Enduro courses. World Cup Downhill courses. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two these days. Well, right up until the point when you have to grind your way to the top of the absolute hairball descent—that would be enduro. And that is also where the new Firebird 29 enters the picture with its speed generating 29er wheels and a penchant for kicking ass. The Firebird 29’s big wheels gobble up miles with ease, roll right over the gnar and add insane levels of traction to the mix. But this is no monster truck. The Firebird 29 is a lightweight machine that boasts a poppy, lively feel that long-travel 29ers have never possessed. Until now. The Firebird 29 features a bomber, yet ultra-light, full-carbon frame constructed with leading edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot's proprietary molding technology. With its long front-center and short chainstay combination, the Firebird 29 possesses that nimble, snappy feel that tempts you to make bold line choices yet allows you to stay in complete control when you’re warping down trails at World Cup speeds. The dw-link rear suspension enabled Pivot to build a bike that achieves the ultimate in both downhill and climbing performance. The dw-link’s anti-squat and variable wheel travel path traits yield both the square-edge bump absorption of a downhill bike and the crisp pedaling efficiency of a shorter-travel trail bike. The Firebird is compatible with both 29-inch and 27.5-inch wheels without compromise, thanks to the flip-chip and adjustable geometry. Super Boost Plus rear spacing adds stiffness and control, while hassle-free, full-length internal cable routing keeps cables neat and protected. If you want a bike that crushes climbs, slays descents, and rewrites the 29er playbook, the Firebird 29 hits the mark.
There's a dizzying range of bikes out there these days—XC, trail, all-mountain, enduro—what if you want a bike that you can just climb onto and ride? The Trail 429 is that bike. It accelerates and climbs like a cross-country bike yet more than holds its own on rough, technical terrain. Effortless handling, incredible power transfer, and blazing acceleration are what set the Trail 429 apart from so many other trail bikes. With the Trail 429 Pivot sweated the details—painstakingly developing the precise mix of resins, composite fibers, layup orientation, and frame shaping to create a chassis with the perfect blend of strength and stiffness. The frame's full-carbon construction uses leading-edge materials and Pivot's proprietary, hollow core, internal molding technology. A 130mm Fox 34 fork is paired with a 120mm Fox DPS rear shock for smooth, efficient suspension that's tuned for trail handling. The dw-linkage offers peerless braking performance, big-hit capability, and the perfect balance of traction and acceleration. This bike is compatible with both 29-inch and 27.5-inch plus tires and provides class-leading mud and tire clearance. Its ultra-short chainstays make easy work of the tightest trails, while the long-and-low geometry offers a confident, stable stance. The end result is a bike that’s calm and neutral on steep technical terrain, yet fun and flickable on the most twisted trails. Pivot gave the Trail 429 many of the same strength and stiffness-enhancing features that you’ll find on their gravity-oriented bikes, including a double-wishbone rear triangle, Super Boost Plus rear axle spacing, ultra-wide suspension linkages, and burly bearing assemblies. With the Trail 429, Pivot has upped the ante on downhill performance without any loss in versatility.
One Bike, Any Trail…Every Budget. As soon as it hit the dirt, the Pivot Switchblade started racking up awards throughout the cycling media. Why? Because it's an ultra-light, ultra-capable aggressive trail bike that punches way above its weight class. The Switchblade aluminum provides the same award-winning design for less cash, with a frame that's crafted from the most sophisticated, hydro-formed aluminum frame components anywhere. The Switchblade is one bike that does an amazing amount of things well: You can chalk a lot of that up to its innovative approach to geometry. With a long and low front center, the bike gives you a centered, “in the bike” feel that adds stability at high speeds. “Balanced” is the word that best describes the Switchblade’s angles. The Switchblade’s 67.25-degree head angle is slack enough to lend the bike a calm and neutral line on the toughest descents, but not so relaxed that you’ll encounter wheel flop on steep climbs. The bike’s 74.25-degree seat angle provides an optimal climbing position that increases traction. The Switchblade also possesses one of the shortest rear centers in its class, with super-short chainstays that give the bike a snappy, lively feel on tight trails. It’s truly the best of both worlds. The Switchblade is compatible with both 29-inch and 27.5-inch plus wheel sizes and offers class-leading mud and tire clearance. This is achieved by borrowing Super Boost 157mm rear spacing from downhill bikes. Want to run a 29er set-up to achieve maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving, stable ride quality in loose, rocky conditions? 27.5-plus tires are the way to go. Super Boost also improves frame stiffness, increases wheel durability, and allows front derailleur compatibility. For a supple and active suspension, the Switchblade comes equipped with a burly Fox 36 160mm-travel fork and the amazingly efficient dw-link rear suspension, providing you with all the traction you need to clean the trickiest technical sections. And for the ultimate in durability and functionality, each component is selected to give you the best experience on the trail.
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