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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro XT/XTR 2x Mountain Bike - 2018

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    Trail-tacking fun-machine.

    If the Switchblade is Pivot's answer to those of us begging for more versatile trail bikes, we're pretty sure that its engineers hit the nail on the head. This slacked-out, long ride begs to tackle the entire mountain, cleaning lines we wouldn't have expected from trail bikes of yesteryear, with stiff and responsive handling, and plush suspension that keeps you floating through root-lattices and rock gardens alike. The 2018 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro XT/XTR 2x Complete Mountain Bike takes what we thought we knew about Boost spacing and flips it on its head, stretching things out for snappier chainstays, and immediate power when it's time to punch up rock-littered climbs. It handles everything, from tedious fire roads, to white-knuckle descents with rugged hits, drops to flat, and undulating rollers begging to be pumped.

    If you were to start from ground up on this rock gobbling ride, you'd pay close attention to the number nine at first, as in the Switchblade's Super Boost Plus 157mm rear axle adds 9mm to standard Boost axle spacing, bringing it up from 148mm to the gravity inspired 157mm. This change adds extra stiffness to the rear end, even beyond that of Boost spacing, makes for incredibly stubby chainstays, and allows for a full 12-millimeters of tire clearance. This means the Switchblade can run a 27.5+ or 29in wheel, tucked up close to the seat tube, with mere 16.85in chainstays, all the while preserving a Q-factor typically found in 5in trail 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.

    • A plush plus ride for all-mountain conquering
    • Tread to trail traction from 135mm of DW-link suspension
    • Geometry charges up long fire roads and bombs descents with force
    • 2-by gearing lets you power through when the going gets tough
    • Tire clearance is elevated with Super Boost rear axle
    • DH-inspired linkage provides beef without weight
    • Light and efficient carbon construction
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon fiber
    Suspension
    DW-link
    Rear Shock
    FOX Factory Float DPS
    Rear Travel
    135mm
    Fork
    FOX 36 Factory FIT4
    Front Travel
    150mm
    Headset
    Pivot precision sealed cartridge
    Shifters
    Shimano XT 11 speed
    Front Derailleur
    Shimano XT side swing
    Rear Derailleur
    Shimano XTR 11 speed GS
    ISCG Tabs
    ISCG-06
    Crankset
    Race Face Aeffect SL 34/24t
    Bottom Bracket
    PF93
    Cassette
    Shimano XT 11-42t
    Brakeset
    Shimano XT 8001
    Brake Type
    post-mount 161
    Rotors
    [front & rear] 180mm
    Handlebar
    Phoenix Team Carbon 35mm
    Handlebar Width
    760mm
    Grips
    Phoenix Team Padloc
    Stem
    Phoenix Team Enduro 35mm clamp
    Stem Length
    [xs] 35mm, [small] 45mm, [medium, large, xl] 55mm
    Saddle
    [xs, small] WTB Hightail, [medium, large, xl] WTB Vigo Team
    Seatpost
    [xs] 100mm KS Lev Integra, [small, medium] 125mm FOX Transfer, [large, xl] 150mm FOX Transfer
    Seatpost Diameter
    30.9mm
    Seat Collar
    34.9mm
    Wheelset
    DT Swiss M1701
    Front Axle
    15 x 110mm
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm
    Tires
    [front] Maxxis Rekon DHF TR/3C/EXO/MaxxterraTR/3C/EXO/Maxxterra
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.8in
    Recommended Use
    enduro, trail
    Manufacturer Warranty
    10 years

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