Devinci Caribou 2 Touring Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • Spokes: DT Champion
  • Tires: Vittoria Randonneur 700×28c
  • Crankset: FSA Vero PowerDrive 50/39/30T
  • Pedals: Wellgo Clipless WPD-M823
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50 9s 11-34T

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 24, 2015]
Jason
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, responsive frame.

Weakness:

Sizing is small.

I picked up this frame NOS on fleabay for $75 shipped. Part of that awesome deal was a substantial discount b/c the seller forgot the fork. Slapped a redline carbon fork on it, FSA omega wheels, and set it up like Andy Wilkinson custom TT Dolan but with cheaper parts and higher road gearing. It looks goofy as all get out, but it works well for me and was an inexpensive build.

It's primarily a gravel grinder (hardpack grinder is more like it) which also sees regular road use. I have never put a rack on it. Plenty of room for 44c studded tires with SKS fenders. Has downtube internal cable routing.

I usually ride 58-60cm or L frames. My caribou is a L, but the geometry is like that of a 26" MTB. I've got a 300mm seatpost jacked up to the max line to maintain an efficient stroke for my lanky 34" inseam. Juxtapose that with the relatively long reach on my C3 base bars, and it makes for an odd ride. I hope to fix that with Zipp Vukas and a shorter stem.

My intent is to build this into a TT style bike with which I can pound out gravel and paved centuries, while still commuting to work and doing backpack touring. So far, so good.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale ST400

[Aug 03, 2011]
Pepere Sportif
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Reliable commuter and light touring

Weakness:

Too flexible for heavy touring

I first used the bike as a commuter and it did a good job in all kind of weather, with normal component wear (my commute was 60 km/day). I had disk break at first, but pads were wearing out very quickly on wet and dirty roads and needed frequent ajustments. I changed to canti breaks and was much happier.
When I retired, I started using the bike on long touring trips, fully loaded front and back. It became clear the the frame is way too flexible (at least in the XL size that I have) to handle the load. Above 30 km/h, the ride is even scary when both the front and back racks are loaded.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale T2000 (sadly stolen)

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