By Anthony Smith
Photos by J.P. Van Swae
The Cryptkeeper began as a blank slate for Deity back in 2008. With a rider-owned ethos of making products for riders by riders, their goal was to perfect the deceivingly simple dirt jump hardtail. Making every effort to address even the smallest of details in their quest for perfection it took four prototypes, and two years of real-world testing for Deity to achieve their perfect poison.
From the first ride I immediately felt comfortable on the Cryptkeeper, and some of the goals Deity had addressed with the handling of the bike were apparent right away. Most notably the 25-millimeter bottom bracket drop gives the bike a stable, yet maneuverable, feel at speed. Match a 69.5-degree head tube angle with a 15 and a quarter-inch chainstay, and the Cryptkeeper exhibits quick, precise handling pumping through sets or railing corners.
Stepping away from a traditional European-style bottom bracket, Deity incorporates a press fit Spanish Bottom Bracket. Combine that with their Vendetta 3.0 cranks, and their Termite 25-tooth sprocket, and your left with a simple, stiff, and clean looking drivetrain.
Adding to the Cryptkeeper’s tidy drivetrain is the Halo Bushed DJD Rear Hub. With the quick, and precise engagement of their bushed driver, the DJD is a perfect match to the super stiff crank and sprocket up front. Additionally, the 20-millimeter hex axle on the Manitou Circus fork keeps the theme of stiffness and control alive on the front end of the bike.
Over the course of the last few months the Cryptkeeper has been a welcome addition to the quiver. The more time I spend on it, the more my positive initial impressions of the bike have been reinforced. The bike’s smart design equals both stellar performance, and functionality, which have me feeling right at home on anything that I've put in front of the bike. You can find Deitys' Cryptkeeper available online through their store at www.deitycomponentsstore.com