SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2010 – If you follow the downhill scene, this should come as no surprise.Â I spoke briefly with Pivot Cycles founder Chris Cocalis at Sea Otter and, while he was mum on details about the bike, he confirmed that they are building a downhill specific bike for testing under the new Team Lex / Pivot Racing DH team.
On the team are pro riders Kyle Strait (USA), Will Rischbieth (AUS) and Mitch Deifs (AUS), and if you’re headed to the first UCI World Cup downhill event this weekend in Slovenia, you may just spot the bike.Â Until now, team riders have been flogging Pivot’s 6.5″ travel trail bike modified with a Boxxer fork and massive coil-over rear shock (shown above), but Cocalis hinted that riders will need more bike than that for the world cup courses…meaning we should start seeing something along the lines of a full DH bike at the races.
More pics after the break, including a Pivot Mach 5 modified for slopestyle duty…
This was the bike Strait used to race the Sea Otter Pro Downhill, which is a far cry from the UCI WC courses.Â It’s spec’d with some of the new SRAM X0 goodies, including the X0 branded Avid brakes. Cocalis says the pedaling efficiency of the DW-Link on his bikes will give the DH team a competitive advantage.
Strait used this modded Mach 5 to race the slalom events.