Devinci Unleashes the New Spartan

Photos by Margus Riga

Devinci’s Spartan has been a battle ready enduro rig since its inception, but it was time for a change. The latest interation of the bike sees an entirely reworked suspension design with no tube left unchanged. Packing 165mm of rear travel and an upgraded 170mm travel fork, the bike brings premium handling to the downward slope, while an improved suspension layout increases lateral stiffness for a cutting-edge climber.

The DMC-G carbon frame features Devinci’s advanced EPS molding to allow for flawless form consistency and stiffer, stronger engineering. Devinci also put the bike on a diet, trimming 310 grams of extra weight (150g from the frame, and 160g thanks to a the new shorter carbon chainstay). The Spartan is 170mm dropper post (compatible on M-L-XL) with a 2.6 tire clearance, a metric shock and full boost spacing. Additionally, a Kevlar reinforced carbon bashplate hides a Di2 battery holder molded into the frame—which you can also use to house your stash.

Q & A with Devinci

How long has the Spartan been in development?

Two years.

 What Pro riders had an influence on the design, what was their input?

Primarily Damien Oton & Théo Galy. We had many discussions giving us the chance to put our focus where it really matters in a Pro-race, but also what could be improved for more “usual” riding. We’ve also tested prototypes with them, and with SRAM.

What type of rider do you see purchasing a Spartan?

Well enduro is definitely gaining in popularity. The fact that the Spartan is so well balanced opens the bracket of riders who could truly enjoy this bike. But like many other Devinci bikes, this one has a true thirst for speed.

What separates Devinci from other bike brands? Why are you guys different?

Well, the fact that we keep manufacturing bikes for our factory in Quebec. All our dual suspension aluminum frames are welded, painted, tested and so on in Quebec. We are a small company of roughly 75 employees. For the last 30 years, we have been stubborn enough to maintain a large segment of our production here. This gives us a chance to follow every step while creating a bike – it feeds our passion! And frankly, seeing the results of this passion with podiums on the World Cup or EWS is just freakin’ amazing.

Why the major change in suspension design and linkage? What are the benefits of the new version?

The rear triangle is more open, thus improving lateral stiffness without any weight increase. The shock has to bear less of the lateral forces and this increases its longevity. It also helped us fit a water bottle inside the frame while keeping a low stand over height. The progressivity was adapted to new shock tunes that give supportive suspension throughout the travel and accounts for 1x dedicated and eagle standards. Trunnion mount metric shocks allowed us to have a good shock travel and benefit from a shorter overall shock length. This made sense with a vertically mounted shock.