Thursday, August 29, 2013

Prototype Devinci 27.5 DH bike | Weagle designed (special) Split Pivot for the World Champs

Steve Smith and Nick Beer will be riding one-off 27.5 prototype Devincis for the World Champs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This is Dave Weagle designed Split Pivot bike with a horizontally mounted rear shock that mounts to the downtube and the seat tube; eliminating the rocker link of the other Devinci Split Pivot designs....but adding an interesting looking 'control link'.

Check the full write up here.

The bike is outfitted with a myriad of Black Box (including a never seen before 27.5 Boxxer fork with 175mm of travel) and is said to weigh in somewhere in the 'low 30's'.

'One track, one weekend, and a couple of closely matched riders to design for, that's a really fun challenge, one that I really love being in a position to tackle. If I can help these guys take even a tenth of a second off of their time, then I'm ecstatic. In this case, I'm hopeful for seconds. '- Dave Weagle, designer

'The trick is to understand what each rider’s strengths and weaknesses are, and to try to predict what combination of bike setup, rider fitness and style, and track conditions all add up to the least amount of elapsed time on the course. Steve and I spent a good deal of time last fall and winter talking about the current Wilson, this year’s schedule, and places that we felt that we could take time out of the course. South Africa was one track where I felt that we could make substantial gains with a different approach than normal.'- Dave Weagle

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Crankworx 2013 | Devinci releases the Troy 27.5 | Steve Smith wins the Air DH and Canadian Open

The week of August 11th-August 18th was a big one for Devinci and the DGR crew!

*Devinci Global Racing's Steve Smith won 3 races; the Mont Ste. Anne World Cup, the Crankworx Air DH, and the Crankworx Canadian Open. (See details re: the Mont Ste. Anne Victory here)

*On the morning of August 14th Devinci announced to the world that the Troy was coming for 2014.

The Troy (27.5/ 650) features 140 mm of buttery smooth Dave Weagle designed Split Pivot rear wheel travel. This is the first 650 model to feature the Split Pivot design.

It will be available in Aluminum and Carbon models with a myriad of builds ranging from the 'RR' X0 1x11 full carbon build @ $6599 to the more moderately priced (but bulletproof and affordably upgradeable!) aluminum 'XP' model at $2999.

All complete builds are spec'd with a 34mm/150mm fork; all carbon models come stock with a reverb stealth dropper post!

Frames are available a la carte as well.
Aluminum frame retail: $1899 (w/ carbon seat stays and RS Monarch RT3)
Carbon frame retail: $2399 (w/ Fox Float CTD Factory Series)
The Devinci Troy 27.5 (SL complete build)

Stevie promptly won the Crankworx Air DH on the Troy later that same evening. Click here for some pics of the winning ride....and he bike check

All of my pics this week are borrowed from, and Please check them out for more in depth coverage and stellar photography! Searching their sites for 'Crankworx' or 'Devinci Troy' will return some tasty tidbits.

Stevie Smit 1st, Nick Hannah 2nd, and Nick Beer 3rd
Nick Beer also had a great showing at the Air DH with a 3rd place finish. When he completed his run he had a spell in the hotseat as the current 'fastest man down the hill'; the only 2 riders that would best him on the day were 'Sick Mick' Hannah and his own team mate Stevie Smith. Brain Lopes (former consecutive 5 time winner) slotted in with a 4th place finish.

Nick also made a bunch of noise online and in the blog-o-shere because he wasn't riding the new Troy; he was riding something else...something different...

Here is a 'spy' pic of the rig:
We know it's fast, but what is it? Is it another 27.5? Is it 160mm of travel? 
More info to follow. In the meantime, let the rumor mill churn!

Stevie finished off a stellar week with is 3rd win of the week (in 3 races) and his 3rd consecutive win in the Crankworx Canadian Open DH on Sunday the 18th. Last year he swept Crankworx by also winning the Garbanzo DH; this year the Garbanzo race was only 2 days after his WC win in Mont Ste. Anne...he didn't race the Garbanzo this year in favor of dominating the other 2 Crankworx events. The win at MSA was stellar.

The Hecklefest
Things get weird on the rock...

One helluva week Stevie! Congrats.

Big Thanks to:, and for pics, videos, and info.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mont Sainte Anne 2013 | Stevie Wins!

Canadian Nation DH Champ prevails at a slippery Mont Sainte Anne within hours of the Devinci factory!

photos from
Congrats Stevie.
'I knew the top guys were all in the rain I knew it wasn't going to chop up and kept with the dry tires. The top was a bit mucky and just went into ruts earlier and just let it slide. I knew if I could just catch ruts I wouldn't crash.'
Stevie Smith, Devinci Global Racing
photos from

You can watch the entire replay via

Pinkbike write up here.
VitalMtb slideshow here.

     'Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) won the downhill World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, Canada, on Sunday afternoon, the second World Cup win of his career. Smith crossed the line in 3:58.485, upsetting the man who was in the hot seat, Gee Atherton (GT Factory Racing) by 0.904 seconds. Sam Hill (Chain Reaction was third at 2.118 seconds.
Atherton had gotten his run in in earlier due to having crashed during the qualifying run and being further up the start list. Rain began to fall and made the course more slippery for the later riders...
"I was scared," said Smith to after his run. "I knew Gee was going early because of his crash, but he had a good course. I tried to ride it without expectations and ride it like I did in practice. It was so slippery. It felt great to win on home soil."

"I know we still have two more World Cups, and I like the next two tracks, so I'm looking forward them," said Smith.'