Thanks to Dave Weagle's dw‐link® rear suspension, the Switchblade takes the suffering out of the steepest, rockiest climbs. The suspension is amazingly efficient, yet supple and active, providing you with all the traction you need to clean the trickiest technical sections. The Switchblade is the rare bike that shines on the toughest downhill tracks yet never sacrifices a shred of climbing ability.
THE BEST OF 29 AND 27.5—IN ONE BIKE
From the start, Pivot designed the Switchblade to not just “accommodate” both 29 and 27.5 wheels, but to excel with both wheel sizes. The Switchblade boasts both one of the shortest chainstays in its class (for agile handling) and more clearance for wide tires than any of its competitors. Putting these two holy grails of bike design into a single frame design enables you to experience both unmatched high-speed stability through chunky terrain and effortless split-second manuals over seemingly impossible obstacles. Pivot's Super Boost Plus rear spacing deserves a lot of the credit here for making all this possible and while we're on the subject, it also improves frame stiffness, wheel durability and lets you use a front derailleur while you're at it. Want to run a 29er set up to get maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving, stable ride quality in loose, rocky conditions? Go with one of Pivot's 27.5-plus tire and wheel build kits. 29 or 27.5-plus—the Switchblade is brilliant in both wheel sizes.
The Switchblade is an absolute weapon on the steepest and roughest descents. Its sleek-yet-stout carbon chassis takes more than a few cues from Pivot's gravity bikes. The Switchblade's double wishbone rear triangle is damn close to what you'll find on their World Cup CH bike—the Phoenix. The ultra-stiff linkage design? It's what you'll find on their Mach 6 and Firebird enduro models. The end result is the absolute stiffest frameset available in the trail category—giving you precise control and the ability to tackle new terrain every time you ride. No surprise, the suspension plays a huge role here as well. Because the Switchblade's dw‐link® rear suspension doesn't squat or bob under pedaling force, they are able to lower the bottom bracket height and slacken the head angle to achieve the best performance in high speed and technical sections while still maintaining the precise handling and “poppy” ride that makes a great trail bike so much fun.
Rear suspension duties are aptly handled by a Fox Float DPX2 shock tuned specifically for the Switchblade's dual personality. When combined with the ultra-low friction Kashima coating, Fox's design offers an incredibly plush feel in every setting. Finally, we've paired the Switchblade's excellent rear suspension with the latest 160mm Fox 36 – the perfect fork for trail riders who seek complete control over the most aggressive terrain.
VARIABLE WHEEL TRAVEL PATH - Provides the best square edge bump performance, enabling you to maintain momentum over rough terrain and resulting in superior traction on even the most technical climbs.
FULLY ACTIVE BRAKING - Using your brakes will not affect your suspension performance on a dw-link® Pivot bike. Unlike other suspension designs, with a Pivot design, your rear tire maintains contact with the trail under heavy braking action. The result is no chatter, more control and the ability to brake even later in a corner without skidding or hopping.
INCREDIBLE FRAME STIFFNESS - A one-piece rear triangle and oversize pivots on their short dual links eliminate flex, for precise technical handling at high speeds and in aggressive terrain. Additional benefits include long bearing life and faster acceleration.
POSITION SENSITIVE ANTI-SQUAT - dw-link® suspension does not squat or bob when you pedal, nor does it require any levers, buttons or gadgets to achieve maximum pedaling efficiency. All of your power output is naturally focused on producing forward momentum and climbing speed.
Through the employ of hard internal forms for both layup and the molding process, pivot achieve more consistent pressures, the highest level of material compaction, and extremely tight tolerances over the entire frame structure. This ultra-precise layup method can be optimized to achieve ideal handling characteristics for every model's purpose and for every size in the line up, enabling you to experience renowned Pivot ride quality on every trail.
CABLE PORT SYSTEM
No more fishing for cables, no more rattles due to loose housing – Pivot future-proof internal system offers huge access ports for fast assembly, universal housing clamps that keep your Pivot quiet, full Shimano Di2 integration, and future-proof compatibility with all gearing and dropper configurations.
CONFIDENT YET NIMBLE
With a long and low front center, the bike gives you a centered “in the bike” feel that adds stability at high speeds. The Switchblade also possesses one of the shortest rear centers in its class, with 16.85" (428mm) chainstays. Those short chainstays give the bike a snappy, lively on tight trails. It's truly the best of both worlds. “Balanced” is the word that best describes the Switchblade's angles. The Switchblade's 67.25° head angle, is slack enough to lend the bike a calm and neutral on the toughest descents, but not so relaxed that you'll encounter wheel flop on steep climbs. The bike's 74.25° seat angle provides an optimal climbing position that increases traction.
- Bomber—yet ultra light—full carbon frame featuring leading edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot's proprietary molding technology
- Ultra-short, 428mm (16.85”) chainstays make easy work of the tightest trails
- Rear Suspension: Fox Grip 2 or FIT4 44mm or Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate 42mm - Optional Upgrade
- Fox Factory DPX2 – INCLUDED
- RaceFace NEXT R Carbon Crank w/ 30t Chainring – INCLUDED
- Fits almost every rider (everyone between 4'11" and 6'2"+)
- Compatible with both 29 and 27.5+ wheelsizes
- Long-and-low geometry for a confident, stable stance
- Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing
- Class-leading mud and tire clearance
- 135mm of supple-yet-efficient dw‐link® suspension
- Front derailleur compatible
- 10-year warranty
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