Featured Bike: Daniel Turcotte’s Devinci Hatchet – The Canadian Gravel Bike

devinci hatchet review and weights

Devinci Bikes are well known in Quebec and the rest of the Great White North, aka Canada, but the brand is not-so-well-known south of the border in Mainland USA.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Devinci was founded in 1987 as Da Vinca, the vision of two engineering students local to Chicoutimi, Quebec. A couple of years later, road cycling entrepreneur Felix Gauthier became involved with the company. By 1990, he purchased half the company and changed the name from Da Vinca to Devinci Bikes – Cycles Devinci.

devinci hatchet review and weights

“Taking open road to the performance level, Devinci’s new Hatchet Carbon is the perfect manifestation of mixed-surface compatibility. Starting with the frame, Dual Core Fusion tech fuses two cores for a trifecta of speed, stability, and intuitive response. Paired with a comfortable, compliant seat-stay the combo provides an unbeatable feel on loose gravel.”

devinci hatchet review and weights

“Adding to that expertise, the bike also has a stiff bottom bracket that enhances lateral rigidity, while its low placement improves a rider’s center of gravity for better balance on and off the pavement. Relaxed head angles maximize stability. Longer top-tube geometry is balanced with a short stem for responsive handling. And additional features include up to 40c tire clearance, mud guard and internal dropper post options, internal cable routing (including fork), ultra-clean aesthetics and 1X compatibility. Built for super-enduro stamina, the Hatchet Carbone feels lithe on climbs, fast on descends, devours technical singletrack and is a punchy contender with limitless heart… and lungs.”

Sounds pretty awesome, eh.

devinci hatchet review and weights

The owner of this particular Hatchet, Daniel Turcotte of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada seems to think so.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Beginning at the front of the bike, Daniel relies on SRAM’s proven Rival 11-speed mechanical / hydraulic brake shifters.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Like so many other riders making the leap, Daniel has chosen a single chainring / 1x configuration for his bike. Be sure to check out our video on subject of 1x / 2x.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Above, a single chainring / 1x SRAM Apex crankset in 172.5mm with 42 tooth chainring. Note the frame’s provision for internalized Di2 electronic shifting, and front derailleur mount. Hidden from view is an FSA press-fit bottom bracket.

devinci hatchet review and weights

devinci hatchet review and weights

SRAM’s Rival X1 11-speed rear derailleur takes care of the shifting duties.

devinci hatchet review and weights

The rear derailleur is paired to a SRAM 1x specific cassette in the 10-42 ratio.

devinci hatchet review and weights

devinci hatchet review and weights

All of the Devinici Hatchet’s cables are routed internally. This is a handy feature for inclement weather conditions – keeping the cables and housings shielded from the worst that mother nature can throw its way.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Above, Devinci’s Super Leggera all-carbon fork.

devinci hatchet review and weights

SRAM’s hydraulic brakes are flat-mounted to the Hatchet’s fork. Brake rotors are 160mm front and rear with a 12mm thru-axle on the front, 142 x 12mm thru-axle on the rear.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Following the example set by the front brake, the rear also attaches to the frame flat-mount style.

devinci hatchet review and weights

devinci hatchet review and weights

Daniel’s wheelset is by Woven Fabrications with SRAM 900 series hubs and features 38mm high modulus carbon rims, paired with Soma’s Supple Vitesse SL 700c x 42mm wide tyres.

devinci hatchet review and weights

Above, the Devinci Hatchet and the simple, but effective Minoura DuraCage bottle cages.

devinci hatchet review and weights

devinci hatchet review and weights

Daniel Turcotte’s Devinci Hatchet Gravel Bike:

  • Frame: Devinci Hatchet, size small. The frame features Devinici’s DMC-HR carbon fiber.
  • Fork: Devinici Super Leggera, tapered all-carbon.
  • Headset: FSA Integrated.
  • Stem: Giant Connect 70mm, 8 degrees.
  • Handlebar: Salsa Cowbell 2, 44cm.
  • Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5.
  • Brakes: SRAM Rival hydraulic.
  • Brake Rotors: SRAM 160mm.
  • Brake / Shift Levers: SRAM Rival 1 mechanical / hydraulic 11-speed.
  • Front Derailleur: N/A.
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival long-cage 1x 11-speed.
  • Cassette: SRAM Rival 1x 11-speed 11-42.
  • Chain: SRAM.
  • Crankset: SRAM Apex 172.5mm with single 42 tooth chainring.
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA PF30.
  • Pedals: Shimano XT PD-M8020 trail.
  • Wheelset: Woven Fabrications, SRAM 900 series disc brake hubs, Sapim spokes and nipples.
  • Tires: Soma Supple Vitesse SL 700c x 42mm.
  • Saddle: Fizik Tundra 2.
  • Seatpost: 3T Icon 25 Pro.
  • Bottle Cages: Minoura DuraCage.

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