much hype as they can and be as successful as they can.
  • + 1
 further more rejean you have a devinci so what are you bitcing about!?!?!
  • + 4
 DW doesn't own evil, fellahs.
  • - 7
flag tom-cuthbert (Jan 26, 2011 at 15:10) (Below Threshold)
 Who cares about Stevie. YEAH GEORGE!!
  • + 7
 Lot's of people care about stevie...^^ he's awsome, and i'm stoked that he joined with devinci!!
  • + 1
 yeah he does
  • + 2
 Steve SmithDEVINCI GLOBAL RACING À L’ASSAUT DU MONDE | CHICOUTIMI (CANADA) — Cycles Devinci est fier de présenter Devinci Global Racing, une équipe de course de descente UCI qui participera à la saison 2011 de la Coupe du Monde.

L’équipe Devinci Global Racing est composée tant de prétendants au podium que de jeunes vedettes montantes. S’ajoutent à ce mélange une équipe de direction expérimentée et un soutien technique de pointe.

Âgé de 21 ans, le Canadien Steve Smith est le leader incontesté de l’équipe DGR (Devinci Global Racing). Smith s’est récemment fait valoir en obtenant une 2e place aux Championnats du Monde du Mont Sainte-Anne, la course la plus prestigieuse du circuit. Au cours de la saison, il avait également accumulé plusieurs top 10 sur le circuit de la Coupe du Monde.

« Pour gagner, je dois avoir le meilleur vélo possible. C’est une chance inouïe que d’être associé à une compagnie canadienne de qualité comme Devinci qui est capable de me fournir les vélos qu’il me faut pour atteindre mes objectifs » a déclaré Smith.

Aux cotés de Smith, on retrouve le néo-zélandais George Brannigan, l’un des meilleurs jeunes cyclistes de 2010. Meneur de la Coupe du Monde junior pendant la plus grande partie de l’année, il a été couronné champion de l’Océanie et a terminé au 4e rang des Championnats du Monde de 2010.

Ces deux coureurs seront aux commandes du Wilson de la nouvelle gamme de vélos équipés du Split Pivot. Le Wilson est la monture idéale pour s’attaquer aux étapes de la Coupe du Monde de descente auxquelles la DGR participera.
  • + 0
 Devinci Global Racing est fièrement supporté par: SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Fox Head Clothing, ODI, and Schwable.

« La DGR représente vraiment une équipe à part entière, que ce soit les coureurs eux-mêmes, les commanditaires et le personnel de soutien » a déclaré Gabe Fox, directeur du marketing chez Devinci dans le secteur vélo de montagne. “Avec elle, nous jetons des bases solides pour l’avenir et je crois fermement que notre programme connaîtra du succès.”

En 2011, l’équipe Devinci Global Racing vise à prendre part à toutes les étapes de la Coupe du Monde, au US Open, au Crankworx ainsi qu’à d’autres courses en Europe, au Canada et en Amérique du Nord.

Le président de Devinci, Félix Gauthier, se dit heureux de pouvoir s’impliquer au niveau de la Coupe du Monde et a vraiment hâte que la saison se mette en branle. « Steve Smith cadre parfaitement dans notre programme et en plus il partage les valeurs fondamentales de la compagnie, » a-t-il affirmé.

Cycles Devinci est un fabricant de vélo canadien basé à Chicoutimi (Canada). Depuis sa fondation en 1987, la compagnie s’est toujours affirmée comme un leader en matière d’expertise de fabrication et de développement de produit. Devinci continue d’aller de l’avant en 2011 en commercialisant la plateforme de suspension Split Pivot brevetée par Dave Weagle. Cette nouveauté, combinée aux technologies Axis, propulsera Devinci à l’avant du peloton pour de bon. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur Devinci et sur l’équipe Devinci Global Racing, consultez www.devinci.com
  • + 9
 Way to write an essay no one can read.... Blank Stare
  • + 3
 I'ts the same news in french.
  • + 2
 what a whore, cove to evil to devinci, who knows how many brands inbetween... god steve haha
  • + 1
 Thats a nice bike
  • + 13
 Steve Smith also wearing a Leatt,looks like more & more of the top pro riders are going to wear the leatt brace.
  • - 25
flag Poutiainen (Jan 26, 2011 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 I see you just f*cking can`t stop talking about leatt brace.
  • + 29
 I see you making a dumb comment
  • + 10
 I think after Affys huge stack at the end of last year, lots of riders will be looking to protect their neck. Can't be a bad thing in my opinion
  • + 2
 Leatt is standard issue. Does one really think their cool when their in a wheel chair at best?
  • + 1
 i think the alpinestars neckbrace is better than the leatt... iv researched both extensivly and iv found out that you cant break you collar bone if you fully compress hemlemt to brace. The leatt sets nicely on your collor bone and if you get compression the brace will break your bone in a second. But the alpinestars is raised over you collar bone. Just a nifty little tip to help pick a brace when buying one.
  • + 2
 yeah but are you sure that leatt and alpinestars' offer the same ammount of protection ? Cos I would take a broken collarbone over a damaged neck any day of the week ...
  • + 0
 i think the protection is greater actually.
  • + 8
 Congratulations Steve and Devinci.
A great bike company and a great rider, all under one great country !
This is very exciting news! Smile
  • + 3
 Like this was unexpected!!! With Gabes' move months ago to Devinci it was obvious Stevie was going to follow! The biggest WTF to me was his move from TLD to Fox.... Im guessing Reddings' move to Fox will be bringing over quite a few guys.
  • + 3
 Sponsors choose the rider, not the other way around.
  • + 0
 no, the riders sign a contract with a certain bike company, like in football or hockey, but obviously, if the company doesn't want that certain rider, they won't sign their end of the contract
  • + 1
 A rider will aproach a company, whether it be bike, clothing etc, with a sponsorship portfolio ie "I have achieved this and am going to achieve this" If the company likes what it see's, will issue a contract mutually benificial to both parties. But I get what your saying :-)
  • + 2
 @thatgeeza

Heres what I meant.... Gabe is very very good friends with Stevie, they go back to the days he was on Cove. Mike Redding was at TLD for a gazillion years and im guessing Mike and Steve are very good friends. Either way im super stoked for Steve and Devinci and wish both of them a healthy and competitive season.

Beer
  • + 1
 I get what you mean mate, can't wait to see Stevie and Davinci on the podium
  • + 1
 Actually Gabe wasn't going with Steve to start with. I was talking to Chris Kovarik a couple of weeks ago and he was offered that ride about 3 months ago. Chris turned it down because hes doing his own thing this year, so Gabe offered the ride to Rhys Willemse. Don't know why George is on the team now though.
  • + 1
 Great to see Stevie doing so well. The new Davinci looks like a great bike, but only time will tell I guess. As for his kit, a rider goes where the money is, not for the pretiest looking gear Thats why it's called sponsorship, it's not like they stroll in their local bike shop and hand over the cash!
  • + 1
 its 'Devinci' Wink
  • + 1
 I know stevie well and this isnt him, sure that was a sick video but last time i checked he was with small companys like evil and before that cove, now hes with devinci and redbull! sad day..................but im still stoked for him getting big sponsors i just think he is better off woth small companys!
  • + 1
 Sad day? A sad day that he is trying to make a better living? That's he's trying to establish a future? Seriously dude, it's all well and good to be organic and home grown, but like anyone wouldn't take a promotion to a different company if they offered more money regardless of what industry you are in.

By the way, I think Stevie's been working with Weagle perhaps for a while and this may be a contributing factor for the move too.
  • + 1
 yeah i guess thats true but still i think hes better off with small companies cause at the rate hes going he could blow up a small company like Evil or cove that deserves to be big!
  • + 0
 what has evil done that they "deserve to be big over"? if you didnt know, the revolts has problems with the frames breaking and it was hard to get warranty. Not to bad mouth cove but they are known for cracking as well.
Stevie is not better off with small companies whatsoever, bigger companies will offer him more support that he needs to race the world cup. The chances of Stevie winning the WC on devinci is much more likely than on a cove or say knolly, due to the fact neither of those companies could afford to support him throughout an entire season.

Also, DW was not a contributing factor in stevies move. Think back to when stevie was a junior, who was the team manager at cove? Gabe Fox. The same Gabe Fox that helped restart Evil and is now the marketing manager for Devinci. See a pattern?
  • + 1
 coves known for cracking what? ohhh of course you are reffering to the 1999 Cove G spot am i right?
  • + 1
 he has always been with red bull...
  • + 4
 And Evil when up in flames !!!! They lost Vanderham, Smith now all they have are broken links Wink
  • + 1
 Cam Zink will be riding an Evil for 2011
  • + 1
 I hope the make a better bike than the Revolt, I have seeing alots(3) of broken one's in my area. The bike rides really good, but it does not give any confidence.
I like Cam, and Evil makes a sick bike I just hope they improve their designs, so they stop braking.
  • + 3
 wow he changed every single one of his sponsors ... can't wait to see what's next for him Smile
I was rooting for him all last season !
  • + 1
 How did he change all his sponsors?
  • + 1
 I dunno , maybe cos he used to be evil , now he's devinci . He used to be TLD for helmets and kit, now he's fox. He used to be fox, and shimano now he's sram ...

but I figured that's just cos it's the racing team's sponsors ...
only sponsor that stayed is Oakley Big Grin
  • + 1
 Redbull, 510
  • + 1
 yeah sorry : P forgot about those
  • + 1
 This quote from the article says all that needs to be said regarding sponsorship changes:

"Devinci Global Racing is proudly supported by: SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Fox Head Clothing, ODI, and Schwable."
  • + 5
 I'm expecting to see lots of podiums with Steve on them this season.
  • + 1
 Congrats to Devinci and good luck to Steve Smith this year! 2nd in world championship was just insane. Hope this year he can get on top of a podium. It's amazing to see Canadians back at the top of WC DH racing!
  • + 1
 Where Gabe goes he follows, so we saw this coming, i think this is one of the best moves possible for Steve canadian brand, new set up for 2011, hope to see some podiums for him this year! Go Canada!
  • + 2
 First Vanderham and now Smith... Evil's gonna have no one left soon. Congrats Steve, sick bikes..!
  • + 2
 Cam Zink is riding an evil for 2011
  • + 1
 Damn, that name will carry the whole brand after the year Zink had last year..! Surprised he's not sticking with Corsair...
  • + 3
 so who is going to ride evil team on downhill circuit? only filip polc?
  • + 2
 Brook McDonald?
  • - 12
flag Poutiainen (Jan 26, 2011 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 and brook mcdonald? Damn is Mc donald his real name. I am so jealous. I`d like to be Mc donalds too
  • + 1
 They might get some new riders as well.
  • + 4
 Who cares?
  • + 9
 Poutianen will you stop making such dumb comments
  • + 1
 its actually MacDonald i just spelt it wrong... my bad
  • + 1
 Its Macdonald, one word, one capital.
  • + 2
 everyone shud put bets up on who else in the mtb world whos going to switch sponsors and bike companys now
  • + 1
 Ya steve could be riding a huffy and doing good at the worlds. Devinci has really been developing different dh bikes over last couple years. This new one looking proper!
  • + 2
 good to see George Brannigan getting in the mix of it all
  • - 2
 Anyone else notice that everytime Weagle releases a new design there's a 14 page sticky thread on Ridemonkey on "tuning your blahblahblah, overpriced, over glorified turd". Go to the DH forum right now, bet there's atleast 3. I prefer to ride a bike that doesn't require input from 16 countries on how to tune a f*cking single pivot.
What ever happened to his POS pedals he built up hype for months for?? What were they..the Staccato 8s or some shit? haha

Sorry...just NOT a fan.
  • + 1
 you won't have any issues "tuning" the Wilson - the Fox tune was developed specifically by Weagle for the Wilson SP after months of testing and it works brilliantly "out the box"

Dirt Magazine here in the UK tested the Wilson SP and said

"Initial thoughts come up hugely in favour of the design characteristics that transfer to the trail. The marketing and theory is matched in the performance. Low down weight, power is transferred to forward momentum efficiently, support in the suspension design, progression, balance points, weight, quietness. There are many, many positives. More than anything we liked the fact that there was a useable range of adjustment in the system. First thoughts? Fresh. We really expect to see a BIG signing for this bike which should be gaining podiums in the next few years. Can’t really find any fault in this one. Full test to follow in magazine"
  • + 1
 I think its a good look for hime and Devinci. Always liked Stevie since his part in "Seasons"
  • + 0
 No one else think this is just moving from one B team to another B team. He needs to start steppin up instead of steppin over.
  • + 2
 He's in his second full season of World Cups, give the guy a chance he'll get there and the Wilson will prove to be one hell of a bike
  • + 1
 YEEEAAAH. Solid company behind a solid rider. So stoked to see stevie on devinci.
  • + 1
 nice, would have been nice to see him go back to cove but oh well devinci is canadian too! glad for him
  • + 2
 Anybody like how the old Wlsn looked better?
  • - 1
 definitely agreee
  • - 2
 I'd have to say this thing is the most repulsive bike on the market right now. I've thrown it in with the Norco lot... then puked on the pile.
  • - 2
 Exactly what I was thinking! It has that ugly curvature like a Norco
  • + 1
 Who cares what it looks like, does it still ride like poo?
  • + 1
 (squishy and brown) haha
  • + 2
 props Stevie and Devinci, its gona be a sick year.
  • + 1
 Have somebody the name of this Awesome song ?
Thaaaanks !
And Congrat' Steve, GO FAST !
  • + 1
 These photos are amazing. Theres a couple more that were loaded up but are not in this blog.... Beutiful shots Sterling!
  • + 1
 isnt the Evil bikes website from like 2008 or something? its pretty hard to find any info on them since they have no website
  • + 2
 Good now a bike that wont break once a race! Time to destroy Steve!!!
  • + 1
 Good way to test that split pivot for sure... He's goona ride the wheels off that thing.
  • + 1
 evil has lot 3 awesome riders this with smith, vanderham and buchanon gone
  • + 1
 Devinci wymiata ;d Zajebiscie ;]
  • + 0
 Well, lucky for Devinci that Stevie would be fast on anything with two wheels!
  • + 1
 Right on...a great Canadian racer on a great bike. Go Stevie!
  • + 1
 So cool. Hope he kills it this year!
  • + 1
 McDermott kills him tons more
  • + 1
 i cant believe he switched from evil!
  • + 1
 who cares? ,.. headbutt is wayyyyy more deserving
  • + 1
 This is awesome news! Me rikey!
  • + 1
 wow i knew this like 2 weeks ago
  • + 1
 I knew this months ago....
  • + 1
 too bad the horst link is way better than another name for a single pivot
  • + 2
 i second that!
  • + 0
 have a proper look at the Wilson's Split Pivot suspension (you'll soon realise its not a single pivot), and try riding one (I have 3 Wilson SP bikes in front of me right now..) and then see what you think?

Steve Jones of Dirt Mag just tested a Wilson SP and 2011 Demo 8 at Forest of Dean in England, and said the Wilson was totally superior to the Demo, which was actually a big surprise considering the heritage of the Demo Wink
  • + 2
 where can i read about that test Steve did?..sounds interesting.
  • + 1
 it is definatly a single pivot. if you look at the main pivot then look back along the main swing arm to the rear axel you will see that there is no more pivots impeding that path. therefor it is a single pivot and you sound stupid.

i am not saying that the demo is a superior bike to the devinci, im saying the suspenison mechanics are.
you can wear what color shirt you want, eat the food you like, and ride what bike you like, you are entitled to those opinions. the geometry, shock rate, setup, look, ect may have suited that particular tester better on the wilson.

personally i have a demo, you couldnt ask for more active, stiff, responsive suspension. on the other hand i am thinking of getting a different bike because the chainstay is a little short for my riding positon and my front wheel washes out more than it should. now this situation does not mean that a hyped up single pivot with some extra bullshit linkage thown on there for fools who say "its not a single pivot" is neccisarily more functional than a horst link.
  • + 0
 if its just a 'single pivot'...

-then why does it have a floating (active) brake? (without resorting to a brake-therapy style bolt-on arm)

-why is the shock fed a specific leverage ratio through the rocker? (not directly off the swingarm like an Orange 224)

-how is the pedalling torque decoupled from the rear axle?

DW's "Split Pivot" is not a single pivot - its a little more complicated than that if you actually look into the concentric dropout, it gives the advantages of a single pivot combined with the advantage of a FSR-style 4-bar

yes the rear axle is carried on a beam rotating about a fixed point which gives an advantageous rearward axle path, but that is where the similarity with the single pivot ends...the rear axle floats within the dropout

nothing stupid about my statement Frown
  • + 1
 single pivots can have floating brakes, doesnt make it not a single pivot. (trek session 88, kona stab, older morewood dh bike, ect)

single pivot bikes can have a link that actuates the shock differently, still a single pivot. (transition tr450, kona stinky, ect)

the issue with pedaling proformance is not torque, we would like to think so but humans are not really that strong. it has to do with the chain line from the top of the rear cog to the top of the front chainring in relation to the pivot. that can be handled with proper pivot placement in conjunction with running a particular size chainring. if you change the chainring size, or less importantly rear cog it will effect the pedaling characteristics on all single pivots, this design included.

this looks to me like a rip off of treks APB design, but flipped upside down. not that that is a bad thing.

it deffinantly does not carry some of the benifits of a single pivot such as: simplicity, one pivot, low unsprung weight, ease of access to the shock and linkage.

rearward axle path? i dont really buy that schpele, once you sag a bike 33 percent you are generally past the rearward part of the arc, unless your riding something like a brooklyn machine works, balfa, trek session 10 ect that has a REALLY high pivot.

anyways this is a good discussion, im having fun.
  • + 1
 poor evil... but that just made my day
  • + 0
 NOOO he's my biggest idol and im driving the evil too now he drives for devinci =(
  • + 9
 bummer, now you'll have to buy all new kit in your effort to be a completely unoriginal sheep. that's to baaaad
  • + 2
 BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Dude, that was effin awesome...thank you for that! Cuz everyone loves a fuggin copycat fanboi.
  • + 2
 oops, i meant to up-props the sheep comment but i clicked down accidentally!
  • + 1
 just can'T understand what your porblem is i bought the bike before but hes still my favourite rider....
  • + 1
 But anyways its cool too, bcs he support a nice canadian company and really rocks on this badass bike
  • + 1
 oh and to b-free and intrepidbiped, i would never drive rock shoxs rear shocks i just don't like them and this fox stuff also not, just bcs im driving an evil bike and hes my idol that mustn't mean i copy him, ill stay at my evil! I mean is it such an unordonary thing to take a good driver as an example? If you mean you have to be cool through commenting this with your bullshit do it i would better go out and ride!
  • + 2
 Stop driving your bike and ride it!
  • + 1
 =) yeah weekend begins tomorrow =)
  • + 1
 Devinci has definitely stepped up their game. Sickest DH bike yet
  • + 1
 good for Steve! GET SOME!
  • + 1
 Seventeen Skrillex Remix Casxio
  • + 1
 Thanks Dude Wink
  • + 1
 Anybody For the Song ?
Shazam don't work ^^
  • + 1
 nice shoes Wink
  • + 1
 not at all biased!!! Razz
  • + 1
 thf
  • + 0
 that new helmet looks bbbeeeeeeefffffffyyyyyy
  • + 1
 stoked for steve.
  • + 1
 pin it steve!
  • + 0
 definatly saw this one coming
  • + 1
 good lucky!
  • + 1
 Evil must be suffering
  • + 0
 cam zink on evil for 2011
  • + 1
 how many times can you say the same thing in the same post?
  • + 1
 YESSSSSS
  • + 1
 yeah steve kill it buddy
  • - 1
 Devinci is going to sell a sh*tload of bikes this year.
  • - 1
 cove...evil...devinci... tld....fox things getting worst around him
  • + 2
 don't give shit. he's world class rider and he can ride bike of any brand with the same result. though i hope devinci will fit him well. and please stop comparing stuff from fox and tld - as if it made any difference in steve's career. everybody's talking about how ugly v3r is, but nobody remembers that he was 2nd at world champs.
  • + 0
 thx mr. lawyer
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 noo, the revolt was so much sicker
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 if you're into bikes that are constantly breaking....
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 you cant win world cups if your bike snaps half way down!
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 Is that not what he means by "sicker" haha
Stevie Smith looked pinned and comfortable on the Wilson, something he never did on the buckin snap happy Evil machine.
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 What is the problem, he just made a superman in new style Big Grin .
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 It's funny how word of mouth about a few frame failures can lead to ignorant comments about shitty quality from people who have never ridden one.
Anyone remember when Norco made a major recall of almost 4000 frames for weak headtubes? which is probably more than the amount of snapped Evils & Konas combined, yet all we hear about on pinkbike is "ooh don't buy a Kona or Evil, they'll snap on you"
The only people entitled to make those type of comments are the few people unfortunate enough to have one of those failures happen to them. To the rest, stop propagating and go ride.
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 @betsie,

C'mon.. I don't know where that rumor came from, but a photo of DH'er crashing doesn't prove anything. They all go down at some point or another =)
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 @progression

at least they had integrity to recall faulty products.
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 Fair enough.

But a full recall has to be justified, if only a small number of isolated problems come up out of a full production line it's not always in the best interest of the company or even individual frame owners to recall every single frame. They'll look at the problem and determine whether or not it was A. a rider related error (from abuse etc.) B. Manufacturing error (weak weld etc.)C. Design issue D. Could the problem result in an catastrophic failure and seriously injure the rider.
In Norco's case it was a major design error with the headtube/headtube junction which meant all the frames were affected by the problem, which justified a full recall.
My understanding is most of the problems with the Evil frames were cracks in the main links. You wouldn't be able to ride it but I don't think it would cause you to crash, which is certain to happen if your headtube snaps off.
Also most of the problems were discovered in frames from the first production run and that they made adjustments to the design for the following runs, and you can bet if it was a serious issue and Evil just swept it under the rug they'd already be long gone with lawsuits up to their eyeballs.
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 I don't think it was just the chance of failure that is the issue with the frames. It's also due to the fact that here in the uk warranty replacements were often taking 3 months to arrive.
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 Evils do have a cracking problem. I ride with enough people that are on the evil team here in Washington and they almost have all had breaks on their bikes. A few are still good though. I also know people who have cracked their konas and I personally cracked a Jamis about 6 months ago. I lately got a new one though that is the 2011 and much nicer. It's for sale now because I ride on a trek sponsored team but the point of what I'm saying is there's alot of brands that are known for breaking and I can verify for the 09 Jamis for myself. People that don't know shouldn't talk. Go steve smith though!! I think he's Gona rock the devinci this year and get around 6th overall in the world cups. My prediction
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 Evils crack, I got the info from the Evil guy at Crankworx when we were taking a brand new evil crack replacement frame back that was cracked in 6 places (got some nice interesting photos of them too). As for not many of them cracking, he expected to see many of the first batch back.
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