Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro X01 Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 $6,999.00
Rumble over any line in sight.
With the explosion of plus-size tires on the market, it was only a matter of time before the boundary-pushing designers at Pivot designed their very own trail machine with voluminous rubber for steamrolling every line in sight. For 2017, Pivot takes the plus-sized tires and BOOST axle standards to entirely new realms with the Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro XO1 Complete Mountain Bike. This beastly bike blurs the line between trail weapon and all-mountain destroyer with its 135 millimeters of rock-gobbling DW-Link suspension mated to a long, slacked-out front end for high-speed composure down steeps and rowdy sections of trail. The longer 150-millimeter fork also lends a bit more margin for error when you've bitten off a bit more than you can chew, in terms of line choice and descending speed.
Not content with merely rocking the BOOST standards now ubiquitous with plus-sized rigs and aggressive 29ers, Pivot invented their own Super BOOST Plus 157 axle for the rear end. This new axle standard adds an additional 9 millimeters of room to the rear axle, which results in 12 millimeters of additional tire clearance. Essentially, it combines a DH chainline with a typical 5-inch bike's Q-factor and heel clearance. The introduction of a gravity-sized rear axle has serious implications for an aggressive all-mountain rig, and these implications travel far beyond the dramatic increase in wheel stiffness afforded by its spoke bracing angle.
The biggest effect of the Super Boost rear hub is that the Switchblade enjoys the clearance to run traditional 29-inch hoops, or in this case, add an additional element of bump compliance and traction with 27.5+ wheels and tires. Either way, the extra-wide spacing allows Pivot to go freaky-short with chainstay lengths on the Switchblade, chopping them down to an astonishing 16.85 inches by moving the rear wheel up towards the seat tube. That's a dimension that embarrasses bikes with standard BOOST rear axles, and it pairs well with a Phoenix-inspired, double-wishbone rear triangle that stiffens both the pedaling interface and linkage design.
Geometry wise, the rest of the Switchblade is similarly capable of making mincemeat of dicey lines and rolling over large obstacles standing in your way. The snappy-short rear end makes for quick turning when you're slaloming around tight corners and negotiating sketchy sections of trail where instantaneous response is necessary. The low-slung chassis sticks to the trail while larger 2.8-inch tires roll over root and rock impediments without the jarring sensation normally attributed to skinnier trail tires. Its longer top tube and reach keep things comfortable on long descents, so you're not cramped in the cockpit. Another geometry nuance is the relatively steep seat tube, which optimizes pedaling efficiency on long uphills sections.
- Aggressive trail bike with snappy-short chainstays
- 135mm of DW-Link travel for efficiency and bump compliance
- 150mm of front travel for smoothing out big obstacles
- Long and slack geometry conquers rowdy lines
- Super Boost rear axle for extra tire clearance
- Elements of the DH Phoenix reinforce the rear linkage
- Plus-sized tires for incredible traction and smooth ride
- High-modulus carbon frame is light, stiff, and strong