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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018

Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Description

Wagon wheels of thunder.

Long travel 29ers seem to be taking over the trails with steam, and while we were skeptical at first, after seeing industry leaders like Pivot hit the ground running — er, rolling, we're pretty convinced that it's here to stay. Hitting the dirt with force is a weapon of massive fun times, the 2018 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR Complete Mountain Bike, offering just the right amount of slack, suspension, and ultra-stubby chainstays that propel you forward with snappy speed. This particular build comes with a blend of some of our favorite components — plush FOX Suspension, sporting DW-link support, cherry-picked Shimano XT and XTR drivetrain, and DT Swiss's shining star-ratchet freehub that propels you forward like a rocket and sets new standards for 29er capabilities.

If you were to start from ground up on this rock gobbling ride, you'd pay close attention to the number nine at first, as in the Switchblade's Super Boost Plus 157mm rear axle adds 9mm to standard Boost axle spacing, bringing it up from 148mm to the gravity inspired 157mm. This change adds extra stiffness to the rear end, even beyond that of Boost spacing, makes for incredibly stubby chainstays, and allows for a full 12-millimeters of tire clearance. This means the Switchblade can run a 27.5+ or 29in wheel, tucked up close to the seat tube, with mere 16.85in chainstays, all the while preserving a Q-factor typically found in 5in trail bikes.

The Super Boost axle's additional real estate also makes for a still stiffer spoke bracing angle for the DT hoops, which conspires with a double wishbone rear triangle and Phoenix-inspired clevis to stiffen both the pedaling interface and the linkage design. This makes the rear triangle more resistant to torsional flex, which increases pedaling efficiency and decreases the stress put on the pivot bearings. It's easier on your legs and on the hardware you rely on to bail you out of situations where overly ambitious line selection lands you in water that's just a little too deep.

The rest of the geometry is similarly capable. Where the concise back end makes for a sharp knife while dicing rooty sections, the relatively steep head tube and low bottom bracket height make for a slack, low chassis that further contributes to DH stability. 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. Compared to Pivot's Mach 429 Trail frame, the Switchblade is slacker up front and steeper in the seat tube, perfecting the art of aggression whether you're climbing out or dropping in.

  • Hit the trail with a super-boosted 29er for all-mountain power
  • DW-link supplies 135mm of supple squish that soaks up hits
  • Super-boost rear axle maxes out tire clearance for plus setups
  • Q-factor keeps your heels tucked in despite its plush suspension
  • DH-inspired linkage beefs things up without adding weight
  • Lightweight and nimble, thanks to high modulus carbon construction
  • Slacked geometry powers down the mountain, while short chainstays pedal with force

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Suspension:
DW-link
Rear Shock:
FOX Factory Float DPS EVOL
Rear Travel:
135mm
Fork:
FOX 36 Factory FIT4
Front Travel:
150mm
Headset:
Pivot precision sealed cartridge
Shifters:
Shimano XT 11 speed R
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR 11 speed gs
ISCG Tabs:
ISCG-05
Crankset:
Race Face Aeffect SL 30t
Bottom Bracket:
PF92
Cassette:
Shimano XT M8000 11-46t
Brakeset:
Shimano XT 8000
Brake Type:
post-mount 160
Rotors:
[front & rear] 180mm
Handlebar:
Phoenix Team Carbon 35mm
Handlebar Width:
760mm
Grips:
Phoenix Team Padloc
Stem:
Phoenix Team Enduro 35mm clamp
Stem Length:
[xs] 35mm, [small] 45mm, [medium, large, xl] 55mm
Saddle:
[xs, small] WTB Hightail, [medium, large, xl] WTB Vigo Team
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:
DT Swiss M1700
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF TR/3C/EXO/Maxxterra, [rear] Maxxis Minion DHRII TR/3C/EXO/Maxxterra
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.5in, [rear] 29 x 2.4in
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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