Devinci Spartan: A Canadian Born, Desert Bound Enduro Machine
The fellas over at Park City Bike Demos were kind enough to lend out one of their herd for the week. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned, and I was only able to get one ride aboard the Spartan. I’ve been itching for some desert tech, and St. George’s Zen trail seemed like a logical venue to pair with the Spartan’s long-legged 165mm Split Pivot suspension platform.
From the first few pedal strokes it was obvious that the Spartan was in it’s element on a trail like Zen. For those unfamiliar, Zen is a technical challenge both up and down, requiring frequent bursts of power, precision, and balance. As it was my first time on the trail, there were sections that left me hesitating and scoping the line, however I never once felt under-biked and even though total vertical gain was close to 1,000′ of technical ascending, I wouldn’t have opted for a shorter travel bike thanks to the excellent pedaling platform offered by the Split Pivot suspension design.
While it’s impossible to speak in-depth about a bike from a single ride, in my short time with the Spartan, I can say that if I were in the market for a long-legged enduro or desert bike, the Spartan would be on my shortlist. Hit up Park City Bike Demos and ride a Spartan for yourself.
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