First Look: Troy 29 - Devinci's New Heavy Hitting All Mountain Bike
Last week Devinci announced an update to the versatile and popular Troy. Their All Mountain frame now comes equipped with either 29" or 27.5" wheels to fit the flavor of the month.
The new Troy 29 ticks all the boxes for a hard charging trail bike. Big wheels, check. Aggressive geometry, check. Steep seat tube, check. Uses a new standard to make everyone lose their minds.... check.
Super Boost Plus 157
Let's just get this out of the way. Yes, the Troy 29 uses a Super Boost rear end. Sorry? You're welcome? Don't really know what to say other than if you want to spend hours of your time debating the merits or flaws of the new standard, you can find plenty of keyboard warrior forums to do so. That's all we will say in this first look.
Devinci employs Dave Weagle's Split Pivot suspension platform on their full squish bikes. While they are new to us here at the shop, we have a few things to say on the subject. It's solid. It pedals very efficiently (think Ibis and the DW Link.) You put the pedal down and the bike is scooting right along. There's very little bob to be found. Split Pivot is also very progressive. Even on the short travel Django it can be hard to find the end of the travel. Or better said, the bike is progressive enough that you don't notice a harsh clang when you hit bottom. Devinci's bikes punch above their weight class because of how progressive the rear end is. These bikes are meant to be ridden hard.
The Pinkbike world lost their collective head when Devinci announced the Troy 29. A typo lead to the confusion and following hysteria. Bikes aren't getting any cheaper cheaper these days, and the Troy is certainly no exception. It does however, fall well within a competitive price range.
Currently there are 5 build kit/frame options. They range from frame + dropper to a dripping in carbon XO1 Eagle kit. They can be found here. The best value kit looks to be the GX LTD. The GX LTD comes over-forked with a 160mm Lyrik. Devinci didn't want the extra travel to have too much of an effect on the geo, so they specced it with a shorter offset. The reduced offset keeps the head tube from feeling too slack and keeps the wheelbase under control.
All in all the new Troy looks to be a solid do-it-all trail bike for those looking to ride hard. It doesn't mess around when it comes to suspension or components.
Stay tuned for a full review once we've had some time to log some miles on the Troy.