For as long as Pivot Cycles has been creating industry leading bicycles, the company has called Arizona home. A relatively new company, Pivot was founded in 2007 after founder Chris Cocalis sold his stake in Titus Cycles. In just 13 years, Pivot has quickly established themselves as one of the off-road bicycle companies with an ever growing lineup.
While the company started out with only aluminum frames, they quickly evolved to include carbon fiber for their top end models. However, the headquarters still houses the tools and know-how to create made-from-scratch aluminum prototypes. More than just a mock-up in aluminum, these bikes mimic the exact stiffness numbers of the production carbon frames through meticulous machining. Pivot also has all of their own testing equipment in-house along with a 3D printer that was made in-house.
The carbon frames are made overseas, but Pivot staff on location at the factories make sure they’re made to Pivot’s exacting specifications. When the frames are back in the U.S., one of the things that sets Pivot apart from larger manufacturers is that all of their bikes are assembled from scratch at their headquarters. When you consider the amount of models, build options, and warehouse storage requirements, you start to get a picture of why Pivot is quickly running out of room in their current digs.
New Headquarters Sneak Peek
Which is exactly why Pivot’s newest project isn’t a bike – it’s a gigantic 74,000 square foot warehouse. This is roughly three times the size of their current location and will soon serve as Pivot’s global headquarters.
To visit the new location, we didn’t have to travel far. Locating it just down the street from their current spot wasn’t just a happy accident. Pivot is currently located just a short ride by bike to the amazing trails at South Mountain Park and Preserve. This proximity makes it the perfect testing ground, but also ensures that employees can get out on a quick lunch ride with world class trails right out their back door.
Just as important, Pivot Cycles is a family business. From Founder Chris Cocalis and his wife Cindy who is Pivot’s Chief Financial Officer, to the family of 80ish Pivot employees who call Arizona home, the team has already put down roots around the Tempe office. Making sure that the new building was just as convenient to the Pivot family was an important aspect in choosing a location.
That meant a massive undertaking in rehabbing an ailing building that had been neglected for years, but the final result should be stunning. We got a quick tour of the facility, and it’s hard to imagine Pivot running out of room in the near future – but if they continue their current rate of growth, it’s not that hard to believe.
One of the biggest benefits to building each bike to order? That means a sea of options for the consumer when it comes to the different builds of bikes like the new Switchblade. Even though Pivot doesn’t offer custom builds in terms of individual part spec, they offer a lot of different builds with additional wheel and color options.
To help you navigate all of those options, we’ve outlined all of the new Switchblade build options and pricing below!
Race XT 27.5+ – $5,499
Race X01 27.5+ – $5,799
Race X01 29″ -$5,799
Pro XT/XTR 27.5+ – $6,799
Pro XT/XTR 29″ – $6,799
Pro X01 27.5+ – $7,299
Pro X01 29″ – $7,299
Pro XT/XTR Fox Live Valve 27.5+ – $8,699
Pro XT/XTR Fox Live Valve 29″ – $8,699
Pro X01 Fox Live Valve 27.5+ – $9,199
Pro X01 Fox Live Valve 29″ – $9,199
Pro Builds w/ Fox Live Valve
Pro XT/XTR 27.5+ Carbon Wheel Upgrade – $8,099
Pro XT/XTR Fox Live Valve 29″ Carbon Wheel Upgrade – $9,999
Pro X01 27.5+ Carbon Wheel Upgrade – $8,599
Pro X01 Fox Live Vavle 29″ Carbon Wheel Upgrade – $10,499
Pro Build Reynolds Blacklabel Carbon Wheel Upgrades
Since the stock Pro builds include DT Swiss M1700 aluminum rims, each has the option of a carbon wheel upgrade for an additional $1,300. That scores you a set of Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro Wide Trail wheels with Industry Nine hubs for 29″ bikes or the Reynolds Blacklabel 27.5+ with Industry Nine hubs for Plus builds. The Team level builds already include these wheels so no need to upgrade.
Team XTR 27.5+ – $8,999
Team XTR 29″ – $8,999
Team XX1 AXS 27.5+ – $10,499
Team XX1 AXS 29″ – $10,499
Team XTR Fox Live Valve 27.5+ – $10,899
Team XTR Fox Live Valve 29″ – $10,899
Team XX1 AXS Fox Live Valve 27.5+ – $12,399
Team XX1 AXS Fox Live Valve – $12,399
Team Builds w/ Fox Live Valve
(No photos available of the Team XX1 mechanical builds)