Devinci Frantik 3 Freeride Full Suspension

4/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: Frantik
  • Fork: Rock Shox Totem 2-Step 180mm, 1.5"
  • Pedals: Daredevil AM
  • Brake: Avid Code 5 hydraulic 203mm rotor
  • Stem: Daredevil 1.5 31.8mm
  • Handlebar: Race Face Evolve DH riserbar 31.8mm
  • Saddle: Daredevil FR
  • Seatpost: Race Face Evolve DH 31.6mm

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JP a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2012

Strengths:    Stiff, Burly, Uphill is acceptable, Downhill is yet to be tested (but so far i've tested it on a few small steep sections on my local trail and it feels great and gave me a lot confidence on going down on a steep angle).

Weaknesses:    Stock setup is heavy (based on other riders posts it weighs 40+ lbs), No spare derailleur hanger (its a dropout/hanger combo), Hard to maneuver on tight corners.

Bottom Line:   
i'm posting my review here with the older model because i can't find a review for the 2010 Devinci Frantik. i bought the frameset from ebay for $699 and right there then the look of the frameset grabbed my attention, checked the geometry and weight and i knew this frameset has a lot of potential for an all-around bike. The geometry for the 2010 frantik is identical with the frantik 3, weighs 9.5 lbs. you easily end up having a 40 lbs bike with this frame if you don't have the patience to set it up right but then again if you just want to use it dowhill then it's fine.

i managed to reduce the weight to 35 lbs with my setup which allows me to climb reasonably well although it's going to wear you out faster than a real trail bike or all-mountain bike. The only problem with using this bike with this much travel is maneuvering around tight corners and climbing very steep angles but i solved this with the fox talas adjustable travel, i can adjust it from 180 when going down and 140 when going up. the downside is i have to stop and adjust travel but its the only way. My rig is yet to be tested on a real downhill park next year when MCBP opens on may. I'm pretty sure it's going to perform well. overall i have to give this 4 chillis just because Devinci cannot give me a solid info on where to get or how to replace this hanger and because they stopped producing this bike.

overall is spent $2800

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Favorite Trail:   Sprain Ridge Park, MTCB

Duration Product Used:   less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   ebay: bdhbikestore

Bike Setup:   180 fox talas kashima, Cane Creek reducer (heat tube is 1.5 straight and i have a 1.5 tapered fork)
180 dhx rc4
Raceface Respond handle bar and stem, ODI grips
Avid elixir 5 brakes, 203 in front and 160 in the rear
Raceface Chester cranks, x-type bb 83mm, atomic general pedals
X9 shifter, X7short cage rear derailleur
Sram 10 speed cassette
Raceface 32 t chainring
Raceface bash guard white
KMC chain
Spank Oozy rims, Spank Spoon hubs
Raceface Respond seatpost 31.6
THE flow saddle
Weight: 35 lbs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by HermanH a Weekend Warrior from Haifa, Israel

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2009

Strengths:    Takes 6" drops very well, stiff, predictable.

Weaknesses:    To harsh on small stuff, though this may be due to setup, Heavy - all part of the price

Bottom Line:   
As I only rented this bike, I can only give my short term impressions: After 3+ hours of downhill at Whistler, my fingers were going numb, as I mentioned it leaves something to be desired in the small stuff sensitivity. On the other hand it took the big stuff well, never felt a complaint or bottom out, horst-link is always very active.
can't say much about climbing ability, never climbed with it, it felt quite heavy on straights.

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt Merchant to lowe A-line

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   '06 Bullit, '05 Enduro

Bike Setup:   Stock: Vanilla R and Totem, juicy 3, who cares about the rest.

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