The Troy has been one of Devinci's most successful bikes over the last few years, and for good reason. It's simply well-balanced, playful in nature, and offers excellent value. Now for 2016, the Troy gets a full revamp, and believe it or not, it's also dropped in price. The quality and value delivered with this bike is hard to match, and it's still hand-built at Devinci's factory in Quebec.
With trail bikes trending towards longer top tubes, Devinci followed suit and tweaked the geometry on the 2016 Troy. The top tube is now about an inch longer, standover height is an inch lower, chainstay is a quarter inch shorter, and the seat tube angle is two degrees steeper than the previous Troy. These all come as welcome changes, and have greatly improved ride quality and fit on the Troy. The frame is constructed from Devinci's DMC-G monocoque carbon, and features a more aggressive squared-off look, similar to that of the Spartan Carbon. The rear swingarm is composed of a carbon seatstay, and alloy chainstay. The main frame features full internal cable routing for brakes, rear derailleur, and internal dropper post. Devinci opted out of the front derailleur mount for the carbon Troy, so this bike can only be run with 1X drivetrains.
As with all Devinci full suspension bikes, the Troy is equipped with the tried-and-true Split Pivot platform. Devinci opted to keep the 2016 Troy at 140mm rear suspension travel to keep the well-rounded nature of the bike. When we first rode the 2016 Troy, we noticed just how active and supple the suspension felt - it really did feel like we were riding a bike with at least 10mm more travel. The longer top tube gives you an "in-the-bike" feel, and the Split Pivot suspension soaked up everything we could throw at it. Climbing on the Troy is a breeze, as we suspected from riding the previous Troy. The steeper seat tube puts you a bit more forward in the saddle, which is advantageous on the more technical and steep climbs. The Troy we rode had a 160mm Pike up front, and we didn't feel any need to lower the front end for climbing. Therefore, we'd venture to say that a travel adjustable fork is not needed on this bike.
True to form, the Troy 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. The Troy is designed to be used with forks ranging from 150mm - 160mm of travel. With a 150mm fork and the low geometry position, the head angle sits at a comfortable 67.0°, with a 13.3" BB height. Flip the chips to the high setting, and it steepens the head angle to 67.5° with a 13.5" BB height. A 160mm fork, such as the Pike, will slacken the head angle by about 0.7°.
New for 2016, the Troy is now sporting a Boost 12x148mm rear end, which Devinci claims stiffens the rear swingarm and improves chainline. Although it's a fairly new standard, the entire industry is heading that way, and this will be the new normal by 2017. Other details on the bike include a BB92 bottom bracket shell and ISCG '05 chainguide tabs.