Chiru takes long-distance and ultra-endurance routes into consideration when designing new frames, and they now have an impressive 12 models made specifically for bikepacking and adventure. Their latest creation, the Highlander, is optimized for the Highland Trail 550 in Scotland, a route known for its mountainous terrain, steep climbs, and technical trails.
The Chiru Highlander is a titanium hardtail based around a 120mm travel fork, flat bar, and clearance for 29 x 2.6″ or 27.5 x 2.8″ tires. It uses a T47 threaded bottom bracket, post mount brakes, internal cable and dropper post routing, and loads of mounting points, including bosses for a rear rack, fenders, top tube bag, bolt-on frame bag, and three standard bottle mounts. It uses a 27.2mm seat post, 12 x 148mm rear axle, and a boost chainline with room fora 34T ring.
According to Chiru, the Highlander’s geometry is optimized to efficiency over steep, technical terrain. They used ovalized chainstays and a hydroformed downtube for all-day comfort and and T47 92mm bottom bracket for rigidity and power transfer where it counts. The Highlander comes in three sizes, and all sport a 68° head tube angle, 74.5° seat tube angle, 60mm bottom bracket drop, and a wheelbase between 1108mm and 1172mm. See the full geo chart below.
The Highlander includes the new SRAM UDH hanger, headset, Ti seat clamp, cable port plugs, and costs €2,725 (~$2,900 USD). Learn more at ChiruBikes.com.
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