Steve Owrote a review of Devinci Spartan Carbon 29 X01 Eagle Mountain Bike on June 24, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Let me start off by saying I have ridden a lot of bikes over the last 3-4 years looking for that one bike that serves all my needs. I have been a 27.5 guy for years and always though I would never ride a 29er until last summer. I was always feeling like I couldnt carry speed like alot of riders and once I tried the 29er I was sold on the first lap. Once I decided to go 29 then it was time to find the right amount of suspension. Coming from a gravity background I obviously leaned toward the longest travel bike I could find. Enter the Spartan 29.
Lets start off with the build. I chose the XO1 build as it has always been my go to groupset for performance and durability. The Rockshox Lyric has been my favorite fork for years and on my Spartan I decided to go with a 180mm cartridge which has worked great. The rear shock has been great as well as initial adjustment was easy and I havent done too much since.
The XO1 drivetrain has been my choice for many reasons but mostly because it works great with no issues. I've never dropped a chain and the shifting is always on point. The guide brakes always do a great job of stopping me when I go faster than I should which is most of the time.
Now lets talk about the ride. Obviously with 165-170 mm of travel this bike will handle anything you throw at it. I have taken it down our old world cup run and it performed better than some DH bikes. The shocks handled the rough rocky terrain great and I never felt uncomfortable . The big carbon hoops along with the Maxxis tires kept everything in check even in the wet sections. On single track runs this bike carries speed well and braking into turn was very easy. Ive had issues with my past bikes diving into turns but this bike feels very balanced.
As for climbing I was a little worried about how it would handle the technical climbs but my worries went away on the very first lap. I am not a great climber but when I came upon a technical climb I was able to get up it with ease. The big wheels go up and over all the small rocks and the suspension keeps the rear end glued to the ground so I never lost any traction.
I am 6'2 and was on the bridge between a large and an XL. I went with a large because I prefer a more playful bike and this bike even in a large is a big bike. Still very easy to flick around but feels very stable at speed. I also rode an XL but it felt too big to me.
Devinci makes some of the highest quality frames in the business and this is no exception. If you are after the ultimate long travel 29r then this is the bike for you. I have found my dream bike and it could be yours also.