Devinci's World Cup team has been campaigning aboard the new 27.5'' wheeled Wilson all season, and we even first showed you a prototype version of the bike way back in February of this year, but the machine pictured here is a much closer version of what the final production bike will look like. What's still to change? Devinci is still working on dropping some grams from the back of the bike, despite the 2015 Wilson SL weighing a competitive 37lb with an aluminum front triangle and chain stays. The switch to 27.5'' wheels isn't the only news here, though, as the bike is entirely new from front to back, including a suspension re-design by Dave Weagle.
The 2015 Wilson still employs Weagle's Split Pivot suspension and a similar basic layout to last year's bike, but there have been some changes aimed at lowering the bike's center of gravity and increasing frame rigidity. The first concern is addressed by mounting the shock on the down tube rather than the underside of the top tube, as well as going from the 10.5'' monster shock on the 2014 bike to a more standard 9.5'' eye-to-eye model for 2015. This equals less weight all around, as well as it sitting lower in the frame. You'll also notice that the shock is no longer connected directly to the burly Control Link that rotates around the bottom bracket, with a short extension now used between the two. This means that the opening in the frame doesn't have to be large enough for the shock to fit through, just the extension, which results in a stiffer front triangle. Rear wheel travel has also gone down slightly, from 216mm on last year's bike to 204mm on the new model. View entire Interbike 2014 Product Gallery Here