• The Good:

    Super playful and versatile. Good climber and even better descender.

    The Bad:

    It's not cheap. Wheels are heavy and 2.6" tires may not be for everyone.

    Overall Review: Not sure how much I can add to Vital staff’s already stellar review of the Mach 5.5, but I thought I’d add in a layperson’s perspective and a somewhat long term review. I’ve been on this version of the Mach 5.5 for over a year now. I tried a few 29er’s but for the fun factor I keep going back to...

    Posted by missinglink on 11/22/2019 6:01 PM

  • The Good:

    - Devours just about anything when pointed downhill
    - Pedals stupid well for 162mm rear + 29er wheels
    - Never felt any bottom outs even though the X2 oring said it definitely did. - Don't feel "on top" of the bike like a lot of other 29ers

    The Bad:

    - Climbing performance on technical climbs hampered by the head angle
    - Slow speed switch backs take more tire sliding and body english
    - Stock disc spec is too small in diameter for this style of bike

    Overall Review: This is only after a few days on a demo, also the bike I rode had Cushcore installed on the rear, but didn't ride a lower pressure than normal (low 20's). Rides included: Grubstake Loop inApex Park Lift riding at Trestle Bike Park Morrison Slide loop in Red Rocks I weight 160 and 5'11...

    Posted by NorCalNomad on 9/14/2019 6:11 PM

  • During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Pivot Phoenix went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Phoenix. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more. Highlights 2...

    Posted by bturman on 1/6/2019 2:38 PM

  • Pivot's Mach 429 Trail was born from cross-country roots with a hint of some big bike influence. During a previous Vital MTB Test Sessions it wowed us with its incredible sense of efficiency and playful, spritely, rocket ship feel, but it often fell behind when trail conditions got hairy. New ...

    Posted by bturman on 5/16/2018 6:20 PM

  • For those looking to go fast and take chances, increasingly capable components and frames mean mountain biking of all varieties is quickly becoming a more aggressive endeavor. For those simply looking to have a good time, those same improvements ensure added safety and fun on the trail. Today Pi...

    Posted by bturman on 5/17/2017 5:42 PM

  • The Good:

    #1 pedal switch on and its as great as any full sus xc bike, I bet the drag comes mainly from tires. Its roomy compared to other bikes...I remember when new giant reign came out and thought it was ridiculosly long..now this firebird its even longer, I have it with a 40mm stem so Im not that streched out. #2 rips out downhills...comming from the latest v10 and a nomad, first thing I thought was damnn same as the v10 on the descents (new bike syndrome I guess)...but definitely feels like a dh bike. I remember using the nomad on a slow speed but very roguht trail thats close to home, it felt like bike wasnt helping because getting more speed was getting more into trouble...with firebird I was able to give full throttle #3 very nice finish (black) #4 very quiet (once I made some wrapping in chainstay) #5 the bike looks much better in real than in your screen

    The Bad:

    #1 putting bike together was at least more difficult that santa cruz´s (lots of holes and no internal tubes for routing) #2 I have a nice build and still its heavier than nomad (31.5lb with pedals 2.4tires) wich is not bad at all.
    #3 rear link definitely gets some dirt, wich I can easily clean after every ride day ( with a brush) but I forsee the situation in the rainy season :(

    Overall Review: this thing is replacing latest nomad and v10 and Im very happy I did it. Im using size M with 40mm stem (5´875 height) and feels just perfect, I had some parts so decided to build it my self. I only used it for about 4 rides and then raced some enduro..a little flat terrain but bike didnt stop m...

    Posted by rastafarian on 4/27/2017 9:21 PM

  • The Good:

    Pain free climbs.
    Great cockpit length and geo.
    Outstanding grip.
    Descents are next level.
    Specs are well thought out and perform together seamlessly.

    The Bad:

    Stones collect in lower linkage and scratch frame - need mastic tape or cover.
    Fox 36 Float Fit4 is overshadowed by the amazing Float X2. It was hard to set up to match the feel of the rear shock.

    Overall Review: I own a Firebird XT/XTR version. I came from a 2013 Corratec Opiate FX (think 67deg HA, 26" "all-rounder" AM bike). Climbing - At 6'2" I was right between sizing for an XL and L. I opted to go for an XL and put on a 33mm stem. The long front (65 deg HA and long reach) on the bike helps keep we...

    Posted by ButtersNZ on 4/11/2017 5:17 PM

  • With a complete overhaul for 2017, the Pivot Firebird gets some key geometry updates inspired by its downhill counter part, the Phoenix, complete with a brand new dw-link suspension layout. Featuring 170mm of front and rear wheel travel, the Firebird comes prepared to handle the gnarliest trails...

    Posted by bturman on 3/13/2017 10:28 AM

  • Feature by Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller and Brandon Turman Chris Cocalis, the President and CEO of Pivot Cycles, was once described to us as having the ability to see the matrix before his eyes while looking at any new bike. From his humble roots as a college kid making hodgepodge f...

    Posted by bturman on 5/28/2016 8:20 AM

  • Reviewed by Brandon Turman and Steve Wentz // Photos by Lear Miller What would happen if you took a successful 29er cross-country bike and mixed in a little inspiration from a long-travel 27.5 cousin? That's exactly what Pivot did with the Mach 429 Trail, which takes their well regarded Mach 4...

    Posted by bturman on 5/10/2016 12:10 PM

  • With just months before the start of the 2016 World Cup race season, Pivot's downhill machine gets an overhaul and comes out looking better than ever. It's lighter, spec'd a little differently, and has several new frame features that help dial things in even more. Phoenix DH Carbon Featu...

    Posted by bturman on 2/16/2016 2:58 AM

  • Reviewed by Courtney Steen and Amanda Wentz // Photos by Lear Miller At the 2016 Vital MTB Test Sessions, we ladies got the chance to sample a few of the latest trail/all-mountain bikes to see how they perform for women. With a smorgasbord of bikes ranging from 120 to 160mm travel, women-speci...

    Posted by bturman on 2/3/2016 12:47 PM

  • Reviewed by Steve Wentz and Brandon Turman // Photos by Lear Miller Pivot's Mach 6 Carbon has existed for a few years now, a veritable eternity in the world of changing designs and all-new products. It does, however, build off the success of the already refined Mach 5.7 and Firebird, blending ...

    Posted by bturman on 1/18/2015 2:15 PM

  • 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...

    Posted by bikeluvnfoo on 5/12/2013 5:21 AM

  • The Good:

    Pedals great, slays dh,

    The Bad:

    absolutely nothing

    Overall Review: This really is a do it all bike. Ive done everything from all day xc rides to shuttle dh runs with it. When setup correctly it pedals great. The DW link really is all its chalked up to be. WIth correct air pressure there is virtually no bob and it tracks very well. I run a talas 180/140 on mine ...

    Posted by DBomberMan on 4/28/2013 10:09 PM

  • Reviewed by Matt Thompson and Jess Pedersen // Written by Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman Many of the best things in life take some time to brew. Such is the case with the Mach 5.7 Carbon from Pivot Cycles. After five years of making aluminum only frames, including ...

    Posted by bturman on 3/31/2013 9:03 AM

  • Reviewed by Sean “Griz” McClendon. Photos by Ian Collins. Life without gravity is bunk. This bike cured my depression and ended a 23-month dry spell of no downhill. I was excited to return to riding downhill on a dual compact linkage design - yes, the beloved DW-Link by means of the Phoenix DH...

    Posted by 26griz on 9/27/2012 11:14 AM