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Guy Debord wrote ‘Theory of the Dérive’ in 1956. It is described as “an unplanned journey through a landscape in which participants drop their everyday relations and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.” It was a movement born out of the inclination to push ones boundaries of everyday life and explore landscapes new and engaging. It was a desire to facilitate new interactions and encounters with people and places unknown, to grow, to learn, and to be aware of more than the mundane and repetitive life within our small comfort zones that we so often encapsulate. The Viral Dérive is simultaneously a derivative of the Skeptic and it’s counterpoint. It is designed to take you away to far off places, see new things, have new adventures, and interact with new people. It is ready for the journey and willing to take you anywhere. The Dérive is a bikepackers dream and the Pinion gearbox is the perfect tool for the application. The nearly maintenance free drivetrain coupled with the oil free belt of the Gates CarbonDrive system means your adventure will be void of technical issues and allow you to concentrate on the journey at hand. The 600% gear range will get you up and over any terrain and the capable geometry will inspire confidence, loaded down with packs or out for a pack free trail ride. The Dérive has mounting points for three bottle locations, rear racks, fenders, and a top tube bag mount to round out it’s hauling capacity. Let the Dérive take you away and explore the new in the world around you.


wheel size26+/27.5"27.5+/29"27.5+/29"27.5+/29"
a seat tube length390432480520
b top tube length - effective*589621643667
c head tube length105115125140
d chainstay length**430435435435
E front and center*727760784810
F wheelbase*1156119112151241
G seat tube angle*75.5°75.5°75.5°75.5°
H head tube angle*66.5°66.5°66.5°66.5°
I stack*577624633646
J reach*440460480500
bb drop*27474747
Units are in millimeters, click to view them in inches.
**measurement in the shortest position

• 31.6mm seatpost, internal dropper post cable routing compatible
• Internal (integrated) tapered headtube, IS41 upper, IS52 lower
• 148/12 Boost thru axle


  • Viral Bikes triple butted titanium tubeset delivers an amazingly defiant ride
  • 27.5+ (3” tire clearance) or 29” wheel compatible, tailor this trail machine to your own desires
  • Pinion C1.12 gearbox delivers 600% gear range, that’s 80% more gear range than the new SRAM 1×12 system
  • Comes with Gates belt drive and front and rear Gates cogs
  • Rigid* or 120mm fork compatible
  • 31.6mm seat post, compatible with internal dropper post routing.
  • 148mm Boost rear hub spacing
  • 4.25 lbs. for medium frame
  • $4,795 frame and drivetrain kit

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