Phoenix DH Carbon V2

Fast. As. Hell. 

The Phoenix Carbon is the lightest, strongest, fastest, most technically advanced downhill chassis in the world. This is the same bike that’s been ridden to success at Crankworx, on the World Cup downhill circuit and at the Red Bull Hardline — it’s also the rig that countless everyday shredders have used to reach the podium, drop jaws at the bike park and thoroughly blow minds out on the trail. You’re looking at a gravity sled that shrugs off monster gaps, is ridiculously quick on the gas and blends high-speed control with jump-line playfulness. This is the Phoenix Carbon. This is fast.

Rear Travel

Rear Travel

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Wheel Size




Downhill bikes take a beating—we built the Phoenix to hold up for the long haul. Our cold-forged links, for instance, pivot on Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings for seasons of silky-smooth performance. Ultra durable, rubberized, molded downtube and swingarm protection fend off flying rocks. Integrated rubber fork stops at the headtube offer even more protection; and those same stops are part of the Pivot Cable Port System—the cleanest and easiest-to-use internal routing system around. No chairlift in sight and you need to pedal to the top? We made the Phoenix Carbon compatible with internal dropper posts for just that reason.



We equip the Phoenix with a Fox Float X2—an air-sprung shock with a wealth of World Cup wins to its credit. We’ve extensively tested the Phoenix with a variety of coil shocks. Fox’s Float X2, however, offers the best performance. Hands down. All of our team riders prefer its superior control, adjustability and plush feel. Fox’s X2 shock gives you amazing tuning options thanks to features such as volume-adjust spacers, as well as independent high and low-speed compression and rebound adjusters. What else do we like about the X2? Amazing sensitivity, great durability and a seamless transition between the response to small and large impacts. In short, the air-sprung Fox Float X2 is a shock that lets you ride faster, with greater confidence. Still want to run a coil? Read more about it in our FAQ section.


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Geometry & Sizing

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Bomber—yet ultra light—full carbon frame featuring leading edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot's proprietary molding technology

204mm of supple yet efficient dw‐link® suspension

27.5‐inch wheels for nimble handling and quick acceleration

Ultra-adjustable Fox Float X2 Evol shock

Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing w/ Pivot's exclusive cable port system

Available in sizes S, M, L, XL for riders between 5'4" and 6'7"

Complete bike and frame-only options

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To ensure the best sizing, we recommend that you visit your local Pivot dealer to get a professional fit and refer to our geometry chart to check your measurements. We suggest that you pick your Phoenix based on your riding style. The Phoenix features long and low geometry, and all sizes have the same head tube length and a very narrow range of seat tube length. This means that riders should pick their frame sizing based on top tube length and reach measurements.  Below is a general guideline: 

Small: 5'4.5" – 5’9” 

Medium: 5'7” –5’11” 

Large: 5'10” – 6’3” 

X‐Large: 6'2” +

Yes, the Phoenix features internal dropper post routing.

Variables in frame size, discrepancies in scale calibrations, and method of weighing (with or without pedals and such) all lead to inaccurate comparisons, so we choose not to publish our bike weights. Pivot bicycles are among the lightest available, but the weight is only one of many factors that make a great bicycle. Other aspects such as frame stiffness, strength, durability, and ride quality are just as important as weight to our engineers when designing our Hollow Core Carbon and aluminum frames. Instead of comparing grams online, we suggest you visit your local Pivot dealer and see our attention to detail, smart, high value spec, and class leading features. Bring a scale if you’d like, but take just one demo ride and you’ll feel why Pivot Cycles are the most well-rounded, highest performing bicycles on the market and in many cases, yes, it’s the lightest as well.

180mm (7.1”) 

For those wanting to run a dropper post, the length of any additional cable hangers off the bottom of the post will also need to be taken into consideration when determining how far down you can lower your post. With the KS option, for riders up to 6’ tall, we typically run the 100mm travel version on the Phoenix as it allows us to get the seat low enough for DH runs due to the shorter insertion requirements of the shorter travel post.


The Phoenix uses standard DH 157mm x 12mm hub/wheel spacing. 

You can fit any 27.5” x 2.4” tires on the market. 

We use a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle. You can order one through our online store.


34.9mm (or 35mm as some manufacturers call it)

The Phoenix features a 107mm press fit system. With the press fit system, there are no external washers or threads in the shell. The bearings are housed in light composite resin or alloy cups with a fully sealed sleeve to keep out the elements. This design allows for easy crank installation with no frame facing or special spacers required and the chain line is perfectly optimized. The system works with Shimano, FSA and Race Face cranks (all compatible with the Shimano cup design) as well as the SRAM GXP system. In addition, Enduro and several other aftermarket companies offer both replacement bottom brackets and/or bearings to support every major crank brand. 

The 107mm press fit is based off the 83mm wide DH standard and therefore requires DH‐specific 83mm compatible cranks.

We use a Press Fit 107 BB (the bearing cups are based on what is commonly called PF92 or BB92 but spaced wider). Almost every crank and BB manufacturer offers a bottom bracket that is compatible with the Press Fit 92/107 system.

Zero stack (ZS) 49.6mm top and ZS 56mm bottom


No rear brake adapter is needed for a 180mm rotor. If you would like to put a 203mm rotor on, you will need a 180mm to 203mm direct mount/post to post adapter.

The Phoenix can run any 27.5” specific dual crown DH fork. 


Eye-to-eye: 9.5”

Stroke: 3”

For the front of the shock, the hardware is 8mm x 22mm. There is no hardware on the rear of the shock, the spacer hardware and bushing will need to be removed as the strut mounts directly to the shock body. Some shocks may have a different spec then the Fox shock that comes on the bike and may not fit properly. 

Yes, but only a downhill specific air shock. The Fox Float X2, Rock Shox Vivid Air and most any other DH based air shock design, features a tunable spring curve for better overall performance with the Phoenix’s linkage design. However, as we cannot test every shock on the market, riders assume some risk if they choose a shock that does not fit properly or is not tuned correctly for the bike. The Fox Float X2 shock that we spec has a wide range of tuning options, a large diameter shaft and tunable bottoming control. We feel it is the best performing shock in the market (and many world cups have been won on this shock). 

Although the Phoenix features a rising rate design that functions with coil-over shocks, the clevis design adds additional leverage to the shock shaft and internal piston bushing that can result in premature wear of the shock (or in the case of some shock brands, a total failure of the shock shaft) so we do not recommend running a coil-over. For maximum performance and durability, we recommend staying with the supplied Fox Float X2 shock. The Pivot Factory Racing DH World Cup team has the option of running either FOX X2 air or coil-over and each athlete has found the air shock offers better performance and control and ultimately faster times on the race course.

The bumper was developed with our race team on the world cup circuit and acts similarly to the bump stops on a race truck or rally car. Under extreme bottoming, it offers an additional level of protection for your frame and shock.

A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found in the Tech Specs section.