This is a durable bike. It seems like it can endure being shaken off a 12-story roof onto a carpet made of land mines. This makes it an ideal candidate for being a bike park everyday motorist. However, that brawn comes at a cost. Evaluating in at 40 pounds (with pedals as well as tubes, straight out of package) this bike is significantly in the heavyweight group.
A couple of laps on the Gambler and my arms would start to get tired. A couple of more as well as I would certainly prepare to call it quits for the day. The bike's center of mass is reduced and also central (an excellent thing), but there's just a great deal of mass to this bike. And also, because the bike feels so lively and also intends to go-hard/go-sideways/keep-going, you end up seeing its bulk. You begin to get comfy, you begin to press the bike difficult then you begin getting worn down.
Devinci's downhill beast feels comfortable from the first pedal stroke. The short 430-millimeter chainstays paired with the reduced standover instilled confidence to toss this bike around on rugged terrain. For a downhill bike, the Wilson pedals efficiently, and cranking from edges was easy as well as pleasurable in comparison to some of the various other DH bikes we checked.
Suspension setup was very easy and also damping control was simple yet efficient, with a wide variety of adjustability, from pogo-stick fast to molasses slow-moving. Improvements? Much more powerful brakes would have been nice. The Potion Fives are powerful for route brakes, but not enough for downhill rigs.
Every component on the Demo looks like it was hand-selected for its utmost intent, instead of draped as a second thought. Custom-made Avid Code X0 Globe Mug brakes making use of X0 levers and also Code calipers demonstrate a compulsive focus on information. The drivetrain is a distinct 7-speed arrangement that uses a SRAM 9-speed shifter and derailleur on a micro 7-speed Shimano cassette. Why not simply give all 9 gears? Our wager is that Specialized intended to bring World Cup information to Sunday combatants.
The Gambler is flexible and also we did play around with the setups to discover a balance. The two modifications either make the lower bracket greater or reduced and also the back side shorter or longer; they do not extend the reach of the bike, which is just what we really wanted. Our demonstration design didn't had the needed flexible headset cups that retail versions do, something that we would have delighted in fettling with to steepen the headangle a touch without changing the bottom bracket or bar elevation (points that happen if you turn the chip on the shock install or change the quantity of stanchion in the fork crowns).
Wide Funn bars and also direct install stem, Fox 40s, Shimano Zee groupset, all great. The Zee brakes as well as drivetrain are entirely comparable to it's much more costly Saint sibling. Schwalbe Muddy Marys? Although not a bad tire, they do measure in really large and also bubbly, making it really feel a little bouncy and not as predictable as some. Schwalbe's Magic Mary could be the ticket.
The Wilson got a couple of crucial element upgrades this year. The structure is now available with the 216-millimeter RockShox Vivid R2C back shock, as well as Whistler-born-and-bred Chromag obtains approval for bars and stem this year. The 780-millimeter-wide Fubars and also the Supervisor stem changed the Truvativ Boobar and also Hozfeller direct-mount stem.