Last year, when consumers were asked what brand of mountain bike they would buy as their next bike, most consumers responded with “Pivot.” For those who don’t know, owner and CEO Chris Cocalis is a bit of a wizard and a nerd who likes solving complicated equations, and sees no problem as insurmountable.
In their mission statement, they say “We are a technology and performance-driven company, but advancing technology is not why we’re here. We never want to lose sight of what we do and why we do it. Our goal is simply to build the best-performing cycling products in the world.” I say all of this to help explain why the Switchblade took five years to come to market.
If you haven’t heard, Pivot’s Switchblade won VitalMTB’s “Bike of the Year” award. Not only does this affirm everything that Pivot has worked towards, but it also solidifies the sentiments of the general public.
With five long years in the making, Pivot didn’t overlook a single detail here. Only one phrase comes to mind when thinking about the Switchblade: Have your cake and eat it too.
- 135mm DW-link travel (just enough for anybody not doing dedicated gravity riding)
- Plus tire compatibility (gotta love options)
- Stiff frame (no longer a big-wheeled problem)
- Short chainstays (duh)
- Good mud and heel clearance (umm… yes please!)
- Big chainring clearances (with wider cassette ranges, wider chainrings follow)
- Can use a front derailleur (for those still wanting to run a 2x)
- Room for two water bottles (in a time when most barely fit one!)
Not a single detail was overlooked. The amount of forethought and effort that Pivot put into making a bike that affords the rider every option under the sun is hard to comprehend. This bike accommodates: 1x and 2x drivetrains, 27.5+ or 29 tires, one or two bottles, large chainrings, and both Di2 and mechanical systems.
And with Pivot’s build kits hitting every pricepoint under the sun, you’re quickly running out of excuses. What are you waiting for? This could and SHOULD be you.