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    Devinci Spartan vs Dixon!?

    So its time to get a new bike, I was looking at these 2 beasts. I live in vancouver so I will mostly be riding the north shore, anyone have any experience with the new spartan?

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    Hi. I posted an initial review of the Spartan on a couple other threads. Here is that review.........


    I just received the XP version of the Spartan a few days ago. Here is a quick initial impression review that I posted on another thread for someone asking about the bike. Mine is a Medium frame. I'm 5' 8", and around 155lbs, and I can say the frame is almost spot on for me. I did read several forums stating this bike is sized small. If you're 5' 10", and up, might want to look at the large. Below is the review I posted....



    So, I've had 3-4 rides on the Spartan after getting it built. I'll try to give you first impressions.

    Coming from a 2013 Trance X 29er with 120mm of travel, this bike has an obviously different look and feel to it right out the box. In a positive way. For one, the bike is beautiful. Love the matted black and silver/white paint job. The Pike is just sick. The updated Monarch RC3 appears super beefy, and looks equally sweet. As for the frame, it looks like you could take into battle. A lot of TLC went into designing that frame. Guess this is why it's on the heavier side.

    As for weight, the XP package is listed as 33lbs on paper. I immediately removed the front shifter and front derailleur. Put on a 32t 1x. Figured I may have cut close to 1 lb by doing this. Bike feels right around 30-32 lbs... but I don't have a scale to weight, so just guessing.

    Now to the ride. I started it out on a fairly flat but rooty trail. I was very interested in this test to see how a big hitting fork would handle all the small bumps. I was shocked how smooth the Pike is on roots. That was the SOLE advantage (for me) to having the 29er on these kinds of trails. the 29er shined on the XC stuff with a bunch of roots. Would breeze through them. I was pretty nervous that even the 27.5 wheels would give back a bunch of feedback, and coupled with the beefy fork, would piss me off on all the in-between XC type of riding that the average rider like myself is gong to hit everyday that I ride. Not so.... I would argue that with the (still slightly bigger wheels) and the Pike, roots are on par or slightly better than my 29er at times.

    I then hit a few climbs and downhill sections that wind around. To the climbs first. As per the reviews I read, this bike climbs reasonably well given 160mm of travel. I don't feel that I can give a fair assessment here yet because both days that I rode were like 100% humidity, and I was personally just drained of energy that I normally have. So the climbs and overall ride was like riding through sand at times simply due to the weather. Having said that, the bike didn't really feel all that heavy to me compared to what I'm used to on my Trance. I'll get back to you on the climbs as I get more time on the bike. I can kinda see where you might want to switch the rear shock to climb mode to get an ideal setup, but we'll see. The good part there is that it didn't piss me off at all.

    Moving onto general trail riding with berms and switchbacks at speed. The bike is now in it's element here. Complete fun. Very snappy and quick. A blast to ride through anything remotely technical.

    I rode some extended DH sections yesterday that had some nasty roots/rocks. Wow, does this bike love that stuff. Just eats it up. The Pike just shines on tight techy stuff. Never felt out of control (like I did on the Trance in these conditions).

    Lastly... and I wanted to save this for last. Both trails that I rode have some decent sized jumps and drops. I've tackled a few of them on the Trance, but never felt horribly comfortable on the 29er with bigger jumps... so I often would just steer around these features. I'll go as far as saying that I was terrified of a few jumps on these trails before. On the Spartan, for some reason I just felt super confident, and that the bike was just meant for this stuff. I hit literally every one of the jumps that I faced on both trails. All I can say is that my jaw hit the floor as I had so much fun on these jumps. The bike has amazing control on jumps, and you feel like you're landing on a cloud after each one. I've literally become a more confident rider and I feel a better rider with this bike. It's that much fun.

    Anyways, hope this info helps. I'll probably be posting some more reviews as I get more rides in. Especially on the climbing as I strangely enjoy the challenge of a climb before you're presented with a super fun downhill section.


    Hope this info helps a little

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    Here's a pic of the new rig

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    Did you get the aluminum or Carbon version of the Spartan? And how is the climbing compared to your Trance 29 now that you have had the bike for a few months? I also own a Trance 29 but with a 140mm fork, Looking to get a second bike more enduro oriented. Also have you ever tried the Santa Cruz nomad 27.5 or Pivot Mach 6, just curious if you had any comparison thoughts. Thanks, B

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    I got the alloy version of the Spartan. Managed to shed a couple pounds by running 1x, and converting to tubeless. Now that I've gotten in quite a bit of riding on the bike, I feel I can accurately compare it to my Trance. The Trance was a really good XC bike that could handle rough trails very well IMO. Having said that, I never felt comfortable jumping the Trance, and doing super technical downhills. For 90% of the time that I owned/rode the Trance, I did so on the default Recon which was often pushed well past it's intended use. In the last few months that I had it, I decided to upgrade to a 140mm Sektor which was WAY better, and made me almost want to keep the bike.

    Having said that, the Spartan is a better bike in almost every way. I would say the Spartan is at least on par with the Trance in climbing. This was not something I would have expected. My wife used to ride a Giant Anthem 29er, and after riding the Spartan several times, felt that it climbed better than her Anthem. It just goes where you point it. Not saying it's the best climbing bike out there, but considering it's designed use as an Enduro bike, I didn't expect it to climb so well.

    I also had demoed the Santa Cruz 5010 (solo), as well as the Bronson before deciding on the Spartan. Both are great bikes, but I went with the Spartan due to the superior spec's. Hard to beat $3800 for a 160mm Pike, RC3, Stealth dropper... etc etc. The bike itself is beautiful. Got the matted black paint job. Have had many many compliments on it's look.

    The biggest difference I can say between the 2014 Bronson/5010's that I rode and the Spartan was the suspension. Far superior IMO. Pike vs Fox 32 Evolution was not even a comparison. My buddy who bought the Bronson and often would switch mid ride with me was amazed at how the Spartan performed. Said it was like a cadillac compared to his.

    Overall, the Spartan just does everything really well. Obviously is most fun pointed downhill, but does great on general trail riding/XC stuff, and climbs very well. WAY more fun than the Trance. More flickable on the trail. Seems made for jumping as I somehow seem to land every jump perfectly now. Just an awesome bike.

    The only thing I would note is that frames seem to run a bit small. I'm 5' 10", and am at the upper limit of a medium frame. Could use even a 1/2 inch more from stem to seat post.

    Anyways, good luck with your decision. Let me know if I can answer any more questions.

    Thanks

    Mike

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