Pivot SwitchBlade Mountain Bike Review

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March 7, 2017
 
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: - Climbs like a shorter travel bike - Descends like a longer travel bike - Stiff frame - 29 or plus compatible - Room for H2O bottle inside front triangle - Quiet internal cable routing

Cons: - Heavy for a carbon bike - 12x157 rear axle spacing can limit wheel choices

Recommendation: After riding the Switchblade and the 429 Trail, I'd go with the Switchblade. It's an even more confident descender than the Trail and gives up little on the climbs.





March 6, 2017
 
Model/Year: PIVOT Switchblade 2017

Pros: Agile, fast, responsive, stiff, versatile.

Cons: Can't win a XC race.

Recommendation: If you get the 29" option, leave the lower big headset bearing cup.