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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike

In the churn of new, ever beefier axle-widths and the explosion of plus-size tire popularity, one could say we’ve seen about every possible combination of the two over the past couple of years. Given Pivot’s penchant for pushing the boundaries, though, we shouldn’t be surprised that they’ve taken the plus/Boost combo a few millimeters further with the 2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike. Kitted up with Shimano’s top-tier XTR componentry, a KS LEV dropper, and snappy Reynolds carbon hoops, the Switchblade enjoys expanded frame clearance and trail-smoothing squish to redefine what’s possible.

There’s a lot going on with this bike, and we’ll get to it all eventually, but the key element lies in the introduction of what Pivot is calling Super Boost Plus 157, which is a new rear axle standard that adds an additional 9mm to the rear axle and 12mm to tire clearance. 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 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-butt squish with 27.5+ wheels and tires. Either way, the extra-wide spacing allows 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.

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 attitude 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. It’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 in the dust.

 

  • An aggressive trail bike with sprightly, 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 extra tire clearance
  • DH heritage reinforces the rear linkage
  • Plus-sized tires add traction and cushion
  • Lightweight and efficient full carbon construction

 

 

Frame Material:

carbon fiber

Suspension:

DW-Link

Rear Shock:

FOX Float Factory DPS EVOL Kashima

Rear Travel:

135 mm

Fork:

FOX 36 Factory Kashima

Front Travel:

150 mm

Headset:

Pivot Precision Sealed Bearing

Shifters:

Shimano XTR M9000 11-speed (right only)

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XTR M9000 11-speed GS

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

30 t Race Face Next SL

Bottom Bracket:

PressFit 92

Cassette:

11 – 42 t Shimano XT M8000 11-speed with one up 45t kit

Brakeset:

Shimano XTR M9020

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Handlebar:

Phoenix Carbon Riser

Handlebar Width:

740 mm

Grips:

Phoenix lock-on

Stem:

Phoenix Trail Enduro

Saddle:

[small] WTB Hightail, [medium, large, ex-large] WTB Vigo Team

Seatpost:

KS LEV Integra dropper

Wheelset:

Reynolds Carbon 27.5+ 40mm inner rim

Hubs:

Industry Nine

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm

Rear Axle:

12 x 157mm

Tires:

Maxxis Rekon TR

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.8 in

Recommended Use:

all-mountain, enduro, trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years on frame

Actual Weight:

Black/Red, M: 12840g

 

 

 

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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