Even 29er fans love this 27.5-inch model, which shines on the climbs and rough terrain
Read almost all of my reviews on mountain bikes in recent years and you will see a strong preference for 29er wheels on most bikes with less than 160 mm of travel. However, every now and then comes a 27.5-inch model that reminds me how fun and elusive this dimension can be, like the 140mm Devinci Troy. About half way through the first lap I stopped thinking about the details and I just enjoyed what turned out to be one of my favorite trail bikes, regardless of the size of the wheel.
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Launched last year, this bike was a bit ahead of its time. It is also safe on the rough and steep paths that many consider enduro-bike territory. This is because, compared to the original Troy, Devinci has given this second-generation model a more muscular and much longer carbon frame, combined with shorter rear sheaths. A high / low vibrating chip in the upper part of the sliders allows a slight adjustment of the geometry: I strongly preferred the low setting, which slows the head angle from 67.4 to 67 degrees and lowers the bottom bracket by 5 mm.
Like many newer trail bikes, this one features a little more front suspension, with a 150mm racing fork. This combo is proving to be an effective setting, which gives you more room for error on the hardest hits or when you fly into that part of the track with a little too much speed.
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Like an all-round trail bike, the Troy goes up and down. Pedals with Split-Pivot suspension are fantastic (more on the one below), and the inclination of the steeper seat helps you take an uphill ride. As long as the ride is relatively smooth, you rarely feel the need to use the RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair pedal ($ 276, amazon.com) or lock settings, even on road sections.
The Carbon X01 build of Devinci’s Top Tray leaves little in the wish list for future updates. From the SRAM X01 Eagle transmission to the Maxxis Minion / High Roller II combined wheels and Raceface Carbon Turbine R30, nothing has prevented me from exceeding my personal limits on a wide range of routes. I can not help but wonder how fantastic a 29er version of this bike would be. But as it is, the Troy is a snappy, fast and incredibly capable trail bike that anyone can appreciate.
Price: $ 7,700
Weight: 29.2 LB (L)
Because we love Split Pivot
NO BRAKE JACK
Unlike other models, the suspension does not stiffen during braking, so it moves freely with the ground when you need it most.
TRACTION FOR DAYS
It remains active and flexible while pedaling, improving grip on bumpy climbs.
Push a small rise in the path and the bike responds without wallowing.
Supple on small bumps but progressive enough to hit without blows.
NO REPLY OF THE PEDAL
Minimum chain growth means that you will not feel a tear to the pedal crank while pedaling on bumpy climbs.
It has a clean, classic, double diamond silhouette, and the robust pins improve longevity.