Descending The US / Canada border lastly opened up whereas I used to be testing the Spartan, which meant I may lastly add the Whistler Bike Park and Vancouver’s North Shore again into my array of testing zones. Not surprisingly, it was on the Shore, near the situation that it first broke cowl, that the Devinci felt most at dwelling. The chunkier the path the higher – the Spartan completely eats up the tough stuff. It is not fairly as lengthy and slack because the Norco Vary (extra on that in a bit), however that truly labored in its favor on the tighter, jankier trails the place sluggish pace, braking-heavy maneuvers adopted by rocky runouts are frequent. The 64.5-degree head angle did not give me any actual purpose to complain, however I additionally by no means as soon as thought-about placing the flip chip into the excessive place. Due to that, I want that 64.5 levels was the excessive setting, and that 64-degrees or much less was the low place. Keep in mind, we’re speaking a few 160mm, excessive pivot enduro machine – why not totally optimize it for its supposed goal? Sustaining pace on the Spartan is not an issue so long as gravity has firmly taken over, however on flatter or rolling terrain it will probably really feel sluggish. Pumping the path to takes extra effort, and does not lead to the identical burst of ahead pace that comes from a motorbike with a much less rearward axle path. Leaping takes extra work too, a trait that was particularly noticeable on Whistler’s A-Line and Grime Service provider trails. It’s going to get it carried out, however the Spartan does greatest on rougher, extra technical trails quite than hopping and popping round, regardless of what a few of the photographs on this evaluation might lead you to consider. It is not that it will probably’t soar, it is extra that there are bikes in the identical class which can be simpler and extra desirous to get airborne than this one (the brand new Pivot Firebird involves thoughts). Keep in mind the sensation of creating stable contact with a jelly ball throughout a recreation of kickball? Touchdown a drop on the Spartan HP delivers the identical sense of satisfaction. It is one of many traits that I get pleasure from most about excessive pivot bikes – that glued to the bottom stability they’ve when touching again down makes it straightforward to belief that issues will work out, even when dropping right into a pile of rubble that is been fashioned right into a not-very-steep touchdown. The Spartan might not be the liveliest jumper, however that trait’s overshadowed by how effectively it will probably stomp landings.