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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike

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2017 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike

Since the platform was first introduced, it seems that each successive generation of 29ers has been met with a new body of prejudicial assumptions. The kneejerk push back against wagon wheels is so pronounced that Pivot Cycles’ Switchblade Carbon 29 XTR 1x Complete Mountain Bike, just released for the 2017 model year, may be the first 29er that hasn’t set sail with an equally large barge of critical baggage in its wake—it’s pretty much a faultless 29er. There are several reasons why, but the most immediately obvious one is that it comes equipped with rear hub spacing that’s even Boostier than Boost.

When naming the new standard, Pivot showed a bit more ingenuity than us, calling it Super Boost Plus 157. The key takeaway is that the rear hub is a gravity-tier 157mm wide, which makes for a stiffer spoke bracing angle (no more “twenty noodler” jokes) and packs a chainline with 12mm of additional tire clearance. That added clearance 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 increased wheel stiffness 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.

In case you’ve missed it, the undertone of all of the above is: this is a trail race bike that’s ready to go as hard and fast as you are. Given that sky’s-the-limit attitude, we’re not surprised Pivot opted to upgrade the usual DT Swiss alloy wheels to Reynolds’ Enduro model. Not only are the rims full carbon, but they’re laced to a set of hubs machined by the CNC geniuses at Industry Nine. The rims are also 28mm wide, internally, so they allow for a greater air volume and lower PSI. With the exception of a Race Face Next SL crankset, the entire drivetrain is Shimano’s peerless XTR model, and the build is finished with a stealth-routed KS LEV dropper.

 

  • A 29er with trail-bike travel designed purely for racing
  • DW-Link suspension keeps the 135mm of travel firm while pedaling
  • Aggressive geometry drops in like enduro but climbs like XC
  • Rear axle bulges to Super Boost for stiffness and tire clearance
  • The DH-specific Phoenix’s DNA surfaces in linkage
  • Stubby stays and carbon construction maintain stiffness
  • Shimano’s flagship racing drivetrain leaves nothing to chance

 

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 XTR

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano XTR

ISCG Tabs:

yes, ISCG 05

Crankset:

30 t Race Face Next SL

Bottom Bracket:

PressFit 92

Cassette:

11 – 42 t Shimano XTR

Brakeset:

Shimano XTR

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Handlebar:

Phoenix carbon riser

Handlebar Width:

740 mm

Grips:

Phoenix lock-on

Stem:

Phoenix Trail Enduro

Saddle:

[sizes mediu, large, x-large] WTB Vigo Team, [sizes x-small, small] WTB Hightail

Seatpost:

KS LEV Integra dropper

Wheelset:

Reynolds Carbon 29 Enduro

Hubs:

Industry Nine

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost QR thru-axle

Rear Axle:

14 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

Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years on frame

Actual Weight:

Blue/Red, M: 13230g

 

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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