Devinci's 30th Anniversary YYZ Bike

Apr 13, 2017 at 21:49
by Cycles Devinci  
This year marks three decades in the bike-building business for Devinci. And as we throttle it into our dirty thirties, we’re partying like it’s 1987 with a limited-edition rollout of an extra-retro experiment: The YYZ.


bigquotesOne of our long-lost designers came up with the original XYZ mountain bike design. It was kinda like this ugly-duckling of ridiculousness. With no one to explain it to us, we decided to bring it back and interrogate it for secrets. That’s how the YYZ was born.Steve Mitchell, renowned bike collector, and Devinci’s B.C. Sales Rep.

A story of creation, YYZ’s roots hearken back to the late ’80s when Devinci was an infant brand bench-making aluminum frames at its headquarters in Chicoutimi, Canada. The mountain bike scene was similarly milk-fed back then, in the process of meandering from Marin County, California to Vancouver’s rugged North Shore. The geographical gear-shift spurred big changes to bike designs in general. And around the same time that New Kids On The Block was making little girls scream, the bike industry was jumping on the mountain bike bandwagon with a deluge of neon-spewing hardtails.

Devinci YYZ 30th Anniversary
Devinci YYZ 30th Anniversary

bigquotesThese were the first attempts at core mountain bikes. They marked the start of the long twisty road we’ve been on in the industry—lots of swings and hits… plus a few misses. The XYZ may not have been a sales home run but it’s one of the most intriguing Devinci designs from the era.Steve Mitchell

The reincarnated YYZ riffs off the original XYZ with assorted ’90s flavors such as crossover top-tubes, triangles galore, and an elevated chainstay. Beyond the frame, the 30th anniversary build fires up the flux capacitor with componentry that vibes toward the contemporary. SRAM, also celebrating an anniversary in 2017, has been a project co-conspirator since the get-go. YYZ drivetrain operations are powered by the Chicago-based company’s XX1 Eagle weaponry. Its cockpit, on the other hand, comes courtesy of Chromag out of Whistler. Finally, a RockShox fork and stylin’ Maxxis skinwall tires complete the look.

Devinci YYZ 30th Anniversary

bigquotesSRAM’s Tyler Morland found himself interested in YYZ and helped us out with parts to make this dream-build possible. We wanted the old school to meet new standards. That also includes Boost, a good reach, slack head angles, and short chainstays.Julien Boulais, Devinci Marketing Manager

In the late ’80s, the XYZ was a cutting-edge prototype with the kind of artistry you’d appreciate while ogling it through your bitchin’ Oakley Blades. Today’s YYZ is the party-on incarnation, representing decades of team and trail-driven innovations. This bike will remain an experiment project with a limited production of three scratch-made frames. “Overall we’re just a bunch of passionate riders with a factory at our disposal,” Boulais says. “We’ve been creating, and building bikes here for the past 30 years and we’re still having a hell of a good time doing it.”

Get a first glimpse of the neo-retro YYZ this April at the Sea Otter Classic.

Devinci YYZ 30th Anniversary

145 Comments

  • + 500
 That is the best looking ugly bike I've ever seen
  • + 89
 I somehow really like it
  • + 16
 SHIP IT!
  • + 6
 I still have the old Rocky Mountain that looks quite similar. Beautiful!
  • + 98
 I have the weirdest boner right now...
  • + 1
 @richierocket:

You have the suzi-Q
  • + 14
 I like it too. And I immediately realized, why.
The trend of the past few years has been:
1. Take a component
2. Make it bigger
3. ???
4. Profit!

So if you take a retro steel frame and combine it with modern components, you'll end up with a bike whose frame tubes are thinner than the fork, handlebar or seat post so it looks ugly.
But Devinci's bottom tube is quite thick so it looks nicely balanced.
  • + 3
 @mxmtb: No, I think it was called the Cyrus? Its still in my parents crawlspace waiting for a retro build one day.
  • + 1
 @richierocket: Rocky Mountain Cirrus
  • + 4
 Yeah my first reaction was I hate how that looks... yet I can't stop staring and I now want one.
  • + 3
 @Extremmist: gnome business planning at its best.
  • + 2
 @ratedgg13: Thanks mate!^^
  • + 3
 @ratedgg13 and @mxmtb: The weirdest boner should be called the "Suzi-Q"
  • + 1
 Indeed ! hahahhaa
  • + 1
 It's not pretty, but in a beautiful way. I do want one.
  • + 1
 And a 29er to boot!
  • + 7
 you know 26" is dead as f*ck if a 1987 replica bike sports another wheel size. Nice bike though.
  • + 2
 BikeRadar would like to thank you for their title... www.bikeradar.com/us/mtb/news/article/devinci-yyz-mtb-49695
  • + 1
 @tcp: Have you ever been on Vitalmtb.com? It's literally almost a carbon copy of Pinkbike.com, with a different skin. Don't mess with success I guess.
  • + 54
 That whole video and not one bar of a Rush song, who also happens to be Canadian!!!
  • + 16
 Exactly what I was thinking....daaa da dat dat daaaa da dat dat daaaaaaaa....da da da dat.
  • + 6
 @coachvernon: -.-- -.-- --..
  • - 11
flag TBLeldarado (Apr 17, 2017 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 Tragically hip would've worked too, especially given how popular they've become over the past year.
  • + 11
 Glad to see I'm not the only one who came here expecting Rush!
  • + 8
 @TBLeldarado: please remove the Canadian flag next to your name. Go google "rush yyz" (maybe live in brazil) come back with full appreciation and understanding and you may reinstate the CAD flag. Now go! Do it. You're welcome.
  • + 5
 Yeah, disappointed with the soundtrack, but I'll just 'leave that thing alone'
  • - 7
flag wallheater (Apr 17, 2017 at 12:04) (Below Threshold)
 @rexluthor: I just did that and dear God what a load of twiddly shit! It's the musical equivalent of being married to your sister.
  • + 4
 Also, to Canadians, isn't it pronounced Y, Y, Zed?
  • + 3
 @rexluthor: well now I feel like a dumbass lol... joke went right over my head.. I'll hand in the flag until further notice Frown
  • + 2
 @rexluthor The worst part is, is that I know the song. I'm embarrassed now. I'm not sure how I'm going to redeem myself, any ideas?
  • + 6
 @wallheater: wait are you talking shit about rush? Going to bash the hip too? I think you also need to hand in the flag lol
  • + 34
 finally a bike that doesn't look like a session
  • + 10
 Looks like an Alpinestars mega
  • + 2
 @shakeyakey:

I have a cracked Ti Mega hanging in my living room.
  • + 1
 @deeeight: lot of tubes in those frames, weld more, weld less ..
  • + 1
 @deeeight: couple of guys had them when I first started mtbing always thought they looked so pimp!
  • + 1
 @deeeight: i yave a a cracked Cromega frame haging in My garage
  • + 33
 Trade for 2016 devinci Wilson with $100 on your end?
  • + 18
 Ting, ta, ting ting ting, ta ting ting ting ting, ta ta, ting, ta ting ting ting,ta,ting ting ting,ting, ta ta.....
  • + 12
 I like that dual texture sand blasted finish. So classy
  • + 8
 "the process of meandering from Marin County, California to Vancouver’s rugged North Shore. The geographical gear-shift spurred big changes to bike designs in general."

So true and well stated. Nice project - keep the good times and fun bikes rollin'!
  • + 11
 To compliment the name YYZ, needs to sport an old ZZYZX fork. The all new YYZZZYZX.
  • + 1
 XXYYXX is a rather down tempo techno artists. Pairs well with the XYZ.
  • + 2
 I remember lusting after that fork... until one of my friends got one and it failed on ride 4. Terrible fork.
  • + 3
 @iamamodel: I had one and it was bigger in diameter than my CR250 fork. Looked amazing and rode like shit.
  • + 9
 Why even bother building it up or giving it any sort of modern geometry if you're not going to release it to the public?
  • + 9
 Because marketing.
  • + 11
 Because they can Smile
  • - 3
 @dingus: marketing only pays off if you're going to be selling something. You'd think they would have learned that in 30 years.
  • + 3
 @seraph: In this day and age all bikes are pretty effing good, so you actually buy stuff that goes beyond the bike thats why specialized has a bit of a hate cult. I like what devinci does they are not a big desinging/engineer team but they seem to have a lot of leeway experimenting with diferent things and not just making trendy bikes. In fact most of their lineup defies trends even their road bikes, so the fact that this project comes to life wont make me buy this bike but another devinci one.
  • + 7
 Why why jezz... Does it have to be an one off? Put it in production man.
  • + 7
 Seems to me like they were rushing the design
  • + 6
 Please put these into production! Would love to have one!
  • + 1
 Want!
  • + 5
 @devinci please please please make a raw steel frame set. I will order one now. Thanks.
  • + 0
 Why? They're niche is aluminum and carbon, which are undoubtedly better materials than steel.
  • + 0
 @Macropod: no. Just no.
  • + 4
 can't wait for somebody to do an updated geometry, boost, slack version of the slingshot with the cable and spring downtube...
  • + 2
 I know it's a sarcastic comment... but, they still make them! In 26 and 29 though. I can't find anything that says they don't. They even have an active FB page... They're still made in house in Michigan. Call them and have one custom made Wink Slingshotbikes.com
  • + 5
 Great spec. Old-fashioned tough with old-fashioned classy; knuckle dusters with a tuxedo.
  • + 1
 On second inspection - this bike is already out of date; Pike. That's the bike industry for you.
  • + 6
 That looks really cool! Seriously Smile
  • + 6
 Does that guy do movie trailers and monster truck jam commercials too?
  • + 6
 YYZ = Pearson airport.
  • + 2
 Yeah, as a Quebec company I wouldn't have picked that.
  • + 1
 @JesseE: weird isn't it considering the habs/leafs rivalry! haha. you down to dig this week? Shoot me a text.
  • + 1
 I get really excited when I see gorgeous hand done and hand filled welds. I bought my first mtb few years back. It was a used Cdale HT from the Bedford PA glory years. The welds on that frame are impeccable. Filled and smoothed out to the point where it looks like there aren't any welds. Looking at the modern robot welded stuff with the caterpillar track welds always turns me off. This frame has that gorgeous filed weld flowy look that you only get with hand craftsmanship. I'd throw down for one of these in a heart beat.
  • + 5
 Can someone school me in the pros and cons of elevated chainstays?
  • + 29
 Pros:

Not vulnerable to chain suck (non-issue nowadays)
Minimized chain slap (also fairly negligible now)
Lets you run a belt drive
Permits very short chainstay frame designs (see trek stache)

Cons:
Not stiff (fact)
Not pretty (opinion)
  • + 6
 Pros: more space in the BB area for chainring/tire/short effective chainstay, potentially lower chainslap, easier belt drive implementation
Cons: potential losses in structural integrity/drive stiffness/subjective aesthetics
  • + 3
 Pros: they solve clearance issues around the bottom bracket by making it easier to fit the driveside stay past the chainrings. This is particularly handy when the stays are really short or the tires are really wide, which is why they were resurrected for the Yeti 650b-plus bike. They also helped a lot when triple-ring setups were the norm, since it was harder to fit the stays past all three rings.

Cons: they constrain the range of options for designing linkages on duallies, particularly by making it hard to keep the lower pivot close to the BB. This is less of an issue on single-pivot bikes, which is why Orange uses them. They also tend to create a lot of chain slap, as the chain acts like a trampoline and shoots up towards the nearby underside of the stay, although this is also less of an issue now that clutch-equipped derailleurs are a thing.

Overall, they're suboptimal for multi-pivot duallies, but fine for a hardtail.
  • + 11
 @Jubbylinseed: Dammit we almost had a consensus on Pinkbike there!
  • + 5
 The other guys nailed the pros and con's, but ya know back in the olden days, before most of you kids were born, around 1990, I worked in a shop that had quite a few affluent customers (Doctor's, Lawyers and an actual Indian Chief! Co-owner of the Greyhound Racing Park) for a few years. I was also the top builder of the track cycling team members bikes at the local velodrome (oldest in the USA!). They would buy some pretty crazy bikes. At some point, I rode 4 different brands of elevated chainstay bikes, Mantis, Haro, Yeti and Nishiki. We would take them as trade ins, I would take them out before they went on the used bike rack so I could say what stood out. Told the owner it made me a better salesman. Wink The biggest issue I found, flex. I would almost say it was like 2 wheel steering. Pushing it in a corner, the back end would wonder around. We also used giant gears back then, so huge quads. You could see the wheel twist if you were putting the power down. I never had one long enough to break it, but saw plenty of broken ones at the BB and a few dropouts break off. It was the early 90's, all of them were steel frames. That was about the time mass produced aluminum mtb's came out and they were almost all double diamond designs.

I did ride the Trek Stache a few years ago. I got that same feeling from the rear. I could feel the wheel twist under power. Maybe it was the plus tires. Maybe the 24 hole Sram wheels. All 3 maybe? Something was moving around in the rear and my quads aren't half the size they once were. BTW, had the misfortune of being the owner of a Trek 9000 elevated chainstay full suspension bike. That broke at the BB too... New designs, new tech, new standards(Ugh!) not really any good reasons today to resurrect them because today's bikes don't have late 80's early 90's issues.
  • + 1
 Thanks for all the input everyone, greatly appreciated!
  • + 4
 A least build a couple of hundred
  • + 4
 That video is missing a nice Rush song...YYZ
  • + 1
 Looks like somebody just needed to use up all of the aluminum left in the shop and took on the challenge to stuff it into one frame.And they did better than I could've ever done.
  • + 2
 Sounds like they are fishing to see how much interest is generated here in the comments section... you MIGHT see this into production after all!
  • + 4
 That is so RAD
  • + 3
 Canadian company -- why aren't they calling it YYZed?
  • + 3
 Clever - YYZ is the airport code for Toronto, Ontario.
  • + 2
 Why did they name it after an airport? Toronto Pearson International Airport code YYZ.
  • + 2
 Low top tube, short stays, bitchen finish. What is not to like?

All that's missing for me are single speed sliders.
  • + 1
 If it had sliders, I'd mail Devinci a check right now.
  • + 1
 It has all the latest standards including a threaded BB and an actual headset. When will we see these upgrades in the current Devinci lineup?
  • + 2
 This would have been gold with a Pinion. Please DV, do it.
  • + 1
 No chain slap on this bad boy. Very cool creation Devinci! Retro balanced with modern, love it.
  • + 2
 not sure if it looks too stiff or too flexy :?
  • + 2
 Frame reminds me of the Kuwahara magician EX i used to have.
  • + 3
 EWR OMB?
  • + 2
 I hope Girvin are going to bring out a re vamped flex stem for this
  • + 2
 Alpine Stars throwback....
  • + 3
 What no neon colours?
  • + 2
 looks lovely, will it be available to purchase?
  • + 1
 Disappointed that Rush didn't provide the soundtrack. I was really hoping for Neil Pearts famous drum solo.
  • + 2
 TUKT Rear Wheel! Hahaha @atrokz I was thinking Toronto too.
  • + 1
 It's got an over-exaggerated Butcher raised chain-stay.\
I liked the Butcher-the key letter there is the 'd'
  • + 2
 Should've been called the YYY.
  • + 1
 @devinci is it possible to buy one of these? seriously seriously interested!!
  • + 1
 Frame only price $2112. Well within reach of a working man.
  • + 1
 yy zee? Be 100% Canadian if you are a Canadian brand...
  • + 1
 lets be honest.. no one is going to buy that thing.
  • + 1
 The geo is nutty. 410mm stays, 649 top tube!
  • + 1
 Rocky Mountain Experience looks very similar
  • + 2
 That is dope. Period.
  • + 0
 Member how sweet Devinci was before Dave Weagle and Stevie were involved?
I'm glad they're back in their place.
  • + 1
 No-one else disappointed we didn't get to see anyone shred it?
  • + 1
 This is absolutely beautiful
  • + 2
 Yes! It's a 29er!
  • + 1
 The original looks like it was built by Rube Goldberg.
  • + 0
 Take a cool retro frame. Add boost and a twelve speed rear cluster. New and annoying meets old and intriguing.
  • + 1
 This has hipster written all over it.
  • + 1
 Wait...(checks calendar) it's not April 1st?!?
  • + 1
 If you were really riding like it was 1987 you would be on onzas not maxus
  • + 1
 with bar ends and flexstem
  • + 1
 @sq225917: hoping not to blow an elastomer
  • + 2
 More Neo than Retro.
  • + 2
 looks pretty rad
  • + 1
 Why not making it a plussssss ?
  • + 1
 I think it's pretty cool!
  • + 1
 I have no idea why, but I want that.
  • + 2
 I want one!!!
  • + 1
 Looks like RC's Mantis Valkyrie.
  • + 1
 Kinda sexy.
  • + 1
 Love it
  • + 1
 back to the basic
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