a Weekend Warrior
from Edmonton, Alberta,
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2010
Strengths: DeVinci Cammilion 3 is; Sooth ride, effortless hill climber, great brakes. Dart 2's are awesome, I am 6'4" 230 and not yet bottomed out.
Weaknesses: Peddals are week. Tires are a litle slick when rippin on wet ground. But the brakes are very capable even in the wet stuff.
I shopped around a lot and test rode a lot and when I took my first rip on this red beauty i was sold! This bike has a longer stretch than a Rocky Mountian which is what makes it fit my body type. Value! Value! Value! All major components (Wheel Sets, Shifters, etc) are all top notch!
Similar Products Used: 1000$ marin was cheap compared to the devinci!
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2007
Strengths: Good components on the bike, some SRAM X-7 derailleurs, shifters and other good quality shimano Deore parts.
I bought the 2005 edition, I love the color.
Weaknesses: Pricy for what it does. It's not enough of a mountain bike for you to use it hard on mountain and it's not racy enough for it to be a good road bike. So you can't use it to a full potential on road nor on mountain, it's too much in between for that price.
* PS: I don't do mountain biking at all, but I used to do A LOT of wheelies. My back wheel's spokes gave in not even a year after i bought it. It broke down again later and i had to get it fixed 3 times. ( for the spokes ) I got a flat for no reason one time ( I rolled over a sidewalk, but going slowly all the same, so I don't understand how it flatted )
Good parts, nice bike. ( broke easily with wear and tear ) ( Fine ! I admit I did do hours and hours of just wheelieing, but still, it's a darn mountain bike, it's supposed to take the beating for more than one year.)
Pricy for what it is. Either go hybrid at 350$ less, or go heavy mountain with Norco Sasquatch or the Bigfoot and save a few bucks.
Bike Setup: kenda kinetics rear tire shimano clipless peadals
from Québec, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2005
Strengths: good strong and nice frame, good Sram X-7 stock, smooth exr-pro coil, light bike
Weaknesses: got a little problem with my back wheel
I ride this bike for two years now and believe it or not i have never had one flat or anything broken on it. This bike gives me a smooth all around riding with big control and precision. Devinci makes real quality bikes and for around 900$ US you can't find better bike than this one for an intermediate rider. This bike climbs well, drops well, everything is smooth, precise, strong and light!
Similar Products Used: kona stuff, kona scrap, norco rival, specialized hardrock sport
Bike Setup: New Ritchey grips, new seat because mine blew up when I landed a jump on some rocks.
a Weekend Warrior
from Sackville, NB, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2005
Strengths: Great looking, strong frame. Quality SRAM x7 components, decent Hayes HMX-1 Mech Discs. The Manitou Splice forks are surprisingly nice and plush. Crank seems strong so far.
Weaknesses: Cheap pedals, not a great set of rims.
I read a lot of reviews and shopped around a lot before i spent the money for this beast, but it was worth it. It was by far the best value around, and it has lived up to expectations. Make no mistake, this is not a cross-country bike (forks are much too plush for racing), but it is not a downhiller either. I use it for a mix of XC and freeriding around town, and it serves me perfectly. I would like a stronger set of rims, and some upgraded brakes, but apart from that the bike is great. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone who rides the streets or trails.
Bike Setup: Stock so far, which is a good thing. Nothing broken yet.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2005
Strengths: Devinci is a very reliable brand with quality, hand-built frames. The components on the 2005 Devinci Cameleon are high quality ranging from SRAM X 7.0 rear derailleur and shifters, Shimano Deore front derailleur, Manitou Splice Comp front fork, WTB tires and saddle, etc. The shifts are responsive and accurate. The ride quality is superb.
Weaknesses: Pedals are unattractive and look very cheap.
I've done a lot of research before spending the money. This bike is the top-of-the-line hardtail sport mountain bike offered by Devinci. The components and ride quality are second to none.
Similar Products Used: Rocky Mountain Trailhead, Devinci Coyote, Devinci Cactus
Bike Setup: Stock
a Cross Country Rider
from Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2004
Strengths: Excellent in all respects. This bike came equiped with SRAM X.7 components (trigger shifts) which I feel are better than Deore XT. The Devinci buit frame is reinforced where it needs to be.
Weaknesses: Front fork spring kit was too light. Okay for someone who is 140-160 lbs but I weigh 200lbs.
The bike rides well. I use it mostly in an "all mountain" setting covering flats, climbs, downhills, small drops (1-2 ft), rock, roots etc. and it seems to be holding its own. It is extremely responsive with respect to steering. It climbs very well and is quite stable on the downhills. DeVinci makes a very nice frame and thier attention to detail is excellent. The SRAM components work flawlessly. The price I paid was more than average because of the upgraded components. If you are looking for a hardtail in an "all mountain" category I suggest you test ride this bike. You will be glad that you did.
Bike Setup: Heavier spring kit was installed. Large front chain ring was removed and replaced with a bash guard. Where I ride, a large front chain ring is useless. The original 3" rise handle bar was replaced with a 1" riser bar. I thought the original bar had too much rise.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2004
Strengths: great frame, very good components work well, looks great
awesome all around bike for tough mountain biking, cross country riding and short road trips less than(less than 30km. great bike to start with or for intermediate riders, handles well with wide tires and a very good fork. deore and deore lx work great, only 1 problem on a climb but it was easily fixed.
Im about to pick up a new bike.
Iv found a nice looking 2008 Devinci CAMELEON 4 bike.
The last time I had a Mountain bike was 10 years ago and it was a supercycle.
I will be hitting some minor trails.
The shop want 250$CND for the bike.
I am wondering if I am getting myself into dealing ... Read More »
I am a newbie in mtb world but ride mostly road bike
I would like to get a bike that can be comfortably ridden on and off road. My goal this summer is to ride this bike long distance on mostly hard packed and gravel off road Trans Canada Trails from Toronto to Montreal, about 400 miles. I will occa ... Read More »
I am a newbie in mtb world but ride mostly road bike.
I would like to get a bike that can be comfortably ridden on and off road. My goal this summer is to ride this bike long distance on mostly hard packed and gravel off road Trans Canada Trails from Toronto to Montreal, about 400 miles. I will o ... Read More »
I've got a chance to get a devinci cameleon 3 and I just wanted to see if anyone can give me any insight about this bike. I know its a canadian company and I've seen a couple of pics in the all-mountain forum. The guys selling it for $480 and it looks like a great bike. I've read that their frames a ... Read More »