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Why We Like The Mach 6 Pro XT/XTR Air Mountain Bike
No stranger to fun we’re whipping around the Pivot Mach 6 Pro XT/XTR Air Mountain Bike on all our trail and enduro adventures. This 27.5in whip promises to rack up air time on our local loops, where on previous bikes we’ve struggled to get any sort of air at all. Built for trail and enduro riding, we’re pushing ourselves to the limit aboard the newly designed Mach 6. This 160/160 travel bike uses a stiff carbon frame layup to handle obstacles, and Fox suspension to get us through the technical bits while supporting us on big huck-to-flats.
With modern and adjustable frame geometry the Mach 6 doesn’t slouch when it comes to rider options or optimization. The integrated flip-chip located just above the shock allows for half a degree of head-angle and seat-tube angle adjustment, including 6mm of bottom-bracket rise or drop. The playful 65.5° head-tube angle begs to be popped off jumps and side-trail features, all while keeping the front end composed and steady in slow-speed chunder. Lowering it with the flip-chip we achieve an even more slacked-out rig and installing a 29in wheel on the front gives us a true enduro bruiser. Pivot emphasises dropping the fork down to 150mm if a 29in wheel is installed, but we’ll be keeping the 160mm.
Kit on the new Mach 6 is as dialed as ever with a mix of Shimano XT and XTR components. Featuring the Shimano Hyperglide system, the drivetrain works together to create the easiest and most reliable shifting system out there. DT Swiss takes care of wheel duties with the ever-reliable 350 hubs and 1700 series hoops. A large 30mm inner rim diameter supports the max-frame-allowance 2.6in rubber and creates a tire profile that gets grip in all sorts of conditions. Maxxis supports rubber duties with the ultra-grippy Assegai tires in a 2.5in width front and rear, allowing for supreme control in the corners and loose terrain.
The Mach 6 with its newly fitted vertical shock defies convention about what a playful park bike can do. This pedal happy machine begs to be taken on lift days or big fire road pedals up and chunky jump-filled terrain down. The modern geometry numbers pair well with its aggressive tire outfitting, easily running down the steeps, hitting flat corners, or gliding over huge gap jumps. We’re choosing this bike when we’re going out to our local loops, excited to hit some of the new jumps and optional drops littered over the trail system.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Big hit bike gravitates towards gaps and drops
- DW-Link travel provides a bottomless feel yet climbs efficiently
- 27.5in wheels give plenty of room to navigate through chunder
- Flip-chip can make the bike more downhill ready
- Carbon frame with Super BOOST Plus rear axle for a responsive ride
- Live-valve ready frame is a next-level suspension upgrade
- Shimano XT/XTR drivetrain has a gear for every situation
- FOX Factory suspension offers top-of-the-line performance
- Room for a full-size water bottle on all frame sizes
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