Devinci's exploits on the global mountain bike scene have been most prominent in the world of downhill and enduro, but they make a very tidy trail bike too as proven by the Django. We've got the 29er version of this mid-travel, chunky machine on test.
The not-so-minor details
Devinci Django Carbon 29
Solid, sturdy construction.
Great suspension system.
Nothing so far.
Two things you need to know about the Devinci Django Carbon. One, the D is silent. Two, it’s a robust, mid-travel trail bike, with geometry that places it in the all-rounder camp. There are 29er or 27.5 versions of the bike, but we’ve gone the big wheels – in this 120-140mm travel category, we think a 29″ wheels are the better option generally.
What’s the travel?
The Devinci Django serves up 120mm rear, 140mm front, both sprung by top-shelf FOX Factory suspension. Having a 20mm travel difference between front and rear isn’t that common in off-the-shelf bikes (Yeti and Transition being notable exceptions). That said, increasing fork travel is a common upgrade amongst aggressive riders, so maybe Devinci are just one step ahead of the game here. Will the 120/140mm feel balanced?
It is! The Devinci Django is really well built, with frame stiffness and confidence the priority, and that gets a big tick from us. At 13.22kg, it’s not a super light trail bike, but there’s plenty of beefiness in all the right places – look at that seat stay assembly, it’s a monster. Ordinarily this bike would come with Maxxis Ardents front and rear, but we’ve opted to test this bike with bigger tyres (a Maxxis Minion WT up front and an Aggressor out back) which are heavier but are better suited to our rough test trails.
What about the geometry?
There’s a small amount of geometry adjustment via a flip-chip on the seat stay, but even in the slacker setting, the Django’s geometry is what we’d call neutral. With a 68-degree head angle, it’s certainly not trying to be the slackest, longest bike out there, shooting instead for geometry that’s well balanced between climbing and descending. The 440mm reach is paired with 50mm stem and wide 780mm bar.
Split Pivot suspension.
Dave Weagle, one of the industry’s best brains, is behind the Django’s Split Pivot suspension system which sees a concentric pivot around the rear axle (Trek also use a variation on this theme). It’s a setup that’s know to be exceptionally active and supple, and our initial rides on the Django have definitely had that hovercraft kind of feeling. More to come soon, so stay tuned as we put this Canadian all-rounder to the test.