First Look: Devinci Spartan HP

A high pivot enduro warrior

 

Devinci’s new high pivot enduro bike has been hiding in plain sight under the Devinci Global Racing Team in this season’s EWS races. Today, Devinci pulls the cover off the new 160mm travel Spartan HP and makes the bike officially available. It joins a growing list of designs that utilize a high pivot with idler pulley that promise efficient pedaling and a rearward axle path for improved suspension performance.

 

Devinci retains its Split Pivot suspension that pivots concentrically with the rear axle and combines it with the high pivot design. According to Devinci, Split Pivot separates braking and pedaling forces from the suspension for improved ride qualities. The high pivot is claimed to increase traction and stability the harder you push thanks to the design’s rearward axle path through the suspension’s 160mm travel stroke. The idler pulley is required on high pivots to eliminate what would otherwise be terrible pedal feedback and suspension stiffening without it.

This graph shows how much more rearward the axle path is on the new Spartan HP.

 

Geometry on the full carbon frame is adjustable via a lower shock mount flip chip. The Spartan gets more aggressive with a 485mm reach (20mm longer) and 64.5 degree head angle (.5 degrees slacker) in a size large in the low setting. The seat angle also gets steeper coming in at 76.5 degrees on a size large in the low setting. Chainstay lengths vary by size for balanced handling. Sizes small and medium have 425mm long stays, 430mm on large and 435mm on size X-large. A trunion mount style shock update allows for lower standover heights across the size range. Devinci also says the suspension rate is progressive enough for coil over shock use.

 

Other details include Enduro bearings throughout the pivots for long term friction free durability, partially guided internal cable routing and the use of a universal rear derailleur hanger. The bottom bracket is threaded and there are chain guide mounts as well as the idler pulley cover acting as a guide itself. Another unique detail and trend we’ve seen is the use of a large diameter seat post for better dropper post durability. The Spartan takes this concept pretty seriously with a 34.9mm diameter size. The rear axle spacing is Super Boost Plus and there is clearance for up to a 36 tooth chainring. There is also a water bottle mount inside the main triangle.

 

 

The Spartan HP is available in three models ranging in price from $6,149 for a SRAM GX based build to $8,999 for a Shimano XTR spec.


 



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