When Stevie Smith saw the 2013 UCI World Cup race schedule clear back in 2012, he began tossing around ideas with Devinci about racing a shorter travel bike. At the time the Dixon was his best bet, but they worked together to create this race-specific prototype that he later used at the 2013 World Champs.
The bike was made specifically for Pietermaritzburg, which (at the time) favored a shorter travel bike than the long-legged Devinci Wilson. Following the 2013 World Champs, Stevie asked that the lateral rear end stiffness be increased, and changes to the chainstay area address that request. It has 180mm of travel and Dave Weagle's Split Pivot suspension design.
This "one-off" prototype may never see production, but is a real world example of Devinci's need to try new things and prove them on the race course. Keep an eye out for more new bikes from Devinci this season, including one that will launch this week at the opening round of the Enduro World Series in Chile. They are currently working on a new version of many of their bikes, and have several launches planned for late in the year. Once Stevie is back in action (he's still a "maybe" for the Australia World Cup), you may even see him on a new downhill rig.
Click next to check out this South Africa slayer up close.
Credit: Brandon Turman // Vital MTB
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