Canadian company Devinci is bolstering its mountain bike range with three new carbon bikes for 2013: the 145mm travel, 26in-wheeled Dixon Carbon, the 110mm travel Atlas Carbon 29er and the full-blown Wilson Carbon downhill racer that team rider Steve Smith just used to win the World Cup in Norway.
The Dixon Carbon has perhaps been the most heavily massaged of the trio, with its new carbon fiber front triangle and seat stays (the chain stays are still aluminum). According to Devinci marketing man David Régnier-Bourque, the new 1,207g (2.66lb) front end shaves 204g from the alloy version, while the 295g carbon stays lop off 145g for substantial total savings of 349g (0.77lb).
Other features include the same Split Pivot rear suspension design and geometry as on the current Dixon. Plus a tapered head tube, routing for dropper seatposts, an extra-wide bottom bracket shell with press-fit bearing cups, adjustable geometry (a 67 to 67.5-degree head tube angle) and molded-in ISCG tabs with replaceable threads.
The Atlas Carbon, on the other hand, gets a new 1,109g (2.44lb) carbon front triangle but sticks with its current all-aluminum rear end. Even so, claimed weight saved is a significant 285g (0.63lb). As with the Dixon, the Split Pivot rear suspension design and overall geometry are carried over, including the incredibly short 430mm (16.9in) chain stays.
The new top-end, full-sus Atlas 29er
Even the Wilson downhill bike has had the carbon fiber treatment for 2013. It loses weight with a new carbon front end to go with last year’s carbon seat stays, but apparently retains the durability necessary for World Cup abuse. Tube sections are massive throughout, and the low-slung rear shock is well protected inside the front triangle. In the event of a really direct hit, there’s also a burly carbon fiber guard bolted to the bottom of the down tube.
The new Wilson Carbon, as ridden to World Cup glory by Steve Smith
Test samples are set to arrive in the Colorado BikeRadar offices shortly, so stay tuned for in-depth reviews.