Rowdy and ready.
Big, bad, and bold, the 2018 Pivot Mach 6 Race XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike is hungry for bigger terrain than ever before, with longer and lower geometry for gobbling up entire mountains and spitting out the rocks. We've always been fond of the Mach 6, and this particular iteration has our fondness turning into full-on infatuation with its gravity-craving geometry that's built to track though rock gardens and blast berms. Pivot focuses on dialing in their downhill-specific DW-link suspension to offer 6-inches of bump-soaking travel that can flip its self around and pedal up loose fire roads near effortlessly, so you can charge up to the top for another plush descent.
When you approach the 2018 Pivot Mach 6 head-on, you'll first find a slack 65.75-degree head tube angle that boasts confidence with its relaxed posture, begging you to point it downhill and test just how capable it is. The bike's slacked geometry pulls you into the cockpit when you descend, maximizing your stability and control at high speeds, enabling you to roll through chunky boulder gardens and rooty treelines, and all without sacrificing stability for agility. The forward nature of the cockpit helps maintain lively handling of the bike, so you can weave through trees and tail-whip off of rollers with nimble playfulness as you charge down the mountain.
With a bike that feels so good going downhill, there's just one dilemma — how to get back to the top for another lap. Fortunately, Pivot partners with DW-link to dial in exceptional suspension design for a climb to the peak that's free of pedal bob and squat, even when we're mashing up tight switchbacks and working our way up rocky faces. Pivot's engineers ensure that you won't be stuck behind the back wheel when you're pushing your way to the top by pairing the slacked out head tube angle with a steeper seat tube angle to keep you forward on the bike for better transfer of power, and more control when you have to crank on the bars for that last push up a steep punch. The cockpit is also a bit roomier than previous generations, which helps keep the front wheel on the ground and traction engaged through steep pitches, enabling better power transfer when you maneuver up techy uphill features.
The maker or breaker of a full-suspension bike is its suspension design, which can be the difference between a cumbersome climb full of bumps and squat, or supple support that eats up small bumps without bouncing you about when you're on your way up. Pivot is a fan of DW-link for its ability to soak up the chunder without compromising pedaling, and we are too. The Mach 6 uses an iteration of DW-link that's been dialed in for long-travel applications to provide a variable wheel travel path that offers phenomenal square-edge bump absorption and soaks up big hits on technical descents, all the while delivering the famous anti-squat support that allows non-stop traction on steep climbs. These two characteristics combine into one machine that climbs like a short-travel bike, and descends with power and authority.
An absolutely essential part of your rear suspension is what shock you pair with the linkage. Pivot doesn't skimp on the Mach 6's shock, setting you up with 155-millimeters of buttery-smooth Kashima-coated travel from the Fox Float Performance DPS shock with EVOL air sleeve. The shock features the X2 oil flow design, but in a lighter weight and better pedaling package designed for superior performance in aggressive trail and enduro applications, while maintaining individual tune-ability so you can dial in the shock perfectly for your own riding needs. The Float Performance's air sleeve reduces the force needed to initiate travel, which means faster and smoother absorption when it comes to small bump compliance, and better bottom-out resistance. The shock is adjustable on-the-fly with the Open, Medium, and Firm options, and additional high-speed and low-speed compression adjustments when in Open so every rider can get find a setting that best compliments their riding. On the front end the bike is spec'd with 160-millimeters of travel from the Fox 36 Performance fork. While it might not have the same ultra-smooth Kashima coating as the rear suspension, you'll find that its 36-millimeter stanchions still offer supple support, and it tracks through big lines with power and control to keep you riding hard.
- An enduro-sled for charging up and down mountains
- Stalk lines like a trail monster with slacked geometry
- Enduro-tuned DW-link suspension powers up climbs
- Spacious cockpit keeps your front wheel planted when climbing
- Alloy frame takes the hits when you overcook a line
- Kashima-coated Fox Float Performance DPS EVOL shock is supple and smooth
- XT and SLX components offer pocket friendly drivetrain