The Hendrix is a new bike to Devinci's 2016 lineup, and fills the growing niche for "plus" sized bikes. The term "plus" simply refers to the tire size, meaning this bike is capable of accepting 2.8" - 3" width tires. It's not quite fatbike territory, but it's certainly quite a lot more meat than your standard 2.2" - 2.4" trail bike tire. The appeal to this relatively new tire size can be narrowed down to one word: traction. It's all about traction, traction, and more traction. Make no mistake, the 2.8" - 3" tires available now are nothing like the 3" tires that used to exist in mountain biking 15 years ago. Those tires were incredibly heavy, intended strictly for downhill use. This new breed of plus-sized tires, available mainly from Schwalbe, Maxxis, and WTB, have a special lightweight casing and a profile that is intended to be mounted on wide rims (30mm ID or wider). When mounted to a wide rim, it allows the rider to run very low tire pressure, generally around 15 psi. The low pressure, combined with super wide tires provides...you guess it, TRACTION!
As with all Devinci full suspension bikes, the Hendrix is equipped with the tried-and-true Split Pivot platform. Devinci has equipped this bike with 110mm rear travel, just enough to soak up the chatter. It is recommended to build the bike with a 120 - 140mm travel fork to keep things as balanced as possible. As the industry shifts towards 1X drivetrains, Devinci opted to omit the front derailleur tab all together on this bike, so it is only compatible with 1X setups.
True to form, the Hendrix features adjustable geometry. Using flip chips located on the upper seatstay pivots, you can switch between high and low settings, adjusting head angle and BB height. With a 120mm fork and the low geometry position, the head angle sits at a comfortable 67.0°, with a 12.8" BB height. Flip the chips to the high setting, and it steepens the head angle to 67.4° with a 13.1" BB height. A 130mm fork, such as the Pike, will slacken the head angle by about 0.7°. To keep the chainstay as short as possible, Devinci opted for Boost 12x148mm rear axle spacing on this bike.
We've ridden several plus-bikes here at Fanatik, and while it's not the perfect solution for every riding style/condition out there, we do think this new breed of bikes has its place. For desert style rocky/dry/dusty conditions, plus bikes give you loads of traction for technical climbs up rocky/jagged terrain. This style of bike is also great for new mountain bikers who are still learning the ropes, so to speak. The Hendrix corners with ease, and is very stable overall, thanks to it's larger volume tires. For riders who are very playful in their riding style, and looking to pop around off every little feature on the trail, you may want to look elsewhere. The Hendrix is intended to be a stable, wheels-on-the-ground type of bike.
The Hendrix frame comes stock with a Rock Shox Monarch R Debonair rear shock. As with all Devinci bikes, the Hendrix is backed by Devinci's lifetime warranty.