IB15: Devinci dabbles in gravel with all-new Hatchet multi-purpose bike

2016 Devinci Hatchet gravel adventure road bike

While most of us know Devinci for their Split Pivot enhanced full suspension mountain bikes like the new Hendrix and Troy introduced at Crankworx and Eurobike, the Canadian brand also makes quite a few road and commuter bicycles, including those used for plenty of bike share programs around the world.

Now, they’ve combined features of many of those into the new Hatchet alloy gravel multi-use bike, their first (but not last) entry into the growing off-pavement drop bar market. It’s a looker, and the price may make you do a double take…

2016 Devinci Hatchet gravel adventure road bike

The frame uses shaped alloy tubes led by a carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer.

2016 Devinci Hatchet gravel adventure road bike

Fender and rack mounts on the rear make it a “multi tool bike”, and fender mounts up front let both sides of you stay clean.

2016 Devinci Hatchet gravel adventure road bike

There’s clearance for up to 700×40 tires.

2016 Devinci Hatchet gravel adventure road bike

They stick with traditions threaded bottom brackets to keep it simple, but internal cable routing through the downtube gives it clean, modern look.

2016 Devinci Hatchet gravel adventure road bike

And that downtube is big, widening as it goes down to fill the width of the BB shell. No chainstay bridge keeps it wide open for great tire and muck clearance.

The Hatchet line Starts at just $1,100 with a Sora 2×9 group and TRP Spyre brakes. This one is the top build at $1,400 with SRAM Rival 1×11 with non series alloy cranks and house brand cockpit and wheels with Formula hubs. Claimed weight is 22lb for medium. On additional build sits between these two, and all three are available now.

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Volsung
Volsung
7 years ago

A bike to ride on gravel? Revolutionary.

sspiff
sspiff
7 years ago

That looks to be a lot of bike for under $1.5K. Wish it had a BB30 variant, or was in some other way cleanly singlespeedable.

WG
WG
7 years ago

Why bother with BB30 when BSA is around? Simple, easy to maintain, silent – what’s not to like?

badbikemechanicx
badbikemechanicx
7 years ago

Unfortunate name. I am not sure I would want to ride an a$$ hatchet.

Jasen
Jasen
7 years ago

I think sspiff likes a creaky sound when he rides his bike

Bluefire
Bluefire
7 years ago

@WG – Going off what sspiff said, because there are eccentric bottom brackets available for BB30 that let you tension the chain on a singlespeed without an external chain tensioner.

Like this one: http://wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets/ebb/ebb-bottom-brackets/eccentric-bottom-bracket-for-bb30-24-22mm-sram-truvativ-cranks-red.html

Ryan
Ryan
7 years ago

@sspiff

I was thinking the same thing, too bad it doesn’t have Paragon rockers/sliders.

wallymann
wallymann
7 years ago

love the BSC BB. what precludes BSC from being run SS?

dl
dl
7 years ago

If it were a BB30, then sspiff could’ve used something like the Wheels Mfg BB30->eccentric BB to run single speed without a tensioner.

kt
kt
7 years ago

that’s a hell of a price point!

Hoshie99
Hoshie99
7 years ago

Bingo – a great option That Rival model looks like a solid B bike.

sspiff
sspiff
7 years ago

@ Ryan & dl

Ding ding! I know people knock BB30, but the WMFG or BEER style eccentrics made to fit them just rock. I actually prefer them to both the quill and set screw dedicated EBB setups. Besides, I give my press-fit bikes enough love (eccentric or no) that a creak rarely, if ever, develops. If it does, it’s a nice reminder the bike needs attention.

TypeVertigo
7 years ago

Nice bike, but rear fender fitment isn’t going to be perfect because it’s lacking a chainstay bridge to bolt the forward edge of a full-length rear fender to. Most likely solution is zip ties.

Which, I guess, brings me to ask – Is the presence or absence of a chainstay bridge a big deal for gravel bikes? I know it’s not ideal for cyclocross, since the chainstay bridge is just one more place where mud can build up and eventually stop a rear wheel from spinning. We don’t really have a large gravel riding presence where I’m from, hence the question. Thanks in advance for any replies.

WG
WG
7 years ago

@Bluefire – I’m not sure why your comment was directed at me, but thanks for the reply. I know there are adapters like this. By the way, Trickstuff make one as well.

TheFunkyMonkey
TheFunkyMonkey
7 years ago

Wow. That’s a hell of a deal.

Sully
Sully
7 years ago

Nice looking bike, good price point, but really nothing new to look at here. Thru-axles would have been a nice addition. And an interchangeable rear dropout system of some sort. Looks like a good commuter though.

Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook
7 years ago

@TypeVertigo

It’s impossible to tell from the photos, but maybe they put a fender mount on the back of the BB, in which case you can run a long bolt with a spacer to get the correct fender line but still keep the clearance.

John
John
7 years ago

So everyone gets saddled with a creaky pressfit bottom bracket, just so that a couple of hipsters can run singlespeed? What a s***ty thing to do to your customers — and your brand.