Deviate Bikes - Highlander
The ultimate one bike quiver.
The Highlander, conceived and tested in the wild Highlands of Scotland, is an all-conquering warrior of a bike.
Designed from the ground-up with the sole focus of creating the world's most capable trail bikes. The Highlander is as happy on all-day back-country epics as carving turns at the bike park.
The all-carbon Highlander boasts in either 140mm or 150mm of rear travel, 29" wheels, balanced geometry and a progressive leverage curve. Thanks to the high pivot point suspension design - the rear travel has descending capabilities, especially when pushed hard, that rival bikes with far more rear travel.
The all-rounder nature of the Highlander 140 is carried forward with the balanced geometry, plenty of stand-over and the ability to run a super-long dropper defines the Highlander’s character as playful, composed, and most importantly, a confidence inspiring trail bike. This is a bike built to put a smile on your face wherever the trail takes you.
The Highlander 140 is designed to be the world’s most capable do it all trail bike, as happy on all-day back-country epics as carving turns at the bike park. The Highlander 150 shifts the focus a little – with that extra 10mm of travel and subtle geometry tweaks, it’s rowdier, with more of a descent focus, and can take the big stuff a little harder - whilst still being great all round machine.
The Highlander 150 doesn't just have more travel - the head angle is kicked back to 65 degrees for a little more high-speed stability and confidence when the going gets super steep. Additionally, the suspension leverage curve is more progressive which lends the Highlander 150 to coil or high volume air shocks.
High Pivot Point
Deviate’s high pivot point, and the careful idler placement, mean the suspension performance on the Highlander is the best of all possible worlds. The rearward axle path lets the bike flow over rough terrain, and as the idler location controls anti-squat, the Highlander has negligible pedal kickback and a deliberate anti-squat curve which eliminates pedal induced suspension bob. The unique kinematics of a high pivot point design maintains chassis stability and geometry under heavy braking, meaning aggressive riding is rewarded.
One bike - two flavours
Take the Highlander 140 for a nimble, trail-carving fun machine which still has the chops for some spicy stuff - or opt for the Highlander 150 for a bigger hitting rig, at home on the most technical of enduro tracks - but still makes you smile on the ups.
Anyone who already owns a Highlander 140 can change it up to a Highlander 150 and vice-versa by simply swapping out the rocker link - making the world’s most capable trail bike even more versatile. The Highlander 150 is still running 29” wheels and retains the Highlander's signature balance of stability and playfulness.