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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2017
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Description

Off-road romance.

At this point in the industry's love affair with plus-size tires, we've seen pretty much every possible take on the platform. It's a classic story of Boost meets tire girth, the two retire to a bed of expanded frame clearance, and a squishy little 3in bundle of joy is born. With Pivot's Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike, that classic model of knobby tire romance is pushed in new, lascivious directions.

There's a lot going on with this bike, and we'll get to that, but the real naughty element lies in the introduction of what Pivot is calling Super Boost Plus 157, a new rear axle standard that adds an additional 9mm to the rear axle and 12 fecund millimeters to tire clearance. Given the implications of a frame with such titillating clearance, we're a little surprised—even disappointed—that Pivot didn't call the new standard a sexle. Whatever the case, it essentially combines a DH chainline with a typical 5in bike's Q factor and heel clearance. The introduction of a gravity-sized rear axle has serious implications for an aggressive enduro rig, and these implications go well beyond the increased rear wheel stiffness of the more acute spoke angle.

The key effect of the sexle—err, Super Boost rear hub is that the Switchblade enjoys the clearance to run traditional 29ers or, as is the case here, add an additional element of forgiving, save-your-ass squish with 27.5+ wheels and tires. Either way, the extra-wide spacing allowed Pivot to get freaky with chainstay lengths, chopping them down to 16.85in by moving the rear wheel up towards the seat tube. That's a dimension that makes standard Boost axles blush, and it pairs with a Phoenix-inspired, double wishbone rear triangle to stiffen both the pedaling interface and the linkage design. Increased efficiency and decreased pivot bearing wear—what more could you ask for in an off-road partner?

The rest of the geometry is similarly capable. Where the concise back end makes for a sharp knife while dicing rooty sections, the enduro-minded head tube and bottom bracket height make for a slack, low chassis that complements the 2.8in tires with a devil-may-care, flippant promiscuity in the face of questionable lines. The Switchblade provides a platform of stability when a series of poor life choices on the trail has you confronting big hits and roll overs at impolitic speeds. 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. That's a little slacker than the Mach 4, but—when the grade flips and the rocks rise to meet you—the Switchblade will leave any XC race whip for dead.

Pivot prides itself on build kit specs, and the Pro build on this bike is no exception. The primary feature is Shimano's XT M8000 group, which is essentially a more street-savvy version of XTR. If XTR is a city boy on a weekend rafting trip with its city-boy friends, then XT is on a cabin porch somewhere playing the banjo. Scrappy, familiar names like Race Face and DT Swiss round the build out, and a KS LEV Integra dropper tailors saddle height to whatever ups and downs you happen to encounter on the trail.

  • An aggro trail bike with unprecedentedly stubby chainstays
  • 135mm of DW-Link suspension maintains pedaling throughout travel
  • Long, slack geometry bails you out on bigger than expected lines
  • Gravity-inspired Super Boost rear axle for added tire clearance
  • Elements of the DH Phoenix reinforce the rear linkage
  • Plus-sized tires add cush and traction
  • Full carbon construction is light and efficient

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 M9000
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Crankset:
30 t Race Face Affect 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 thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 157 Super Boost Plus 157 thru-axle
Tires:
Maxxis Recon
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.8 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame

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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Bombproof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Pivot Switchblade is a super versatile bike, and the 27.5+ platform gives it some insane stability that's completely bombproof and confidence inspiring.
It handles whatever terrain you throw at it with power and grace, but still pedals uphill like a dream. Cornering the Switchblade on steep descents is smooth, as the Plus tire size gips to keep you from sliding out even on the steepest of banked turns.
Also, the super boost spacing enables a short and snappy chainstay, matching the stiffness of your rear wheel to the boost front wheel, and gives you the space to run up to a 3.2" tire, so you can shred even when the ground is covered in snow (or sand... whatever conditions you throw at it really).

Avg. ride time: 4m per week
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RINGS

    Just a heads up that the recommend largest chainring that can be run up front from Pivot is a 32 tooth. If you change chain rings you will also need to move around spacers. For a 32tooth you will need two 1mm spacers and one 2.5mm spacer on the drive and non drive side. For a 30tooth you need three 1 mm and one 2.5mm on the non drive side and one 1mm and one 2.5mm on the drive side.

    So Much Fun

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After riding many of the popular VPP bikes out there I was on a quest for something just a fun to rip through rough stuff, but with better support pedaling. The DW link pivots seemed to be very popular for what I was looking for, so I took the plunge and have not been disappointed. Overall, this is such a fun do-it-all bike for me. If you're used to super light and fast XC bikes then this will feel slow, but relative to the mid and long travel competition it is a very efficient climber, great traction and you can keep your shock wide open without much bob. On the downhill, the geometry is slack enough to feel stable, but not as extreme as some bikes out there so it's also very responsive.

    I wouldn't recommend this bike for full on DH trails with huge features and super gnarly rock gardens, and I wouldn't recommend it for XC racing, but I would definitely recommend it for pretty much everything in between.

    As for 27.5+ vs. 29... I've ridden mine in both and both are great. Where I ride the trails are fairly smooth with long grinding climbs so my plan is to do 29er most of the time, but for rough terrain the extra suppleness and traction of the plus is sweet and the sacrifice in efficiency is much less than I expected. I can ride with my buddies in either configuration no problem. My only gripe is that super boost plus makes it difficult to get a good deal on a wheelset at the moment... but luckily there are some great hub options so as long as you don't mind the hassle of piecing something together yourself you can get a great wheelset together. That is the only gripe I can think of right now... that and I did not love the Rekon tires this came with, so I switched to Maxxis Minion DHR and High Roller II both in 2.8.

    Gone A Monster Truckin'

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

    I admit it. I was super skeptical about plus sized tires on a full suspension set up. I held out. Then I finally had a chance to ride the Switchblade+ (a week after I rode the Hightower 27.5+) and had a serious change of heart.

    Here's a list of my preconceived notions and how they changed:
    1. Plus tires are going to be more work: I was very pleasantly surprised that there was no real difference in pedaling efficiency between a "normal" 2.3 and a plus tire.
    2. There isn't going to be enough of a tangible improvement in ride quality to justify the higher cost of + tires: there is definitely a difference!
    3. The bike is going to feel too plush: I was worried that I wouldn't be "in tune" with the trail. While the ride is definitely plush, it actually rolls over rocks, roots, etc with ease, making up for any disconnect there might be to the trail.

    Here are my take aways:
    1. If you like the monster truck, roll over anything attitude of the 29er but want something a bit more huck-able, the 27.5+ will be right up your alley.
    2. With so much tire in contact with the ground, how could you not power through rock gardens and corner with serious confidence?
    3. For those of us with ham calves, the super boosty mc-boost face hub spacing used on the bike means you will need to make a conscious effort to adjust your pedal stroke to avoid hitting the seat stays (after about an hour of riding I didn't have to think about the change).

    Welcome back Switchblade!

      The Switchblade originally was a 26r designed by bike genius and founder of Pivot-Chris Cocalis. Even way back then the frame was designed as a trail bike meant to be a do it all frame. Flash forward to 2016-same idea but definitely a more modern design.
      This bike can switch between a 29r and an 27.5+ wheels (recommend 2.8-3.25 tire widths) so its like having 2 bikes in one. Run it was a nimble trail 29r in the warmer months and throw the 27.5+ for an awesome winter shredding machine.The 16.5" chain stays makes this bike super agile in either platform and boost makes it extremely laterally stiff.
      We currently have some stock available in both the 27.5 and 29r platform. If you have specific questions with this bike feel free to reach out to me direct. I'm always happy to help!
      Wes Branham- Account Manager Bike
      801-204-4542
      wbranham@competitivecyclist.com