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Devinci Saguaro XC Full Suspension

4.57/5 (7 Reviews)

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evel Pineault a Cross Country Rider from La Bie

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2006

Strengths:    Strong frame handcrafted in Canada. Decently equipped for the price range. I like the neutral colors of the frame.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy; but that was to be expected since it is not a XC bike. It is more of an all mountainbike than a XC bike.

Bottom Line:   
As a XC racer, I was looking for a fun bike to practice my habilities on technical trails that are full of rocks and roots some times here in the Saguenay area. I wanted a Devinci for years and decided on buying the Saguaro for it`s handmade frame, here in Saguenay, and for the price (great service at Ultraviolet Chicoutimi). As I said earlier, I don`t think this bike should be described as a XC bike ( it`s a tad heavy and it has got 5 inches of suspension, front and rear). It`s more like an Enduro bike ( as they say in Europe). I was looking for a fun bike and got one! The frame will be an excellent platform for the super fun bike I want to built.

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Favorite Trail:   Bec-scie

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Ultraviolet

Similar Products Used:   Previouly owned bike; Diamondback Sorrento, Specialized FSR and K2 Razorback Comp. My racing XC bike; K2 ZED 5 custom.

Bike Setup:   Will upgrade in the months to come.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from Kitchener

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2005

Strengths:    Excellent frame and rear suspension. Decent components. Nice paint.

Weaknesses:    Fork too small. Brakes too small and weak.

Bottom Line:   
Needs a few upgrades but a good value and an excellent platform to build on

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   East Side Cycle

Bike Setup:   Z1 FR3 150MM Hayes MX-1 w/ 8" rotors
Much better with the larger fork and brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joel a Weekend Warrior from Richmond, VA (USA)

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2005

Strengths:    Great rugged design, good looking, good mix of compenents for the money, WTB tires stick to the ground, nice welds. Very fun to ride.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, stock pedals are cheap (only purpose is for the stock pedals is pedaling around your LBS before buying), grips to narrow for me, weak stock BB, stock suspension a little soft - some pedal bob when going uphill.

Bottom Line:   
I used for all-mountain type use, not freeride...great bike for the money - this is my first full suspension and I'm very pleased. Not really an XC racer but good for All mountain or lite freeride use. Only difference between this model and the more expensive models is the components. Overall a great bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Pocahontas State Park singletrack

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Bike Setup:   My upgrades: XT BB (square taper still), Flite saddle, Marzocchi MX Comp w/ ETA, clipless pedals, Easton stem, Oury grips, shaved 1/2" of ends of handlebar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Smith a Weekend Warrior from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2004

Strengths:    Great bike for the price. Front suspension works great, rear suspension is amazing. Shimano deore rear derailleur works amazing and is super quiet.

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses this bike is PERFECT!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
I had previsoley owned a Trek 4700 which was a good bike and I had paid $875 plus tax Canadian for it. It is not even comparable for the price of the Devinci Saguaro. The Devenci Saguaro is unbeatable it is a great bike for the average person. This bike was a little bit out of my price range for $1100 plus tax Canadian. It is worth every penny the Hayes disc brakes work amazing, the marzocchi MX team fork is great and will not be beat. The rear shock is very good and dosent bounce you around. If you ever get a chance to buy this bike new or used even if it is out of your price range or in tough shape buy it because it is the best thing you could ever buy. The gears shift incrediblly smooth. Everything just works amazing on this bike and it is perfect for the person who always wanted a full suspension bike the disc brakes are a great.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Devinci Chili Pepper, Rocky Mountain Element

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Canada, qc, st-bruno

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2004

Strengths:    Almost Everything. The fork works well for the price of the bike, the rear shock is impressive even if its not a 'well know high quality brand'. All the little details makes this bike realy nice. I feel confortable even at high speed in trails with this bike. It ride so smooth but the direction is agressive. The seat (ok maybe it can look stupid but...) is the most confortable i ever had in my life. Brakes are mechanical disk brakes. I found these brakes better than regular V brakes and for the price they are impressive.

Weaknesses:    The bike is a little too heavy.
The deraileur in general. They put shimano deore in rear (that is ok) but they use ALIVIO shifters, front derailleur and pedal bracket. If your a little rought with yuor bike, change all the alivio for deore.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is one of the best Mountain bike on the market.
Everything is acceptable on the bike. There are some minor hop ups that can be usefull like put deore derailleurs on the bike but in general its so good.

The bike itself is nice, but it cost a lot... for the equipment weve got ojn the bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Chambly bikes

Similar Products Used:   I tryed the Gary Fisher Sugar + (fully of hop ups DEORE XT) of a friend and the 2 bikes are working well.

Bike Setup:   I change the front Alivio Derailleur for a Shimano Deore.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2004

Strengths:    - Great strength in the frame design.

- Very well spec'd for a bike at this price point.

- Geometry is excellent.

- The avid levers are very comfortable, smooth, and easy to repair.

- Very stable and confidence inspiring.

- The pivot placement is great, and allows for very little pedal bob during seated climbing.

- The finish looks great.

Weaknesses:    -The fork needs to be upgraded to make this a truely great bike. 4" in the front is not nearly enough to match the near 6" in the rear.

-While the DNM has a great feel and is reliable, those who like to tweak the performance of their suspension will find that the DNM offers little option for adjustment other than the standard preload and rebound. It also lacks a stable platform system (although the excellent design of the frame makes this fact less noticable). Those who require nothing more than the standard preload and rebound adjustment will find the DNM more than up to the task.

- The WTB grips are pointy and a little sharp (ODI Lock Ons are a cheap but valuable upgrade).

Bottom Line:   
This is a phenominal mountain bike. Its performance is exceptional for a bike at this price point. Devinci did an excellent job this year in overhauling its complete line-up.

This bike is ideal for an intermediate to advanced level rider looking for a strong medium to long travel bike without the "I only ride downhill" attitude that comes with most strong medium/long travel bikes. It is cheap, easy to ride, great performing and strong as hell.

BUT if you purchase this bike, upgrade the fork because because the MZ Comp is the only immediate weakness. A new fork (such as the drop off series) will completely change the characteristics of this bike, and allow it to go from being a good bike, to a great one. Do this and there is no way you could be dis-satisfied with the Saguaro.

I give 5 flamers for the value and 4 for the overall rating ONLY because of the fork. However at this price range, I guess they had to go cheap somewhere. NOW STOP READING AND GO RIDE!

...unless you're reading this because you don't have a bike... if that's the case, I suggest you go buy one and stop being a computer nerd.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   04 Devinci Saguaro (Size: Medium) / 04 Marzocchi Drop Off Comp (130 mm) / ODI Ruffian Lock On's / Hayes mechanical 6" disc / Avid levers / Mavic rims / Maxxis High Rollers.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Leaor a Weekend Warrior from Tel Aviv Israel

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2004

Strengths:    The frame is really strong and beefy, Looks great, handling, tough, versatile.

Weaknesses:    Stock suspension not that hot.

Bottom Line:   

The main thing that you get with this bike is the frame, which is strong, precise and worth any penny spent. The rear shock gets the job done, but adjusting the rebound takes to long. Once it’s adjusted it will perform fine, but still it lacks the sense of real high quality shocks (a nice vanilla R for example).

The front fork is another story, the mx comp which comes with the bike is just not stiff enough, and 105 is not enough for me, got it replaced in the store for a nice wedge bomber (130 mm) which make all the difference in the world (for me).

The frame is very precise, and strong. I am a heavy guy for an M size (200 pounds)
And I have no problem doing 3-4 feet drops. The breaks though mechanical work great, when it will need replacement I’ll change it to some nice hydraulic XT (or something).

Overall this is an excellent bike, It offers a sweet deal for the trail / light free ride, budget riders.
By the way you can change the frame geometry for a more XC position. It makes climbing a little easier, but it you want to do that, get a different bike, the frame it to massive for XC.

If you want to take the chilly pepper instead, don’t. It’s the same frame, but I don’t see a reason for the extra 400$. Get this bike and upgrade it perches time.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro and rockhopper, cannondale super V, some kona models

Bike Setup:   Changed the fork to a Marzocchi wedge (bomber) 130 mm.
The price mentioned includes replacing the fork

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