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25 years of success
Through decades of development and professional athlete input, Devinci continues to refine their top-shelf race bikes and the Leo SL is testament to their tireless work. Front to back the Leo SL achieves a harmonious mix of aesthetics, speed and ride quality.
25 years of success
Through decades of development and professional athlete input, Devinci continues to refine their top-shelf race bikes and the Leo SL is testament to their tireless work. Front to back the Leo SL achieves a harmonious mix of aesthetics, speed and ride quality.
The bike delivered
Upon further testing I subjected the bike to technical crits, punishing road races in pouring rain and a handful of mountainous group rides. The bike delivered.
Clean design
The bike has very unique look to it and though the matte carbon with bright gloss highlights got mixed reactions I personally think it makes the bike stand out while maintaining a clean design.
Grand Cru
A state- of-the-art road racing machine | The engineers at Devinci have developed a state- of-the-art road racing machine that combines all of today’s modern features, and a few of their own technological advancements. Through decades of development and professional athlete input, Devinci continues to refine their top-shelf race bikes and the Leo SL is testament to their tireless work. Front to back the Leo SL achieves a harmonious mix of aesthetics, speed and ride quality.

Highlighting the frame’s construction is Devinci’s unique and innovative Dual Core Fusion (DCF). This is a process where Devinci develops the top and bottom half of the frame as two separate “cores”. Each core is fine-tuned to optimize weight, power transfer and ride quality, then pieced together to create an ultimate race frame. Throughout the DCF process Devinci meticulously applies and eliminates material where necessary to further improve the bike’s characteristics. Devinci also does extensive development with the carbon used in the frame, utilizing special resins and multidirectional layups to enhance performance and durability, while keeping the weight to a minimum. The frame sees further improvement with the addition of a BB86 that increases power-transfer and stiffness. Complementing the frame is Devinci’s Leggera full-carbon, aerodynamic fork. Other highlights include full internal cable housing and Di2 compatibility.

The Leo SL that we received for testing came with a full complement of Shimano’s Dura-Ace drivetrain, Dura- Ace wheels and a FSA cockpit. Having a top-shelf line of components allowed me fully test and appreciate the Leo SL. The bike has very unique look to it and though the matte carbon with bright gloss highlights got mixed reactions I personally think it makes the bike stand out while maintaining a clean design. The carbon Monolink seatpost is an interesting design and while I didn’t notice an improvement over traditional rails I didn’t have any complaints about it either.

I put in quite a bit of time on the new Leo SL and pushed it through a battery of ride conditions, but first impressions are what stood out about this bike. Out of the driveway the bike had a very “crisp” like feel, and was noticeably lightweight. Its geometry is race-tuned but I felt comfortable on it during the first ride. Upon further testing I subjected the bike to technical crits, punishing road races in pouring rain and a handful of mountainous group rides. The bike delivered. What really stood out over time is the bike’s ability to accelerate without hesitation. Closing gaps and regaining speed out of turns seemed easier and more fluid. It’s a complete race bike that aptly handled my punishment and it favors fast, hilly-type courses that require a lightweight and quick accelerating ride.

Words: Dillon Clapp
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