First Impressions: Deity Cryptkeeper

Dedicated to dirt

No mistaking Deity's intent with the Cryptkeeper. It wants dirt and lots of it.

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.

Clean lines and functionality: The Cryptkeeper sports a Campy style integrated headset.

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.

Deitys' Armada Spanish bottom bracket.

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.

The Halo Bushed DJD Rear Hub takes advantage of bolt in rear axles that are compatible with either 14-millimeter dropouts or 10-millimeter dropouts as seen here on the Cryptlkeeper.

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.

The Halo Wide Boy Hubs are compatible with standard quick release, 15-millimeter thru axle, or a 20-millimeter thru axle as shown here with the Manitou circus fork.

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

Deitys' Dirty 30 bars are matched up with their Fantom stem.

Untitled from Devin Schmitt on Vimeo.