Contrary to what you may have heard, fat bikes are not dead. Depending where you live, they may be more or less practical, but well designed fat bikes are still demand in places like… Canada. With Devinici’s headquarters based in the far north of Quebec, they know a thing or two about winter – and building bikes.
Like the other aluminum Devinci models, the new Minus is proudly Canadian made. For the higher ended NX spec, the Minus includes a carbon fiber fork, while the Deore model gets an aluminum model. Both include 15 x 150mm spacing for the thru axle up front…
…and 12 x 197mm spacing out back. That gives the bike clearance for the massive 26 x 4.8″ Maxxis Minion WT fat bike tires on 86mm inner width rim. Personally, I’m happy to see Devinci keeping with the 26″ wheels and tires on a bike meant for unpredictable winter terrain. I’ve had good luck with 27.5″ fat on varied terrain outside of winter, but I still prefer the flotation and feel of a high volume 26″ tire for snow.
Built with a 100mm threaded bottom bracket, Devinci says the minimum Q-factor on the bike would be 203mm.
Built with a 31.6mm seat post, the bike is dropper post compatible, with the NX version including a 150mm travel post for the small, 175mm post for medium, and 200mm posts for large and extra large.
That extra large frame is a new addition for the year, as is the geometry in general. Moving to a more modern geometry with a longer reach, slacker head tube angle, and steeper seat tube angle, the bike is built for technical shredding.
Offered in two builds, it’s strange to call the NX model the high end bike, but this reflects the market. For most riders, a fat bike is a second or third (or fourth, fifth, etc…) bike. It’s usually not their main bike, so something relatively affordable and well spec’d is what Devinci is after, and they seem to have delivered. For just $1,899, you get a bike with a SRAM Eagle NX 1×12 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and high end Maxxis tubeless tires with matching tubeless rims. That’s an important spec choice – many affordable fat bikes skimp on tires, which is the last place on a fat bike you want to cut corners.
The Deore 10s model is even less expensive at $1,399 and almost as light (thanks to the lack of a dropper post). In addition to the 1×10 drivetrain, you also drop to mechanical disc brakes with an aluminum fork and no dropper post. However, you get to keep the same Maxxis tires and rims for easy tubeless access.