Will 2011 be the breakthrough year for carbon fiber? Some may say it happened already, but all the signs I’m seeing are pointing to that fact that 2011 will be HUGE for carbon. Yet even with the onslaught of carbon fiber, there are still many great bikes made out of good ‘ol aluminum and I’d say the all-new 2011 Pivot Mach 5.7 is one of those great bikes that will buck that trend in a big way.
The new Mach 5.7 is a beautiful bike that is built to go head-on with some stiff competition: Yeti 575, Ibis Mojo, Santa Cruz Blur LT, etc. The 5.7 moniker represents the amount of travel provided by this capable trail slayer and feels just about perfect on the trail.
Pivot Mach 5.7 features (official specs pending):
- 1/2″ more travel than the Mach 5
- Slacker angles for a better all-around trailbike feel
- Lower BB than the Mach 5
- Tapered head tube (now standard on all Pivot bikes)
- DW-Link suspension with carbon upper link
- 1/2 lb lighter than the Mach 5 frameset
- MSRP: $1999 (frame/shock)
Pivot Mach 5.7 Review
With Bike DealerCamp coming to my stomping grounds, I was able to ride the Mach 5.7 on familiar trails and terrain. The venue was Deer Valley, UT (a far cry from Bootleg Canyon, NV where the Interbike Outdoor Demo is held), so I was stoked for both lift-served and lung-served singletrack.
My first impression of the 5.7 was its light weight. Hefting the complete build, I was completely amazed. While I neglected to catch the exact weight, I’d say the build tested was easily 26 lbs or less. Highlights of the build include: DT Swiss XR400 wheelset, Fox Float 32 fork, full Shimano XT 3×10 grouppo, Shimano XT brakeset, FSA SL-K riser bars and Kenda Nevegal tires.
As it turned out, the complete build worked extremely-well except for the wheels. Not that the wheels failed or anything, but they weren’t quite as stiff and capable as those I’d expect to come standard on this rig. Crank Brothers Cobalt or similar would be much better-suited to this bike’s capabilities.
I really had a blast on this bike. It felt nimble and fast on the uphill with traction aplenty. Shock setup is aided by a custom sag indicator that’s included with the bike (a nice touch). With that proper setup, both the negative and positive travel of the DW-Link suspension design comes into play — yielding trademark DW smoothness in all terrain (something other suspension designs have trouble matching).
While climbing, the rear wheel seems to extend and compress to match the terrain — no matter how technical. I could push this bike hard and all it would do is keep ascending without complaint whatsoever.
Snaking through fast and flowing singletrack is just what the doctor ordered for the 5.7. It seems to settle into its comfort zone very quickly — encouraging the rider to lean harder into the turn, pedal faster and point it straight through technical sections. Overall handling felt very balanced in all conditions except for a teeny bit of front-end wander on the steepest of climbs — nothing a little Fox TALAS or RockShox U-turn travel adjustments can’t remedy.
- Extremely lightweight — especially for aluminum
- Seemingly perfect travel
- Ultra-capable climber
- So flickable and fun, it’s amazing
- DW-Link suspension is hard to beat
- The perfect do-it-all machine
- Tapered head tube for stiffness
- Very balanced singletrack assault bike that just flows from turn-to-turn
- Wanders just a tad on technical climbs
- The included DT Swiss XR400 wheelset is light, but isn’t the best match for this bike
- Random creaks in here and there — probably due to pre-production tolerances
Bottom Line: 2011 Pivot Mach 5.7
This is a great new bike for Pivot and should prove to be very popular. I have only very briefly ridden the Mach 5 prior to riding the 5.7 but the difference is astounding. The Mach 5.7 feels like a great trailbike while the regular Mach 5 feels like a long-legged XC race bike. That difference is felt on the trail as the 5.7 is as comfortable as they get and performs on par with the best trailbikes on the market. I really had a great time on this bike.
More Info: Visit PivotCycles.com