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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

$8,399.00

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In the churn of new, ever beefier axle-widths and the explosion of plus-size tire popularity, one could say we've seen about every possible combination of the two over the past couple of years. Given Pivot's penchant for pushing the boundaries, though, we shouldn't be surprised that they've taken the plus/Boost combo a few millimeters further with the 2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike. Kitted up with Shimano's top-tier XTR componentry, a KS LEV dropper, and snappy Reynolds carbon hoops, the Switchblade enjoys expanded frame clearance and trail-smoothing squish to redefine what's possible.

There's a lot going on with this bike, and we'll get to it all eventually, but the key element lies in the introduction of what Pivot is calling Super Boost Plus 157, which is 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 key 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 sprightly, stubby chainstays
  • 135mm of DW-Link suspension maintains pedaling throughout travel
  • Long, slack geometry bails you out on bigger than expected lines
  • Gravity-inspired Super Boost rear axle for extra tire clearance
  • DH heritage reinforces the rear linkage
  • Plus-sized tires add traction and cushion
  • Lightweight and efficient full carbon construction

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 XTR M9000 11-speed (right only)
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR M9000 11-speed GS
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
30 t Race Face Next SL
Bottom Bracket:
PressFit 92
Cassette:
11 - 42 t Shimano XT M8000 11-speed with one up 45t kit
Brakeset:
Shimano XTR M9020
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Handlebar:
Phoenix Carbon Riser
Handlebar Width:
740 mm
Grips:
Phoenix lock-on
Stem:
Phoenix Trail Enduro
Saddle:
[small] WTB Hightail, [medium, large, ex-large] WTB Vigo Team
Seatpost:
KS LEV Integra dropper
Wheelset:
Reynolds Carbon 27.5+ 40mm inner rim
Hubs:
Industry Nine
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 157mm
Tires:
Maxxis Rekon TR
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8 in
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Black/Red, M: 12840g

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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Feed My Frankenstein

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

Well I ain't Evil, I'm just good-lookin'. Recently had the pleasure of rallying this bike in its 27.5" Plus configuration around my home trails in Park City. I decided that the best way to put a bike such as the Switchblade through its paces would be to climb some loose and switched-back single track to a blistering technical descent.
I was admittedly blown away by the capability of this machine. I set out along with my amigo who took the Pivot Trail 429 out for the morning. We set a quick pace and the wider tires were hardly noticeable once brought up to speed. They gripped the loose over hard desert dust with superior traction and I easily out-paced the Trail 429 in sections of technical, boulder-strewn trail. Reaching the mid-mountain contour line, I stepped on the throttle and my power went straight through the Industry 9 Torch hubs to the dirt- instant satisfaction. Pointing the bike down hill I lowered the PSI by three lbs. and proceeded to rip. The Fox 36 and Float Evol kept my tires firmly planted and the Reynolds Carbon rims made me feel super confident in cornering. Perhaps overly-so. The tattoo-melting speed this bike affords a rider over rough ground is incredible. Air time is much appreciated and the DW-link suspension design absorbs every landing like a hot-tub filled with stuffed animals.

After 1700 feet of climbing and descending I was decidedly amped and all I could think was that if Alice Cooper rode bikes, this is what he'd be on.

For more info about how the bike handles, give me a shout:
My Schedule is as follows:
Mon-Thurs: 7am-530pm
I can be reached at swall@backcountry.com, on Chat as Sean Z, or by phone at 801-736-6396 x 4739

Feed My Frankenstein

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