Coming from having only ridden hardtails (mainly due to the high cost of full sus frames) I decided to take the plunge into my wallet and buy a new frame. The hardtail I had was a Yeti Arc, although fast light and great for Stanmer trails, was aimed at the more xc end of riding.
I wanted a stronger frame I could take most places and not worry about breaking it, or myself, in the process, plus the 100mm of travel up front limited me to what I rode and how fast I rode it.
The check list for the new frame was as follows:
Dropper post compatible
142mm x 12mm rear end
Fairly light but strong.
The Dexter met all these things and more. Only having 110mm at the rear it can have 100mm all the way to 140mm up front and comes with a lifetime warranty. I’m currently running 120mm fox float forks. These slack the head angle a tad and due to the adjustable geometry, via a simple swap out chip design, I have a 68 degree head angle making it nice and stable at speed and manual a treat, yet fast and agile round the tight singletrack.
Compared to a hardtail the obvious benefits are comfort and a lot more grip, especially over rocks and roots and around corners. I have gained more confidence and speed whilst having more fun on the bike.
With careful kit choice the bike weighs a respectable 25.5lbs.
Devinci Dexter frame
Fox rp23 shock
Fox float 120 tapered 15qr fork
Hope 70mm stem
Easton haven carbon bars
Reverb dropper post
Formula RO brakes
Xtr trail mech/shifter
Xt chain xt 34 11 cassette
Raceface turbine cranks
Hope 36t single ring
Spank spike flat pedals
E thirteen xcx guide
E thirteen xcx+ wheelset
Schwable dirty dan tyres tubeless.
So far I have had no real issues with the bike. The rear shock needed a look under warranty but was sorted by Mojo within 2 days and by the sounds of things is a fairly common problem.
If your looking for a new frame then take a serious look at Devinci’s line up and read the other reviews. I got mine from Freeborn cycles in Horsham who have a full range with test bikes to try out.