The Claymore is a 165mm rear travel, linkage driven high single pivot enduro machine, that Deviate designed to offer race winning pace on the descents with calm pedaling manners and playfulness for the times outside of the tape. The frame is available in carbon fiber only, with 29” wheels on both ends and the option to run a 170mm or 180mm travel fork.
High pivot point suspension designs are typically chosen to produce a more rearward axle path, which should theoretically allow the rear wheel to move out of the way of obstacles easier, and the rear end length also extends to give a more stable bike when deep in the travel. It also produces a high level of anti-rise, or brake squat, maintaining the geometry of the bike when hard on the anchors, but producing the side effect of a firming of the rear end when braking.
Deviate equipped the Claymore with the same 18 tooth idler that features on their Highlander trail/all mountain bike, which allows them to control the influence of chain forces on the suspension. Deviate tweaked its position to deliver a healthy amount of anti-squat and limit the pedal kickback and managed to limit the overall chain length to only require a standard 126 link chain.
Deviate covered the usual frame details, with a bolt-on carbon downtube protector; bonded rubber chainstay protector; threaded bb; boost rear end, and room for a large water bottle on all sizes. To make the frame pivots truly Scotland-proof there’s grease ports to give them a freshen up without complete disassembly, and the cables are handled by a mechanic-friendly gutter system on the underside of the top tube meaning you don’t have to worry about fishing around inside the downtube for all but the dropper cable.
Geometry figures are on the progressive end of the spectrum, but not extreme, to ensure the Claymore retains some all-round capabilities. The size range goes from medium to extra-large to fit riders from 5’6” to 6’5”, with reach figures from 460mm to 520mm. At 6’2” or 189cm I opted to ride the size large, with a 490mm reach, 630mm stack height and 1268mm wheelbase. The head angle is 64.3 degrees, and the seat tube angle is an actual 78 degrees, with a short seat tube length and long insertion depth to allow for the fitting of a long travel dropper. The chainstays are 441mm static but get longer as you get deeper into the travel thanks to that high pivot suspension, and the bb sits at 30mm below the axles.
To learn more about the Deviate Claymore, head to the press release where you will find the full geometry table, suspension curves and more.