DEVINCI WILSON 29er - DH BIKE TEST
Updated: Feb 18, 2019
Where do you start when thinking of Devinci? With Stevie Smith no doubt. The utter legend that was Stevie embodied all that was Devinci, mountain bikes or just good energy, his name cannot be mentioned without having a sigh and a memory of the great man. Long Live Chainsaw!
The other thing would be the rad bikes. That 26” Wilson is still ringing in my ears after the first time I got the chance to ride it. This new model could be here to make the same stamp on the books, as that bike did back in 2012.
Suspension and Chassis
Starting with the Dampers. Devinci have equipped RockShox all round. The new Boxxer Fork upfront, offering 200mm travel with the debonair cartridge. This platform is a great performer, having ridden a few sets in the past. The red lowers also looks great on the front of the Wilson.
At the rear there is loads going on. With the RockShox Super Deluxe RC WC damper at 250mm in length, being driven by a Split Pivot Suspension system, delivering 204mm rear travel. There is also the option to adjust the geometry. This is via a chip on the front of the rear stay. The BB height is also adjusted via a cammed shock bolt.
Shape and Fit
On paper is where Devinci have nailed it. Featuring a massive 1330 mm wheelbase, this bike is most definitely an XL. When mating this figure to the 62 degree head angle, 349mm bottom bracket and whopping 485 reach, it’s a great recipe for a comfy bike. They have defiantly catered to the taller people in the world.
The Raceface Cockpit was a familiar sight, having an 800mm construction complimenting the size that the Wilson has on offer. After very little time at all, the bike was set up and ready to Descend.
ALUMINUM OPTIMUM G04 204MM Handcrafted in Canada / Fabriqué à la main au Canada
ROCKSHOX BOXXER RC2 WORLDCUP 29 200MM BOOST20X110
FSA ORBIT 1.5R ZERO STACK
ROCKSHOX SUPER DELUXE COIL RC WC 250X75 300
MAXXIS MINION DHF 29X2.5WT/DHR II 29X2.4WT3C COMPOUND, TR,DH CASING
RACEFACE ATLAS 30 29ER BOOST110X20MM/ DH157X12 XD | 30MM INNER
SRAM CODE RSC, CENTERLINE 200MM ROTORS
SRAM XO1 DH X-ACTUATION
SRAM XO1 36T, GXP BB
SRAM XG-795 7S 10-24T
RACE FACE SIXC 35 RISERBAR 35MM | 820MM
RACE FACE ATLAS 35MM | 50MM DIRECT MOUNT
SDG FLY RL CRMO RAIL
V2 PRO 31.6MM
E13 LG1+ WITH TACO BASH
WEIGHT 17.26 KG / 38.05 LBS
This Devinci was by far the most anticipated delivery of recent times, having followed the Wilson throughout the World cup season, it was a bike that peaked my interest. With the new wave of 29” machinery hitting the market, the guys at Devinci have really hit home with the race weapon that is the Wilson 29.
Just look at this bike from the side, you can see that it will be no slouch. Low BB, slack head angle and perfectly long. First things first, setting the Wilson up was no stress or trouble. The XL bike came equipped with the correct spring weight for me ( 12.28 stone - 78 kg). All of the dials are relatively on hand to speed up the rebound and get the rear feeling how I wanted. The new RockShox Boxxer upfront was a familiar sight, so easy to get bang on.
When talking fit on the Wilson after riding other XL bikes in the past year, such as the Canyon Sender and Norco Aurum 29, the Devinci outgunned them. I thought the Sender was a massive bike, but man, this Wilson is bigger! With a super low standover too.
After only one run on the Wilson, it felt like I had ridden it for months. Having no issue going full chat down some trails at Bike Park Wales. The bike even got away from me at one point. First time that’s happened in a long time.
Having ridden a good selection of 29” wheeled bikes recently, there was plenty to compare this against. There are very few making me doubt the Wilsons ability.
The chassis that Devinci have used, takes an aluminium front triangle. This is fabricated from the raw material produced a mere three kilometres down the road, which is then mated to rear stays that are partially made from carbon. The combination of stiffness and flex is brilliant. Having taken the bike to many UK destinations in the time that it was in my hands, there was no point that I felt any abuse to my body. Even after 12 plus runs, I still had energy and want to keep going.
One thing to take into consideration is that this is a 29” bike, designed to do something very well. That being racing. The Wilson goes like a rocket ship, keeping composure and shape when things would normally get out of hand. This being said, even with the bike barely fitting on any uplift, it was still super fun to ride. That rear end still likes to get wayward and it can send anything that I pointed the nose at. Devinci also offer a 27.5" version for all those who have not been converted to 29".
Components wise, the Wilson was faultless throughout the entire duration. Going out on over ten uplifts, and numerous random days for some photos, it had a good workout. Nothing broke or wore or even needed attention. One sturdy ship that’s for sure.
I almost feel this is going in here just to fill a section. But the grip that Devinci use is not to my liking at all. With the hard rubber construction, it was not something that I would have ridden glove less. That being said, how much are a set of grips in the grand scheme of things?
So.... more a funny point and not one that Devinci is not at fault over, was the fact that the XL bike really struggles to fit on a UK uplift trailer. However some companies are future proofed with different trailer designs. Pre warning, this bike is LONG! It is quite comical seeing the uplift guys scratching their heads working out how it will fit, but we never failed to get it on.
This is more advice than a limitation. The Wilson will need to be kept clean and tidy to check over the pivots after use. With the open linkage near the rear wheel, if you are riding this in muddy conditions, it is always a good idea to keep it clean to make inspection easy. You do not want to mess up a great thing from poor maintenance.
This bike is something else. A true race bike! From the Aluminium construction, to the prestige behind the brand, it just feels right. Long, low and slack, 29” wheels, and a near perfect build kit. What more can you ask for? Devinci have absolutely knocked it out of the park. If you push this bike it will reward you no end. You can not overlook the price point on the Wilson. The top X0 model comes in at a cracking $6,449 (we will get this in £££ for you all soon). There really is a lot of bang for the buck. This is one of the bikes that I was gutted to have to put back in the box. I guess my birthday is coming up so I can only hope.
PRICE: GX build - $4,199 - X0 build - $6,449
These prices may change after import and what not, but its still a cheap bike.
Photos-Ieuan Williams, Tom Cooper