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Deviate Cycles' High Pivot Titanium Prototypes

Jul 14, 2023
by Matt Beer  
Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander

Deviate Cycles is another brand moving in the world of 3D printed frame manufacturing, specifically from titanium. Currently, they produce two models from carbon fibre but the driving factors for the possible change are sustainability, manufacturing speed, and customization.

Building carbon frames requires a commitment to expensive frame molds that cannot be modified. Although 3D printing titanium parts isn’t cheap, it does allow for speedy production changes and that bodes well for a company of Deviate’s size to stay on point with market trends.

Deviate is working on two prototypes. Both prototypes continue to employ Deviate’s single high-pivot design for a suspension system but their actuation varies. They say that custom geometry is also possible but, with resale in mind, are wary of creating frames with angles that are too specific to one customer.

Project Lowlander - 125mm rear travel, 140mm front

Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander
Project Lowlander is a 125mm downcountry bike with a 140mm fork and thermoplastic seat tube. The linkage compresses the vertically oriented shock from both directions and allows for two water bottles to be stored inside the front triangle.

Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander
Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander

Project Tilander - 145mm rear travel, 160mm front

Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander
The Tilander mimics the character of the current Highlander II with 145mm of travel and runs on a 160mm fork. On this frame, the lower portion of the rear triangle pulls a link above the BB to rotate and compress the shock from the bottom.

Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander
Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander

Deviate Cycles Lowlander Tilander

Originally, they looked at building frames with a similar construction method to Atherton Bikes, using carbon tubes bonded to 3D-printed titanium lugs. That method proved too costly. Through talking with 3D-printing titanium experts, they learned about another method that used titanium tubing.

bigquotesAfter reviewing all the viable technology, we ended up with a 3D printed, Ti lugged concept, but the cost was prohibitive! So when we found out about CMF (cold metal fusion) and other similar processes like metal injection moulding we recognised the potential, and quickly started working with (Kiel, Germany-based company) Element22. Their technical capabilities were really what made all of this possible. Chris Deverson, Deviate co-founder and lead engineer

There are no details on geometry, pricing, or availability right now since these are still in the prototype phase. You can read more about the project on their blog here.




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101 Comments
  • 128 17
 Was really disappointed with the lack of headset cable routing... until I remembered it's just a prototype. Deviate can still make the production version with headset cable routing! Yippee!!!
  • 161 6
 When headset cable routing came out I dumped all my old bikes into a protected wetland. Then I went to the bike shop and said gimme one of them bikes with the headset routing. Sales guy was like we don't have any in yet but we've got these bikes with regular internal routing in stock. So I threw up on his sales floor then left.
  • 121 54
 This being the top comment on a bike this gorgeous indicates this comment section no longer cares about bikes, but has switched priorities to being a circlejerk group. Glad to know this topic will be rehashed constantly, even when completely irrelevant, for at least a few more months. Great contribution dudes.
  • 20 0
 @sherbet: Forget it Jake, it’s Pinkbike.
  • 27 1
 I have a new conspiracy theory on headset cable routing:

The industry is pushing headset cable routing to force you to buy the new SRAM wireless Transmission. Don’t want the headset routing? Better charge those batteries.
  • 13 2
 @sherbet: there's no information on geometry, pricing, or availability, so what do you expect?

The only options are 'looks great!' or the usual PB sentiment on bike design that prohibits easy maintenance.
  • 24 1
 @sherbet: Sign me up for the circlejerk!
  • 5 0
 @TheR: I'll believe your theory when we have wireless brakes.
  • 5 0
 This pivot is too high. I can't reach it its so high. The highest pivot ever.
  • 13 2
 @sherbet: This is the same internet that named a $200M research vessel Boaty McBoatface. Cool it comment police.
  • 4 1
 doesnt matter, not a good looking bike
  • 4 0
 When I saw Shimano introduce electronic shifting with a battery hidden somewhere in the bike... I thought that was an idea not good enough... How about making the bottom bracket a small dynamo with just tiny battery around the spindle/bb shell. Then you don't need to worry about running out of power... BTW I would love to see gear boxes that are light enough to replace derailleurs and cassettes.
  • 1 1
 How can they expect earning actual money by producing this ? A bike no one will buy?
  • 6 0
 @sherbet: your comment looks like a session...
  • 2 0
 @sherbet: You seem to be having a BMX background, amirite?
  • 38 0
 Titanium is just a lustful metal to me. Can't deny it.
  • 1 1
 Got a Ti FS bike for sale! Let me know
  • 8 0
 You will ride eternal. Shiny, and Chrome!
  • 31 0
 125/140 is down country? What ever happened to trail bikes?
  • 77 3
 It's actually called cuntduro now
  • 30 0
 @Chondog94: that escalated quickly
  • 16 7
 @tomfoolerybackground: so did I when I saw your mom last night.
  • 15 5
 @ThatOneGuyInTheComments: his mother went downduro on me too, ol girl rips
  • 11 0
 @Chondog94: can'tduro? Sounds about right for a lot of riders.
  • 6 1
 What ever happened to mountain bikes?
  • 1 1
 @Chondog94: I thought it was gluten free range criss cross apple sauce
  • 14 0
 The Atherton AM.170 according to the PB article is: Frame only £4500 / $4671 USD (ex. tax & shipping)

The Yeti SB140 is $4500 for the frame (crazy for mass-produced factory made).

Since Deviate mentions the Atherton method was too much in cost, maybe they are targeting $4k or below?

Still outside what I would pay, but would like to see it brought to market for bike porn purposes.
  • 14 0
 0% chance it’s under 4k
  • 2 0
 If you look at the Athertons video of the build process on the bikes the amount of finishing from the 3d printing process is unbelievable which I think is why their so expensive. Flipside of that look at maguras levers they come out fully finished. If deviate can get lost to a process that doesn't need days of finishing the bikes could be pretty close to their current prices. Bear in mind shipping and painting bikes is a big cost in manufacture
  • 2 0
 deviate can get close to a process
  • 1 0
 Perhaps they meant the capex for the Atherton machines is too much? Atherton were using renishaw's machines, weren't they? Or at least Robot were
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: as far as I know Renishaw is one of the investors in Atherton bikes
  • 4 0
 I've never hated my money so much. Just wanna throw it in deviate's direction.
  • 12 0
 What a great looking bike. The seat tube being so close to the tire is a cool aesthetic you can't get away with on low pivot full suspension bike
  • 11 0
 This is extremely cool and I like looking at it.
  • 8 0
 Project Lowlander needs to hurry up and land; that’s a true “take my money” machine if ever I saw one…..
  • 4 0
 Much kudos to Deviate for exploring a fascinating new technology. Very curious how weight compares to full carbon, and also how compliance/feel compare. Ti being so much more flexible than carbon it surely has a big impact in ride experience.
  • 14 0
 Ti curious?
  • 7 1
 I generally don't love Ti bikes and prefer the look of carbon frames... but that's fucking gorgeous. Well done.
  • 1 0
 That it is!! Want!!!!
  • 5 0
 God I hope they keep "Lowlander" for the name if this makes it to production.
  • 3 1
 anyone who owned an older santa cruz with the lower link "hanging bolx" & rode rocky trails will known that the lower BB linkage of this Tilander will get smashed, scuffed & dented unless the linkage is protected with 4 layers of 3M rubbermastic tape or similiar..
  • 3 1
 I've always been curious to see when exactly production bikes would start to normalize in the 5-figure $$$ range. I think this is the harbinger.... What they don't tell you in the article is they have a deal with Ohlins and the fork air caps are 24 carat gold. This makes my fancy carbon bike look so pedestrian.
  • 2 0
 If Ti lugs and carbon tubes is too expensive to make, could we expect this bike to be well cheaper than an Atherton? Because it sounds like it's well cheaper to make.
Also can we get some info on the plastic seat tube? If someone goes balls out on a titanium fs bike, they don't want everyone's first question to be why the seat tube is still plastic!
  • 5 0
 hot hot hot hto hot
  • 7 3
 oh good, a bike that will cost 10 bazillion dollars
  • 2 0
 Looks like a fun trail bike, not sure why brands are now calling their trail bikes downcountry. Doesn't look like a XC race ready chassis to meet that designation.
  • 2 0
 Very nice looking bikes, but buying a bike while thinking about resale is like dating a girl and thinking about what's best for her next boyfriend
  • 4 0
 Hello you...yummy...
  • 6 4
 Why a thermoplastic seat tube?
  • 1 1
 cheap and light I'd assume, but we'll see how viable it ends up being for them
  • 4 0
 thermoplastic only refers to the fact that you can melt it and shape it. Doesn't say much about its composition but I bet its carbon fiber in a nylon matrix. Similar to GG or the RW30 wheels.
  • 9 0
 Yeah they should have called it thermonuclear for marketing
  • 1 0
 Well the recycling argument is usually coming into play as it’s much easier with thermoplastics. Naturally 3D printed plastics are Thermoplastics as you have to melt them. Although I doubt they 3D print the seattube Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @Compositepro: I vote for Turboplastic. I'd definitely buy a bike on the spot if I saw it was made from Turboplastic.
  • 2 0
 Shut up and take my money
  • 2 0
 Please please please make a DH bike called the Clydesdale.
  • 2 0
 I need the slow motion suspension cycling video for the Lowlander
  • 1 1
 It’s already possible to 3D print both Aluminum and steel, why would you choose to make a full Titanium bike this way other than for the bling factor?
  • 1 0
 Extremely hot design and manufacturing. I am a bit of a Nicolai fanboy, but those Deviate bikes get me every time.
  • 1 0
 Why all photos shot in the same side? Nothing interesting in the other?
  • 2 1
 Such sick looking bikes Deviate make.
  • 3 0
 Is that you Yoda? ;-)
  • 4 0
 @WishIWazFaster: Yoda, it is. For some reason i type like Yoda when zooted.
  • 1 0
 Nice to see this in the flesh after hearing about it.
  • 2 0
 NSFW warning please
  • 2 0
 Great looking bike. Wow!
  • 1 0
 I think the price will definitely be in the WTAF category.
  • 1 1
 I hope their new designs will address the rear end stiction that has been a common complaint.
  • 1 0
 They make a full-on enduro version and I reckon that's my next bike
  • 1 0
 Titanium is great. Wish it was as cheaper.
  • 9 1
 It's called steel
  • 1 3
 @mkul7r4: Steel is too heavy. Not the same. Even aluminum is much lighter than steel, but it is stiffer. Steel, aluminum, and titanium all have different ride characteristics.
  • 2 1
 @tacklingdummy: no no no. It’s all metal. It’s all the same. It’s all the same thing
  • 1 0
 @slayersxc17: They absolutely all have different ride characteristics. I haven't ridden titanium, but I have owned steel, aluminum, and carbon bikes. Steel is more compliant than aluminum and feels totally different when riding. Sounds like you have not ridden framed with different metals.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: I have all three actually, well four of you count carbon. Sarcasm is difficult on the world wide web
  • 1 0
 @slayersxc17: Ok, nice. Could not detect the sarcasm.
  • 1 0
 Project Lowland, yes please.
  • 1 0
 Where’s the “buy it now” button!!!!
  • 1 0
 come out with a multi deminonal design
  • 2 0
 Did you just make up a word? :-D
  • 2 2
 Am I the only one that does't give a shit about seeing articles about prototypes?
  • 1 0
 This bike is beautiful. MORE TI PLEASE
  • 1 0
 Do people actually buy these bikes? Looks like a maintenance nightmare
  • 1 0
 I’d ride that all over
  • 1 0
 29" idler
  • 1 0
 Gimme gimme gimme!
  • 1 0
 Sexy
  • 1 0
 $1,000,000
  • 1 0
 Sik
  • 1 0
 ...the future is now \m/
  • 1 1
 usually not a big Ti fan but that downcountry bike, good lord...
  • 2 3
 Shame they dropped the Pinion thing
  • 1 0
 Not enough people bought them.
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