Deviate Cycles’ latest creation is a long travel, high pivot machine designed to take on the biggest hills or the fastest races.
165mm travel, 29″ wheels, 64 degree head angle… The Deviate Claymore seems to have all the right numbers in all the right places.
Photos by James Vincent.
Enduro bearings throughout
Integrated downtube and chainstay frame protection
Twin lip wiper seals throughout
Silent 18t chain idler with twin outboard sealed bearings
Grease ports on all pivots and idler
Cable gutter for clean lines and external routing
2.6” tyre clearance
Boost 148mm rear
Accessory mounting points
The Deviate Claymore is the Highlander’s bigger brother. Should it have been called The Quickening? We think so… In any case, what you get is a bike that looks very much like a Deviate. A carbon fibre, high pivot frame, although the bigger rear shock belies its 165mm travel. 64.3 degree head angle isn’t crazy slack but then it might go around low speed corners better than some bikes of its ilk.
Deviate have also clipped the seat tubes and raked out the reach too. The Medium (the smallest size available) coming with a 460mm reach mated to a 410mm seat tube. Head angle is 64.3 degrees combined with a suitable steep 78 degree seat tube angle. Chainstays are 441mm with the wheelbase on the Medium being 1233mm.
Details matter to Deviate, so you get full guttered external cable routing, Enduro bearings with twin lip wiper seals and grease ports all over. This should mean the Claymore can handle the Highland cack for longer than most bikes might.
Suspension wise, the Claymore has been tweaked to provide good tracking and small bump support, with 130mm of the 165mm travel featuring rearward axle path, so even deep into the travel, the rear wheel is trying to get out of the way of those hits.
The bike is currently offered as a frame only with either a Fox X2 air shock or an Ohlins TTX22 coil at £3,000, with custom builds available via Deviate’s dealer network.
You can check out the Deviate Cycles Claymore over on their website here.