The Wilson 275 has been completely revamped from the ground-up, making this one of the most exciting downhill bikes in Devinci's history. During the 2014 World Cup, we saw a changing of the guard. During the first half of the season, nearly everyone was riding 26" downhill bikes. Somewhere mid-season, it all seemed to change, and suddenly all the podium finishers were aboard prototype 27.5" downhill bikes. This was the first sign that downhill bikes sporting 27.5” wheels were coming our way - and now, they have arrived.
As you probably could have guessed, the Wilson 275 is rolling on 27.5" wheels, marking the first 27.5" downhill bike Devinci has produced. Steve Smith has been tearing up the races on prototype versions of this bike, and Devinci believe they have nailed the geometry and design of this bike, making the most of the new wheel size. As we mentioned earlier, this is a completely new Wilson. It has not just been tweaked to stuff 27.5" wheels into a frame designed for 26" wheels. Devinci knew that this would require a complete re-design of their proven Wilson chassis. The design of the bike still builds upon the same unique pull-link Split-Pivot suspension design. The shock placement has changed though, with the upper end now mounted to the downtube instead of the toptube. This keeps the center of gravity even lower than it was on the previous Wilson. Low center of gravity means more control through corners, and a more stable bike overall. The shock size has also been reduced from 10.5" x 3.5" to 9.5" x 3". With the larger wheel size, it became apparent that perhaps 8.5" of travel was a bit overkill. Travel has been reduced to 8" (204mm) from 8.5" (216mm) on the previous Wilson. This change not only saves weight by using a smaller shock, it also allowed the engineers to place that shock exactly where they needed. The shock is mounted to a similar rocker link as previously used, but it is now tucked up into the frame over the BB shell, which allowed Devinci to keep the chainstay relatively short, despite the larger wheel size. The resulting chainstay length on the Wilson 275 is roughly only 8mm longer than the previous 26" Wilson.
At the heart of the bike, the Wilson’s main pivot location delivers enhanced square-edged bump compliance, cornering feel, and pedaling performance. Dave Weagle's Split Pivot design delivers a transparent feel where suspension, braking, and acceleration work in harmony for a more efficient and fun ride. Embracing this balance, the Wilson provides a buttery smooth ride with explosive pedal power. The Wilson uses a unique splined ISCG '05 unit that seats onto the 83mm BB shell. It is fully removable from the frame, so it can be replaced at any time. This means you can use taco-style chainguides with no worries. If you manage to crack or bend your ISCG tab, you can simply pop it off and toss a new one on. This splined tab also allows you to fine tune chainguide alignment.
The Wilson uses a new post-mount 200mm rear brake tab, meaning only 200mm rear rotors are compatible with this bike. You can fit a 203mm if you install a couple of small washers between the brake caliper and the tab. Other bells and whistles include hydroformed frame tubing, a downtube skidplate, and internal swingarm derailleur cable routing.