Pivot Firebird Mountain Bike Review

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Pivot Firebird 2012
 


March 27, 2017
 
Model/Year: 2017

Pros: Descends like a bat out of hell as long as you have the fast, wide-open terrain to stretch its long wheelbase and 170mm of front and rear travel. Full carbon frame and DW-Link make this big bike climb like smaller bikes of yesterday.

Cons: The Firebird is long (long reach, long wheelbase, 65 degree head angle) which can be a handful in slower terrain (tight and twisty)

Recommendation: Get the new 2017 Firebird if you race enduro, ride all mountain and love descending fast and furious, or need a trail bike to serve double duty as a park bike.





October 14, 2015
 
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: 167mm of travel in the rear and 170 in front. Great geometry. Handles anything the mountain will throw at you. DW link helps the bike climb like a goat on technical steep climbs. I still can't get my head around how well this bike climbs technically with so much travel. Low standover height, so you can buy a size larger (better reach and center). I rode several Pivot Mach group bikes of different travels. IMO, none of them compared to the Firebird.

Cons: A little heavy.

Recommendation: All mountain on real mountains. Awesome DH. A very good all day bike on big terrain.





February 18, 2013
 
Model/Year: Pivot firebird. 2011 frame built with 2013

Pros: Awesome handling , great suspension, durable

Recommendation: I love this bike. It is worth every dime. Pivot has excellent fit and finish. I am going to get another pivot in the future