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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike

 

Once relegated to industry fiction and our own daydream fantasies, long-travel 29ers have officially become not only the stuff of reality, but the norm. This transition has only happened over the past few years, so we’re still adjusting from hoping to expecting; however, that didn’t stop Pivot Cycles from raising our still-nascent expectations even more with the Switchblade Carbon 29 XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike. The all-mountain bar for 29ers is already set pretty high, but the Switchblade raises it by a measure of 9mm, 12mm, or 16.85in, depending on where you take the measurement.

If you were to start at the root of the change (our preferred method), you’d highlight the number nine first, as in: The Switchback’s Super Boost Plus 157 rear axle adds 9mm to the standard Boost axle spacing, bringing it up from 148 to a gravity-inspired 157mm. This change’s most tangible on-trail effect comes in the form of the number 12, as in: The Switchblade’s Super Boost rear axle nets 12 additional millimeters of tire clearance. That lets Pivot shove the rear wheel up even more than a standard Boost axle, chopping the chainstays down to a mere 16.85in while allowing 27.5+ or (as is the case here) 29in wheels and preserving a Q-factor on par with typical 5in bikes.

The Super Boost axle’s additional real estate also makes for a still stiffer spoke bracing angle, 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 resistance 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.

Of course, an impressive launching pad is no use if you’re just tossing paper airplanes off of it, so Pivot spec’d the Pro 29er build to take flight. The build kit strolls straight passed the hang-on-the-wall-and-admire tier of components, opting for XT M8000, which is Shimano’s one-by version of a wilderness survival hatchet: durable, simple, and effective at what it does. The drivetrain is finished with a Race Face Aeffect SL crankset, which is ubiquitous for a reason, and the reliable imprimatur of DT Swiss on the wagon wheels themselves. A stealth-routed KS LEV dropper puts the cherry on the, err, hatchet, because an overly ambitious trail adventurer can’t live on slack head tubes alone.

A 29er that defines the crossroads of trail and enduro

135mm of DW-Link suspension keeps pedaling sharp

Long, slack geometry bails you out on bigger than expected lines

Super Boost rear axle adds DH aggression to the rear triangle

Linkage inspired by Pivot’s gravity machine, the Phoenix

Fast-rolling wagon wheels maintain pressure on ups and downs

2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike

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

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

30 t Race Face Aeffect 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 QR thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 157mm Super Boost Plus 157 thru-axle

Tires:

Maxxis High Roller II TR

Tire Size:

29 x 2.3 in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

trail, all-mountain

Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years on frame

 

2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 1x Complete Mountain Bike

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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