We realize that's a big claim, but having had our hands (and our customers) on thousands of mountain bikes over the years, we can recognize true versatility when we see it. The Switchblade from Pivot packs such a breadth of capability, and for such a wide variety of riders, we've really never seen anything like it. Looking for one bike to rule them all? Here you go. Read on to see what we mean.
The Switchblade was designed to accommodate both 27.5+" and 29" wheelsets, so you can choose if you'd like to roll rowdy or if you want to feel more fast and efficient. Can't choose? The chassis was also engineered to run a "reverse mullet" configuration, with a 29" wheel up front and a 27.5+" wheel in back, without feeling strange. It can be the best of both worlds when you want to ride in all worlds.
The Switchblade's size range can accommodate the widest range of riders of any stock mountain bike we're ever sold, able to suit heights from 5'0" (152cm) up to 6'7" (201cm). What's more, thanks to its Flip-Chip linkage, the frame can quickly be further adjusted with "high" and "low" bottom bracket settings, for varying riding styles and geometry preferences.
Like some of the most advanced mountain bikes on the market, the Switchblade uses a DW-link rear suspension configuration, engineered by Dave Weagle himself in accordance with Pivot's mission for the machine. The result is something uncanny: a bike that can pedal, climb, and respond to power like a cross-country racing machine, but then descend, jump, and bump over terrain like a long-legged enduro rig. The Pivot-tuned FOX rear shocks (available with electronic Live Valve operation) certainly help, too.
The idea is a bit counterintuitive, but its proof is in experience. When riding, what is it that gives you the confidence to push your limits, to play with your own boundaries? The answer is trust in your machine. Pivot earns that trust with precision manufacturing otherwise not seen in mountain biking. The company's proprietary molding processes, combined with Hollow Core Carbon construction, creates framesets of uncommon solidity and durability. The result is trust – and very low weight, so you can take advantage of it.
The Pivot Switchblade is now offered at R&A in a variety of builds. Take a look at them below, or of course, contact us if you have any questions.