Prototype Long Travel Devinci - Crankworx Whistler 2013

Aug 17, 2013 at 19:59
by Mike Levy  
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  While we weren't able to shoot this prototype Devinci in its entirety, it is clear that the bike is some sort of long travel prototype.

Partially hidden behind the Devinci tent at Crankworx, this matte black bike is likely a long-travel prototype of some sort, although no one at Devinci would discuss the bike or its intentions when questioned on the subject. Having said that, we can certainly piece together a few bits of information from what we can see pictured above. Given the 160mm travel RockShox Pike fork bolted to the front, it is obvious that the aluminum bike isn't a full-out downhill machine that would replace their proven 8.5'' travel Wilson platform, especially given the recent success that the bike has seen under Devinci Global Racing riders Steve Smith, Nick Beer, and the rest of the team. Despite those suspicions, we're willing to bet that it is a gravity oriented bike due to the lack of a Reverb remote button on the handlebar (Devinci Global Racing is sponsored by RockShox) and the high volume Schwalbe Magic Mary tire mounted to the Easton Havoc front wheel. And while it isn't quite clear whether the bike uses 26'' or 650B wheels, we'd hedge our bets that it's the latter considering Devinci's investment in the recently released 650B Troy platform.

Bearing in mind that short travel downhill and freeride are relatively small categories these days, it is fair to say that this is likely a very niche bike.

www.devinci.com


98 Comments

  • 99 2
 Its not partially hidden. its lurking.... waiting.....
  • 34 1
 preparing to strike
  • 131 2
 Poised.... ready.. a Predator Because he's the hero that Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now... and so we'll hunt him... because he can take i- oh sorry. nice bike
  • 16 0
 On standby to cancel the apocalypse.
  • 13 0
 And then I saw a black horse....
  • 2 4
 I saw 27.5.
  • 9 0
 Here is a better screens shot of the bike i took while watching the air downhill. Nick beer was riding it.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/9967565
  • 3 13
flag denverdh666 (Aug 18, 2013 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 yay, another mountain bike with road bike wheels. i can hate cuz ive already nearly taken a loan out to get my 26 inch bikes
  • 5 0
 Don't you open that Trap Door! You're a fool if you dare! Stay away from that Trap Door! 'Cos there's something down there!
  • 1 1
 enduro's the nascar of bike racing.
  • 3 0
 mmmmm beer
  • 19 0
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/9970297

There is a better picture of it.
  • 1 0
 mmm Hectik with a split pivot rear end.
  • 1 0
 Here's my next frame in the sequence of shots. www.pinkbike.com/photo/9987159
  • 12 0
 It's probably an all mountain bike that they've set up to test at whistler and not a mini DH/FR. I put bigger tires on my AM bike when I want to shuttle, so why Shouldn't they?
  • 13 3
 With Havoc DH wheels and no dropper post? I'm going to go with a mini gravity bike, but you certainly make some good points.
  • 14 0
 i feel like it would have a 170+ fork if it was freeride downhill specific.
  • 5 0
 Well, anything with 160mm front/back and a downhill wheelset and tires could and perhaps should be called a mini gravity bike. Any proper 'all mountain' bike on the market can be set up to be really burly and fun on the downs and pedal like ass. They're at whistler and have the resources; why not push the new frame to the limits testing all sorts of specs?
  • 3 0
 but it also has the vivid air and haven't seen very many all mountain bikes with that shock
  • 3 0
 be nice if they made a 160mm bike, my slayer is going to last for a longgg time so doubt I'll ever get my hands on a devinci but nice to look
  • 4 2
 mini dh bikes aren't really a thing any more. most bikes with 160/170mm travel now are light enough to be pedalled back up. probably an enduro bike that they've just not got a dropper on because they're sessioning whistler. How many bikes can you think of that are marketed as "freeride/mini dh" these days?
  • 7 0
 Stevie had Havocs on his Troy and no dropper. This is just how they had it set up for Whistler I'm sure. I'm guessing the Troy replaced the Dixon and this fills the "Aggressive All Mountain" gap in Devinci's current line up.
  • 5 2
 @sam264 tr250, norco truax, cannondale claymore, giant faith...
  • 3 0
 Ns Soda! Kona Entorage! Transition TR250!
  • 4 0
 Isn't the Pike only available with a 15 mm axle? Wouldn't it make more sense to put a Lyrik with a 20 mm axle on a mini gravity bike?
  • 1 0
 Devinci considers the Atlas a trail bike and the Dixon an AM/enduro bike. Nothing is impossible but with the troy coming out, I'd be surprised if they extended their "xc/AM/trail" offerings for a 4th time when they've been keeping a minimalist line up for a while now, especially when there is quite a big gap between the dixon and the wilson. The dixon line up has many specs that goes from a more XC oriented version to a more AM focused sled so it's possible they'd make a 160 AM bike with a burlier spec that is more FR oriented to bridge the gap with the wilson.
  • 5 3
 Sam264 must be a noob
  • 2 0
 Or he's testing something with shorter travel for use in SA for the worlds........
  • 2 0
 Intense Uzzi, Specialized Enduro Evo. The Claymore is discontinued for now but watch mid season next year.
  • 2 0
 Not if its 27.5.
  • 1 0
 world champs option?
  • 2 0
 Havoc is surely the do-it-all freeride hardcore enduro wheel. That's what I use them for. The Haven is the DH wheel technically, so I think the wheel doesn't indicate that much, and tyres specific to location of use indicates nothing. The only argument could be the dropper, but this is at a lift assisted gravity mecca. Why bother with a dropper?
  • 1 0
 @finnrambo
and how often do you see them about? Not very often...
  • 1 0
 actually you see alot of giant faiths here, probably because our local shops had killer deals on faith 1s which is why you see faith 1s in the exact same colours here but those bikes aren't dead even though I can't imagine a practical use for them
  • 8 0
 I caught a full glimpse of the bike the yesterday, stevie was going up to test it right as the joyride was starting so i guess they are trying to keep it low key. Suspension linkage looks like a simple 4 bar, but obviously has dual pivot. looked pretty cool
  • 6 3
 i rode up with stevie smith in the gondola, i saw him riding this
  • 39 1
 one time he replied to one of my comments on his facebook page
  • 7 0
 hahaha. Nice, ham.
  • 23 0
 I know it was so hard to take a mobile out of a pocket and have a shot, I had similar situation seeing Elvis a week ago. Now nobody believes me.
  • 7 0
 Nick Beer raced this in the Air DH, that's probably why it's set up in that way. Stevie didn't have a dropper on his Troy in that race either so that doesn't mean it's not an AM machine Smile If you watch back through the Air DH race you can get a full side view of the whole bike as Nick gets to the finish line. Just looked like a 160mm AM machine to me.
  • 10 0
 Worlds bike
  • 1 0
 That makes the most sense I'd say.
  • 1 0
 I agree.
  • 4 0
 Isn't that the bike that was raced in Air DH by Nick Beer, there are photos floating around.
  • 4 0
 If it's 160mm upfront, 155mm out back, 650B and there's a carbon version available...sold!
  • 3 0
 Sold x2!
  • 4 0
 Devincis next bike should be called: Phillips

I'll have to hold on and find out.
  • 1 0
 Talked to the guy at devinci... Was pretty tight lipped about it. Told him my frantik was worn and I was going to be forced to replace it soon. Wanted to stick to devinci but they no longer make a free ride bike. All he said was "hold out till the spring. We'll have something for ya."
  • 6 1
 FRANTIK!!!!
  • 2 0
 The front triangle does sort of resemble a Frantik, doesn't it? While Devinci wouldn't comment about the bike, they did admit that it was new and that we might see more of it... or we might not. So not a Frantik.
  • 3 0
 It certainly looks like it could fill the Frantik sized hole in Devinci's line up though.
  • 2 0
 I'm still rolling my 09 Hammerschmidt Frantik. Which I love!!! I'm waiting for the next generation of this ride, and i'll get it when they put it out, for sure. Maybe this is it!
  • 1 0
 The 2009 bikes are the best I think it was the best year of dh.I own a second hand devinci wilson and yes it is scratched and it does some noises bat yes it is perfect
  • 4 0
 Mike, has Easton come out with a 650b Havoc?
  • 6 1
 Yes, although not available for production quite yet.
  • 2 0
 They have other 650b offerings coming as well, including a 650b-only AM wheelset line. I forget the name, but it weighs in at around 1750 grams, 24 spokes, ~22mm internal width, and it's murdered out in flat black all around. It'll also be several boatloads of money.
  • 2 0
 I spent all my money on several boats.
  • 4 0
 Looks like an old Wilson Razz
  • 3 1
 I was able to squeeze a little info out of the Devinci rep, the bike is a 26er meant to fill the gap between the Troy/Dixon and the Wilson (essentially a "new Frantik")
  • 1 0
 Except it has 650b wheels on it. I got shown the bike when I asked the Devinci guys about it. They wouldn't speak about travel or what it was or wasn't replacing etc. when I asked. They just said "it's something we are working on". All I know for sure is that it is currently wearing 650b and is made of aluminum...but it could turn into a 26" carbon bike later, who knows lol.
  • 1 0
 The reason I mention wheelsize is because when talking to the rep my friend (who currently rides a Frantik) and my friend mentioned that he wants a new 26 inch freeride bike from Devinci and the rep said that they'll have something for him when Spring rolls around, whether it's this proto or not, Devinci has a 26 inch freeride bike in the works
  • 1 0
 My world will be crushed if its a 650b...
  • 1 0
 Well your world will be crushed lol. I saw with my own 2 eyes, 650b Wink
  • 1 0
 ridden Devinci since 96.... if its a 650b I may have to change brands Frown
  • 2 0
 Just put 26" wheels on the frame then! Wink
  • 1 0
 who want to see this new machine running, I have the full mounted Hectik devinci and I q this will be the perfect candidate to make the change, if I add up geometries and other ......
  • 3 0
 I like the idea of a world champ specific bike for smith
  • 1 0
 I've been dreaming of a Devinci freeride bike for a couple years now but looking at the current enduro craze it's probably just one of those bikes set up for Whistler laps.
  • 1 0
 If you look very closely, you can see the wild Devinci, stalking it's prey in it's native territory... What a rare and beautiful sight to see!
  • 1 0
 hey, but isn't that tyre a little bit too large for that fork? It seems there's almost no space between the arch of the fork and the tyre
  • 3 1
 give us more damn pictures PB
  • 1 0
 hooray for rock shox..........like the xx1...almost every new bike prefers you!
  • 2 0
 This one time at band camp......
  • 1 0
 It should be named the "SMITH" fits in nicely with the rest of the model names
  • 2 0
 CHAINSAW MASSACRE should be the name this time!
  • 1 0
 Stopped and talked to nick beer while he was practicing for air DH he was riding It then.
  • 1 0
 Sneaky mikelevy, they showed me the bike up close but said "no pictures!" lol
  • 2 0
 Devinci needs a slop bike, anyone agree?
  • 1 0
 Slope**
  • 2 0
 Its the new South Africa Special
  • 2 0
 Keeping it stealth at crankworx, no one will notice our secret prototype.
  • 1 0
 It looks lie an old Spec. Enduro from what I can see of the TT/Front triangle...
  • 4 3
 man there is something about an all blacked out bike....straight sexy!
  • 1 0
 doesn't hurt to have S Smith riding your bikes to get some exposure
  • 1 0
 Gorgeusly clean with matte black, and love all SRAMination right there..
  • 1 0
 What will be it's name??
Josh, Peter or what???
  • 1 0
 Did no-one think to just move the bike so we could see it?
  • 1 0
 What we can see of it reminds me of a specialized status . . .
  • 1 0
 this makes me wander, how many proto bikes were not photographed....
  • 2 0
 a Dixon on steroid !!!
  • 1 0
 Im thinking its competition for the Enduro Evo.
  • 1 0
 Finally
  • 4 4
 :::sells soul to buy:::
  • 1 1
 lookig stif!!
  • 1 1
 50% download
  • 1 1
 Derelict.
  • 2 4
 ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO
  • 1 2
 Fuck, I want a Devinci..

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