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Devinci Chili Pepper Freeride Full Suspension

4.38/5 (13 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jojotherider a Weekend Warrior from Snoqualmie, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Strengths:    I'm 5'10" and the frame size is small which i think fits perfect for all mountain riding. Definitely lighter frame than my Giant Warp DS3. All the components are aftermarket on this frame so that plays a big part in why i like this bike. Although, i've only been on one ride with it so far.

Weaknesses:    could use a cooler paint job. the silver is kind of boring. give me a nice glossy green or something *shrug*

Bottom Line:   
I really dig my bike setup. I bought it two days ago off of Craigslist and finally got to ride it tonight. It is complete night and day difference from my Giant Warp DS3. I feel like a faster rider on this bike. Corners really well and brakes very well. There's a downhill section that's just berms and turns and i feel like i was able to carry more speed, be more aggressive, and really attack the trail. In general i just feel more comfortable and solid on this bike. Can't say if its the frame or the components or simply just the whole package. I was really worried at first about the short Gravity stem and the wide handlebars. Initially it feels like the cockpit is really cramped, but after the first ride it doesn't bother me at all. actually rode my friend's bike with a long stem and narrow bars and felt like it was way out in front. Climbing was ok. I've only got a medium chain ring in the front and could probably use another one, but i'm going to keep it like this and see how it works out. oh, I feel like i was able to keep really good traction on steep climbs, even out of the saddle. I was able to keep some traction while my buddy was slipping. overall really really happy with this bike and how it is setup.

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Favorite Trail:   Duthie Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Giant Warp DS3 with Marzocchi Bomber Fork, Hayes Mechanical brakes, Bontrager rims

Bike Setup:   2006 Devinci Chilipepper, Pike 454 u-turn, Monarch 4.2 rear shock, Sun MTX rims, Shimano Deore LX hydro brakes, XT rear derailluer, Kenda Nevegal Tires, FSA Cranks and bottom bracket, Gamut bash guard, revell pedals, Gravity stem, Sunline bars (28.5") and grips.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jake a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2007

Strengths:    Its a full suspension bike, high bottom bracket so your not bashing your chainrings/pedal on stuff.

Weaknesses:    poor drainage for water, the bushings will go loose in one ride, poor lateral stiffness, frame cracks easily.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this bike for 2 years now, and I'm on my 3rd frame replacement(I don't go big, its pretty much my trail bike). I've had the bushing replaced 3 times as well. The bike has been at the manufacturers for 2 months this summer and still counting, so I would say devinci has a great warranty but poor customer service. This bike was discontinued after 2006 and I'm sure its because it was a problematic design. I've read a lot of other reviews here, and I'm glad other people like it, but it just hasn't worked out for me at all, and I highly doubt I'll buy another devinci, just because I don't really seem to be a priority to them.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   none, this was my first fully

Bike Setup:   stock, except some juicy's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Avi Hefets a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2007

Strengths:    Great frame - strong structure with good rear travel (5.75). climbing is outstanding and the frame's balance is rare. Just Don't waste the graet frame on a front manitou suspension that will suck forever.

Weaknesses:    None so far!

Bottom Line:   
Great for all mountain agressive use. These bikes never give up!! just feed them more rocks to climb or jump!! no matter how agressive U get - the frame will always be one step ahead of U!!

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Favorite Trail:   Trail, All mountain

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Bike Setup:   Front fox float R 130 MM, Fox vanilla rear suspension.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonathan Kriss a Weekend Warrior from TA, Israel

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2007

Strengths:    * This is for the 2006 Jalapeno
- Bombproof, Canadian quality hand-made frame, sexy looking in black. Good strong welding with attention to details. A professional freeride bike.
- Good angles for handeling obtacles and decenting.
Very good SP suspention (with the proper shock ofcourse).
- The rear triangle gives lot of tire clearance, no lower bar for the chain to slap on, and massive dropouts.
- Appropriate selection of components, the right tools for the job. Strong Alex DM24 rims.
- no issues with cable routing
- Front fork and rear shock are designed to work with each other, giving good, plush suspention. They are the Stance Hex Blunt QR20 and the Metel RP. They are the top components of the manitou "budget" freeride line, OEM perhaps only for DeVinci and Ironhorse.
- The Manitou also has a built-in 6" rotor housing, eliminating the need for a 6" adjuster.
- Lock-on grips!

Weaknesses:    - The bike could have lighter components on the same budget which would increase pedabillity. It's not too efficient in sprinting up gravelly trails, but it isn't actually what they were designed for either.
- 8" rotors are only trouble if you don't stricktly ride downhill. Hayes doesn't have the best 8" rotors.
- I wish the fork would have compression adjustment and not only rebound.

Bottom Line:   
For the freerider on a budget indeed (since $2000 became "on a budget").
The frame has good handeling for technical decents and drops, excellent for clearing obstacles and shooting through roots and rock gardens, the brute and powerful QR20 150mm oil Manitou inspires confidence on decents, and the rear shock is tough and well performing, giving a stiff pedaling platform with plenty of adjustment. Since the rear shock is almost horizontal, the shock compression shortens the wheelbase more than a 4 bar linkage would (which is good because the Jalapeno has quite a large wheelbase). It goes well with the single pivot FR design. Although from the "budget" line, the shock and fork are quite sophisticated in absorbing the bumps and drops, and I feel like the bike is doing the job for me and teaching me how to ride it. "This is how the hit is absorbed, sit and learn" say the shocks. but I suppose the penalty is the weight. The bike can definitely be ridden in trails, but it can get slushy and slow on long streaches and uphill efforts. Short sprints uphill are very easy and fun, and the Jalapeno can easily fly over uphill obstacles where the XC race biker would probably choose another line. Reducing 2 kilos would be great, I'm working on it, but it requires changing many parts.
Definitey give a lot of consideration for the tires.
This bike has supreme terrain tracking and is designed for abuse and reckless riding, and also for winding technical decents. It will fulfill your freeride needs. I'm only giving it 4 chillies on overall because I think it can even be better with lighter components.

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Favorite Trail:   Haven't found it yet

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   second hand, new condition

Similar Products Used:   DBR zetec-pro, Banshee scirocco, K2 Tirade, Kona Coiler.

Bike Setup:   stock except: selle italia seat, 6" rotors,2.3" WTB Weirwolf DNA tires were converted to Stan's tubeless, K2 low rise OS handlebar, shimano 646 clip in pedals, err.. that's it

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cameron a Downhiller from Durham

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2007

Strengths:    Great Bike, landed a 15 footer on it, rear shock is good, grips last very long, great freeride/downhill bike for someone on a budget and doesn't want to buy a 7 inch bike that will break in 2 months.

Weaknesses:    Manitou fork has to light a spring in it, cranks broke in 5 months (probably my fault), tires to low of a tread for mud or downhill, seat broke in 4 months.

Bottom Line:   
Definitly take a look at this bike it's awesome. Gave me a lot of good times. But definetly change the tires and fork spring trust me on this. Also you it may take a while for you to warm up to this bike, but once you do it's amazing. Has saved my butt a couple of times. Overall a great bike with no complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   Autobahn

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Bikeface

Similar Products Used:   Nothing

Bike Setup:   06 Devinci Jalapeno THIS IS NOT THE CHILLI PEPPER. Manitou Stance firm spring, Truvativ Hussefelt Cranks, 5050 X pedals, Nevagal front Tire, Irs Trailback Rear tire, new seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Nims a Downhiller from Ottawa, Ont, Can

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2006

Strengths:    Great all around bike clims really welll and drops like a drem the rear suspension is almost bottomless

Weaknesses:    Fork loses pressuure and hydro brakes would be a lot better

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great for agressive all mountain or light freeride good price too but needs better breaks.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockfets

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Tommy and Lebfebrve

Similar Products Used:   nothin compares

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jamie a Downhiller from kitchner ontario canada

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2006

Strengths:    2300 with taxes dallars canadian
this is for the 2005 (devinci jalapeno)big level up from chilly peper
frame is the best. life time warenty no play very strong and not heavy at all.
the rear shock is very stiff and there is the platform adjustment that makes it feel like a hard tail if u want.
it also has a second shock pivit point mount never used it yet lowers travel for xc

Weaknesses:    the only thing is the fork (manitou stance blunt) need stiffer spring but other then that awsome

Bottom Line:   
the best bike i ever owns. it is a free ride bike that u can peddal around. i keep up to cross county racers on it. and then i hit the big kickers and show them up lol. ive havent had the bike too long yet but if done a 5 foot wheely drop flat land and i had the rear shock platform adjustment set stiff. love it.

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Favorite Trail:   hydro cut

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   east side

Similar Products Used:   quantum infinity, specilized hard rock,

Bike Setup:   manitou stance blunt 150 mm Manitou metal RP raceface free ride bb raceface ride isis crank hayes hfx 9 8 inch disk

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by doug rutka a Weekend Warrior from M.Ridge , B.C., canada

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2006

Strengths:    Materials, design, engineering, welds,needle bearings,components, price
(available with sram x7)

Weaknesses:    The main pivot uses two sections of aluminum shaft instead of a stronger solid shaft foung on the freefide designs

Bottom Line:   
single pivot simplicity combined with intens engineering
(I heard that the forming is done in us) welds by hand in Canada
This is an unbeatable bike for the price point!
The frame is solid and responds! There is plenty of room to upgread the compoets, but most riders wont need to util the parts wearout.
If you are an adventuras beginer get it.
If you are a seasond pro you will be coverted(try the ollie ad cream!) but might want the solid shaft upgread for the main pivot.

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Show

Similar Products Used:   bulit
cannondale y frames

Bike Setup:   got mallet C's, dirty parts hubs Azonic rims(toasted the hubs n rims fast),

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fabien a Weekend Warrior from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2006

Strengths:    -Great, stiff frame
-good begginers components
-great tires
-overall strong components. the only part ive ever boken is the rear derailleur and it was my fault.

Weaknesses:    -feet slide easily off the pedals, need something with better grip
-mechanical disk brakes will get you started, but the hayes are a bit low end. It would be nice to see some Hayes HFX 9s or some Avid Juicy 5s. A 7 or 8 inch rotor up front would be a nice upgrade (make it a better "all around" bike)
- A bit on the heavy side for cross country races but still gets the job done with good results.

Bottom Line:   
this is an amazing bike at an amazing price. It is great stock but there is lots of room for upgrading. Devinci builds this bike as an all around ride. It is meant for begginer riders who want to discover what type of riding they want to do. That being said, the frame can be used for any type of riding and you can change components to better suite your riding style. Instead of making you blow away money on a bike that might not even suite you Devinci offers the chillipepper, a bike that can handle any thing from XC to lighter freeride and downhill. Great bike for the aggresive all around rider. Ive riden 24 hour crosscountry races as well as stunts and 1 meter high drops and jumps all on the same bike. I even know some people who have riden blue mountain on this bike. Perfect for all riders.

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Favorite Trail:   The Don, Buckwallow, Ravenshoe

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Cyclissimo

Similar Products Used:   my first real full suspension mountain bike. Had an Acquila hardtail before, and a crappy supercycle before that.

Bike Setup:   Changes/upgrades include;Sram X9 rear derailleur, Top of the line Sram cassette and chain,truvativ bashring, 8 inch rotors,sdg bel air Rl saddle, ODI Oury lock on grips,better DMR pedals, Alexrims FD 16 Rear Wheel, Shimano XT front derailleur, Shimano XT Bottom Bracket

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by who cares a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2005

Strengths:    frame looks like it could take tank fire and still work, comes with quality compnents, great price, good rear shock, 8 inch brakes, perfect travel

Weaknesses:    front fork...just beeing picky but could have some more adjustments...and a bit of a better feel...but again jsut beeing picky and with the money you save you can buy another fork

Bottom Line:   
this bike is great for who its intended for...people who just bike for the fun of it, and dont do competitions. as stated on the devincis website, this is a "sport mountain bike", or one for beginer-intermedates. that beeing said however, this bike has a perfectly good frame, and qualility components that you wouldn't expect on a 960 dollar bike (fox shox, SRAM X-7 compnents, hayes/avid 8inch disc brakes(mechanical), and can be used for any type of riding except extreme free ride or downhill, where more travel would be nice. the bike shines on trails, but can do rougher stuff liek jumps/larger drop offs. all in all i would recomend this bike to anyone looking to get into the sport, or any one who wants a quality bike bike, but doesn't have the money to go for something more full out, or anyone who needs a good bike but realises he can get this instead of a 1500 dollar+ bike with identical quality. 5 for value, only 4 because for an extra 100 dollars, a much nicer fork could be included, liek a pike, whihc would be nice, and whihc im sure no one would mind paying.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $960.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath, toronto

Similar Products Used:   specialized rockhopper, as well demo'd some konas(coiler, dawg, kikapu)

Bike Setup:   stock so far, but will probably get a better fork w/6 inches

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2005

Strengths:    2004 model at a great price $1100.00 CDN before taxes.

Weaknesses:    none found yet

Bottom Line:   
Great colour... Olive Drab Green!
This is my first Devinci and it will not be my last.
The quality of this bike can been easily seen, it is built to take a beating. Well designed by a Great Canadian Bike Company.

Rocky Mountain


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Favorite Trail:   Any Single Track

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Silent Sports in Toronto

Similar Products Used:   First full suspension bike, previuosly rode a GT Zaskar.

Bike Setup:   My bike came with a lot of 2005 components not listed on the spec sheet. Totally Sram X.7 not Shimano Deore. Also came with Alex TD-17 Rims with Shimano Hubs.
Crank Set and bottom bracket have been changed to a Raceface Prodigy XC.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don Smith a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2004

Strengths:    Good solid frame, nice color, front shocks are nice, rear shock actually WORKS, good rims, disc brakes will flip you over the handlebars

Weaknesses:    None that I have found

Bottom Line:   
This bike was $1600 + tax (Canada) It is solid and can handle everything you throw at it. The Deore Deraillers are amazing and are super quiet. The coil over rear shock and the S-Ram cassete are amazing because you can adjust the rear shock and the casette is seperated into three pieces so if you wear one down you only need one new piece instead of a whole new casette. The bomber EXR is an amazing fork and I can't bottom it out if I try (I weigh 220lbs) plus it is adjustable so it is amazing. This bike is worth every penny. If you ever see one used buy it because it is very solid and it should last for years so dont worry about the condititon this bike is solid.

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Favorite Trail:   Dremlin

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   CyclePath

Similar Products Used:   Devinci Arrowhead, Rocky Mountain Grind (hardtail)

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris G. a Weekend Warrior from Canada (ont.)

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2004

Strengths:    I got a great deal 1400$can (i attempted to round in american but its not right). including taxes, great everything. No real things have gone wrong, and i like how the frame is designed so u dont really need a lizard skin.

Weaknesses:    hmm... if i go really picky, the pedals look bad but meh i dont care, and i'll probably get a new seat just cuz its hard and not squishy. And something i fixed was the rebound of the fork which made it a lot easier for jumps.

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike. I got a great deal for it since it has an amazing shock, drivetrain and brakes and frame. I recommend this to any type of trail rider and light freeriders.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere thats off-road

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Champion bicycle (lon. ont.)

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky and this other cheap arashi FS.

Bike Setup:   Stock everything so far

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