Enduro can mean a number of things. It could mean actually competing in enduro events, or it could simply mean a kick-butt, do-it-all long-travel trailbike. If you’re looking for an able partner for either disciplines, I think it would be worthwhile to seek out the 2015 Devinci Spartan.
The Spartan Carbon SX model I surveyed at Interbike hits your local dealer with the following features:
- 27.5″ wheels
- 165mm travel via Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot
- DMC-G spec monocoque carbon fiber front triangle and seatstays
- 142×12 rear thru axle
- Internally-routed cable design with port covers
- RockShox PIKE RC Dual-air 160mm fork
- RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair
- SRAM X1 drivetrain
- SRAM Guide R brakes
- Tire clearance galore (up to 2.5’s)
- Aluminum skid plate on downtube
- Lifetime frame warranty
- MSRP: $6299
Enduro. All-mountain. All-fun.
Since Devinci is well-known for their carbon excellence, it makes sense that they would follow up the aluminum version with a carbon version for 2015. This frame looks stunning in person and has all the makings of an enduro slayer or all-day trail bike.
Working directly with Dave Weagle, Devinci has ensured the Split Pivot suspension is as optimized as possible. Further tweaking the geometry can be done by swapping the shock chip position that will raise/lower the BB and change the head angle as follows:
- HI: 73 seat tube angle / 66.4 head tube angle
- LO: 72.4 seat tube angle / 65.8 head tube angle
This particular spec with SRAM X1, RockShox PIKE/Moncarch and SRAM Guide brakes is about as perfect as can be without getting crazy expensive. The PIKE is without a doubt the best fork on the market and the new Guide brakes are lights-out awesome.
See the Spartan in action in the following video featuring Dave Weagle and Steve Smith.
Expect complete bikes to come in right around 30 lbs, and other flavors are available with both 1x and 2x drivetrains in aluminum and carbon.