June 17, 2015
The bike I purchased came with the X01 kit which includes XT brakes. It has Carbon bars, seatpost and wheelset to compliment the gorgeous curves of the carbon frame. It has 120mm of travel on the fork and 100mm of travel on the rear shock from the Fox CTD setup.
This bike is dangerous. It inspires confidence. Having demoed a wide variety of offerings from Giant, Trek, GT, Rocky Mountain, Niner and Scott I can say that this bike feels like an extension of yourself. With its current build it sits right between a Cross Country Racer and a Thoroughbred Trail bike. It has 29" tires and sports the agility of a 27.5.
It climbs like a beast. After using this bike at the Tsali 12 hour race which admittedly is not the most challenging climbing offered on the east coast I was completely sold on all the hype I have heard in reviews. I will now jump on the bandwagon and claim those same talking points you hear in almost every review of this bike. The climbing is amazing, its agility makes you feel like your riding a smaller wheel set yet its rollover and stability at high speed (remember what I said about it being dangerous.) eliminate any doubt that its not a 29er. The bike weighs in at just over 25 lbs.
This is the perfect bike for the guy or girl who wants to race cross country one weekend and bomb down some serious mountain trails the next.
This is an expensive bike. This build MSRPs for 7500ish. You do not need to spend 7500 to enjoy mountain biking.
It was hard to get a demo to ride this bike. It was only because my local Pivot rep purchased the same bike a month earlier that I was able to get a ride on it before I bought it. But hey I am sure Florida is not Pivots target audience.
This bike will probably be the death of me when I go sailing past a switch back and out over a deep chasm. It will be rider error though.
I have no regrets and zero buyers remorse from this bike. Best bike I have ever owned or ridden by far.
Don't buy it. Seriously. I love showing up to an event and having the only Mach 429SL there and maybe being one of 2-3 Pivots in total. Clearly I am now a Pivot fanboy so my review is irrelevant. Disregard everything you have read here as I am now obviously biased towards this bike.