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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XT Pro 2x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

$6,399.00

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Item # PIV002W

Big drops and gnarly lines await.

Over the past few years, we've seen axle width standards diverge into an anything-but-standardized whirlpool of super-stiff, super-beefy spacing options. With tire choices going the way of a bored herd of bunny rabbits in a late-fall cold snap, we're not exaggerating when we say that we thought we'd seen every axle/tire combination possible. Pivot's never been satisfied with following conventions though, so it's no surprise that it's pushing boundaries and expectations again with the 2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XT Pro 2x Complete Mountain Bike. Dressed up in a mix of Shimano XT and XTR componentry, a KS LEV dropper, and rolling on plush Maxxix Rekon tires, this Switchblade brings ample frame clearance and trail-smoothing squish to amp up the party on any run.

There's a lot going on with this bike, but the key element lies in the introduction of what Pivot is calling Super Boost Plus 157, a new rear axle standard that adds an additional 9mm to the rear axle and 12mm to tire clearance. It essentially combines a DH chainline with a typical 5in bike's Q factor and heel clearance. The introduction of a gravity-sized rear axle has serious implications for an aggressive enduro rig, and these implications go well beyond the increased rear wheel stiffness of the more acute spoke angle.

The main effect of the Super Boost rear hub is that the Switchblade enjoys the clearance to run traditional 29ers or, as is the case here, add an additional element of forgiving, save-your-butt squish with 27.5+ wheels and tires. Either way, the extra-wide spacing allows Pivot to get freaky with chainstay lengths, chopping them down to 16.85in by moving the rear wheel up towards the seat tube. That's a dimension that makes standard Boost axles blush, and it pairs with a Phoenix-inspired, double wishbone rear triangle to stiffen both the pedaling interface and the linkage design.

The rest of the geometry is similarly capable. Where the concise back end makes for a sharp knife while dicing rooty sections, the enduro-minded head tube and bottom bracket height make for a slack, low chassis that complements the 2.8in tires with a devil-may-care attitude in the face of questionable lines. The Switchblade provides a platform of stability when a series of poor life choices on the trail has you confronting big hits and roll overs at impolitic speeds. Despite the frame's big-line parachute qualities, its seat tube sits relatively steep, keeping you forward and on top of the pedal stroke while climbing. It’s a little slacker than the Mach 4, but—when the grade flips and the rocks rise to meet you—the Switchblade will leave any XC race whip in the dust.

  • An aggressive trail bike with unprecedentedly stubby chainstays
  • 135mm of DW-Link suspension maintains pedaling throughout travel
  • Long, slack geometry bails you out on bigger lines and tall drops
  • Gravity-inspired Super Boost rear axle for extra tire clearance
  • Reinforced rear linkage inspired by DH Phoenix
  • Plus-sized tires boost traction and cushion
  • Full carbon construction for lightweight efficiency

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-Link
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Factory DPS EVOL Kashima
Rear Travel:
135 mm
Fork:
FOX 36 Factory Kashima
Front Travel:
150 mm
Headset:
Pivot Precision Sealed Bearing
Shifters:
Shimano XT M8000 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8000 side-swing
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR M9000 11-speed GS
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
34 / 24 t Race Face Aeffect SL
Bottom Bracket:
PF92
Cassette:
11 - 42 t Shimano XT M8000 11-speed
Brakeset:
Shimano XT M8000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Handlebar:
Phoenix Carbon Riser
Handlebar Width:
740 mm
Grips:
Phoenix lock-on
Stem:
Phoenix Trail Enduro
Saddle:
[extra-small, small] WTB Hightail, [medium, large, extra-large] WTB Vigo Race
Seatpost:
KS LEV Integra dropper
Wheelset:
DT XM series 27.5+, 40mm internal rim w/ 36t star ratchet upgrade
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost QR thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 157 mm Super Boost Plus 157 thru-axle
Tires:
Maxxis Rekon TR
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Black/Red, M: 13850g

sizing chart

Switchblade size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Pivot

Geometry Chart

 

Switchblade 29er
150mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 16in 22.9in 23.82in 16.14in 27.75in 3.54in 67.25o 74.5o 13.38in 16.85in 44.61in
M 16.75in 24.2in 24.21in 17.32in 27.9in 4in 67.25o 74.25o 13.38in 16.85in 45.96in
L 18in 25in 24.41in 18.11in 28in 4.25in 67.25o 74.25o 13.38in 16.85in 46.85in
XL 19.5in 26in 24.8in 19.09in 28.8in 4.72in 67.25o 74.25o 13.38in 16.85in 48.02in

 

Switchblade 27.5+
150mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 16in 22.9in 24.02in 15.75in 27.65in 3.54in 66.5o 73.75o 13.27in 16.85in 44.78in
M 16.75in 24.2in 24.46in 16.93in 27.87in 4in 66.5o 73.5o 13.27in 16.85in 46.14in
L 18in 25in 24.7in 17.72in 27.9in 4.25in 66.5o 73.5o 13.27in 16.85in 47.02in
XL 19.5in 26in 25.14in 18.7in 28.82in 4.72in 66.5o 73.5o 13.27in 16.85in 48.19in

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Versatile Trail Ripper

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have about 20 rides on this bike. Currently all rides are on the DTSwiss + 2.8" Maxxis tires. About to try new i9 Derby carbon rims with Specialized 3.0" tires for awhile. Live in the central texas hill country. Lots of rocks, ledges, loose, techy trails. Comparing to previous 29er trail bike (RIP9 RDO) and hardtail fatbike (Salsa Mukluk) this bike is the perfect blend of both. I can go fast, charge hard, and still have monster traction.
Pros: excellent traction, nimble, light (relatively speaking), bulletproof - can charge the gnarliest trails, drops, jumps with confidence.
I've been very pleasently surprised the 2.8" tires provide excellent traction while still riding like a "normal" mountain bike. Anxious to try out 3.0" tires to see how they compare.
Cons: A few pedal strikes, but no worse than my other bikes
Summary: Pivot nailed this design. Love the geometry. Extremely versatile. Highly recommended along with the excellent service of backcountry/competitive cyclist.

Gone A Monster Truckin'

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I admit it. I was super skeptical about plus sized tires on a full suspension set up. I held out. Then I finally had a chance to ride the Switchblade+ (a week after I rode the Hightower 27.5+) and had a serious change of heart.

Here's a list of my preconceived notions and how they changed:
1. Plus tires are going to be more work: I was very pleasantly surprised that there was no real difference in pedaling efficiency between a "normal" 2.3 and a plus tire.
2. There isn't going to be enough of a tangible improvement in ride quality to justify the higher cost of + tires: there is definitely a difference!
3. The bike is going to feel too plush: I was worried that I wouldn't be "in tune" with the trail. While the ride is definitely plush, it actually rolls over rocks, roots, etc with ease, making up for any disconnect there might be to the trail.

Here are my take aways:
1. If you like the monster truck, roll over anything attitude of the 29er but want something a bit more huck-able, the 27.5+ will be right up your alley.
2. With so much tire in contact with the ground, how could you not power through rock gardens and corner with serious confidence?
3. For those of us with ham calves, the super boosty mc-boost face hub spacing used on the bike means you will need to make a conscious effort to adjust your pedal stroke to avoid hitting the seat stays (after about an hour of riding I didn't have to think about the change).

vdickinson@backcountry.com

Welcome Back Switchblade!

    The Switchblade originally was a 26r designed by bike genius and founder of Pivot-Chris Cocalis. Even way back then the frame was designed as a trail bike meant to be a do it all frame. Flash forward to 2016-same idea but definitely a more modern design.
    This bike can switch between a 29r and an 27.5+ wheels (recommend 2.8-3.25 tire widths) so its like having 2 bikes in one. Run it was a nimble trail 29r in the warmer months and throw the 27.5+ for an awesome winter shredding machine.The 16.5" chain stays makes this bike super agile in either platform and boost makes it extremely laterally stiff.
    We currently have some stock available in both the 27.5 and 29r platform. If you have specific questions with this bike feel free to reach out to me direct. I'm always happy to help!
    Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
    801-204-4542
    wbranham@competitivecyclist.com