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Pivot Firebird Frame

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
Pivot Firebird Frame Screen shot 2011-12-02 at 10.25.02 PM
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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“11 Pivot Firebird Frame”

The Good: Just a great ride all around. I had previously always ridden freeride bikes SC Bullit, Iron horse 7 point, this bike not only blows them away on the long rides, flats and climbs like I had expected, but even with the RP23 it blows them away on the decents. I did a parts swap from the older bikes so all the credit really goes to the frame Im starting to feel slow again because I cant get the bike to a speed where it feels like its out of control. It even manuals and 3 hops/drops as well as my old set ups which I built more for that.

The Bad: The 11 frame has the old 135x10mm rear axle and the wheel I had was quick release which I couldnt get tight enough to get the stiffness I wanted ( low end sram hub) out of the rear end. I converted the wheel to bolt on a now problem is solved.

Overall Review:

The Setup is 11' Pivot Firebird Frame w/ RP23

RockShox Totem Solo air

WTB Dual duty wheels

Geax Datura 2.2 tires

Holzfeller Cranks/Bottem bracket

Boobar/ hussfelt stem 55mm

Hayes Nines 208mm

Sram x7 group w/ shimano xt front(had to be e type)

Blackspire stinger chainguide

This frame really does defy logic, being a winter build project it was ready for spring before a lot of the more burly trails in the area were. So I got to take it on some long hilly rides on atv trails. First thing that stood out immediatly was how well the bike held speed and pedaled, and climbing was no longer a granny gear affair I can push as hard as I want  while seated with no penalty, stand up to get the pace a little quicker and only a little pedal bob is noticable. At this point I was assuming that all these more XCish benifits would make the bike not as enjoyable when the going gets fast. This is not the case so far I'v done all but one of my benchmark sort of practice downhill trails and this bike is just plain faster by a lot. Straight line speed is better and more stable, air time predictable and smooth, and in the corners I cant  seem to get it slide out, it just keeps traction and speed , as long as I keep good form. All in all this is a great bike real fast real fun, Im no pro, but I been riding for a long time and this bike is really taking my all around speed to another level.

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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

Specifications

Riding Type Trail, Freeride
Sizes and Geometry

S, M, L, XL View Geometry

Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 22.5 23 24 24.6
Head Tube Angle 67.1 67.1 67.1 67.1
Head Tube Length 4.6 4.8 5.5 6.1
Seat Tube Angle 71.1 71.1 71.1 71.1
Seat Tube Length 16.5 17.75 19 21
Bottom Bracket Height 13.98 13.98 13.98 13.98
Chainstay Length 17.25 17.25 17.25 17.25
Wheelbase 43.75 44.25 45.32 45.96
Standover 28.63 28.63 28.63 29.13
Reach 14.5 14.92 15.72 16.13
Stack 23.49 23.68 24.33 24.89
Frame Material Aluminum
Rear Travel 6.6
Rear Shock Fox RP23 Kashima
Head Tube Diameter 1.5
Bottom Bracket 73mm
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142 x 12
Front Derailleur Size e-type
Seat Post Diameter 30.9
Max Tire Size
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Bottle Cage Mounts
Colors Black / White
Warranty
Weight

7 lb 9 oz (3.4 kg)

Miscellaneous
Price $2199.00
More Info Pivot website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry