Are Devinci Bikes good mountain bikes
Devinci DC NX / GX Test - Made in Canada
The legendary North Shore trails, the Whistler bike park and Steve “Chainsaw” Smith - Canada has produced great mountain bike technology, but it has been rather quiet on e-mountain bikes up to now. But now Devinci has presented several exciting bikes. We'll tell you what the entry-level Devinci DC NX / GX can do.
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In Europe, Devinci is best known for its fine mountain bikes, with which, among other things, the downhill legend Steve Smith was able to achieve numerous victories. Since they offer everything for the North American market from city bikes to high-end downhillers, almost every child there knows the brand. “Made in Canada” is written on the aluminum frame of our € 5,399 Devinci DC NX / GX test bike and that's actually true - the bike is even welded together in Canada. With 150 mm at the rear, a 160 FOX 36 suspension fork, balanced geometry and 27.5+ tires, the DC should be the right companion for all trail adventures. We checked whether it really is on rugged, high-alpine trails, on paths with countless switchbacks and on fast flow trails.
The equipment of the Devinci DC NX / GX
For the chassis, Devinci relies on FOX and installs a 36 Performance Elite with 160 mm of travel. The DPS Performance Elite damper generates 150 mm of travel from the asymmetrical rear triangle with split pivot. Rear end with what? Translated, this means: The frame offers enough tire clearance for very wide tires and the rear wheel can still absorb shocks well even when the brakes are on. Braking is done with the easy-to-dose SRAM Guide RE brake. The powerful Shimano STEPS E 8000 motor with fully integrated 500 Wh battery ensures the right amount of propulsion. The engine power is passed on to the rear wheel via a SRAM NX / GX 11-speed circuit. Unfortunately, the MAXXIS Rekon + lacks the grip to bring the power to the trail - tires that spin on the uphill are the result.
Suspension fork Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 160 mm
mute Fox Float DPS Evol 150 mm
Brakes SRAM Guide RE 200/180
circuit SRAM NX / GX
Seat post Race Face Aeffect 125 mm
Handlebars V2 Pro Risebar 780 mm
Stem V2 Pro 45 mm
rims V2 Comp Wide DB
tires Maxxis Highroller II 2.8 ″ / Rekon 2.8 ″
Weight 23.82 kg
price 5.399 €
The geometry of the Devinci DC NX / GX
|Seat tube||410 mm||420 mm||455 mm||495 mm|
|Top tube||583 mm||606 mm||629 mm||654 mm|
|Head tube||105 mm||115 mm||125 mm||140 mm|
|Chain stay||451 mm||451 mm||451 mm||451 mm|
|BB drop||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|wheelbase||1184 mm||1209 mm||1233 mm||1259 mm|
|Reach||425 mm||445 mm||465 mm||485 mm|
|Stack||594 mm||603 mm||612 mm||626 mm|
The Devinci DC NX / GX on the trail
Apart from that, the DC climbs surprisingly confidently despite its high weight of 23.82 kg. Although we rode it in the slack geometry setting, the seat angle was quite steep. In combination with the deep front, you sit centrally on the bike even on steep ramps and can pedal efficiently.
Comfortable or playful - when it comes to bike handling, with the Devinci DC you have to make a decision during the setup. Unfortunately, the rear end of the bike does not manage to balance fine responsiveness and sufficient counter-hold. With the recommended damper setup, the rear end reacts extremely sensitively to stones, roots and edges in the trail and even transmits almost no impacts to the rider when braking. Thanks to the central riding position integrated in the bike, you can roll through open corners with a lot of self-confidence and a good balance between the front and rear wheels. When things get down to business faster, however, the rear end sinks deep into the travel and hardens. When changing direction quickly and on flatter trails, the rider's input in the chassis is lost, making the bike sluggish and clumsy. That's why you simply roll over edges and roots instead of jumping off them or even playing with the bike. We didn’t miss it and breathed a little more life into the DC with a much tougher damper setup. However, responsiveness, grip and comfort then suffer, so that the Devinci can only be used on very flowing routes. Unfortunately, even after intensive tests, we did not find the golden compromise between comfort and support.
The comfortable Devinci DC gives eMTB beginners a lot of self-confidence and safety on the trail. On top of that, the “Made in Canada” bike climbs confidently. A good all-round bike, if it weren't for the high weight and sluggish handling at higher speeds and an active riding style. We were hoping for a sportier bike from Devinci and are excited about the next generation of models.
+ climbs confidently
+ Space for drinking bottle
+ integrated driving position
- Undefined rear end
- Tires too prone to punctures
You can find more information at devinci.com
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Text: Felix Stix Photos: Valentin Rühl
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