Damien Oton's Devinci Spartan - Finale Ligure EWS 2017

Sep 28, 2017 at 13:00
by Mike Kazimer  



Damien Oton finished fourth when the Enduro World Series made its way to Finale Ligure, Italy, last year, and he'll be on the hunt for another strong result this weekend to finish off the season. Damien's on the newest iteration of the Devinci Spartan, which has 165mm of rear travel, 27.5" wheels, and a full carbon frame. The bike's longer than the previous version, and Damien initially debated between going with a small or a medium frame (he's a little over 5'6" tall) before settling on the medium size.




Rider: Damien Oton

Team: Devinci Global Racing
Height: ~5'6"
Weight: ~150 lb
Frame Size: medium
Handlebar width: 750mm
Stem length: 40mm
Tire pressure: 22 psi (front), 25 psi (rear)

Damien Oton loving the long and physical stages of Crankzilla.
Damien on top of the world in Whistler, BC.


Damien Oton Bike Check

Damien Oton Bike Check
Damien Oton Bike Check

Cockpit

At the Whistler EWS round Damien was running 770mm bars, but for the Finale race he's on 750mm bars with a 40mm stem. There's no hard and fast rule for bar width, and some riders will switch sizes depending on the course, while others will stick with the same dimensions no matter how tight the tree are. Damien's brake levers are nearly parallel with the ground, a trend that seems to be especially popular with the French racers – Yoann Barelli runs a similar setup. There's a small swatch of grip tape on both levers, as well as on the dropper post and shift levers – precision is the name of the game when it comes to enduro racing.



Damien Oton Bike Check
There's a RockShox SuperDeluxe RCT out back...
Damien Oton Bike Check
...And a 170mm Lyrik RCT3 up front.

Suspension Setup

Damien was on a coil shock for Whistler, but he's back on an air shock for Finale. There's 116 psi in his RockShox Superdeluxe RCT, and the maximum number of volume spacers have been added to the air can – Damien prefers his suspension to be as progressive as possible. His rebound has been tuned to be quicker at the top of the stroke, and slower at the end in order to keep him from getting bucked around by bigger hits. Damien and his mechanic do pay attention to sag – it's typically between 30-35%, but the final setup is based more on feel than anything else.

Up front, the 170mm RockShox Lyrik RCT3 is set at 63 psi with three bottomless tokens. According to Oton's mechanic, Vincent Poliseno, the fork has quite a bit more compression damping than the stock setup, but they've worked hard to give him enough suppleness at the beginning of the travel as well.



Damien Oton Bike Check
The Race Face wheels are shod with Maxxis Minion DHR II tires front and rear.


Tires

There's a DH-casing Maxxis Minion DHR II inflated to 22 psi up front, paired with a DoubleDown casing DHR II inflated to 25 psi in the rear. That setup's a little different than what we're used to seeing – riders typically run the heavier tire casing in the rear for extra flat protection, but in this case Damien chose to run the DH-casing tire up front because he prefers the way it feels out on the track, not for the flat protection. As a lighter rider with a smooth riding style flats aren't usually much of an issue for Damien, which is why there aren't any foam inserts hidden inside the tire.


Damien Oton Bike Check
The 34-tooth chainring that was installed for Whistler has been swapped out for a 36-tooth ring.


Damien Oton Bike Check
I'd be worried about rocks getting tossed at that spare tube and CO2 canister, but it seems to be working for Oton.


Damien Oton Bike Check
Custom mudguard? Check.








135 Comments

  • + 81
 Probably put the tube and Co2 there especially for this bike check just to wind people up
  • + 9
 lol - it was the first thing I noticed
  • + 69
 Oton of people will be wound up
  • + 13
 I totally don't understand this strapped tube trend. Installing a muddy tube inside a tire can't be a good idea. It looks cool, but...
  • + 6
 Totally, I'd be worried about the rear wheel buzzing it more than mud & rocks being flung at them too...
  • + 9
 I had a tube taped to the backside of my seatpost. Didn't flat all season, but when I aired it up in the winter, it had a slice in it!
  • + 23
 @Jo-rides: I keep my spare tube in shrink wrap, keeps the everything out and makes sure it's as small as possible.
  • + 3
 @HamsterPants: shrink wrap seems like a good idea, thanks!
  • + 2
 @Jo-rides: I put mine in a plastic bag in front of the seat tube. It got covered in crap yesterday but at least the tube is clean.
  • + 6
 And he did a great job of winding us up.
  • + 2
 i don’t know what you guys are all talking about this problem... i simply put mine in my specialized swat door ;D
  • + 39
 @tricklin: I used to put mine in my backpack until Pinkbike told me they were uncool.
  • + 13
 @tricklin: your doing it wrong. You put your weed in the swat door. Leave it in an extra large bag so the buds have room and after a few runs its all ground up and ready to roll. A friend told me this......
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: The wheel will turn and backpacks will be cool again, just you wait!
  • + 4
 @SonofBovril: I feel naked without a pack lol.
  • + 5
 @browner: but because he's french he wont know what damien
  • + 1
 @SonofBovril: Till then try a Fanny pack, or a Packback like Tracey Mosely. :-}
  • + 2
 @lake-st: fanny pack / waist pack / hip pack is the go. You forget you are wearing it.
  • + 1
 @Jo-rides: I know so many folks who strap it under their seat... if they ever have to use it they'll get a new puncture so fast. At least put it in a baggie or something... may not be stylish but a dirty tube is a leaking tube...
  • + 10
 @fartymarty: My pack has saved my back from gnarly crashes countless times. And I've saved unprepared riders on the trail countless times with the stuff in it... So unless I'm going for a really quick rip, the pack stays on!

Sometimes you just gotta be uncool. (literally... it does make me sweat a lot)
  • + 5
 @bikekrieg: I'm a pack rider also, but I went through my pack and found tools and spares I could not use due to bike upgrades, so I ditched them pack is much lighter now.
I did a ride in Fruita used a full camel back and two water bottles I don't know how people ride 5 plus hours in heat with one bottle, not to mention no first aid kit and spares, I don't like walking.
  • + 2
 I've run that setup for years... ever since I ditched the pack. I take an old tube and cut it into sections and stuff the new tube into it. Tube Condom! (patent pending). This keeps the actually tube from getting damage. I inspect it every few rides to make sure its good and I've been fine.

Getting shit off my back and onto my bike has been awesome... Back Country Research makes awesome straps for this BTW.
  • + 1
 @lake-st: im a pack rider also but you have to have a pack purge occasionally
really cant bring myself to attach stuff to the bike (purist)
  • + 1
 @bikekrieg: I have everything I need in my hip pack. It's 5 litres so its pretty big. Even have a small bottle of Stans just in case. The rest of my stuff lives in a bottle on the seat tube. I am doing a 32 mile ride next weekend so will see how it goes. I think I could even squeeze my 2 litre camelbak bladder in there.
  • + 2
 @lake-st: For a big ride in summer I would have to take a pack, just to carry the water.
  • + 2
 @fartymarty: Exactly, or if only they made a small bag to go on the back of the seat...
  • + 1
 @bikekrieg: +1 for being able to carry things and give your spine some protection.
  • + 1
 @bikekrieg: I totally agree there is a lot of spinal column protection with wearing a pack, saved me more than once also. Cool or not I could give a rats ass, I'm much more interested in walking away from a crash.
  • + 27
 it always blows me away how little tire pressure these pros are running. I am a hack of a rider, but I destroy tires if i am not running 28 psi at a minimum and all the tire squirm!
  • + 20
 He is 150lbs though.
  • + 8
 they know how and exactly when to un-weight and shift the bike to dodge the freaking tire busting rocks and whatever they see...by mm.. the difference between them and mortals... little details in body position.. the same that makes them stay on the bike while we eat dust every now and then...
  • + 5
 @mammal: and rides 3 times faster than me. I imagine even the lightest guys on the circuit put their bikes through some serious abuse.
  • + 10
 @adrennan: this season went flat for many riders...
  • + 4
 Depends on how heavy you are, what tracks you are riding and how smooth you are riding. Also with dh tires you can run lower pressure than with usual single ply casing without that undefined feel. What I see more as an issue that the tires might burp with super low pressure considering how hard these guys rail the corners. Pros do not need to mind dents in the rims...
  • + 12
 @adrennan: he rides 3 times faster than you, but I guess he probably compensates by riding also 3 times smoother ?
  • + 6
 @zede: hell, maybe thats why he rides 3 times faster
  • + 1
 They may be smooth but they will also go at it and take risks. I will never forget that one video of Danny Hart in Malaga or San Remo. I heard those wheels cry in agony. It was evident that they were not on the flight back to UK
  • + 1
 I was of the same school of thought until I got on EDC casing tires. 25 Up front 30 out back. Managed to do a run with 19 up front tho and things felt fine, so I might try going lower...
  • + 0
 agreed!!
  • + 1
 Its work messing with your tyres. On my ‘enduro’ bike that has Flow EX rims, I run a HR2 exo 3c out back and a Hans Dampf pro whatever up front. Run 26 psi in both and could go lower but no squirm and plenty of grip. On my Stanton hardtail with Sun Ringle cheapo rims, I run Dhf and Dhr’s and run them at 27 psi front and rear. As above, no squirm and plenty of grip. Probably more so then the sus. I check with a topeak digital guage. I never seem to flat fingers crossed and have not wrecked a rim for years even riding the flinty rooty crap about here. I run tubless in both. I weigh 16st/100kg so am a unit!
Its worth experimenting and accepting you will have squirmy rides until you find the sweet spot. The results are significant
  • + 1
 @ilovedust: 22 is the magic number
  • + 24
 Those Reverb remotes get uglier each time I see them.
  • + 3
 To be fair, any shift lever style remote looks ugly by itself when the brakes are the high up. When paired with Guides/Codes right above I think it looks ok. Not brilliant, but definitely fine.
  • + 0
 These gapers care more about looks each time I see them post.
  • + 18
 Height: ~5'6"
Weight: ~150 lb
Handlebar width: 750mm
Stem length: 40mm

Unit gang bang. Imperial is serious shit based on nothing.
  • + 16
 In the bike industry we've got both metric and SAE measurements all over the place. It's confusing at first but you totally get used to it. Then someone throws you a curve ball and measures weight in ounces. Eek
  • + 9
 @seraph: or 'stone' whatever that is...
  • - 1
 add in some mph as well. Non of this silly kilometre rubbish.
  • + 3
 @fartymarty: kilometers are so yesterday, I'm all about megameters
  • + 0
 He's French, everything should be avoirdupois.
  • + 0
 @ibishreddin: we would say the same about pounds. What the f*ck is 150lbs?

The reality is, pounds and stones are both a bollocks. Kilograms are much better.

Metric wins every time except in one case. Miles are miles better than kilometres!
  • + 4
 @jaame: Miles are miles faster too.
  • + 5
 @jaame: we mesure cars acceleration with 0 to 100 km/h. 0-60, seriously?!
  • + 2
 Well in fact when it comes to food or wine things gets worst... Especially wine
  • + 0
 @fracasnoxteam: yes exactly. Why are we measuring acceleration up to such a low speed? 100km/h is so slow, even push bikes can do it. 100mph is actually fast, but I guess 0-161 doesn't have the same ring as 0-60.
  • + 3
 Or rather, 0-100
  • + 1
 @jaame: 0-62 mp/h = 0-100 km/h Wink
  • + 4
 125 kiloyards per hour
  • + 2
 Quarts gets you drunk faster than pints. But thank atoms we have science and a proper measuring system called metric.
  • + 2
 @schofell84: oh is it? Really? Thanks for pointing that out!
  • + 1
 and then you get decimalised inches
  • + 1
 I bought a pint of stans and I'm suing over the missing 95ml.
  • + 1
 Metric hours?
  • + 1
 @GalenS: Metric Sh!t Tonnes is my personal favorite unit of measurement.
  • + 14
 Did anyone win the Spartan that EVO were giving away?
  • + 5
 that's a great quiestion. I've been wondering the same for....months?
  • + 12
 That is probably the worst place I have seen a spare tube strapped to the frame. It is going to get covered in sh!t and probably end up with a hole in it making it useless.
  • + 2
 mind you he’s a french rider used to good weather, the kind that only kicks up a bit of dust when ridden in. also there’s a crossbar in the link that MIGHT just keep small rocks from attacking his tube. I think he’d be better off putting it literally anywhere else but each to their own I suppose.
  • + 6
 It makes you wonder, if the rear wheel doesn't hit it why didn't they just build a steeper seat tube rather than one that is about right for an average saddle height but goes way out of whack when you adjust from there (Eff.STA vs STA)
  • + 4
 The tube might get dirty but I don't think a flying rock can put a hole in it. It's not under pressure. And how often do little stones hit your back and how hard? The chances they hit the seat tube is much smaller. but I wonder how close the tire gets to the tube under full compression
  • + 4
 @BeardlessMarinRider: My thoughts exactly! Proof that these bent/kinked/interrupted seat tubes are not needed. Make the tube straight so we can slam our seat post/dropper if so desired!!!
  • + 2
 @ryanandrewrogers: I couldn't think of anything worse than getting a flat mid ride, wrestling off a tubeless tyre, getting sealant all over the place, putting your spare tube in and finding it had a hole in it and having to walk home.

It's probably more sensible to carry a small bottle of Stans and some tyre plugs.
  • + 7
 Man there's that lever angle again. It's obviously a little odd or they wouldn't have mentioned it, but I wish they would explain the reasoning behind his choice to run them that flat.
  • + 9
 He says it reduces the pressure on his hands during long descents, and Yoann has said that it helps him look ahead on the track. It's definitely on the more extreme end of things as far as positioning goes.
  • + 4
 Also when the going gets steep they don't have to roll their hands over the bars so much to reach the brakes. It keeps them a bit further back on the bike which I guess is what you want for steep riding.
  • + 6
 @lebikeman: how steep are we talking? What I have always heard and makes sense is that ergonomically it's best if you draw a line down your forearm where it would continue thru is where the leavers should be. Hopefully that makes sense. I would like to hear from anyone running their levers like this what the advantage is.
  • + 2
 I'm Def no pro but I had massive issues with thumb tendons with normal brake angles and the thumbs basically holding me up m completely disappeared when I put them more parallel... No real side effects until last week in Vallnord I got some minor wrist pain probably due to huge braking bumps with the flat hand angle. But overall it has greatly improved a pain problem for me, potentially made me look a tiny bit more like a Jerry but it's worth it!
  • + 5
 @thejake:

I line em up when in a descending position, which is when you are gonna brake hard, not a seated pedaling position.
  • + 1
 @Legbacon: that's what I do too
  • + 2
 @mikekazimer: do you know if they adjust levers if it is a flatter track?
  • + 1
 I can only assume that it makes more sense on a bike with modern geometry, with a longer reach. It can enable the rider to stretch more and have his torso and arms more parallel to the ground. The 2018 Devinci Spartan has a 445-449 reach, depending on setting, and that is massive for a 5'6" rider. Longer reach suits a taller rider (or one with a longer tosro than inseam) or a physically stronger person than average (stronger back/core).
  • + 3
 @thejake: what you have always heard is based on nothing. It seems like a good idea to have it set up like that so braking is comfortable, which is probably perfect for a shopper bike. Descending is completely different and mountain biking in general, rolling the levers up puts more of the pressure onto the palm of your hand instead of relying on your thumb. If you imagine the force is travelling straight into your arm, how would you position your hand irrespective of the brake lever in order to resist that force, you would place your palm onto the grip directly infront of the force, instead of on top of the bar with your thumb wrapped round. Test it out for a couple of rides, most people find it makes a big difference to control due to having to grip less.
  • + 2
 Flat levers can give you ulnar nerve problems, no?
  • + 1
 His bars are high for him as hes short (615mm on a medium - is very high for a 5'6 dude) and he has set up for the steeps. He looks more behind the bars than taller riders in his videos and so he probably has the correct arm/hand/brake alignment for Finale.
For general trail riding its always a compromise but for steep Enduro and DH I adjust mine closer to, but not, flat..
  • + 1
 Lets be honest, the only time these boys use the brakes is when its super steep. I'm onboard with this hand positioning- it definitely helps fight arm and hand fatigue in the gnarly stuff.
  • + 1
 it's personal preference. If it really was empirically better for the 'steeps', everyone on the WC DH circuit would be running them flat, which they aren't. I don't think any of them are. It's entirely personal preference for him.
  • + 2
 @hexhamstu: well that was a c*nt of a reply. And what I have heard is based on something: using my and working with my hands everyday. I have yet to see anyone pick up a tool, hammer, screw driver, what ever and then bend their wrist 90 degrees to work with it. His leavers look like a rider would have to put a bend in their wrist to grab the leaver, doesn't seem comfortable to me and that's why I asked.
  • + 1
 @thejake: I didnt mean you had based it on nothing, I meant the advice given in bike shops, which I myself gave when I worked in one about lining up the lever with the arm. I didnt mean you had based it on nothing. To me it was advice I heard and was told, so then went on and also advised other people when buying and setting up a bike of the same thing.
  • + 1
 @hexhamstu: in 1991 all bikes were set up like this. My dad told me to put them back up again when I rolled them down at 45 degrees like Jason McRoy.
  • + 2
 @thejake: "So this is how Yoann Barelli runs his brake levers. They're nearly parallel to the ground. His reasoning is that the position puts more of your palm on the grip (instead of just your thumb hooking with a more standard position) and the result is no arm pump. He feels the lever position also adjusts his upper body and ultimately his head so he's able to focus further down the trail better (which is key in riding blind enduro courses). Teammate Adam Craig has been playing with a similar setup and seems to agree with Yoann, also Adam's levers are not as parallel to the ground. When we asked Marcelo Gutierrez about the lever position, he thought Yoann was crazy : )" - vitalmtb article

Try it.
  • + 8
 Who cares about spare tubes, lever position and dropper post tabs...THAT is a DAMN sexy bike!!!
  • - 12
flag stumpymidget (Sep 28, 2017 at 20:52) (Below Threshold)
 Not really.
  • + 2
 I agree with you with that color its very sexy
  • + 1
 Very soon, we will see dual crown 203mm forks on the enduro bikes. Look at their geometries and tire sizes are already so closed to DH bikes and even more extreme in some cases. Evil has been testing the dual crown for the future frames according to their reply to my email.
  • + 1
 DOWNDURO!!!
  • + 2
 I enjoy these bike checks. Baffles me how low suspension and tyre pressures are compared to us mere mortals....... I'm a fan of flatter brake levers. Looks weird but does wonders for arm pump! More bike checks please!!
  • + 5
 Adding more volume spacers to my shock.
  • + 5
 Add volume spacers, get more narrow bars, run dh tires, adjust levers, purchase 20 pack of gu, purchase strava skinsuit #Endurotime
  • + 4
 his lyrik has the 2018 decals, but the 2017 CD1 and air cap. deceptive
  • + 1
 I wish that I could paste photos here in the comment section. I would immediately put up a picture of the 1999 Rocky Mountain Pipeline - Purple with fluorescent green...keeping it real.
  • + 1
 Would like to know more about that computer/gps mount.

Does it mount on the stem or the top cap of the headset? Looks angled differently to the centerline of the top cap.
  • + 1
 My bad. Just noticed its a handlebar mount which sits it above the stem.
  • + 3
 That seattube / downtube junction is whacked
  • + 3
 Older model SRAM brake rotors?
  • + 3
 La bici del gitano catala????
  • + 1
 Not gipsy, catalan eagle, aguila catana.
  • + 3
 170mm travel Because why the heck not
  • + 2
 Too bad about the red pedals.
  • + 1
 The bottle holder looks a bit like a Specialized SWAT missing the little tool, no? It's a pretty slick system.
  • + 3
 *brought you by SRAM
  • + 6
 Nope, but if you're looking for a bike with Fox / Shimano components, you can check out Cube's new 29er: www.pinkbike.com/news/spy-shots-cube-rolls-out-new-29er-at-finale-ews.html
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: why is it always Sram or fox shimano? I'm interested to see fox suspension and Sram gears, or rockshox with shimano!
  • + 1
 Aye Vince ton nom est sur le net !
  • + 1
 I Think Im Deja Vu.................
  • + 1
 That one one ugly paint job and one ugly ass fender.
  • + 1
 What is that stuffed inside the crank spindle? He put his weed in there!
  • + 1
 what chain protector is that
  • + 1
 Looks like Ezra's dinner.
  • + 1
 Just a friendly heads-up, the title overlaid on the photo says "Damen"
  • + 1
 He strongly resembles Brad Pitt in this picture...
  • + 1
 What are those teeth on the bash guard >? for eating roots and rocks??
  • + 2
 Pretty sure they would be the interface between the back plate and the bash guard that he isn't running.
  • + 1
 Got dat Purple Drank??
  • + 0
 @Stumpmidget pretty sure its not a new reverb lever but a bike yoke
  • + 1
 that purple though!!!
  • + 1
 bike looks awesome
  • + 1
 Amigos mudguard !
  • + 1
 Drop dead sexy Drool
  • + 1
 stunning frame
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