Pivot Cycles is “new” on the scene for 2008. I say “new” while doing finger quotes because the company is headed by industry veteran and Titus Cycles’ former founder, Chris Cocalis and is utilizing the proven DW-Link suspension design from Dave Weagle–these guys know bikes. Currently, Pivot has two bikes on the market for 2008: 1) 4-inch travel Pivot Mach 4 and 2) 5-inch travel Pivot Mach 5. While 4-inch travel bikes don’t particularly light my fire, once you get into 5+ inches, that sparks interest.
Pivot Mach 5 Mountain Bike
The all-new Pivot Mach 5 sports a sexy DW-Link frame with, as stated above, 5-inches of travel. The patented DW-Link suspension design is named for it’s inventor, Dave Weagle. His designs have previously been found primarily on Iron Horse is widely recognized as one of the top suspension designs on the market today. It is one of the three big dogs in patented suspension designs with Horst and VPP being the other two. You can read more about the 7 advantages of the DW-Link design.
Pivot Cycles owner, Chris Cocalis has used plenty of suspension designs over the years. He knows his stuff and has chosen to work with and refine the DW-Link for his new bike line. he has put his touch on the travel to ensure it rides just right.
Check out the following image, showing the intricate and downright sexy lower pivot axle with integrated bottom bracket and derailleur mount. Nice!
How does the Pivot Mach 5 Ride?
Though I didn’t get a chance to ride the Mach 5 at Interbike 2007, I can imagine that the Mach 5 will be a stellar all-mountain steed. Looking at the angles and overall design leads me to believe it will be a trusty trailbike that can handle all-day epics and whatever else–short of DH courses–you can throw at it. Hopefully I can swing a leg over one in the coming months and post my thoughts.
If anyone has any actual saddle-time on the new Pivot Mach 5, please chime in below!
I’ve also heard that a 6-inch travel version is in the works, so stay tuned.
Pivot Mach 5 Features
- Price: $1900 (frame only) to $5800 (XTR Complete)
- Sizes: XS (14.5), S (16.5), M (19), L (21)
- Colors: Blue or Black (Anodized) or White (Powdercoat)
- Refined wheel path that initiates slightly rearward to smooth square hits
- Integrated bottom bracket and front derailleur mount provides proper chainline
- Suspension linkages pivot on 8 HUGE bearings to provide smooth travel
- Fox Talas 32 forks (RLC or R)
- 140mm fork provides a 69-degree head angle
- Three all-mountain build kits: Shimano XTR, XT or SRAM X-9
- Visit www.pivotcycles.com for more details
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