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Time-Trial Machine Leo T2 Time trial bikes are generally not associated with comfort as they are typically characterized as bicycles that feel odd when ridden. Most serious road cyclists dread training on a time trial bike. Their geometries are generally aggressive and different than a typical road bike. With the inherent discomfort associated with a time trial bike it’s rare to find one that is fun to ride while still providing the aerodynamic advantage they are supposed to provide. In the past, many time trial bikes have been heavy, flexible and above all else, not fun to ride. However, over the last few years many brands have dedicated substantial resources into developing improved rigs that are comfortable, responsive and light-weight. In the past it was uncommon to find a top of the line time trial bike that was comparable to its roadracing counterpart in terms of weight and stiffness.

Devinci is an emerging Canadian brand located in Quebec. Their latest time trial/triathlon bike is certainly one that is under the radar relative to other brands already known for their serious time trial bikes. With that said, the Devinci Leo T2, in terms of quality, is right on par with other more common time trial models manufactured and engineered by other companies. Their top of the line time trial bike is surprisingly light-weight. In fact it is lighter than most road bikes. This fall I had the luxury of taking a Devinci Leo T2 out for a few rides. I have ridden many of the top brands in cycling, particularly time trial bikes. I was impressed with Devinci’s set up. Below is the stock build for their best time trial bike, the Devinci Leo T2. Everything I rode was stock with the exception of the super fast Mad Fibre Tubular Wheels.

Frame: Devinci Leo T2
Components: SRAM Red Time Trial
Saddle: Selle Italia SL T1 Gel
Bars: Profile Design Carbon CX3
Stem: Profile Design Cobra S
Wheels: Mad Fiber Tubular Wheels (not included)

Luckily the weather was fantastic in Southern Ontario for most of the fall. I had the opportunity to ride the bike in a plethora of wind conditions, uphill, downhill and over countless rollers. To say the least I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of the bike once I had made all of the fi nal adjustments.
The bike demanded to be ridden hard and it was difficult to ride just steady. My instincts wanted to mash the biggest gear I could manage. On the short punchy climbs, the bike shifted beautifully and was highly responsive as soon as I punched it out the saddle. The geometry allowed for a low, aerodynamic position on the flats that certainly aided in the sensation of speed and the overall positive feeling of the ride. Through the corners the bike was steady and I felt confident to lean into them.

There is no denying that this bike is fast! Given the price range and overall comfort, I would highly recommend that any competitive cyclist or triathlete consider the Devinci Leo T2.

By: Charles Bryer

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