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    New (to me) Devinci Frantik [o]


    14.5' bb height, 46" wheelbase, 17" stays, 65* HTA. All 38.5# of her. 6.5" rear/7" front. Long and slack, lotsa' sag.
    I'm no big hucker/jumper type, but like ugly steep chunky technical trail, and want to hit up a bit more lift terrain this summer and fall. I'I'm more interested in natural lines of ugly terrain than jumps and wooden ****.
    To wit: something a bit more purpose built with that in mind, but still able to be pedaled/shuttled to the top of some local stuff. Albeit slowly.

    (my scale reads under roughly a pound, so i'm estimating 38.5# for the hell of it.)

    07 Devinci Frantik frame, 09 Fox DHX Air, Totem Solo Air. Azonic Outlaw wheels, 150mm x 12mm rear.
    Stinger guide, FSA low end cranks, plain jane bashring, M646 pedals. Fairly light yet cheapy saddle and post, Hope QR. Kore 29" low rise bar, Sunline stem, Rogue lock on grips. FSA/Cane Creek reducer headset combo (to keep the stock slack head angle but lower the bar height a bit) Avid Juicy-3 brakes -7" reear/8" front. SRAM X-5 shifters, X-9 mid cage rear, X-9 front. Kenda DH Nevegals -2.5" rear, 2.7" front, regular tubes. SRAM 980 cassette. A few extra ti and alu bits sprinkled here and there from the parts bin - not enough to really make even a dent in the weight, but I can say I tried.

    Nearly the whole bike was built off ebay and other forum deals, for roughly 1/3 of what it would have run me retail.

    Working on getting a couple spare dropouts from some Canadian folks. Devinci doesn't sell in the states, or online, and has no contact info on their website that I can find. Grrrrrr!
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    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
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    you know who said it was purely out of bike envy due to your new ride.

    pedaled it around yesterday on some local trails, for which it was complete and absolute overkill.

    it was really, really fun. probably won't see near as much use as the other rides, but it'll be nice to have kicking around in the stable. killington and plattekill are opening soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    you know who...
    I have a guess.

    You need to bring it here for a sound thrashing.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Man Scubs you are going through frames faster than me now. I gottta step up my game.

    That thing screams Plattekill and Diablo and Jiminy Peak big time my friend! Pin it!

    Also I have a few "french connections" if you are having a super hard time sourcing rear derailleur hangers.

    Cheers,

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    Hey Scrub nice ride.

    I had played with the idea of getting a Devinci. Even had a trip planned to go over the border to pick it up. But it turned out to be a royal pain.

    Good luck with the new ride but I only see one speck of gold. Where all your typical gold bling???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rez
    Hey Scrub nice ride.

    I had played with the idea of getting a Devinci. Even had a trip planned to go over the border to pick it up. But it turned out to be a royal pain.

    Good luck with the new ride but I only see one speck of gold. Where all your typical gold bling???
    oh the gold stuff is still on the other bike. this isn't a replacement, this was in addition to.

    wanted a bit beefier and slacker than the pitch for some days. this is a bit over a degree slacker, with a bit more travel front and rear. plus the thru-axle rear end setup. basic black and silver on this one. realistically, it may only see a half dozen lift days a year, but it'll be nice to have around for those times. it's way overkill for the vast majority of my local riding, but a dedicated dh rig would be wasted on me - this is something i can stil at least pedal around to do stupid things on, albeit slowly.

    going to go play at a local spot this afternoon to get things a bit more dialed, and may head to plattekill for opening day this weekend. way, way earlier opening than killington. not sure if conditions will be all that hot this early though to make it worth the drive time for me.

    with some skinnier beefy trail tires on vs. full dh tires, it's 36.5#. pedals very well, though the front wheel wanders on climbs and likes to tuck under a bit on slow speed stuff. hazards of a 65* head angle.
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    You won't have to worry about any climbing at Plattekill. The Mountain isn't high, but the trails are steep - and full of shale! Fun as hell!!!!

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    It's looking like I will also be joining you on a Frantik as a replacement for my Covert.

    Although I have seen the future Covert proto and damn I think it's going to be a killer. Can't wait around till the end of the season so a Frantik is looking mighty nice on the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk
    It's looking like I will also be joining you on a Frantik as a replacement for my Covert.

    Although I have seen the future Covert proto and damn I think it's going to be a killer. Can't wait around till the end of the season so a Frantik is looking mighty nice on the budget.
    It pedal very well, and climbs well, just slowly. 36# now. with more sag, it's about 1.5* slacker than my Pitch. Not a big deal since I primarily built it for lift/shuttle/push up type days. It's completely overkill for the vast majority of my ride time. That said, just at a fun spot yesterday - the thing was really, really fun once the trail pointed down and got faster. Again I'm no hucker type, but the couple little drops and jumps I hit felt very nice on takeoff and landing. The bike has required very little tweaking to get it feeling good, other than playing a bit with the rear shock.





    My ganked up thumb was pretty sore after riding, so opening day at Plattekill won't happen for me. Hopping to get up there the next weekend though. There and Killington sound like they have more of the chunky and steep natural terrain I'm looking for.

    What about the Hectik? Split the difference?

    Granted, where you're riding, the extra burl of the Frantik is probably a bit more worth the extra heft and slackness.
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    Yes I think the extra burl is needed.

    My girl got a sweet deal on a nice Hectik 2 that is the perfect FR bike for her.

    I keep seeing rather small ladies pushing around big plow bikes on the Shore and scratch my head and wonder why. Not many people need a Giant Team DH with Shivers, let along a 115 lbs lady that isn't sending it hudge.

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