Pivot Announces the Switchblade, a 29 and 27.5+ Trail Bike

Aaron Chase aboard the new Pivot Switchblade (photo: Lear Miller)
Aaron Chase aboard the new Pivot Switchblade (photo: Lear Miller)

Pivot’s newest bike – the Switchblade – has 135mm/150mm of travel (rear/front) and can be run with either 29″ or 27.5″+ wheels and tires. It’s a significant bump up in travel from the Mach 429 Trail that I’ve been riding over the past couple months – review coming soon. Basically, the Switchblade looks to be a bigger-wheeled version of their popular Mach 6 trail bike.

Switchblade with 29" wheels and the Pro XTR/XT build
Switchblade with 29″ wheels and the Pro XTR/XT build
And with 27.5+ wheels
And with 27.5+ wheels

The Switchblade has impressively short chainstays at just 16.85″ (428mm). Even with those stubby stays, Pivot says there’s clearance for 29×2.5 or 27.5×3.25 tires. Oh yeah, you can also run a front derailleur if you’d like. So how did they manage to meet all those design goals? Well, they got all Marty McFly and went Back to the Future on us.

By now we all know about Boost 148 spacing – even if we don’t accept it. However, for what Pivot wanted the Switchblade to do, Boost 148 just wasn’t wide enough. So, Pivot repurposed DH bike spacing which is 12×157. While any old DH hub will work on the bike, Pivot did partner with DT Swiss, Industry Nine, and Reynolds to create new versions of 12×157 hubs that have the flanges farther apart, creating a stiffer wheel.

This may help clear up any confusion about the rear spacing on the Switchblade
This may help clear up any confusion about the rear spacing on the Switchblade

Regarding geometry, the Switchblade looks to be current with today’s trend toward long, low, and slack bikes. Pivot has always tried to look out for riders on the shorter end of the spectrum and the new bike is no exception. It’s offered in an XS that is said to fit riders under 5′ tall. The XL frame should fit riders 6′ 2″ and up.

Switchblade geometry
Switchblade geometry in inches

As for build kits, there are a bunch of them. You get your choice of 29 or 27.5+ wheels in six separate builds, making 12 possible combinations. Prices for the Pro XTR/XT build start at $6,300 and the Team XTR Di2 build will set you back $10,100. It’s too many combinations to go over here, so if you want the details be sure to visit Pivot’s site.

The Switchblade in blue
The Switchblade in blue
A rubber downtube protector to keep your frame pretty
A rubber downtube protector to keep your frame pretty
Room for a large water bottle INSIDE the frame!
Room for a large water bottle INSIDE the frame!
Look at that clearance Clarence
Look at that clearance Clarence, and that’s with Maxxis 2.8″ Rekon tires
In case you forget...
In case you forget…
And one more shot of Aaron Chase gettin' rad
And one more shot of Aaron Chase gettin’ rad (photo: Lear Miller)

Look for the Switchblade to be available immediately in size medium while sizes small and large will be here in just a week. Sizes extra small and extra large should be arriving in three weeks.

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