When the Amgen Tour of California peloton rolls away from the start line in Escondido on May 12, Nate English and his 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team will be among the 16 squads battling for Golden State bragging rights. Underneath English and his teammates will be the Devinci Leo SL.
“It’s light, stiff and responsive,” said English about the bike manufactured by Canada-based Devinci. “It has everything that a racer wants – great ride quality, it rails turns, it’s stiff and responsive. I’m always excited to get on my bike.”
RoadBikeReview caught up with the 2011 overall winner of the Mount Hood Cycling Classic to find out more about what he likes best about his race-day bike.
English’s team bike is outfitted with an array of sponsor specific parts, including a Microshift drivetrain, FSA seastpost, stem and bars, Vision wheels, Kenda Volare tires, Fizik Gobi saddle, Arundel bottle cages and bartape, FSA chain, and a K3 number holder.
For the rest of us, Devinci offers the Leo SL in a variety of builds or as a stand-alone frameset. Options range from full Dura-Ace Di2 spec for $7500 to a Shimano Ultegra build for $3400. Frame and fork alone are $2000, and comes in three color schemes and five sizes. Claimed weight for the Leo SL’s monocoque carbon frame size Medium is 930 grams.
The Leo SL frame also features a stiff BB86 bottom bracket, DMC R-HR carbon frame, asymmetrical chain stays, internal cable routing that’s Di2 compatible, integrated 34.9mm seat clamp, and a Devinci carbon Super Leggera fork.
Devinci Leo SL: This full Dura-Ace ($6600) build is one of five spec options that also includes electronic Dura-Ace ($7500), SRAM Red ($6200), Ultegra Di2 ($4700) and standard Ultegra ($3400). There is also a women’s specific frame spec’d with Ultegra for $3400.