Devinci DC GX 11S eMTB Review
By Drew Rohde | Photos by Dusten Ryen
Charged by RISE Brewing
Devinci has stayed true to their Canadian crafted roots for the past 25 years and they’re boldly embracing the future as the next evolutionary step of bicycles is here. Making some much needed improvements to their ebike line, the new Devinci DC eMTB is a big step in the right direction when it comes to on-trail performance.
Over the last few months we’ve ridden the DC on rutted moto trails in the Gifford Pinchot mountains to Bend, Oregon and then for ten days of thrashing in Palms Springs, California.
We loved this bike back home but after we brought it to our 2020 eMTB Roundup in Palm Springs and had ten riders pass it around, the decision to name this bike the winner of our Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Award was an easy one. Simply put, we didn’t expect this bike to ride as well as it did and we apologize for judging this book by it’s cover.
Devinci gave the DC ebike some very capable geometry that is both fun and stable. A flip chip gives the user half a degree of adjustability but after a few laps we were happy keeping the bike in Low mode.
Low mode slackens and lowers the bike just a bit with no real down sides that we noticed. The numbers put the DC in the versatile Trail (150mm or less) or all-mountain with a 65.5-degree head tube angle, 475mm of reach, and a stack of 634mm. The wheelbase strikes a nice balance of stability and agility at 1,268mm. The 470mm chainstays worked well and kept the bike performing predictably. The only negative affect of the geometry in the low setting is losing a half a degree of seat tube angle (76.5 degrees), which we compensated for by moving the seat forward a few millimeters.
Build spec is very good for a sub $7,000 ebike. Although we regularly have problems, these SRAM Code R brakes handled the stopping duties well and provided plenty of power when coupled with the 200mm rotors. Keeping it Canadian, Race Face Turbine bar and stem combo offer a nice look and feel in the cockpit. A Fox Transfer dropper post holds up the SDG Radar saddle while Boost DT Swiss hubs and wheels kept the bike spinning down trail. We also appreciated the Maxxis High Roller 2 2.6 Maxxterra EXO + tire spec however since Schwalbe sponsored our ebike shootout, we swapped this and all bikes over the to the Eddy Current tire combo and were even more pleased with how the bike rode.
An ebike-tuned Fox 36 fork is matched with a Fox Float DPS Evol rear shock. The suspension is quite composed for such a heavy bike with a significant amount of end stroke progression. Small bump compliance is adequate but the in house tuning really shines through in the poppy feeling and lightness this bike conveys. Devinci really did a nice job with the suspension curve and specifying the right parts.
Weight for the Devinci DC is right at 52.73 pounds and includes the 504WH Shimano battery and Shimano Steps E8035 system with a 250W drive unit. The Steps system had a few updates including integrated on/off switches into the frame and an updated charging port. Battery swaps were not difficult, with 2 bolts retaining the frame guard/battery cover.