The ultimate one bike quiver just got bigger
We’ve taken the unparalleled suspension action, gloriously sleek design and sweet spot geometry of the Highlander, slackened it slightly and switched it up to 150mm of smooth, responsive travel.
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.
The unique kinematics of a high pivot point design, with it’s rearward axle path and high anti-rise means that under heavy braking chassis stability and the geometry are maintained - this simply means that aggressive riding is rewarded. The sensation of “the bike not holding you back” is very real on the Highlander and you’ll find yourself hitting lines that you’d have previously reserved for your downhill bike (or imagination).
Our linkage is designed to offer a progressive leverage curve intended to offer support for harder and more aggressive riders. The progressive linkage means that high volume air shocks and coil shocks are compatible. The use of an idler means that the leverage ratio of the Highlander is tuned independently of anti-squat and pedal kickback (of which there is a negligible amount).
In order to control pedal kickback and anti-squat on a high pivot point bike we need to use an idler. Unlike non-idler equipped designs we can virtually eliminate pedal kickback while creating a balanced anti-squat curve which is controlled by the idler position. In the real world this means the bike pedals incredibly well, without bobbing, while the suspension remains active providing traction. The lack of pedal kickback is instantly noticeable with the Highlander showing an uncanny ability to pedal smoothly through rough terrain.
Rear Wheel: 29”, Boost: 148mm * 12mm
Fork Compatibility: 29” 160mm with 44/42mm offset
Bottom Bracket: 73mm BSA Threaded
Cranks: Minimum Q-factor of 168mm
Chain length: 126 links (widely available, no need to join chains)
Max Chainring Size: 36t
Shock Size: Metric 210*55mm
Shock Hardware: Front: 30*8mm | Rear: bushing
Brake Mount: Post Mount 180mm
Seatpost Compatibility: Internal dropper routing with internal cable routing. 31.6”, Max Insertion Depth: Medium:- 300mm, Large:- 330mm (that's a 200mm Reverb at full insertion even on the M)
Seat Collar: 34.9mm