After talking with Devinci at this year’s Crankworx, it’s clear that this brand’s athletes have a heavy influence on product development. All the new or updated bikes I saw have been created or refined to meet the needs of Devinci’s racers, including the all-new pumptrack slaying Sabbath.
It’s been a while since Devinci offered a dirt jump bike, but when Dakota Norton and Keegan Wright started racking up podium finishes at pumptrack races, they needed a bike to race on. It also didn’t hurt that Devinci has a pumptrack outside their facility in Quebec, Canada, so some of their employees were pushing for a new hardtail too!
The Sabbath is built from 6066 T-6 Aluminum, and rides on 26” wheels. Up front is a 100m Rockshox Pike fork. Devinci’s Julien Boulais mentioned to me that they made a specific point of putting a quality fork on this bike. Since the fork is the only high-tech component on a DJ bike, you might as well have a good one!
Despite its specific ‘pumptrack’ designation, the Sabbath does have a pedal-able single speed drivetrain. The dropouts are horizontally slotted, but there is a derailleur hanger in case you choose to add a few gears to the bike (for dual slalom racing, perhaps).
Other notable frame details include a threaded BB shell, 12x142mm rear axle and ISCG 05 mounts to accommodate chain guides. The rear dropouts also feature integrated chain tensioner bolts to make wheel alignment a breeze. As I spent my youth riding BMX, my eyes noticed the beefy junction at the seatstay/seat mast area, which helps DJ bikes cope with sideways crashes or under-rotated spins.
The Sabbath will come in one size only (Medium) with a 69° head angle, 72° seat tube angle, 598mm top tube length and stubby 400mm chainstays.
A frameset and one complete build of the Sabbath will be offered. The complete will retail at $1669 USD, and full build specs are shown below. The frameset includes an FSA Orbit 1.5” Zero-stack headset and a CNC’d alloy seat clamp for the price of $749.
The Sabbath is a limited-run bike that comes with a lifetime warranty, and will be made in Canada (Devinci’s previous hardtail bikes were manufactured overseas). Frames will come with a brushed aluminum finish, so my only question for Devinci is when you make a bike called the Sabbath, why isn’t it Black?!
Here’s a quick vid of Keegan Wright making the bike look fast and smooth on his way to a pumptrack victory! *Video courtesy of Devinci, title image by Klemen Humar.