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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

$6,299.00

Item # PIV002Z

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Item # PIV002Z

Taking the measure.

Once relegated to industry fiction and our own daydream fantasies, long-travel 29ers have officially become not only the stuff of reality, but the norm. This transition has only happened over the past few years, so we’re still adjusting from hoping to expecting; however, that didn't stop Pivot Cycles from raising our still-nascent expectations even more with the Switchblade Carbon 29 XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike. The all-mountain bar for 29ers is already set pretty high, but the Switchblade raises it by a measure of 9mm, 12mm, or 16.85in, depending on where you take the measurement.

If you were to start at the root of the change (our preferred method), you'd highlight the number nine first, as in: The Switchback's Super Boost Plus 157 rear axle adds 9mm to the standard Boost axle spacing, bringing it up from 148 to a gravity-inspired 157mm. This change's most tangible on-trail effect comes in the form of the number 12, as in: The Switchblade's Super Boost rear axle nets 12 additional millimeters of tire clearance. That lets Pivot shove the rear wheel up even more than a standard Boost axle, chopping the chainstays down to a mere 16.85in while allowing 27.5+ or (as is the case here) 29in wheels and preserving a Q-factor on par with typical 5in bikes.

The Super Boost axle's additional real estate also makes for a still stiffer spoke bracing angle, which conspires with a double wishbone rear triangle and Phoenix-inspired clevis to stiffen both the pedaling interface and the linkage design. This makes the rear triangle more resistance to torsional flex, which increases pedaling efficiency and decreases the stress put on the pivot bearings. It's easier on your legs and on the hardware you rely on to bail you out of situations where overly ambitious line selection lands you in water that's just a little too deep.

The rest of the geometry is similarly capable. Where the concise back end makes for a sharp knife while dicing rooty sections, the relatively steep head tube and low bottom bracket height make for a slack, low chassis that further contributes to DH stability. 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. Compared to Pivot's Mach 429 Trail frame, the Switchblade is slacker up front and steeper in the seat tube, perfecting the art of aggression whether you're climbing out or dropping in.

Of course, an impressive launching pad is no use if you're just tossing paper airplanes off of it, so Pivot spec'd the Pro 29er build to take flight. The build kit strolls straight passed the hang-on-the-wall-and-admire tier of components, opting for XT M8000, which is Shimano's one-by version of a wilderness survival hatchet: durable, simple, and effective at what it does. The drivetrain is finished with a Race Face Aeffect SL crankset, which is ubiquitous for a reason, and the reliable imprimatur of DT Swiss on the wagon wheels themselves. A stealth-routed KS LEV dropper puts the cherry on the, err, hatchet, because an overly ambitious trail adventurer can't live on slack head tubes alone.

  • A 29er that defines the crossroads of trail and enduro
  • 135mm of DW-Link suspension keeps pedaling sharp
  • Long, slack geometry bails you out on bigger than expected lines
  • Super Boost rear axle adds DH aggression to the rear triangle
  • Linkage inspired by Pivot's gravity machine, the Phoenix
  • Fast-rolling wagon wheels maintain pressure on ups and downs

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-Link
Rear Shock:
FOX Float Factory DPS EVOL Kashima
Rear Travel:
135 mm
Fork:
FOX Factory 36 Float Kashima
Front Travel:
150 mm
Headset:
Pivot Precision Sealed Bearing
Shifters:
Shimano XT M8000 (right-only)
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
30 t Race Face Aeffect SL
Bottom Bracket:
PressFit 92
Cassette:
11 - 42 t Shimano XT M8000
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:
[sizes medium, large, x-large] WTB Vigo Race, [sizes x-small, small] WTB Hightail
Seatpost:
KS LEV Integra dropper
Wheelset:
DT Swiss XM
Hubs:
DT Swiss Star Ratchet freehub
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost QR thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 157mm Super Boost Plus 157 thru-axle
Tires:
Maxxis High Roller II TR
Tire Size:
29 x 2.3 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame

sizing chart

Switchblade size by rider height

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Geometry chart

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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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Slice Like A Ninja Cut Like A Razr Blade

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

I rode this bike back to back with the 429 trail. If I were going after a trail bike I would pick this hands down. I didn't feel slower in any way going up or handling wise than with the 429 trail... but this felt like I could do anything and get a bit more 'sendy'.







I must say I really enjoyed this bike and it has me reconsidering what my next bike may be. I tend to err on the side of xc rigs- but after riding the switchblade it really has me thinking that something like this is the way to go. It is a bike that can do anything... oh and it's two bikes in one. I could just get a second wheelset and make this a plus bike-perfect for those winter time trips to the desert.







Synopsis: I came a way very impressed with this bike- I've ridden a decent amount of trail bikes- and I found this one to be quick on its feet and capable of anything I would ever throw at it.







Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions you have on the switchblade.







sgartman@backcountry.com



801-746-7580 ext. 4638

Slice Like A Ninja Cut Like A Razr Blade

Thx for the feedback, Scott. Any comparison to the Mach 6?

Allen- I unfortunately have not had a chance to ride the mach 6 just yet. So I can't give a true comparison between the two. I'd imagine the switchblade will give the feeling of rolling a bit faster, and it is really stiff.

Did you ride it in 27.5 plus or 29 configuration? Pics look 27.5...

Wade, this was actually on the 29er version- had some chunky rubber on there. Such a fun bike!