Guest Post by Dirty Jane Ambassador Andrea Pirkey
“We’re going on a ride tomorrow and we have a sweet bike for you.” This was the perfect text to receive on a Friday night after a long work week. Lindsay Beth Currier from Shine Riders Co. was in town for a Women’s Devinci Weekend and offered to let me demo a Troy XP. We met up with Anka, from Dirty Jane, at Bicycles of Phoenix and headed to Phoenix Mountain Preserve to ride.
The first thing I noticed about the Troy XP was the matte black frame with an attention grabbing aqua/lime/lemon fade color scheme; it makes you do a double take. Lindsay set up the suspension for me and we hit the trails. Riding at PMP is sort of like driving in Boston, lots of little routes intersecting and looping back on each other. We started with some rocky climbs; the 27.5” tires were super grippy and nimble. I actually left the rear shock open for the climb and it was still efficient for pedaling, yet plush enough to suck up the bumps. My feet bounced off of the pedals a few times, which tells me I should ride with flats more often, instead of letting my clipless pedals do all of the work.
That’s ME in the middle!
Rockshox Pike fork smoothed out the decent; I didn’t choose the best lines, but still felt very stable navigating through the chunky rocks. We ended up on a smoother trail that crossed several washes. Again, I was surprised by how well this bike climbed with the shock open. I only rode the Troy XP for about two hours, but it already felt like “mine” at the end. Devinci has created a trail machine that climbs with ease and descends with vigor; it’s no wonder they call it a dark horse.
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