The Devinci Spartan 29 promises "bottomless stoke" and we would like some of that

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Canadian bike maker Devinci has launched a 29er version of its Spartan enduro racer. Called, unsurprisingly, the Spartan 29, it's available in both carbon and aluminium flavours, all promising "bottomless stoke". 

Much like the 27.5in version, the Spartan 29 and Carbon 29 get 165mm of rear travel and a 170mm fork. The bike features the same hi-lo adjustable geometry system found on other Devincis, which lets the rider choose between a slightly lower and slacker setup, or a taller, steeper one with a little more reach. 

Flipping that pivot tweaks the geometry
Flipping that pivot tweaks the geometry

Swapping between the two involves flipping a set of pivots upside down. 

Spartan Carbon 29 — enduro everyday

The top spec SRAM XO1 Eagle build looks fabulous, but it'll cost you
The top spec SRAM XO1 Eagle build looks fabulous, but it'll cost you

The Spartan Carbon 29 gets a full-carbon frameset with a split-pivot suspension setup that's sized for trunnion mount metric shocks. The rear end runs a wide Super Boost 157 axle and the drive-side chainstay is dropped for clearance. 

There's room for 2.5in tyres in there, as well as chainrings up to 38t if you've got the legs. Pleasingly, the bottom bracket shell is threaded. Thank you, Devinci.

Threads in a bottom bracket? Whatever next?
Threads in a bottom bracket? Whatever next?

Devinci's geometry numbers are pretty on point for a big, bouncy race bike. In "lo" mode, a medium has a 65 degree head angle, 76 degree seat angle, 445mm of reach and 639mm of stack. Switch to "hi" changes those numbers to 65.6 degrees, 76.5 degrees, 453mm and 644mm respectively.

Is red and black more your speed?
Is red and black more your speed?

Spartan Carbon 29 builds start at $4,539 / CAD$5,399 / €4,799 for a bike with SRAM NX Eagle, a Rockshox Yari Charger RC Debonair fork and Super Deluxe RC3 DB shock. 

A frameset costs $3,369 / CAD$3,999 / €3,499. UK pricing and availability is to be confirmed. 

Spartan 29 — same feature, more metal

This GX Eagle spec alloy Spartan 29 looks bang on
This GX Eagle spec alloy Spartan 29 looks bang on

The everyman aluminium Spartan 29 gets all the same headline features, just with an all-alloy frameset. The geometry is identical and it's adjustable in exactly the same way. 

Builds for the Spartan 29 start at $3,339 / CAD$3,999 / €3,599 for an NX Eagle build along the same lines as the Carbon 29 version. A frameset costs $2,169 / CAD$2,599 / €2,299. Once again, the UK situation is to be confirmed. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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