Troy Carbon 27.5 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike
DeVinci understands that no two mountains are the same, so whether you're navigating forested singletrack in the high alpine, or charging through the chunky terrain of southwest desert mesas, the Troy Carbon 27.5 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike tackles it all in stride with its refined Split Pivot suspension and team-inspired geometry. The Troy has been a proven ripper in the all-mountain category since its initial release in 2013, and for this third generation of the bike DeVinci redesigned the frame to increase stiffness and tire clearance, while slacking out the geometry for improved stability when things get rowdy. DeVinci is a new addition to our assortment of brands, but we're happy to welcome their race-bred heritage of burly full-suspension bikes that truly shine on demanding terrain.
The new Troy has a full carbon frame including the rocker link, which was previously made of aluminum. This improves frame stiffness and responsiveness while helping to shed some weight. DeVinci improves stiffness even further by making the transition to Super Boost 12 x 157mm rear spacing. While some of us may be skeptical about yet another hub standard, 157mm hub spacing has been around on downhill bikes for a number of years. Super Boost simply widens the hub flange to improve the spoke bracing angle, which results in a much stiffer wheel that's better able to resist lateral flex while cornering and braking. In addition to the stiffness benefits, Super Boost allows DeVinci to keep the chainstays super short while still clearing a 27.5 x 2.8in tire and up to a 38t front chainring—pretty impressive numbers that give you a wide range of tread and gearing options. DeVinci also made the switch to a threaded bottom bracket, a huge plus in our book as it eliminates the creaking that often plagues press fit systems, and is easily removed and serviced by a home mechanic.
Perhaps the most defining feature of DeVinci mountain bikes is the Split Pivot suspension platform. Split Pivot is an engineering creation of industry wizard Dave Weagle of DW-Link fame. It 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 a rocker link and the concentric rear pivot. The floating brake link sets Split Pivot apart from other suspension designs by its ability to isolate braking forces from acceleration and suspension forces, resulting in unwavering traction across rough terrain—even while braking or pedaling. Many suspension designs firm up under braking, causing a loss of traction and reduced sensitivity. Split Pivot feels fully active throughout the travel and soaks up chunky rock gardens and square-edged hits with a smoothness unmatched by most suspension designs, all while maintaining a supportive platform for pedaling, climbing, and popping off rollers and rock lips. Suspension performance is further improved by the switch to a Trunnion-mounted metric shock, as the Trunnion mount pivots on bearings rather than bushings, reducing overall friction for more sensitive suspension response.
On this newest version of the Troy, DeVinci updated the geometry to be right in line with modern all-mountain bikes. Longer reach paired with a slacker head tube angle give the bike more stability on descents and high speed sections, providing some extra confidence to let er' rip when the trail gets steep and sketchy. By employing Super Boost rear spacing, DeVinci is able to keep the chainstays to a stubby 16.8-inches despite the massive tire clearance, giving the bike a playful feel that encourages jibbing and corners like it's on rails. The geometry is also adjustable via a flip-chip that's conveniently located at the lower shock mount, allowing you to switch from the default "low" position to a "high" position that raises the bottom bracket and steepens the head angle to improve climbing performance on big days with plenty of vertical gain.
The Troy is constructed using DeVinci's MTB-specific DMC-G carbon lay-up. EPS molding is used to create 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 take solace in 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 protectors for the downtube and chainstay to shelter your investment from impacts while silencing chain slap. It's worth mentioning the two-position bottle cage mount as well, which widens the range of mounting options to ensure compatibility with larger water bottles, or to allow bottle clearance if you decide to run a coil shock.
- DeVinci's trail-slaying all-mountain bike gets redesigned for 2019
- Super Boost spacing improves wheel stiffness and tire clearance
- Split Pivot suspension increases traction by staying fully active under braking
- Burly carbon frame puts an emphasis on strength and rigidity
- Slacker head angle and longer reach improve stability on descents
- Exceptionally short chainstays for nimble and playful handling
- Adjustable geometry via flip-chip in the lower shock mount
- Threaded bottom bracket for headache-free maintenance and reduced BB creaks