Singletracks readers picked the Pivot Switchblade as one of their favorite enduro bikes of 2017, just 18 months after the bike’s release. The bike received glowing reviews, but with prices starting north of $5,000 for the least expensive build, the carbon Switchblade was out of reach for many riders. Today, Pivot is announcing an aluminum version that should make the bike slightly more accessible.
The entry-level aluminum Switchblade build is priced at $4,099 which isn’t cheap, but it’s exactly $1,000 less than the previous entry-level Switchblade. Pivot isn’t known for offering skimpy builds by any means, with even the lowest level spec featuring an 11-speed Shimano XT-level drivetrain, a Fox Transfer dropper post, 3C Maxxis Rekon tires, and a Fox 36 Performance fork.
Pivot founder Chris Cocalis explains, “it took years to develop the advanced shaping techniques that enable us to build an ultra-light aluminum frame, which meets the same strength and stiffness tests as our carbon models. But we’ve done it. Both Switchblade models are perfect for riders looking to tackle aggressive terrain or enduros. In 29er mode it has a confident, playful feel. In 27.5+ mode, the Switchblade is even more stable, but with absolutely unreal levels of traction. Now the Switchblade Aluminum puts all that performance in reach of even more riders.”
The aluminum Switchblade is available at select dealers worldwide starting today.
I suppose if you must have a Pivot and are okay with the Super Boost nonsense, pressfit bottom bracket, high price point (for a “budget” alloy) and loud color scheme, then have at it.
I suppose if you must bash a bike you haven’t rode or can’t afford then have at it. Super Boost plus is part of what makes the Switchblade ride better than all other 29ers I demoed. As for PFBB and color no problems here.