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Why We Like The Switchblade 29 Pro X01 Eagle Live Valve Mountain Bike
When this years enduro race season is getting heated up we need The Switchblade 29 Pro X01 Eagle Live Valve Mountain Bike to help us to the top step of the podium. This fully capable enduro-specific machine is built for the descents and gets us down with confidence and control. It's no slouch on the climbs either with the DW-linkage offering a surprisingly efficient pedaling platform while dialing in the bottomless feel. We're taking the Switchblade from podium to podium, whether we're climbing up ourselves or throwing it in the back of a pickup truck.
When it comes to angles and number specifics the Pivot Switchblade doesn't skimp on modern numbers we're used to seeing lately. We enjoy the slack 66° head-tube angle paired with big 29er hoops to roll over trail obstacles, and the competition. The shorter 431mm chainstays give the bike a peppy feel as well, and has us sending side features and blindly going off lips unknown. The bike employs the use of DW-link suspension, offering a nearly bottomless feel when we're off the gas and cruising down harsh terrain. The suspension also expertly soaks up pedal bob, so even on an enduro bike, we're rocketing up any kind of terrain.
Kit on the Pivot Switchblade is capped off by the impressively designed Fox Live Valve technology. Fox Live Valve will rely on a number of input settings and rider specs to adapt the suspension to the terrain. Live Valve works by working with the terrain, sensing what kind of suspension setting is needed, and changing the specs up faster than we can blink an eye. The drivetrain is provided by SRAM with the X01 Eagle group, this group is specifically designed to last up to the abuse enduro racing finds on the trail. Brakes on the Pivot Switchblade are up the task of stopping this speeding bullet of a bike, with the 4-piston hydraulics clamping down on steel rotors to provide plenty of stopping power.
The new frame design on the Pivot Switchblade further drops the grams so we can keep riding for longer. The vertical shock layout is claimed to drop 300g off a size large frame over the previous Switchblade without compromising suspension or pedaling performance. Finishing off the built, but not to be forgotten, is the DT Swiss wheels and hubs hooked up with Maxxis Minion rubber for the most aggressive riding we can find. Minion tires are incredibly popular in the downhill and enduro scene, and because of that, they fit perfectly on this version of the Pivot Switchblade. You'll find us on our Switchblade smiling at every opportunity to show off what we can do on it whether it's at the lift-assist bike park or on our local fire road loops.
*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.
- Pivot's enduro specific race bike with some pedaling prowess
- Carbon frame construction with new vertical shock layout
- SRAM X01 Drivetrain is built for enduro specific use
- 142mm of rear shock travel handles big hits and compressions
- Maxxis Minion rubber is built to stick to whatever surface
- Fox Live Valve tech responds and instantaneously adjusts to terrain
- DW-link suspension provides a bottomless feel while eliminating pedal bob
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