Devinci launches two new Canadian-made trail bikes and they’re surprisingly affordable

Trail bikes aimed at those on a budget

Devinci Marshall Deore

Devinci has expanded its mountain bike line with the introduction of two new entry-level trail bikes: the Kobain hardtail and Marshall full-sus.

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Unusually, both the new bikes feature Canadian-made frames that are backed with a lifetime warranty.

2021 Devinci Kobain

Devinci Kobain Deore 11S
The Devinci Kobain Deore 11S is the cheaper of two builds.
Devinci / Laurent Bilodeau

The Kobain is an alloy hardtail with 29in wheels and a 130mm fork. With a 65.5-degree head angle, 75-degree seat angle and generous top tube and wheelbase lengths, the Kobain’s geometry is thoroughly modern.

All Kobains use a threaded bottom bracket, have dropper post compatibility and Boost 148 thru-axle rear ends.

The Kobain is sold in two complete build kits starting with the $1,299 / €1,399 Kobain Deore 11S, which gives you a 1×11 Shimano Deore transmission, Shimano MT200 hydraulic discs and RockShox 35 Silver R coil sprung fork.

It’s also specced with tubeless-ready V2 alloy rims with a 29mm internal width. These are shod with 2.6in Kenda Regolith tyres – the largest size these frames are officially rated for.

The build is finished with a 50mm alloy stem and 780mm handlebar along with a TranzX dropper seatpost with 1x lever.

In this configuration, the Kobain comes in at a claimed 14.9kg/33lbs for a size medium.

Devinci Kobain SLX 12S
The more expensive Kobain build uses a Marzocchi Z2 fork and a 1×12 Shimano SLX transmission.
Devinci / Laurent Bilodeau

Spend $1,699 / €1,699  and you upgrade to the Kobain SLX 12S.

As the name suggests, there’s a 1×12 Shimano SLX transmission complete with 10-51t cassette, while Deore M4100/MT40 brakes are on stopping duty.

Marzocchi’s Z2 Rail Sweep Adjust fork leads the way, while the wheels remain similar to those used on the cheaper build, albeit with a rear hub upgrade.

Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR 2.6in tyres are another spec change from the cheaper bike. There’s also a TranzX dropper post and an upgrade to a RaceFace Aeffect handlebar.

It’s claimed to be approximately a kilo lighter than the cheaper build at 13.8kg/31lbs.

2021 Devinci Marshall

Devinci Marshall Deore
The Marshall is made in an XS size which is suitable for riders as small as 4ft 11in.
Devinci / Laurent Bilodeau

The Marshall’s aluminium frame is led by a 140mm fork and uses a Split Pivot suspension rear end to offer 130mm of travel at its rear wheel.

With a 66.5-degree head angle, generous reach lengths and a seat angle of around 77 degrees, its geometry looks bang on the money for a fun trail bike.

Wheel size is dependent on the size of the frame; XS and S frames use 650b wheels and M, L and XL bikes roll on 29in rims. Rear tyre clearance is limited to 2.4in for 650b and 29in models.

Chainstay lengths also vary depending on the size to keep the handling balanced throughout the range of sizes. 

It’s also worth noting that the Marshall is produced in an XS frame size that caters for people from 4ft 11in and up, making these a viable option for junior rippers.

It’s good to see a regular threaded bottom-bracket shell, plus there’s room for a 500ml bottle at the front triangle on even the smallest size frames.

It’s interesting to see Devinci has specced a Boost rear end rather than the more recent Super Boost standard.

Devinci must have real confidence in these Canadian built frames because each is sold with a lifetime warranty. In another nod to durability, Devinci has specced the frame’s pivots with Enduro double-lipped sealed bearings.

Devinci Marshall 29 Deore 12S
M, L and XL Marshalls use 29in wheels, while XS and S sized bikes use 27.5in.
Devinci / Laurent Bilodeau

The Marshall is sold in two build options that both retail for the same $2,099 / €2,299 price, giving buyers the choice of a 1×12 Shimano Deore or SRAM SX transmission.

Aside from the transmission and brakes, the bikes have the same specification, with a RockShox 35 Silver TK SoloAir fork and Deluxe R Debonair shock combination.

Both builds use four-piston brakes, with SRAM builds getting Guide T brakes and Shimano spec Marshalls receiving Shimano M4100/MT420s stoppers.

The 27.5 and 29in wheelsets both use V2 tubeless-ready rims with a 29mm internal diameter. They are shod in Maxxis Minion DHF/R tubeless-ready tyres that are 2.5in on the front and 2.4in at the rear.

Each Marshall also comes with a TranzX dropper seatpost and a V2 branded cockpit that combines a 50mm stem with a 780mm alloy handlebar.

A size medium Marshall 29 SX 12 has a claimed weight of 15.8kg/35lbs.

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The first bikes are set to arrive at Devinci authorised dealers in early March 2021.