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jbv

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this is a beautiful and very interesting rig IMO.  it has 3 standout specs that i'm wondering about.  the slackest HA i've seen at 71.5°  a fairly high bb but curiously, no bb drop measurement provided by devinci. never seen that before.  the longest chainstays of any bike i've looked at- 435mm and i think the longest reach as well.  now i'm 6'5" so all this might add up to awesome for me but i have very limited road bike experience.  (but i have 2 super long performance mtn bikes).  there are a few great reviews of the hatchet but that's all i've to go on. 

anyhow, if you have any thoughts, do tell...
(bike would see various all around use including lots of paved surfaces, much of it in poor shape)
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yes, I'm looking at the Hatchet too.  I was pointed this way in an email from Kristen Legan at velonews, who wrote a rave review.   http://www.velonews.com/2016/10/news/first-ride-devinci-hatchet-gravel-bike-grinduro_422551  I told Kristen I'm looking for a bike that can really handle singletrack (not just gravel and rough roads).  She thinks the Hatchet fits the bill.  
I've never ridden one.  I would *like* a slightly high bb, to avoid pedal strikes, so that's cool.  The gearing is, as usual, to high.  Man: when will these manufacturers get it?  We need bikes that can climb in dirt, loose gravel, rough terrain.  I have a 40 x 28 on my cross bike and it's great!  So I spin out on paved downhills occasionally.  Well worth it to get the climbing power.  So I would change the gearing on the Hatchet.  I'm also worried that there's not enough clearance to run bigger (beyond 40mm) tires and/or run 40mm tires without clogging in mud.  Anyway, looking forward to a test ride of one of these!  
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P.S. the XL seems maybe small for you?  http://www.devinci.com/bikes/bike_853_scategory_208  
Maybe there are frames that run bigger than 60cm?   Then again, if the reach is nice for you , then you're good. 
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i'd be looking to run stock tires, or 28's.  as a guy who has 2 mtn bikes and endless world class singletrack in my backyard this bike would be my 'road' bike.  if you're looking for bigger than 40mm tires, IMO, a racy hardtail mtn bike may be the ticket.  sizing is a bit of an unknown for me but this looks like the largest bike in it's category without looking at say, massive Surly bikes in size 64.  i would prefer a degree of road bike feel without buying a skinny tire'd race steed.  
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Where's your backyard? 
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comox valley, vancouver island.  

i had a surly ogre for a few years, sold this spring.  it was a great bike by many standards and would meet the needs of some who are looking for a big tire option.  for me, i found that it was not all that fun as a road bike.  too stable and barge like.  i had drop bars on it.  
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hello. Just found this thread. Did you guys got the chance to ride the Hatchet? I'm really interested in this bike...
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Stack and Reach on the 54 is within a couple of mm to the Soma Wolverine 54. 

10mm shorter stays and a lower BB on the Wolverine also (same HTA, with STA .5 degree diff).

Its like a weight-weenies Wolverine [biggrin]
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ever consider a Salsa Cutthroat, if you're looking for a true singletrack bike?
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