Feel like mountain bikes have gotten too expensive? You can rest easy then, as the two latest bikes from Devinci don’t even come close to $10k, combined. Not only do their redesigned Kobain and Marshall pack an impressive value, they also are proudly made in Canada for a high level of quality as well.
The last time we checked in with Marshall, it had just grown 27.5+ wheels and tires. It was also made from carbon fiber. The all new Marshall is now made from 6061-T6 aluminum, in Devinci’s own Canadian facility. The Marshall is also no longer a 27.5+ bike, instead opting for a size-specific balance of 27.5 x 2.4″ for the XS and S frames, and 29 x 2.4″ for M-XL.
Without the need for huge tire clearance, the frame sticks with 148 x 12mm Boost spacing. You also get a threaded BB for easy maintenance.
Running 130mm of travel from their Split-Pivot suspension system with a 140mm travel fork up front, the frame includes Enduro dual-lip sealed bearings for durability. You’ll also note that the frame still includes room for a bottle cage inside the front triangle.
Modernized geometry includes different length chainstays for the 27.5 vs 29″ models, and a 66.5° head tube angle with 76.8-77.0° seat tube angle (dependent on size). Devinci points out the new XS size will fit riders down to 4’11” which could make it a great option for young riders looking for their first real full suspension mountain bike.
Arguably a very well speced bike with both Shimano Deore 1×12 and SRAM SX 1×12 builds available, the Marshall is priced at a very approachable $2,099. Yes, that’s still a large sum of money for many people, but in the world of full suspension mountain bikes with four piston disc brakes, tubeless rims and tires, modern 1×12 drivetrains, dropper posts, and quality suspension, that’s very impressive. Both the Shimano and SRAM builds are priced the same, so take your pick.
It’s a similar story for the Kobain. Previously a 27.5+ bike, the new Kobain makes the switch to 29″. It still has ample rubber with 2.6″ wide Kenda Regolith tires, so you should have plenty of grip, just with better roll-over abilities of the bigger wheels.
It also seems that those 2.6″ tires fit with plenty of mud clearance to spare. Essentially a hardtail companion to the Marshall, the Kobain is also made in Canada from 6061-T6 aluminum.
Frames feature Boost 148mm spacing, threaded bottom brackets, dropper post compatibility, and external cable routing.
Kobain’s geometry has been updated to include a longer reach, slacker head tube angle, and steeper seat tube angle as well.
Offered in two builds and two colors, the Kobain will be equipped with a Shimano SLX 1×12 build for $1,699 which includes a Marzocchi Z2 Rail Sweep suspension fork set at 130mm of travel. There will also be a Shimano 1×11 speed bike which includes a Rockshox 35 Silver R coil fork for $1,299.
Expect these bikes to hit stores in early March, but don’t sleep on them if you want to buy one – Devinci says some of their dealers have already started pre-selling them with “nothing more than a price and travel numbers.” As we noted in our predictions post, it’s probably going to be another year of limited availability.