First Ride: Devinci Spartan 29
FIRST RIDE: DEVINCI SPARTAN 29
The Spartan became Devinci’s answer to the growing segment of Enduro racing back in 2015. Skip forward a few years and professional level Enduro racing is more popular than ever. The Spartan received major updates last year receiving a new metric shock, a set of Boost hubs and a completely redesigned frame, but, even with all that combined, Devinci found a way to continue to push the limits of the Spartan. That’s right. The Spartan 29 is here, featuring the latest modern tread such as Super Boost 157 rear hub spacing. Looks like the newest hub standard is here to stay, at least for the category of long-travel 29er’s. The Spartan 29 is a weapon built for war, battling its way to gold at an enduro course near you.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
Devinci built the Spartan 29 as a serious race machine and while that tends to be its main purpose, the Spartan values slower training days as much as it loves to battle the clock. Whether cruising down the mountain or hunting for a PR, the Spartan is made to mellow out the harshest trails. It isn’t a bike scared to climb back up either, with an all-most identical frame weight, big wheels and the same amount of travel, the all-new 29er is just like the Spartan, yet mightier.
“Rolling on 29inch wheels, powered by Split-Pivot credentials, and loaded with 165mm rear and upgraded 170mm travel in the fork, the versatile Spartan brings adept handling and bottomless stoke to the downward slope. Improved suspension dynamics increase lateral stiffness for a cutting-edge climber. And its shortened carbon chainstay brings leaner, meaner Enduro muscle to the trail or track. Additional features include a 38T compatible front ring, 2.5 tire clearance, and metric shock. Spartan ’19. Climb on and kill it all.”
The Spartan builds off the 27.5-inch model from last year, which by the way, was one of our favorite bikes of the year. With many of the same features, the all-new Spartan 29 doesn’t stray far from its roots giving it a familiar feel, but with a few notable changes. Of course, the large 29-inch tires combined with 170-millimeter travel fork and 165-millimeter’s of Split Pivot suspension eats up the trails like hungry hungry hippo, but what we weren’t excepting was how well this beast can climb. During our first ride, we powered up singletrack with ease and rolled over whatever rocks got in our way, but once the trails headed down was when the Spartan really came alive. The rear end feels stiff allowing riders to push this bike into turns and hold lines without a second thought. The new RockShox Lyric with its Charger2 damper is buttery smooth inspiring confidence when barreling down the trails. We look forward to spending a lot more time riding this all-new 29er and plan to give you a full breakdown in the January issue of Mountain Bike Action.
For more information regarding the Spartan 29 head to devinci.com.
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