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2017 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

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2017 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

 

As it continues to roll through our doors in fits and starts, we’ve started to notice a common thread running throughout Pivot’s 2017 line of trial and enduro bikes: the Phoenix. Pivot’s DH firebird has proven to be something of a testing ground for suspension and geometry tweaks that are now finding their way into the rest of the Arizona-based manufacturer’s line, and the latest Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is no exception. Considering the praise heaped on its predecessor, it may seem surprising that the Mach 6 should be importing rather than exporting tech; however, given the trend of enduro moving more toward wide, big, slack, DH-type designs, the changes bring the Mach 6 in line with the oversized trends of today’s all-mountain rigs.

These tweaks manifest primarily in the rear triangle, which is where the influence of the Phoenix surfaces most apparently. The double wishbone rear triangle is clearly carrying some DH DNA, and it’s combined with an ambitious upper linkage design that’s 40% wider and engages the frame with larger bearings. Pivot continues the elephantine trend to the rear axle with a new Boost 148mm standard. Boost 148 ushers the Mach 6 into the modern era of enduro, where the tech seems to always be straddling the present and the future, trail riding and DH. The cumulative effect of these changes is a claimed 150% increase in rear triangle stiffness, meaning that — though the new Mach 6 leaves a wide, DH footprint — it still climbs more like a four-inch XC bike.

The DW-Link suspension design governing the Mach 6’s six-inches of travel also does its part to maintain a secure climbing hold on rocky trails. Its anti-squat tendencies maintain a firm pedaling platform while cleaning terrain-riddled cruxes or picking lines with abandon across trail furniture. That responsiveness is matched on the opposite end of travel with a square-edge capacity that feels virtually bottomless, so time saved on the climbs isn’t lost because of overly cautious descending.

The bike’s changes are finished off with re-imagined internal routing, which accommodates mechanical groups with a more intuitive, clean system, and slots a Di2 battery in the seat tube from below for easy installation and maintenance. Some returning features worth mentioning are the PressFit 92 bottom bracket, which Pivot was on the leading edge of implementing and which finally has an equally stiff partner in the Boost rear axle.

Pivot’s hollow-core internal molding process also returns for uniform, controlled wall thicknesses and material distribution. This process virtually eliminates inconsistencies and resin pooling, increasing structural integrity while targeting areas for weight loss. The frame’s slacked-out geometry and stubby, 17in chainstays mean it’s slack enough to challenge lines across enduro rock gardens but nimble enough to pick its way through eight-inch terrain — all while sticking climbs and roosting berms with an eagerness that begs to be pushed to the ragged edge of control.

 

2017 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

DW-Link

Wheel Size:

27.5 in

Rear Shock:

FOX Factory Float X EVOL

Rear Travel:

155 mm

Head Tube Diameter:

1-1/8 – 1-1/2in

Headset Included:

no

Bottom Bracket Type:

PF92

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Cable Routing:

internal

Front Derailleur Mount:

direct-mount removable

Brake Type:

post-mount disc

Seatpost Diameter:

30.9 mm

Seat Collar:

34.9 mm

Rear Axle:

Boost 12 x 148mm

Actual Weight:

Stealth Black/Green, L: 3110g

Recommended Use:

enduro, freeride

Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years on frame

 

2017 Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame

GEOMETRY CHART

Mach 6
  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
XS 14.5in 21.7in 22.83in 14.47in 27.9in 3.5in 66o 72.3o 13.6in 16.95in 43.22in
S 16in 22.85in 23.05in 15.31in 28in 4in 66o 72o 13.6in 16.95in 44.25in
M 17.5in 23.6in 23.28in 15.81in 28.8in 4.25in 66o 71.5o 13.6in 16.95in 44.85in
L 19in 24.36in 23.76in 16.3in 29in 4.72in 66.25o 71.5o 13.6in 16.95in 45.43in
XL 20.5in 25.3in 24.9in 16.74in 29in 5.9in 66.5o 71.5o 13.6in 16395in 46.24in

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