Deviate Highlander Reviews
“Trail bikes should be versatile, ready-for-anything machines, and most of them are exactly that. But, push come to shove, most of that versatility extends towards tamer, pedal-intensive riding. On the contrary, the Highlander's versatility extends in the opposite direction, which will let you point it down more intensive lines than most trail bikes would be okay with. If that's how you want to spend your rides, the Highlander is ready.”
“Deviate has managed to package a super smooth suspension system inside a frame that hits a sweet spot between stability and playfulness. Effortlessly easy and intoxicatingly fun to ride fast, the Deviate Highlander is a superb trail bike for someone who does not want to follow the crowd.”
"Regardless of the travel option, the Highlander is a do-it-almost-all bike for the right rider. It could be built up lightweight for faster peddlers, or hefty for gravity athletes. The advantages of this suspension platform are not to be overlooked, as they truly do enhance the trail experience."
“Its strengths show on technical, raw terrain. It’s a bike that maintains momentum exceptionally well when gravity isn’t the whole equation. The rearward axle path helps the rear end to float over square edges, a quality that helps boost traction and maintain momentum in rough, holey (and unholy) terrain. The handling doesn’t get overly floppy at low speeds or in low-angle tech puzzles, and the slightly steeper and shorter (compared to an enduro bike) geometry makes for a more well-rounded ride. It’s really quite refreshing after riding more aggressive bikes with super slack geometry that, honestly, doesn’t work very well on anything other than steep blacks.”
“The Deviate Highlander makes any obstacle or technical trail feel tameable to the point where you won’t just ride it but you will attack it! The Highlander tracks like no other. It seems to have endless grip and can make the roughest of terrain feel smooth and buttery. When it comes to the rough stuff, Deviate has really made a great bike in the Highlander, it certainly does punch above its weight in the travel category and handles the rough stuff a lot more like a longer travel bike would, and with that high pivot design with the rear axle traveling away from the objects you got the sense of acceleration from the bike but also a very stable feel, something you don’t get from a lower pivot bike.”
“…with its ultra-deep shock and high pivot point it differs significantly from the average trail bike. With up to 160 mm of travel at the fork and 140 mm at the rear, this 29er is perhaps even more than a trail bike.”
“The bell cranks are so well nested that you have to turn the wheel upside down to understand them. From ordinary viewing angles, the Highlander is simple, beautiful, tidy - and looks quick even when it is stationary.”