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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Race XT/SLX 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Race XT/SLX 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Description

Aggressor.

Charging the burliest trail features and steepest lines with reckless abandon, the 2018 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Race XT/SLX 1x Complete Mountain Bike carves out its own category within the mid-travel plus-bike world, blurring the boundary between aggressive trail and enduro disciplines with 5.3in of DW-Link suspension. In 27.5+ form, the Switchblade floats you over chunky and loose terrain, with maximum control and traction, gripping into loose berms and soaking up every rock and root in its path. 27.5+ wheels skew the Switchblade toward the backcountry craving rider, with tractor-wheels that plow ahead through winding deer trails into the wild beyond, and can hold their own through rocky enduro trails for riders seeking a trail bike that can conquer it all.

The DW-Link suspension is a tried-and-true platform employed on all of Pivot's full-suspension machines. This comes as no surprise, seeing DW-Link's ability to claw up the steepest, chunkiest climbs and smooth square-edge hits on the descent. The Switchblade's 5.3in of DW-Link travel remains quick to surge forward with every pedal stroke, yet it's surprisingly confident on the descent, mainly due to the DW-Link's unflappable composure on successive hits and burly rock sections. Another thing to note, the Switchblade's DW-Link suspension uses a Phoenix-inspired, double-wishbone rear triangle that stiffens both the pedaling interface and linkage design.

Pivot takes Boost axle standards to entirely new realms with the advent of their Super Boost Plus rear axle spacing. Poking fun at the upward escalation of hub spacing, "Super Boost Plus" refers to Pivot's choice to employ a 157-millimeter rear axle, which in turn allows for increased tire clearance and incredibly short chainstays. Super Boost Plus adds an additional 9 millimeters of room to the rear axle, which results in 12mm of additional tire clearance. Essentially, it combines a DH chainline with a typical 5-inch bike's Q-factor and heel clearance.

One of the main benefits of Super Boost Plus lies in Pivot's ability to chop down the chainstays to a mere 16.85-inches, which is a ridiculously short dimension that embarrasses bikes with standard BOOST rear axles. These trimmed-down chainstays equate to incredibly nimble handling through switchbacks and tight sections of trail. Another benefit to Super Boost Plus is the ability to swap between the voluminous 27.5+ wheels provided for quick-rolling 29er wagon wheels; In fact, this wider axle standard readily accepts up to 27.5 x 3.25 inch tires, meaning you can drastically improve traction and bump compliance, especially across loose, drifty corners and jarring rock gardens.

Delving into the geometry figures, the Switchblade is relatively slack in 27.5+ form with its 66.8-degree head tube angle (with a 17mm cup) providing just the right balance of steering precision and downhill composure at higher speeds. 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. It's both long and low-slung for descending confidence, with a generous reach keeping things comfortable, so you're not crammed in the cockpit.

To ensure consistent geometry if you chose to swap between wheel sizes, Pivot supplies a 17mm headset cup on the 27.5+ model that keeps the bottom bracket height and head tube angle consistent between 27.5+ and 29er configurations. It adds additional height to the bike's front end in 27.5+ form, slacking it out and raising the bottom bracket to keep it consistent with the 29er's geometry. Should you decide to switch wheelset to 29er, Pivot recommends ditching the cup, though you can ride with this 17-millimeter cup in 29er form, you'll just notice the bike sits a bit higher and gets extra slack.

  • Aggro 27.5+ ride blurs the line between trail and enduro
  • 5.3in of DW-Link travel for efficiency and bump compliance
  • High-modulus carbon frame is responsively stiff and strong
  • Long, relatively slack geometry for descending composure
  • Super Boost rear spacing accommodates larger 27.5+ tires
  • Snappy-short 16.85-inch chainstays for nimble handling
  • Elements of the DH Phoenix reinforce the rear linkage

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-Link
Rear Shock:
FOX Float DPS
Rear Travel:
135mm
Fork:
FOX 36 Performance
Front Travel:
150mm
Headset:
Pivot Precision Dealed Bearing
Shifters:
Shimano SLX 11-speed
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT GS 11-speed
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG-05
Crankset:
30t Race Face Aeffect SL
Bottom Bracket:
PF92
Cassette:
11 - 46t Shimano XT M8000, 11-speed
Brakeset:
Shimano SLX M7000
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Handlebar:
Pivot Phoenix Race Aluminum, 35mm
Handlebar Width:
750mm
Grips:
Pivot Team Padloc
Stem:
Pivot Team Enduro, 35mm clamp
Stem Length:
[XS] 35mm, [small] 45mm, [ medium, large, XL] 55mm
Saddle:
[XS, small] WTB Hightail, [medium, large, XL] WTB Vigo Race
Seatpost:
[XS] 100mm KS Lev Integra, [small, medium] 125mm FOX Transfer, [large, XL] 150mm FOX Transfer
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9mm
Seat Collar:
34.9mm
Wheelset:
Sun Ringle, Duroc 40 Comp
Hubs:
Sun Ringle SRC hubs
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 157mm Super Boost Plus
Tires:
Maxxis Rekon TR/3C/EXO/Maxxterra
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8in
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
10 years

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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