Troy Carbon 29 Mountain Bike Frame
When the Troy was first released back in 2013 there weren't a lot of other aggressive 140mm travel trail bikes. Most bikes had more or less rear travel, but the Troy spanned that gap and established itself early on as a playful yet highly-capable ripper in the 27.5 all-mountain category. Fast forward to the current model year and the Troy gets a new carbon frame that improves stiffness and responsiveness, as well as more progressive geometry that gives the bike some extra stability when the trail points downward. These are all good things, but what's really got us excited is that it's now available with 29-inch wheels. We're advocates for the larger wheel size as it's hard to deny the efficiency and rolling benefits associated with wagon wheels. Once you're up to speed they hold their momentum and don't get hung up as easily in braking bumps, chunky rock gardens, and generally rough terrain. Combine these advantages with DeVinci's Split Pivot suspension platform that stays fully active while braking, and the Troy Carbon 29 Mountain Bike Frame is ready to attack the trail with newfound haste.
The redesigned frame is now entirely carbon fiber including the rocker link. The result is a stiffer and more responsive frame that saves about 1.5lb compared the aluminum version. DeVinci ups the stiffness even more by moving to Super Boost 12 x 157mm rear spacing. While the transition to a new hub standard might cause a bit of uproar, the truth is that 157mm rear spacing has been around on downhill bikes for quite some time. Super Boost simply widens the hub flanges to improve the spoke bracing angle, resulting in a stiffer rear wheel that's better able to resist torsional forces caused by cornering, braking, or charging through technical terrain. This is especially noticeable on 29er wheels as they have a greater tendency to flex. In addition to these stiffness benefits, Super Boost allows DeVinci to keep the chainstays super short while still clearing a 29 x 2.4in tire and up to a 38t front chainring—giving you a wide range of tire and gearing options. DeVinci also made the switch to a threaded bottom bracket, simplifying maintenance while eliminating the creaks often associated with press fit BB's.
Taking a closer look at the Dave Weagle-designed Split Pivot suspension, the design consists of a main pivot and a concentric rear axle pivot separated by the chainstay (hence the name Split Pivot), as well as the brake link (seatstay) that floats between the concentric rear axle pivot and the rocker link that controls the shock. The floating brake link isolates braking forces from acceleration and suspension forces, resulting in uncompromising traction when you're charging across rough terrain—even while braking or pedaling. Many suspension designs have a tendency to firm up a bit under braking, reducing suspension sensitivity through choppy terrain and thus losing some traction. DeVinci's Split Pivot remains fully active, soaking up braking bumps and squared-edged hits effortlessly while retaining a supportive mid-stroke for pedaling, climbing, and popping off lips and rollers. When you near the end of the travel, a smooth bottom out progression prevents harsh landings. Suspension performance is further improved by the move to a Trunnion-mounted metric shock that pivots on bearings rather than bushings, reducing friction for a more supple suspension action.
As we mentioned above, the new Troy sees revised geometry that gives it some extra stability at higher speeds or while navigating technical descents. This comes in the form of a slacker head angle and longer reach, inspiring some extra confidence to stay off the brakes and let it rip. The stubby 17-inch chainstays balance the bike's downhill prowess with playful trail manners and nimble handling, keeping things fun on tamer trails while giving the bike the ability to pick lines and navigate corners with precision. Despite these geometry changes the Troy retains the ability to adjust its geometry via a flip-chip, which has been conveniently relocated to the lower shock mount for easier access. The flip-chip alternates between the default "low" position and a "high" position that raises the bottom bracket and steepens the head angle, improve pedaling performance on big days with lots of climbing.
The Troy is constructed using DeVinci's MTB-specific DMC-G carbon lay-up. Using EPS molding, DeVinci creates a monocoque carbon frame with flawless consistency throughout the carbon layers, eliminating resin-pooling and inconsistencies that can negatively affect the strength of the frame. DeVinci puts a lot of emphasis on frame strength and rigidity, and while some might argue that their frames are overbuilt, we appreciate the bombproof and stiff construction that inspires absolute confidence when you're smashing through technical terrain—even if it means a little extra weight. It also allows DeVinci to offer a lifetime frame warranty to the original owner. The frame has internal cable routing for clean lines throughout, and comes with molded frame guards for the downtube and chainstay to protect your investment from impacts while silencing chain slap. The frame also has a two-position bottle cage mount, widening the range of mounting options to allow room for larger water bottles while ensuring there's enough clearance for standard bottles should you decide to throw on a coil shock.
- DeVinci's all-mountain ripper now comes with speedy 29in wheels
- Super Boost improves wheel stiffness for more precise handling
- 5.5in of Split Pivot travel stays active while braking for unrivaled traction
- Redesigned carbon frame maximizes strength and rigidity
- Slacker head angle & longer reach for greater stability on descents
- Short chainstays for nimble climbing and playful trail manners
- Threaded bottom bracket reduces creaks and simplifies maintenance
- Geometry switches between high and low positions via flip chip in lower shock mount
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I set out to build a new bike for this season, I had a few requirements in mind. First off, to me 29 inch wheels are a no-brainer. Better traction all around, higher rolling speeds and at 6 foot, they just fit me better. Secondly, for the last few seasons, i've been riding long travel bikes with 160+ travel, which felt like too much for most rides. I wanted something a bit more manageable and playful. At 140mm of rear travel paired with a 150mm fork, this bike really hits the sweet spot for me. That amount of travel, supported by a Split Pivot linkage system, makes for a bike that strikes a nice balance between climbing and descending capabilities. Once thing that you notice right away on this bike is just how stiff the frame is. It feels burly and there's no noticeable flex when you get into the rough stuff. The quality and finish of the bike is really high and both colors look fantastic in person.
Check out just how capable this bike is under Keegan Wright!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Devinci rolled through this spring with their full demo fleet and this was the bike I really wanted to try. We have a short but fun test loop in the hills above SLC that is a great test of bikes climbing, traction, handling, and playfulness.
My 1st impression was that the bike (size Large) is fairly conservative in the reach department. I am just under 6' with a 31ish inseam. My daily driver at this point is a large Yeti SB150 which is a bike that has gone the way of extreme reach measurements along with bikes like the Evil offering. I do tend to wish I had purchased a medium at times for this reason… anyway. The troy is not a bike that feels short but is noticeably less stretched out for me. it does have a stiff and responsive feel at the pedals and bars and does make you as a rider feel like a bike is ready to attack trails at any speed. Even their team rider Keegan Wright has chosen to ride this bike over the longer travel Spartan as he feels it is a faster bike that responds better to his inputs.
Speaking of stiffness – this bike employs 157 super boost to keep the rear end stiff and the frame itself is stout. The bike means business and while having an efficient feel while employing the very progressive feeling Split pivot suspension design this is going to be the trail bike that looks for rougher terrain under the piloting of someone who wants to both find the biggest and demanding rides. Due to the frame consideration this bike is a set it and forget it when it comes to set up. No bolts will come loose and it can take a beating.
If you are an aggressive riding looking at longer rides or if you are looking for a bike to progress your handling skill that isn’t afraid to get scratched this bike would be a very cool bike to consider. I would put this in the category of Evil offering, Yeti SB 130LR, Pivot Switchblade, Niner RIP RDO.