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Staff Bike Check: Matt's Devinci Troy

Staff Bike Check: Matt's Devinci Troy
Bike Type: All-Mountain
Brand: Devinci
Model: Troy
Handlebar: Next (780mm)
Stem: Turbine R
Cranks: Next SL
Wheelset: Vault JBend to ARC Carbon 31 Front and Next R31 Superboost Rear
Fork: FOX 36 Factory Elite
Shock: FOX Float X Factory Elite
Seatpost: Race Face Turbine R
Drivetrain: Shimano 12SP XT


1. What’s your name?
Matthew Hornland
2. How long have you been in the bike industry?
9 years! Though I have been organizing bike races for 13 years!
3. What do you do at Race Face?
Great question. While I head up PR for Race Face, I also work on developing product, athlete and event content alongside my colleagues in other department.
4. What’s one weird fact about you?
Ask me about the time I went bowling with Rob and Big.
5. How often do you ride?
I try for 4 times a week.
6. What type of riding do you do?
Primarily AM/trail riding, not to mention gravel, road, and commuting.
7. What’s your favourite trail?
Locally, I'm a big fan of Seventh Secret. I should really expand my horizons though.
8. What made you pick this bike over others?
I was definitely sold on the quiver-killer idea of the Troy - a big enough bike to hit some really fun and technically challenging trails, while being agile and pedal-able for fun North Van climbing trails. 
9. What is your favourite component or part of your bike and why?
I really enjoy the Next R31 wheels (and ARC31 for the front) - the bombproof feeling I get from riding them, the Vault hub engagement, a wide, but not too wide, rim to help support my 2.35 Nobby Nick/Hans Dampf setup, lots to like.
10. Have you changed/added anything to your bike to suit your riding style?
I originally started with an 800mm handlebar, but moved the the 780 Next with Getta grips for a slightly narrower, and more damped riding feel. A really nice handlebar is hard to beat!
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