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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 2x Complete Mountain Bike

 

The past few years have seen big travel 29ers advance from mere pipe dreams to industry-leading reality, and Pivot continues to raise the proverbial bar with the 2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 2x Complete Mountain Bike. Kitted out with plush FOX squish, a mix of Shimano XT and XTR components, KS LEV dropper awesomeness, and DT’s star ratchet freehub, this bike sets a new standard for what a 29er can do.

If you were to start at this root-lattice devourer’s own roots, you’d highlight the number nine first, as in: The Switchback’s Super Boost Plus 157 rear axle adds 9mm to 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 accommodating 27.5+ or (as is the case here) 29ers 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 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.

The new face of long-travel 29ers

Firm pedaling across 135mm of DW-Link suspension

Geometry is aggressive while grinding ascents and bombing descents

Super Boost rear axle adds stiffness and tire clearance

DH-inspired linkage provides beef without weight

Light and efficient carbon construction

 

2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 2x Complete Mountain Bike

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 XT M8000

Front Derailleur:

Shimano XT M8000 side-swing

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XTR M9000 11-speed GS

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

34 / 24 t Race Face Aeffect SL

Bottom Bracket:

PressFit 92

Cassette:

11 – 42 t Shimano XT 11-speed

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:

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

Seatpost:

KS LEV Integra dropper

Wheelset:

DT XM series 29in, 25mm internal rim w/ 36T star ratchet upgrade

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:

all-mountain, enduro, trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years on frame

Actual Weight:

Blue/Red, M: 13750g

 

2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XT Pro 2x 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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