Devinci has launched a redesigned version of its gravel bike, the Hatchet. The latest iteration features increased tire clearance, a sleek new profile, and geometry that blurs the line between road and trail.
Devinci Hatchet Highlights
- Clearance for 700x45mm or 27.5×2.1-inch tires
- Mountain bike-inspired geometry
- Claimed weight: 1,135g frame, 460g fork
- Lifetime warranty
- Offered in carbon and alloy versions
- Price range: $1,099 – $3,229
- Available now
- Visit http://www.devinci.com/ for more information
Redesigned For Modern Gravel Grinding
As the gravel category grows, it’s also becoming more diverse. “Gravel” can encompass everything from sleek aero-gravel bikes to bikepacking rigs dotted with myriad mounting points. The Hatchet sits right in the middle, offering enough mounts for gravel racing and geometry that’s forgiving enough for singletrack excursions.
The Hatchet has very generous tire clearance. Complete bikes come shod in 700×40 tires and have the ability to clear 700×45 tires with fenders. According to Devinci brand manager Julien Boulais, the Hatchet will accept some 700×50 tires. However, with so many variables between tires and rims, the company is more comfortable stating that the maximum recommended tire width for 700c is 45mm.
Fans of smaller wheels with bigger tires will be glad to read the Hatchet is also 650b-compatible and can fit 650b/27.5in tires up to 2.1-inches wide with ample room to spare. As a sign of the times and changing tastes, Devinci is not offering the Hatchet with 650b wheels. “We see more potential in 700c with the new wider tires coming out,” said Boulais.
There are the usual two mounting points for two water bottles in the front triangle and a third set of bottle bosses underneath the downtube. (The lack of a third set of bottle bosses was one of my criticisms of the original Hatchet, launched in 2016.) The frame also sports bosses on the top of the tube behind the head tube for a direct-mount top tube bag.
Devinci opted not to include additional mounting points for water bottles and cargo mounts on the fork legs, though the frameset is rack and fender compatible, thanks to hidden eyelets.
In keeping with the sleek aesthetic, the company uses a single modular intake port on the downtube to manage all the cables. Tube-in-tube routing makes it easy to feed housing and electronic wiring through the frame. The previous version came with six different permutations of intake port covers. Thankfully, the company has reduced this to two—one for mechanical drivetrains and one for Shimano Di2 wiring.
Devinci Hatchet Geometry
In redesigning the Hatchet, Devinci took inspiration from current trends in mountain biking with a long front center paired with short stems. As a result, reach numbers are substantially longer than many road riders are accustomed to and paired with shorter stems that range from 60-100mm, depending on the size.
Devinci was able to increase tire clearance over the previous generation from 40mm to 45mm while reducing the chainstay length from 435mm to 430mm for snappier handling.
The carbon and alloy bikes have minor differences in geometry resulting from the different construction methods used in manufacturing.
One Frameset, Two Models
Ask any bike shop, particularly in gravel hotspots such as the Midwest, and you’ll hear the same refrain: gravel bikes have dramatically cut into the sale of endurance road bikes.
Devinci astutely opted to position the Hatchet as covering gravel as well as endurance road. There are 12 models in the Hatchet line, four carbon and eight alloy builds.
Two of the carbon and two of the alloy versions come equipped for gravel. The difference is in the component spec. Gravel-ready Hatchets feature wider, flared handlebars, 1x drivetrains, and 700×40 tires. The all-road Hatchets sport handlebars with traditional bends, double-drivetrains and faster-rolling 700×32 tires. The three WF “Women’s Fit” versions use the same frame the contact points designed for female cyclists including narrower handlebars and women’s saddles.
Pricing for the Hatchet ranges from the $1,099 entry-level alloy model equipped with eight-speed Shimano Claris to the $3,299 Hatchet Carbon GRX LTD, which features the new Shimano GRX gravel group, DT-Swiss wheels, and a dropper seatpost.
First Ride Coming Soon!
Devinci is launching the Hatchet in conjunction with the inaugural Grinduo Canada. Check back for a First Ride Review of the Hatchet Carbon GRX LTD one we have some race miles on it.