First Ride: The 2016 Devinci Django
First Ride: The 2016 Devinci Django

First Ride: The 2016 Devinci Django

Words by Chris Shalbot/Photos by Paris Gore

Last summer Canadian bike manufacturer, Devinci Cycles released an updated version of their 140mm Troy to rave reviews (see ours here). Taking the Troy in a more aggressive direction left an opportunity in their line for a shorter travel, fast draw trail assassin – and so enters the all-new 2016 Devinci Django.

2016 Devinci Django Carbon SX

With a mild stretch of winter pending here in the northwest, our bike buyer Jon Kennedy and I jetted down to Sedona, Arizona. It was an escape welcomed by warm weather, post-ride burritos and a sneak preview of Devinci Cycles’ latest trail bike. If you’ve never ridden there, Sedona is a mix of fast rolling singletrack, thorny cacti, sandy draws, picturesque red slick rock and more energy-sucking, short, punchy climbs than anywhere I’ve ever ridden. In short, it’s the perfect venue for testing a bike designed for long days in the saddle over rough terrain.

Matthew Slaven Devinci Django Paris Gore

At the heart of the Django, like all of Devinci’s full suspension bikes, lies Dave Weagle’s Split-Pivot design, which isolates braking and acceleration forces from the suspension activity through his patented design. This translates to minimal or non-existent pedal bob and brake jack, leaving suspension travel for when you need it.

Available in Devinci’s monocoque carbon or Canadian made alloy frameset, the Django follows the direction of its bigger brother, the Troy, with rugged looking, squared off down tube and asymmetrical rear triangle that will accommodate a true 2.35” tire and Boost 148mm spaced rear axle. Combined, the front and rear equip the Django with the stiffness needed to hold a line through Sedona’s rockiest descents.

Devinci Django asymetical rear triangle and Boost 148 hub spacing

The Django’s geometry is on par with other bike manufacturers leading the trail bike charge, with a long top tube, low center of gravity and short chainstays. The Django strikes a good balance of playfulness and stability at speed. What sets the Devinci apart from some of its competition is the adjustable geometry which gives the rider the option to select between 67.5 or 68 degrees of headtube angle and a chainstay length between 425-427mm. Internal cable routing is a breeze thanks to the large ports with removable covers.

First Ride
The raw carbon and white Django SX we rode hits the sales floor with a price tag of $4999, a fair price for their top tier SRAM kit. It’s a well-rounded kit spec’d with everything you would need to get out the door and explore some uncharted singletrack. The size large we rode measures in with a 460mm reach. Paired with a 45mm Race Face stem, the bike felt lively and playful jumping in and out of berms and skipping over holes on the trail.

Suspension
The Rock Shox 130mm Pike RC Solo Air was plenty stable holding the line and avoided deflection. Aside from only a handful of sections, the 120mm of travel out of the Monarch Debonair RT3 felt like it was all we needed. In those rare instances we did run through the entire travel, the progressive nature of the linkage and the intelligent Split-Pivot design seemed to smooth out even the harshest impacts.

Devinci Django Rear Suspension Split Pivot Devinci Django Front Fork

Drivetrain
We almost never left our lower range gears due to all the technical climbing. The key to cleaning the climbs was selecting the right gear, keeping a cadence and a having well timed “power move.” After overcoming our early lack of success in these climbs due to newcomer adjustment to the terrain, the SRAM X1 drivetrain performed flawlessly, getting us into the gear we needed quickly and responsively.

Devicni Django SX Drivetrain- SRAM X1

Traction
As we became acclimated with grip on the rocks and the technique to climb some of the pitches, our trust in the Django rose. Traction was provided by a two different Maxxis tires, a 2.3” HighRoller II 3c up front for added grip and the quicker rolling 2.25” Maxxis Ardent in back. Equipped with Maxxis’ EXO casing for extra sidewall durability, the tires kept us flat free despite the abundance of square-edged rocks and cacti.

Brakes
The spec’d SRAM Guide R brakes lack the adjustability of the higher-end brakes like the Guide RSC or Ultimates, but provided great modulation and enough stopping power to keep us fade free on all the descents.

Matthew Slaven on his Django

Bottom Line
Devinci bills the Django as the “perfect all-rounder,” and it is very capable on all but long, rough high-speed descents. We were thrilled with the package as a whole, and for the price, buyers get a solid build that could be upgraded over time. As expected from a fresh build, our bike was pretty silent, but it would be a good idea to throw some mastic tape on the chainstay (top and bottom) to muffle chain slap and to help protect your investment. Our bike was mastic tape-free and did come away with some chain slap marks after a few days of riding, but no chips to speak of.

Maybe we have become too accustomed to wider bars, but the 725mm bar felt foreign to our hands and would be a worthy upgrade out of the box, but that is our only gripe we had. With the trend moving towards wider rims it would be easy to see people opting to swap those out too, but for what it is worth these should be plenty durable and can be replaced for a wider lighter wheelset down the road.

The Devinci Django is available in four different part kits starting as low as $2589 for the aluminum S build kit. It tops out with a carbon frame that is spec’d with Shimano new 1x XT kit for $5689. Both the alloy and carbon frames share the same geometry. The Aluminum frames accept a direct mount front derrailleur for riders looking to run two chainrings up front. evo has the RS Carbon, RS Alloy and the S Alloy builds in store and online. Geometry and full part lists for each build kit can be found below.

BUILD KITS

XT 1×11 Kit $5689 Carbon Frame / $5089 Alloy Frame SX 1×11 Kit $4999 Carbon Frame / $4399 Alloy Frame
FORK ROCKSHOX PIKE RCT3 DUAL AIR 130MM FORK ROCKSHOX PIKE RC SOLO AIR 130MM
SHOCK *ROCK SHOX MONARCH RT3 DEBONAIR SHOCK *ROCK SHOX MONARCH RT3 DEBONAIR
GROUPSET SHIMANO XT M8000 GROUPSET SRAM X1
CRANKSET RACEFACE NEXT SL 30T CRANKSET SRAM X1 1000 30T
BRAKES SHIMANO XT M8000 BRAKES SRAM GUIDE R
WHEELS DT SWISS X1700 SPLINE WHEELS DT SWISS X1900 SPLINE
TIRES SCHWALBE HANS DAMPF/ROCK RAZOR 2.35” TS SS TIRES MAXXIS HIGHROLLER II 3C 2.3”/ARDENT DC 2.25” EXO
CASSETTE SHIMANO XT M8000 11S 11-42T CASSETTE SRAM 11S 10-42T
SADDLE SDG BEL-AIR 2.0 W/ CHRMO RAILS SADDLE PROLOGO K3
SEATPOST ROCK SHOX REVERB STEALTH SEATPOST ROCK SHOX REVERB STEALTH
HANDLEBAR RACE FACE NEXT 3/4 RISE 725MM HANDLEBAR RACE FACE TURBINE 3/4 RISE 725MM
RS 1×11 Kit $3789 Carbon Frame / $3189 Alloy Frame S 2×10 Kit $2589 Alloy 
FORK ROCKSHOX PIKE RC SOLO AIR 130MM FORK ROCKSHOX SEKTOR RC SOLO AIR 130MM
SHOCK *ROCK SHOX MONARCH RT3 DEBONAIR SHOCK ROCK SHOX MONARCH RT DEBONAIR
GROUPSET SRAM GX GROUPSET SHIMANO DEORE SHADOW+/SRAM X.5
CRANKSET RACE FACE AEFFECT 30T CRANKSET FSA COMET 36/22T
BRAKES SHIMANO M615 BRAKES SHIMANO M396
RIMS AND HUBS V2 COMP / FORMULA WHEELS V2 COMP / FORMULA
TIRES MAXXIS HIGHROLLER II 3C 2.3”/ARDENT DC 2.25” EXO TIRES MAXXIS ARDENT 2.25”
CASSETTE SRAM 11S 10-42T CASSETTE SHIMANO 10S 11-36T
SADDLE PROLOGO K3 SADDLE SDG BEL-AIR 2.0
SEATPOST V2 COMP SEATPOST V2 COMP
HANDLEBAR RACE FACE TURBINE 3/4 RISE 725MM HANDLEBAR V2 PRO RISER 720MM
*Alloy Option comes with ROCK SHOX MONARCH DT

GEOMETRY

Both Carbon and Alloy Framsets Share the Same Geometry
LO ST SA HA TT REACH CS WB BBH SOH STACK HT HI ST SA HA TT REACH CS WB BBH SOH STACK HT
mm deg deg mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm deg deg mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm
S 410 74.5 67.5 575 420 427 1128 334 698 588 105 S 410 75 68 574 425 425 1126 340 704 584 105
M 435 74.5 67.5 598 440 427 1151 334 710 597 115 M 435 75 68 597 444 425 1150 340 716 593 115
L 470 74.5 67.5 622 460 427 1175 334 728 606 125 L 470 75 68 620 468 425 1174 340 734 602 125
XL 500 74.5 67.5 647 480 427 1201 334 739 620 140 XL 500 75 68 645 484 425 1200 340 745 616 140
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