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Looking to inject even more performance into their bikes, Pivot has an all new component group. More than a bunch of individual components, the Phoenix Component System is meant to work together to increase both the comfort and control of your bike – even if it’s not a Pivot. To do so, Pivot’s engineers took the chance to use advances in carbon construction to create a bar and seatpost that claim to be stiff in the right places, while still offering a high degree of vibration reduction. Taking the bar a step further, Pivot has expanded their relationship with WTB to include new PadLoc grips for twist-free cushioning for your hands…

Starting up front, Pivot’s new Phoenix Team Carbon Handlebar begins with a 35mm clamp that is engineered to be ultra-stiff at the center of the bar. Pivot says this is to prevent front end flex, though they have tailored the rest of the carbon structure to increase vibration reduction. Available in three widths, the bars come in 740, 760, and 800mm though each one can be cut down up to 40mm per side (80mm total). Each bar has a 20mm rise, and 5º up sweep/ 8º back sweep. The weights of the bars aren’t given, but Pivot claims the weight of the entire bar/stem/grip system is as low as 430g.

If you cut them though, you’ll lose out on the other feature – the WTB PadLoc system. The new Phoenix WTB PadLoc grip is designed to take full advantage of the PadLoc system which uses a diagonal cut on the end of the bar to keep the grip from rotating. It also allows for more rubber to be used on the ends of the grip for increased comfort which, combined with the ultra-soft durometer dual compound material used for the rest of the grip, should keep your hands happy.

Pivot points out that the bars exceed industry testing requirements, and pass all six tests for handlebars, stems, and seatposts with flying colors.

The move to 35mm handlebars requires a new stem choice, so Pivot has two new options in the Phoenix Component system. The Phoenix Team stems are offered in the XC/Trail model which has 60, 75, 90, 100, and 110mm lengths as well as the Enduro/Trail stem which shortens things up to 35, 45, 55, and 65mm. Each is 3D forged from 7050-T6 aluminum, and meant for 35mm bars and 1 1/8″ steerers at the clamp. Claimed weights are listed at 135g for a 35mm Enduro stem or 131g for a 60mm XC stem.

Finally, to accompany their custom WTB saddles, the Phoenix Team Seatpost is designed to offer more flex than a standard post fore/aft. Available in 30.9 x 400mm to fit Pivot bikes, the post has a claimed weight of 229g and a two bold micro adjust head.

pivotcycles.com

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Joe
Joe
5 years ago

Why would they waste their time on a carbon post? Isn’t everyone on droppers by now?

Reformed Roadie
Reformed Roadie
5 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Exactly…

Simon
Simon
5 years ago

For their gravel bike, the Vault most likely! Or for their Phoenix downhill bike. Or for their 4X bike.

myke2241
myke2241
5 years ago

No, dropper are application specific. Great for some nor so much for others.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Not all of us use droppers. There are not very many of them here in the Mid West (Michigan), where cross country bikes are predominate.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

We don’t go from up to down nearly as drastically as the rest of the country though 🙂

I wished for a dropper last time I went to Copper Harbor in your great state though.

Grammar Cop
Grammar Cop
5 years ago

” tailored the rest of the carbon structure to increase vibration reduction”

Or reduce vibration?… Or was this worded this way to increase reduced word count while reducing increased understanding.

myke2241
myke2241
5 years ago
Reply to  Grammar Cop

These will be going on their full suspension bikes. Seems like a gimmick statement huh!

Rippin Ronnie
Rippin Ronnie
5 years ago

Not sure that I am buying this, literally or figuratively

Andrew Spaulding
5 years ago

This is all pretty obvious from a marketing standpoint. The notches at the ends of the bars are interesting. If they are lighter than a standard setup, that would be a unique selling point, but if not, then it’s just another useless ‘feature’.

mantas
mantas
5 years ago

The notches seem to prevent grips rotation. It’d suck to be locked in to single grips manufacturer though.

myke2241
myke2241
5 years ago
Reply to  mantas

I thought it was hand fatigue

TheKaiser
5 years ago
Reply to  mantas
Andrew Spaulding
5 years ago
Reply to  mantas

Well exactly. Locking grips have already solved this problem, so there needs to be a clear advantage, like lower weight, for the consumer to buy into pivot’s strategy of selling more products. Even still you’d be saving what, 4 grams?

Other than the grips, there is nothing backing up their so called component ‘system’.

goroncy
goroncy
5 years ago

7050 alloy is the way to go. It’s pain to work with but by far the best possible material on earth right now to make a steam of. Trek abandoned this material because it was too expensive. Forging and small amount of machining is also much stronger than forging and extensive machining (hope).

Carbon bars design very interesting. 35 mm standard is a kick in the balls though. We don’t need it! First it was too stiff and now they need to add artificially some softness. Marketing at it’s finest.

TheFunkyMonkey
TheFunkyMonkey
5 years ago

So Pivot introduces Super Boost and then adopts PadLoc? Can’t make this stuff up…

Motarded450
Motarded450
5 years ago

this is a WTB thing thats been on the market for over a year

TheFunkyMonkey
TheFunkyMonkey
5 years ago
Reply to  Motarded450

I know it’s a WTB “thing” (dare we say standard???) which is why I said “adopt”. Because it came from WTB and been on the market for a year doesn’t make it right. It’s as silly as Super Boost which was my original point.

PHilly
PHilly
5 years ago

I completely fail to see how the WTB Pad Loc system is an improvement over lock on grips. I’ve never had a set of lock ons rotate, nor do I know anyone who has.

francess
francess
5 years ago

Park Tool makes a tool to cut down those angle and fit the WTB system grip.

BT
BT
5 years ago

If I had a dollar for every time my grips rotated…I still couldn’t buy a soda

TheFunkyMonkey
TheFunkyMonkey
5 years ago
Reply to  BT

^This. A solution looking for a problem…

SJC
SJC
5 years ago
Reply to  BT

It’s more about putting a thicker chunk of rubber under your palm for comfort and vibration damping. At least that’s what WTB’s marketing says.

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