Pivot was holding off new models for the time being (though they promise some things are coming later this year), but they did let loose this new XL frame size for the Mach 4 27.5. Until now, the XL was reserved for the Mach 4 SL 29er, so this adds the largest size for those wanting the mid-sized wheels.
It gets a 20″ seat tube, 25.28″ top tube and 27.56″ standover. Bottom bracket height stays the same at 12.8″. Available now.
Their team riders were on hand and we nabbed two of them for pics with their bikes, plus a look at the Les Fat set up with 27.5+ tires in place of it’s usual 26″ fat bike tires…
The Pivot Phoenix 27.5 downhill mountain bike was introduced at last year’s Sea Otter, getting a new, lighter frame to handle the larger wheel diameter. This one belongs to pro Emilie Siegenthaler, who’s running a Shimano Saint group with Race Face SixC cranks and MRP G3 chain guide.
Shock is the new Fox DHX2 with dual hi/low speed compression and rebound controls. Check our tech post on their 2016 suspension for internal cutaways and all the details on how the new shocks work.
A bottom out bumper on the linkage gives the shock a bit more support at the end of the stroke, reducing impact pressure on the shock’s mount.
Just about everything on Emilie’s bike is available to the rest of us…
…except the wheels. Reynolds has been teasing and testing carbon DH rims for quite some time with Pivot’s riders, and looks like they’re still at it. These are laced to Industry Nine’s Classic hubs.
Bernard Kerr was racing his Mach 6 for Sea Otter’s gravity events. There’s something prototype on his bike, we just aren’t allowed to tell you what it is. Hopefully we’ll be able to tell the story after we visit Pivot’s HQ later this month.
Kerr’s running a Race Face cockpit and cranks. His grip preference leans towards extremely thin and worn out.
Fox DOSS dropper seatpost complements the Fox suspension.
A mix of Saint drivetrain parts drive a 10-speed road cassette. Brakes are XT, wheels are Reynolds Black Label carbon and tires are Maxxis Ikon.
The Les Fat was introduced in January as one of the most versatile bikes you could own. Not just a versatile FAT bike, but just plain bike. Capable of running 26×4.8 fat bike tires, 27.5+ and even 29+, take your pick of setups to match your terrain. For Sea Otter, they were showing it off with the industry’s current darling, 27.5+ with some tires you can’t get quite yet.
The Maxxis Chronicle was introduced for last year as a 29+, and at Taipei Show we learned they’d have a 27.5+ version by this summer. So, it’s likely these were just preproduction versions with a prototype decal.