Redesigned Devinci Kobain & Marshall MTBs offer impressive value, made in Canada
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.