Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.
One of the very first bike tests we published was of the Highlander 140, a full-carbon high-pivot aggressive trail bike from a Scotland-based brand that tends to think way outside the box. For example, the other model in their lineup is called the Guide, which is essentially a Highlander with a Pinion gearbox. But today, they added one more option; the Highlander 150.
This iteration uses the bones of the existing Higlander 140, but bumps up the travel by an arithmetically confirmed 10 millimeters. The new setup is meant to be paired with a 160-millimeter fork. To be clear, this is not an entirely new setup, as Deviate has already offered an aftermarket link that can make the change for current Highlander 140 owners. But now, it’s available out of the box and, yes, Highlander 150 owners will be able to purchase a Highlander 140 link if they want to travel down.
Along with the extra 10mm of travel, the Higlander 150 gets a degree slacker in the head angle and a slightly more progressive leverage curve that works better with coil or high-volume air shocks. In fact, it’s available with a suite of rear shock options at purchase, but that’s about the only option you’ll be choosing, as the Highlander is sold as frame and rear shock only. Prices start at $3,200 U.S. or £2,699 GBP
You can find it at deviatecycles.com/highlander150