Similar Products Used: rides similer to the ghost northshore 800
Bike Setup: stock
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2010
Strengths: Adjustable geometry, slack DH or trail/FR. Solidly built, very well designed frame. no brake jack issues
Weaknesses: It's two bikes in one, but they are both kinda heavy :) ~40lb freeride or dh though, not bad.
With a 180mm fork the BB is either 14.5 or 15.5 depending on shock bolt setting. In slack mode, it's about 65 degree head angle and 14.5 bb height, 180mm travel - perfect for dh, for me anyway. In FR mode, the head angle is quite a bit steeper, and bb is 15.5 a good tall trail bike feel. Super plush, rolls over anything. If you want a bike that works on the trails, but can also rail dh with the best of them, this is a very good bike. Note: they run a little large. I bought a "small" 2007 Ollie 1 by accident and it rides like most mediums. Im 5-11.. Wheel base is 45.5 in slack mode..
Weaknesses: magura brakes are a pain. I put on Hayes 9.
This bike is the best. Super smooth, fast, strong, and affordable. The 05' has a double sprocket which makes really nice for any kind of rideing, but a 45lb. bike still gives you a work out up hill. Saint derailers are amazing. The seat drops down really low for downhill, but still has a really long seat post for uphill. Very well balanced for uphill or downhill, very stable in the air. The first time I rode this I was doing stuff I never would have tried before, at speeds I only dreamed about. I highly recomend this bike!
Bike Setup: 888R, Hayes HFX9, 4-way swinger, Intense Intruder tires.
Shaker666 (update to existing review)
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2007
Strengths: It's a damn good frame. The DareDevil saddle is surprisingly light and comfortable.
Weaknesses: The DareDevil components are truly crap. Rear hub has engagement problems (loud popping) and constantly ghost shifts under load. I had an LBS in Tucson, AZ pull it apart and inspect it: turns out one of the bearings is hosed. This is on a brand new stock wheelset - used lighter grease when reassembling which seemed to help, but not resolve entirely.
It's a great, confidence inspiring, heavy duty OnePointFive rig. The stock wheelset is heavy as hell and you'll feel it if you choose to climb with it. Mechanical durability of DareDevil hubs are definitely in question. I find that I don't need 8" of travel most of the time - fortunately the rear shock pivot can be adjusted to reduce to 180mm from 203mm. The fork would benefit from a OnePointFive native fork, as the stock 888 RC2 is using an FSA Orbit Z reducer headset and spacer. The 888 is great, but the bike would be more versatile with one of the OnePointFive single crown 180mm forks available from Fox, Manitou, or Marzocchi.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006
Strengths: The frame has got to be the best looking and well designed frame I've ever seen. This is in direct comparison to the Santa Cruz VP Free. All stock components that are not DareDevil brand are top notch. Bike climbs with ease and the 888 RC2/DHX 4.0 fork/shock selection give you the much needed adjustability for climbing and then ripping down the mountain.
Weaknesses: The stock DareDevil components are heavy and IMHO, not aesthetically pleasing. The only exception to this would be the pedals and the saddle, which are AOK. I guess that would leave just the handlebars and stem.
The bike, while intimidating upon first glance, climbs and rides very easily if the fork and shocks are adjusted properly. Going downhill is most definitely where this bike's prowess is concentrated so there's no need to elaborate on that. For climbing, I find the best settings are to set the front 888 RC2's compression damper to max damping and turn the rebound damping to its most minimal setting. Basically just trying to make the front fork has hard as possible and if it does have to compress, then react very quickly. The rear DHX 4.0 has a ProPedal adjustment which affects compression damping, so it's the same principal here - turn it on to its maximum to try to prevent the shock from compressing at all. The rebound adjustment should be made to provide the snappiest reaction. The air pressure can be increased as well in order to keep things rigid. Having done these adjustments prior to climbing, I find it just a little more difficult to pedal this super efficient beast up a grind compared to my Sugar+ with Genesis geometry.
Strengths: Frame design, weight and ride. Part spec, value for the dollar.
Weaknesses: paint rubs off a little easy
This is the best bike I have ridden. Very balanced with the 888 up front. This thing just eats up the bumps and drops. For a hand-built canadian frame you can not beat the pricing on these bikes. Buy one... you won't regret it!
Bike Setup: 888, hayes, diablous, e13, etc. (stock 05)
from montreal, quebec, canada
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2005
Strengths: Feels good at first
Weaknesses: Snaped frame received bad customer service, bad welders, a good bike with a bad backround. and NO REPLACEMENT GRANTED when there weld was made wrongly
this thing is only good at the shop or if you keep your bill and sell it after a year, otherwise spend your money on a simple banshee scream. email me for pics of how badly cracked the weld is. this bike looks amazing but cant handle any drops over 18 feet. TRUST ME ull regret it now i need to go get my rear chainstay rewelded or pay to get it remade in stainless steel which is probably better worht it rather then spend 230$ for crash replacement when they were the problem in the first place.
Strengths: well fist off you nave to give creit to devinci for building one of the best frames on the market. the needle bearings in the rear make a huge difference compared to all the other catrige ball bearings out there. the bb is perfect in the fact that its high to begin with but sags to the perfect level when weighted. the gerometry is perfect for rocketing downhill, but it has a uninterupted seat tube so you can have a full length seat post (that means you can still climb up hill). well lets go front to back, the tires are awsome I have been able to take some of the scariest, slipery lines imaginable thanks in part to those super grippy 2.8 michelins. next would be the 888RT, I changed to the 888R for racing purposes, the fork is the best fork I have ever ridden, this is honestly the best fork out there for downhilling and freeriding,. it has monster T (12lbs) stregth at manitou darado(7.5lbs) weight, really who has the money to buy a $3000can carbonfiber composite downhill fork that only weighs 1/2 lb less than the 888r (8.1lbs) which is half the price ($1650msrp can.) the fork is extreemly sensitive and plush, moving with the smallest of bumps. definaly sprung for racing they are a little soft for people over 160lbs. the dampening works really well, only gripe being having to open up the fork to adjust the preload, but once its set few people ever changeit anyways. sensitive but can take really big hits it took a 15' drop to bottom them out, but i just turned up the compresion dampening a little and now its good to 20'. next would be the super strong and smooth smooth 2 inch!!!! (1.5" steer tube compatable) cane creek headset, increabaly stable great idea. the easton bars are a excelent touch as are the odi lock on grips, lx shifters nice choice-> afforable if they ever get broken in a crash. the direct bolt stem is great, its super strong and light weight, and best of all no more centering/alinging you stem. easton seat post very nice, wtb sadle is a little wide for my liking but its comfortable. the cranks are strong and stiff. a little bit of resistance in the bb so you cant do crank spins, but thats cause there are 4 seald bearings in it. the chain guide is the best i have ever used, its quiet and works like a charm. hayes mag disk brakes are good as always. the hubs leave more to be disired but they work fine. the rims are actualy very strong and devinci put spoke prep on the nipples so truing is a cinch. over all the best bike for the buck I have ever ridden.
Weaknesses: none so far, it works for what its intended
honestly, this is one of the best buys out there, hand biult, fast, great handling, awsome parts, i have never ridden a bike that feels this good period. great price, great bike, nuf said.
Similar Products Used: norco shore, intense m1, rocky mountain rm7, kona strinky dee-lux, brodie devo, banshee screem.
Bike Setup: STOCK except 888r
from Vancouver BC
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2004
Strengths: Check out below
The Devinci is awesome.
The frame rides really nice, and the frame design is flawless. There is no brake-jack whatsoever on it at high speed. Cornering is really nice, it rails like mad. The bolt on dropouts are held in place with massive 8mm(I think) allen bolts, and the dropouts themselves are crazy beef. The whole thing is super burly, while keeping the weight down. The fact that I can adjust my shock without having to squint around a linkage it like a giant DH is also real nice.
The shock itself is amazing, It basically makes pedalling as if im on a 46lbs hardtail with an 888. No bob at all, I rode up Joes on sfu, and galardi with ease.
The parts spec is really nice, the 888RT is perfect for me, rebound how I like it, and perfect springs in it for ME. This could e a huge problem to others, because I am 145lbs. If you are in the 160+ range, or if you go huge, youll be swapping out the stock 888 springs. (hows yours by the way?) Witht he 1.5 headtube, beefy headset, and 888 with integrated stem, the front end is really stiff and precise.
Wheels are a bit heavy, im gonna be demo'ing stans notubes pretty soon, so that will get rid of some rotating mass.
The cockpit feels really good, the easton bar has a nice sweep, and the Hayes have worked flawlessly (except the pinched hose, Its getting replaced with a goodridge ) I liked the fact that the lock on grips came stock too.
The drivetrain is great, highlight being the e.13 DRS guide. The Inner plate on it was rubbing for the first couple days, but as dirt and grime got in there my chain just wore off the plastic that was rubbing, and now it runs silent. The Saint rear deraileur is really nice, cause now both thumb shifers shift into a harder gear, and triggers are easier gears. The deraileur itself shifts OK I still have to fine tune it a bit when I get time. Holzfeller cranks are awesome, period. Pedals stink (wellgo b-19) they feels great, but I blew out a bearing in them 3rd ride, and I can hear it flopping around, gonna go to BC bearing someday and replace it and pack em with grease.
Overall, im really happy with the bike. Ideally it would have a slider plus, and Id ride it in the shorter travel position, just cause I dont use all 8.5 inches in the rear, but what I have works flawlessly. For what you pay you get a load of awesome components that are built to last.
Looking for a good FR bike that descends like a DHer but can still be pedaled.
Want 6-7" travel.
Weight is obviously a concern.
Looking at these as well as some of the pure DH bikes like the Turner DHR and Norco Six.
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Rear Shock: Manitou Swinger 4-Way
Fork: 2007 Rock Shox Totem Coil
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