Deviate Cycles Launch

Introducing Deviate Cycles and The Guide

At The Loam Wolf, we’re all about breaking the norm, so we’re happy to see the gearbox dream is alive and well over the pond. Deviate Cycles, a UK based brand is launching two full carbon, gearbox complete bikes, with a frame-only option.

At the beating heart of the Guide is its Pinion C-Line gearbox. While the gearbox is nothing new in mountain biking, the new breed of Pinion gearboxes offer reliability and performance at an acceptable weight, allowing Deviate to focus on creating the best suspension system they can. That suspension is optimized to work with the fixed chainline the gearbox provides. The Guide also features a high pivot point, which coupled with a unique idler, means that Deviate can fine tune the suspension to have both desirable anti-squat characteristics and zero pedal kickback.

Deviate Cycles Launch

The end result of Deviate’s engineering is a bike that tracks the ground exceptionally. However, it’s the finer details that make the Guide shine. Twin lip wiper seals throughout are testament to the tough conditions the bike deals with in the UK and the Alps. Weight is not a headline, but with the UK build coming in at under 33lb, the Guide sets the benchmark for gearbox bike weights.

With the end user in mind, Deviate is happy to offer two subtly different builds and a frame only option. There is a ‘UK’ and an ‘Alpine’ build which reflects the different requirements of both environments. These builds are complementary to our frame design and each component is selected based on proven reliability and performance in both the UK and Alpine environments.

Deviate Cycles Geometry


Medium and Large Frame Sizes Available

Full high modulus carbon fiber construction

27.5″ (650b) wheel size

160mm of rear wheel travel

Supplied with highly tunable Cane Creek DBAir CS or DBAir Inline shock

Metric shock (210*55mm)

Pinion C-Line Gearbox Drivetrain (12 speed C-Line with Magnesium casing)

Integrated (and replaceable) chain tensioning system

Integrated (and replaceable) bash guard

Full internal cable routing

31.6mm seatpost with internal cable routing

Enduro double row, angular contact, max fill bearings on all pivots

Twin lip wiper seals for all suspension pivots

Bonded rubber protection from rock strikes and chain slap

2.7” tire clearance

Deviate Cycles in action

Frame Only (£3399 including UK VAT):
Pinion C-Line Gearbox Drivetrain (Pinion C Line Drivetrain Includes: Pinion C-Line Gearbox, front and rear chain rings, tensioner, idler, integrated bash guard, cranks, chain, freehub spacers, locknut and gripshift shifter.)
Cane Creek DBAir Inline Shock (+£100 for DBAir CS Shock)

UK Build (£5699 including UK VAT):
Cane Creek DBAir Inline Shock
Cane Creek Helm Fork
ZTR Arch MK3 Wheelset
9point8 150mm Dropper Post
Shimano XT Brakes 180mm Rotors
Renthal 35m 800mm Bar & 33mm Stem
Maxxis HR2 Exo 3C TR Tires

Alpine Build (£5799 including UK VAT):
Cane Creek DBAir CS Shock
Cane Creek Helm Fork
ZTR Flow MK3 Wheelset
9point8 150mm Dropper Post
Shimano XT Brakes F: 200mm R: 180mm Rotors
Renthal 35m 800mm Bar & 33mm Stem
Maxxis HR2 F: Exo 3C TR R: DD 3C TR Tires

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