Defying the norm.
Within the last couple of years, longer and lower geometries have become synonymous with long-travel sleds, making them ride more like mini downhill bruisers than aggressive bikes for all-mountain pursuits. That being said, there's still a few holdouts in the industry not convinced that longer and lower is better, especially if you're seeking to clean tight sections of trail without dismounting in shame. The Pivot Mach 6 Carbon XT/XTR Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike falls in the later category, preferring a bit more agility from its long-travel platform.
The Mach 6 Carbon is quite slack with a 66-degree head tube angle, but it's significantly shorter in both reach and wheelbase figures than many of its enduro brethren. This shorter length injects a bit more playfulness and cornering prowess into the Mach 6's personality, making it more of a precision instrument than many long-travel bikes. Looking at its other geometry figures, you'll find its 13.6-inch bottom bracket is higher than many bikes in this category, which is a refreshing departure if you're tired of unwanted pedal strikes in rocky terrain. Another figure to note is the class-leading standover clearance, which accommodates shorter riders down to 4'11" with the availability of an extra-small frame.
Seeing it's designed for conquering formidable alpine terrain and desert landscapes, the Mach 6 Carbon gives you plenty of reserve for the biggest hits and chunkiest rock gardens with its 155-millimeters of DW-Link suspension paired with a slightly longer 160-millimeter Fox 36 Factory Fork. The DW-Link suspension platform retains its famed anti-squat capabilities for a pleasingly efficient pedaling feel when you're muscling up punchy climbs with rocks and roots. When it's time to unleash the Mach 6 Carbon on the descent, DW-Link is extremely plush, soaking up square-edge hits and larger drops without ever feeling harsh. For even greater stiffness of the suspension's links, it's updated with Enduro Max cartridge bearings, which have 30 to 40 percent greater load capacity when you're pushing the bike to the absolute limit.
Delving into the construction of the Mach 6 Carbon's frame, you'll find it benefit's from Pivot's hollow-core molding process for a uniform thickness of the carbon fiber lay-up, resulting in increased structural integrity while reducing weight in areas not critical to durability. The frame's cable routing is tidier than earlier iterations for a cleaner aesthetic and it's fully compatible with Shimano Di2 electronic drivetrains for futureproof necessity. Moreover, the frame's PF92 bottom bracket gives you a resoundingly stiff pedaling platform with its wider pivots, complemented with updated Boost rear spacing for a stiffer wheel build and ample clearance of wider tires.
Looking at the XT/XTR build of this particular Mach 6 Carbon, you'll be pleased to find the simplified 1x11 drivetrain with Shimano's 11 to 46-tooth cassette delivering plenty of range for pedaling up and charging down anything on the trail. The Fox Float X rear shock features Evol technology, which increases the sensitivity of the shock when you're pedaling over small impediments, such as bumpy rocks and roots. Another sweet feature are the DT XM Series 25-millimeter wheels laced to DT Swiss hubs with their famed 36-tooth star ratchet for instantaneous response and long-term reliability.
- Pivot's flagship enduro bike is aggressive, yet remains playful
- 155mm of DW-Link travel climbs responsively and descends plushly
- Carbon frame uses hollow-core molding process for structural integrity
- DW-Link pivots use Enduro Max cartridge bearings for increased stiffness
- 66-degree head tube maintains composure on steep, gnarly descents
- Shorter wheelbase and chainstay figures make for snappy cornering
- Shimano XT/XTR 1x11 drivetrain provides plentiful gear range
- 160mm Fox 36 Factory fork smooths out bigger hits and chunky rocks
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