Devinci Troy Carbon RS review

A trail-bomber we loved more the harder we rode

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £3,050.00 RRP | USD $3,499.00

Our review

Top-value powerfully efficient, bomber-tough mid-travel trail bike with a big-travel attitude
Buy if, You want a top-value carbon ripper that'll winch its way up most things – and will reward you in spades on the way back down
Pros: Super-stiff, bombproof lifetime-warrantied frameset with matching hard-riding geometry; excellent balance of pedal efficiency, traction and big-hit appetite; top-value kit list includes rockshox dampers, max control cockpit, reverb post and triple compound maxxis treads
Cons: Chunky weight for a 140mm travel carbon trail bike
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Devinci has completely redesigned the Troy this year and if you want a rock-solid trail bike that can tackle the biggest terrain but still climb like a goat or efficiently eat up miles then it’s a stand-out choice for the money.



Built like a tank, with lifetime warranty

The new frame isn’t particularly light for a carbon 140mm bike at a claimed 2.8kg (medium). But the big box-section tubes and deep keel around the press-fit BB mean it’s one of the stiffest chassis we’ve ridden and it even comes with a lifetime warranty.

Devinci’s troy carbon has received a makeover for 2016:

Devinci’s Troy Carbon has received a makeover for 2016

That stiffness is obvious on the trail too, providing a super-accurate connection between the massive 780mm bars and 45mm stem and the super grippy Maxxis High Roller II Max Terra triple compound tyres (an excellent bit of speccing by Devinci), which sit on broad rims for extra stability.

The long front end helps to keep trouble safely at arm’s length, while the very short 424mm chainstays add flick and whip agility to the back end. Overall though the Troy feels rock-solid though, something that’s highlighted by its almost eerie lack of noise when you’re hammering it down rough sections.

Poised and purposeful

The fifth-generation Split Pivot suspension system with the rear pivots rotating on the same axle as the rear wheel keeps things poised and purposeful through the pedals but retains ground connection for excellent technical climbing capability. But, as you’d expect from a gravity focused firm like Devinci, it’s also more than capable when the trail points down.

The 780mm bars provide you with plenty of leverage on technical stuff:

The 780mm bars provide you with plenty of leverage

While the Troy Carbon RS comes with a very progressive, hard-carving shock setup that rarely hits full travel, it’s easy to pop out one or two volume reducer rings to sink it down onto the trail more for a rock-solid planted feel and better speed sustain. You can also steepen the angles up half a degree via the linkage chip if you want a faster-steering feel.

The excellent frameset performance is backed up with a sorted kit package. This includes the benchmark control of a 150mm travel Pike RC fork, Shimano’s M615 brakes – a workhorse option we’re happy to see here – and a Race Face Aeffect crank with direct mount ring powering a SRAM GX 1-11 transmission. A RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post allows maximum trail flow and seals an excellent value deal.

The troy carbon rs makes a good fist of getting you up the steeps, and pays your efforts back with interest on the descents:

The Troy Carbon RS makes a good fist of getting you up the steeps, and pays your efforts back with interest on the descents

Also consider:

Diamondback Release 3

With a new dual-link rear suspension, the Release is an efficient pedaling machine that’s capable and agile on aggressive terrain. See our full Diamondback Release 3 review.

Whyte T-130 C Works

This full carbon trail bike encourages riding on the limit with a great geometry, balanced suspension, and stiff carbon wheels. See our full Whyte T-130 C Works review.

Product Specifications


Name Troy Carbon RS
Brand Devinci

Available Sizes S M L XL
Rims V2 Comp DB
Wheelbase (in) 46.61
Top Tube (in) 24.57
Standover Height (in) 28.66
Seat Tube (in) 18.5
Chainstays (in) 16.69
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.5
Spoke Type Stainless 14g
Weight (kg) 13.97
Stem V2 PRO 31.8mm
Shifters SRAM GX 11spd
Seatpost V2 Comp 31.6mm
Seat Angle 74.9
Saddle SDG Bel-Air 2.0
Rear Tyre Maxxis Highroller II 27.5X2.3" 3C Compound Exo Protection
Brakes Shimano M615 / Rotors RT56 180mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair
Rear Hub Formula Boost 148 W/XD Driver
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX
Headset Type FSA Orbit
Head Angle 67.4
Handlebar V2 PRO Riser Bar 780mm
Grips/Tape Devinci Performance W/Lock-On
Front Tyre Maxxis Highroller II 27.5X2.3" 3C Compound Exo Protection
Front Hub Formula Disc TA 15MM
Frame Material Carbon DMC-G 140mm
Fork RockShox Pike RC 27.5 Solo Air 150mm
Cranks Race Face Aeffect DM30T
Chain Shimano 11spd
Cassette SRAM 11spd 10-42T
Frame size tested L