Bike vs. Bike - Rocky Mountain Instinct or Pivot Switchblade 5

Vital member bikes are untouchable and this Bike vs. Bike pits Canada against the USA in a showdown for singletrack-slaying supremacy.

Bike vs. Bike - Rocky Mountain Instinct or Pivot Switchblade

If you don't know by now, Vital MTB members have some seriously dialed mountain bikes and we're fortunate that they show off the beautiful machines in our bike check section. Some riders take their builds to mind-blowing levels and the two bikes below do just that. We're comparing two carbon 29er trail bikes that are made to haul some serious singletrack ass and we want to know which bike you choose.

Our finalist big-wheeled speed demons share similarities like Maxxis Minion tires, Race Face NEXT carbon cranks, FOX suspension, SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrains and even minimal chainguides. They differ, however, in the details.

Volvoshredder's Rocky Mountain Instinct 990

This is a dream build with ENVE wheels, Race Face NEXT carbon goods, Ti bolts all around, a carbon-Ti rear axle, upgraded BC2 pivots and Lyle Link. Every accent is painstakingly considered with the color-matching red, orange and black theme. The kicker is that the bike weighs a svelte 26.17lbs but doesn't compromise handling with proper, aggressive tires.

TheFirebird's Pivot Switchblade

Nothing but pure class with its stealthy matte black presentation highlighted by ornate gold accents is TheFirebird's Pivot Switchblade. The Easton Havoc 35mm cockpit blends well with the gold-levered Hope brakes and the popping XX1 Eagle drivetrain is tied together with a gold anodized Absolute oval 32t sprocket. Add the KINGKONG hubs from Tune, strung up to Ibis rims and the custom treatment is complete. 

Check out nearly 10,000 other Vital member bike checks in our bike check section and be sure to add your bike to be considered for Vital Bike of the Day and Bike vs. Bike.

No matter how the voting turns out, both of these bikes are winners! Well done, Volvoshredder and TheFirebird.

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5 comments
  • handro

    10/24/2017 12:00 AM

    Both amazing! I absolutely love that black/gold look. However a thing that keeps me up at night: Why those ugly ass yellow Maxxis logos?! Ever seen a Ferrari with such shitty looking tires that f*k up the whole style? This is just like taking your perfect sunset landscape photo and there's that ugly telephone pole that won't disapear... I'm really happy with the performance of those tires, however someone at Maxxis needs to realize that not all of us are extroverts when it comes to colors or are stuck in the 80ies where you needed at least 327 bright colors to be cool and happy with your life.

  • Jokes

    10/25/2017 5:58 AM

    @handro if you don't like the tire's logos, just get a rattle can of plastidip to cover them up instead of sitting up at night wondering

  • grinch

    10/21/2017 7:47 PM

    Amazing bikes. I just can't vote for either because it'd be like voting against the other

  • mamath7

    10/21/2017 4:09 PM

    I'm riding an Haibike Heet 7.2 2016. This is not an ugly bike at all, but she's very, very meh. Do you think we could try to make her way more sexy without selling a kidney? I'll post some photo and ask for help.

  • Volvoshredder

    10/21/2017 11:02 AM

    Thanks Vital! And thanks everyone for the votes! The bike is now in the 25 lb range with a new Turbine R stem and some small bits.

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