The Devinci Copenhagen is one of the best bikes I’ve ever had, so if you’re considering a used or new one, I would advise you to go for it! This is not just a hybrid bike, it’s a performance hybrid. Here’s my Devinci Copenhagen hybrid bike review.
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Should You Get a Hybrid or a Road Bike?
In case you are trying to decide whether to buy a road bike or a hybrid bike for the upcoming cycling season, take a look at this video, which briefly and clearly shows the differences.
There is also a middle option – a tricross bike. I reviewed my excellent Specialized TriCross here. A tricross looks like a road bike, and is fast, but it is tougher and more robust than a road bike. It is made for racing on road and off road, and light enough to be portaged across mud and rivers.
But assuming that you decide you definitely want a hybrid, you cannot really go wrong with a Devinci Copenhagen – or any of the Devinci hybrids, for that matter. The Devinci Copenhagen is ideal as a commuter or a tour bike.
Devinci Copenhagen Components
First off, let’s take a look at the components. I got my made-in-Canada Devinci Copenhagen performance hybrid new for $1,200 – every penny well spent. It can be used as a commuter or a tour bike, and the basic specs look like this:
- light aluminum frame
- super-light carbon fiber forks
- super-light carbon fiber seat post
- powerful Avid disc brakes
- 27-speed Shimano LX gearing
- adjustable handlebar stem
- plenty of accessory braze-ons
(Detailed specs at the bottom of this Devinci Copenhagen Hybrid Bike Review.)
The Ride on a Devinci Copenhagen
My Devinci Copenhagen gives me a solid yet responsive ride every time. It’s a nimble bike with lightning fast responses and sharp, powerful brakes – I’ve never had an accident. It’s also comfortable. In terms of ride, I just can’t fault this bike in any way.
I added a BionX electric assist system to my bike right away, as my commute includes MASSIVE hills. I regret that I don’t get to enjoy the full experience of the Devinci Copenhagen’s responsive ride, because the weight of the BionX system does compromise it a bit. If I ever don’t need the BionX, I will take it off and be able to enjoy the Copenhagen more fully.
Upgrades to my Devinci Copenhagen
I got a professional bike fitting to make the bike perfect for me. This is essential to prevent knee and back problems. Read about the benefits of a professional bike fitting here.
- Following the bike fitting, I modified the handlebars to fit my body perfectly – so no back ache, even after long trips. Basically I just got a longer stem for the handlebars.
- I also upgraded the saddle to a much more comfortable Brooks saddle.
- As with most bikes in this price range, the pedals were unimpressive, so I upgraded those.
- The original Kenda Kwest puncture resistant 700x32C tires were pretty good, but they weren’t completely puncture proof. I replaced them with Schwalbe Marathon Plus puncture resistant tires to avoid the hassle of punctures. With these, I have never had a puncture. They also do remarkably well on snow.
The excellent, powerful Avid mechanical disk brakes are easy to adjust. I am really grateful I don’t have the more expensive hydraulic disk brakes, which require quite a bit of techno savvy to adjust. In two and a half years of tough commuting I have only replaced the disk pads twice, which is amazing. However, I do use my BionX electric assist system to reduce braking.
Gears on the Devinci Copenhagen
The details of the Devinci Copenhagen gears are in the full specs below. All I can say is that they work smoothly and I really enjoy them. Also there are three cogs in the front, for a total of 27 gears – which means it is pretty easy to get up hills, even for people like me who are just average cyclists.
Frame and Fork Strength on the Devinci Copenhagen
I weigh 170 pounds (and when I first got it I was around 210), and I have a BionX electric assist on the bike, which adds about 30 pounds and generates a lot of torque forces. And I add on a heavy clunky laptop, shoes, lunch, etc. when I commute to work. I carry all this in my excellent convertible backpack pannier made by Two Wheel Gear (reviewed here).
Plus I use the bike on roads full of pot holes, as well as dirt track. And I live in a city built on subsiding land-fill, with roads that look like they were made by toddlers flinging tarmac. And I often go very fast.
All of this torture, and the solid, strong Devinci Copenhagen frame just keeps on going.
So it’s a really strong frame. Plus the carbon fork just keeps on going as well. Once in the dark I hit a pot hole so enormous that I damaged my back – but the fork was just fine. (Thanks to the City of Burnaby’s Sea to River Bike Route, reviewed here, for the enormous pot hole. It was caused by road works, and the engineers just left a giant hole right in the middle of a major bike route for months on end – in the WINTER, which was why I did not see it as the sun was not yet up at 7.00 a.m.)
Bottom Line on the Devinci Copenhagen Hybrid Bike
To wrap up my Devinci Copenhagen hybrid bike review: this is a GREAT bike for anyone wanting a really solid, responsive and reliable commuter or tour bike. Whether you buy a new one or manage to pick up a good used one, you cannot go wrong with a Devinci Copenhagen.
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Full Specs of the Devinci Copenhagen
|FRAME||Aluminum optimum S03|
|FRONT RIM||Jalco ATB220|
|REAR RIM||Jalco ATB220|
|HEADSET||FSA NO23/CC INTEGRATED|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano SLX M670|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||SHIMANO TIAGRA 4600|
|CRANKSET||SA OMEGA MEGAEXO 50/34T|
|REAR HUB||Formula disc|
|FRONT SHIFTER||SHIMANO SLX M670|
|REAR SHIFTER||SHIMANO SLX M670|
|CASSETTE||SHIMANO 10S 11-34T|
|FRONT WHEEL||Formula Disc Sealed/Alex DC19/DT Champion|
|REAR WHEEL||Formula Disc Sealed/Alex DC19/DT Champion|
|TIRES||Kenda Kwest puncture resistant 700x32C w/ reflective stripe|
|BRAKES||AVID ELIXIR 1 W/160MM ROTOR|
|STEM||V2 Pro 31.8mm|
|HANDLEBAR||V2 COMP RISERBAR BUTTED 6061 31.8MM|
|GRIPS||VELO ERGO DENSITY 3|
|SEATPOST||V2 ELITE CARBON 27.2MM|