tough as nails and come with a lifetime crash-replacement warranty should the original owner have any issues. Last but not least, the bars come in nine different colors.
Stem: To match our handlebar, we went with Deity’s Copperhead stem with a stubby, 35mm length. We then used a Specialized SWAT tool to hold our stem and fork to our frame. This tool is designed to replace your star nut and essentially places the top cap underneath the fork crown. On top, a flip-away top cap reveals a hidden tool.
Grips: We chose a pair of Sensus Lite grips for a close-to-the-bar feel. These minimalist grips add just enough padding for comfort and have sturdy end caps to keep them fresh.
Dropper post: We lucked out with our Devinci frame, as a free dropper post was included in the frame-only price. The 150mm Tranzx post may not be the most desirable post on the market, but with an aftermarket Fox remote, we managed to get it to feel pretty good.
Seat: Another freebie included in the frame-only package is an SDG saddle with custom Devinci printing on it. We decided to ditch the saddle for a WTB seat, but that was purely personal preference.
Head tube angle: 65º
Seat tube angle: 77º
Chainstay length: 432mm (17”)
Reach (size medium): 445mm (17.9”)
Bottom-bracket height: 343mm (13.5”)
Estimated value: $4500
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