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Customize your ride
More than 17 000 different combinations.
Customize your ride
More than 17 000 different combinations.
Stable front end
The Leo SL features a tapered head tube from 1-1/8th inch at the top to 1-1/2” at the bottom. When mated to our (carbon super leggera) fork this creates a stable front end that gives you loads of confidence on down hills and incredible stability for razor-sharp steering.
Full carbon fork
Sharp blades of the Carbon Super Leggera fork make it aerodynamic and super light.
Leo SL - Alpha theme
Here are at Devinci we`re all about customization. In addition to 24 different colour schemes, choose details such
as a logoed down tube, or push audacity and leave it blank!
Devinci Leo SL
More than 17 000 different combinations.
Devinci Leo SL
More than 17 000 different combinations.
Big brother
Devinci's Gran Fondo Leo SL reviewed | After testing Devinci’s entry-level aluminum Silverstone, we thought it’d be nice to compare it with the carbon Leo, the top-of-the-line bike of the same series from the Saguenay manufacturer. Although both are made from different materials, aluminum and carbon, their shapes and tube sections are similar and their respective frames only feature subtle differences. Our test bike Leo came equipped with the excellent Grupo SRAM Force, a 53/39 BB30 crank set, FSA Team Issue components, an Italia (SL) seat post and relatively unknown wheels, the SRAM S27 Comp. Due to some minor problems with the latter, we had to continue our test ride with Dura-Ace C24-Cl wheels from Shimano. Our test bike is large sized, which leads us to say the Leo only comes in five sizes with relatively large differences between them. The bike has a definite flashy look, mixing red and white colours that are ideal for showing off on the road. If you prefer to keep a low profile, you can choose between 17,000 different combinations of colours and decals thanks to the Leo’s tailored program. There’s really something for everyone. The finish on the bike is more than satisfactory and is what we expect from a bike at this price. The shape of the frame and tubes is conventional and the oversizing on the horizontal and diagonal tubes at the junction of the conic head tube is the same as on the Silverstone. The chain stays are higher near the bottom bracket which should add to the vertical stiffness of the rear triangle. The hourglass seat stays are more angular than curvaceous. The fork features the same triangular and large section of the Silverstone, but seems sturdier. One last thing to note is the internal cable routing in the front triangle and Jagwire derailleur cable housings with fine adjustments near the head tube, something that proves very useful.

With Dura-Ace C24-CL wheels, the Leo weighs in at 7.24 kilos, which is pretty heavy for a bike equipped with a Grupo Sram Force and quality wheels. On the other hand, the frame comes with a lifetime warranty form Devinci. Either you go for an ultra light frame with a limited warranty or a sturdier frame with a lifetime warranty. Our visual inspection suggests a pretty rigid bike designed for strong riders. After hopping on it, we felt the position was relatively relaxed without being over aggressive. When pedaling, first with the SRAM wheels, we noticed excellent lateral rigidity. There’s little movement either from the rear or the front and the bike stays in control. There is some vertical rigidity but the vibrations are well absorbed and lead to no discomfort. Upon hitting bigger bumps, we feel more vibrations, but the direction remains stable and we didn’t lose any control, even with larger potholes! Overall, a good showing. The frame is well done yet it doesn’t feel as sophisticated as other light frames, probably due to a lack of quick response. Nevertheless, this is a solid bike that’s incredibly tolerant and versatile, and should suit a majority of cyclists.

The first part of our road test ended abruptly after the SRAM wheels, which had been lauded by test riders for their softness, comfort and look, broke due to a problem with the bearings. Before publishing this article, we had just learned that Devinci took the SRAM 27 out of their catalogue.

Now’s our chance to see how the frame reacts to the new pair of wheels: the more competition oriented Dura-Ace C24 Shimano wheels. Equipped with these, the bike responds with more energy. The frame is stiffer and thus more efficient.

With comfort set aside a bit, the bike can now focus on efficiency. It offers good acceleration without losing any control, even when pushed hard. The stable direction is ideal for riding at high speed without tensing up over the handlebars. When climbing, riders have to push a little bit, but the bike is still very efficient, be it seated or pedaling out of the saddle. And we didn’t get any complaints about the rigidity while climbing, which is a good sign. Braking was really good and the Force callipers compare favourably with top-of-the-line models. This unexpected change of wheels led us to conclude that the Leo SL offers a good balance of sturdiness and comfort. Depending on the way you ride, you can choose from either type of wheels to suit your style.

This is usually not possible with more specific bikes since the choice of the wheels, when contrasting with the features of the frame, can lead to disappointing results. But this is not the case with the Leo. With the softer SRAM wheels, the bike is relatively comfortable and can still be pushed hard over a long period of time. Since these are no longer available, it’s safe to say that choosing the Easton EA90 SLX should offer a similar feel with more vivacity due to the reduced weight; with race and rigid wheels, the bike is efficient and reacts to the road with precision. If Devinci’s goal with Leo SL was to design a performance Gran Fondo bike, then we can say mission accomplished. One last thing to point out is the differences between the carbon Leo and the aluminum Silverstone since their frames have geometrical similarities. Surprisingly, all test riders were unanimous on the fact that the differences are very subtle, except for the wheels and the components that are very different on each model. This thus confirms that well designed aluminum frames made by manufacturers with expertise offer high performance results that favourably compare with many high-end carbon bikes.
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