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.