2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Devinci Troy Carbon SL
Bike takes a hard look at whether Devinci's new 650b all-mountain bike lives up to the hype
Going into this year’s Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on our demanding test circuit in Sedona, Arizona, our test crew was divided on whether the bike lived up to its promise. Check out the below ‘Roundtable Reels’ video for the discussion, but be sure to read the print review below for some additional background.
Final Take: The jury is still out on whether the Troy outshines the 26-inch Dixon.
Going into the Bible, there was great anticipation among our crew over Devinci’s new 650b trail bike, the Troy. Most of our testers are longtime lovers of the brand’s 26-inch-wheeled, all-mountain machine—the Dixon—and we were eager to see how the Troy would stack up against a proven trail slayer.
Weeks before testing began, Canadian downhill standout Stevie Smith had stylishly won the Crankworx Air DH race on the Troy, sending the ‘tweener wheels all the way down Whistler’s legendary A-Line trail with reckless abandon. We suspected that Smith could have won on a Schwinn Stingray, but we still couldn’t help but wonder if his commanding victory could signal a slight step up in performance over the Dixon.
After hammering the Troy on our test course, the jury was divided, and our debates were marked by confusion over the sizing and parts spec of our test bike. Some insisted our size-large Troy felt short, but its 24.6-inch toptube turned out to be longer than the Santa Cruz Bronson’s 24-inch toptube, as well as the Yeti SB-75’s 24.4-inch toptube. Even with the curious presence of a 70-millimeter stem, everyone but me felt cramped, and some said they would need an XL Troy with a 50-mil stem to push its limits.
Two testers questioned why our test bike came with a double-ring setup, arguing that a 1×11 drivetrain would be better suited to the Troy’s intended purpose. And everyone was bewildered over the choice of narrowish, 720-mil-wide Easton EC70 carbon bars.
These are valid complaints, but it’s worth noting that the Troy Carbon RR—which only costs $100 more than our Troy Carbon SL—comes with a SRAM XX1 single-ring crankset and 780-mil-wide Chromag Fubars with a 50-mil Chromag Ranger stem. These parts would improve the Troy’s ride quality immensely.
All testers were impressed with the Troy’s pedaling efficiency, the result of the highly effective Split Pivot suspension design. –BRICE MINNIGH