The story starts in 1987, when Devinci began life as Da Vinci (as in Leonardo), a company envisioned by two Quebec engineering students. Soon after, road biking entrepreneur, Felix Gauthier, entered the mix. By 1990 he had purchased half the company, swapped vowels, and Devinci proper was born.
Brainpower was corralled; designers and skilled technicians were sourced; R&D was ratcheted up, reinforcing a commitment to quality and performance. From Canadian market exclusivity, Devinci branched worldwide, expanding its road repertoire to include an array of women-specific rides, hybrids, XC standouts, ergonomic cruisers, and a World Cup winning dual-suspension mountain bike lineup—featuring Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot technology.
Today Devinci’s creative engine revs under one roof in Chicoutimi, Quebec. Raw materials, including aluminum and carbon, arrive at one end and complete bikes are rolled out the other. Every process from design and fabrication to machining, heat–treating, fatigue-testing, and final assembly all take place in-house. This includes a state-of-the-art on–bike testing system, which measures every stress and strain in real life situations. Changes to a particular design can be prototyped, tested, tweaked, and re–tested in days rather than weeks. This detailed ethos equates to value and efficiency, as well as industry-leading quality control and R&D efforts poured into every bike launched at Devinci HQ.