What Pivot Should I Buy?

Category lines are blurred like never before thanks to Pivot’s versatile designs, but each model has its unique personality – let the following guide steer you towards the perfect bike.


You’re an all-around trail rider that loves 29er wheels and/or is looking for something just slightly more aggressive than the Mach 5.5 Carbon and will allow you to race enduro and/or focus a bit on more technical terrain: Switchblade. On paper the Switchblade and Mach 5.5 Carbon look like similar bikes, but on the trail, the Switchblade is a more aggressive bike capable of excelling in the most technical terrain. On the flip side of this, the Switchblade with 27.5” Plus wheels is often the best all-around trail bike for someone looking for maximum confidence and traction. The 27.5” Plus wheels will make a less technically proficient rider more confident in all conditions.


You’re a trail rider or Enduro rider who wants an extremely capable bike in technical terrain. You are ok with climbing but with the purpose of getting to the descents.
You may even entertain the occasional bike park trip and need a bike that can handle your day to day shredding and also be able to tackle the bike park: Mach 6 Carbon or Mach 6 Aluminum

MACH 5.5

You’re an all-around trail rider - you simply want the best all-around trail bike that’s confidence inspiring and won’t hold you back in technical situations but also be happy to climb all day if that’s what the ride entails: Mach 5.5. You may do the occasional 24-hour race, or you may even ride the occasional enduro, but that’s not your focus. Basically, this is one of our offerings that crosses all boundaries and is the one bike to do it all and make you a better rider while doing it. Plus, it’s one of the only bikes that’s compatible with the latest Fox LIVE electronic suspension technology blurring the category lines like never before.


You’re an all-around trail rider that does the occasional race or endurance racer that likes to have some extra travel in reserve: Trail 429 If your trail riding does not lean towards the extreme end of the spectrum then this bike is for you. This bike has cross country levels of climbing efficiency but don’t let that prowess fool you – we also gave this bike incredibly capable geometry that when paired with 29er wheels (or 27.5+) lets you attack technical trails with surprising confidence. For many riders that don’t lean towards the full enduro end of the spectrum, this is their one bike that can do it all. We also offer a new limited edition Enduro spec option that gives the Trail 429 an insatiable appetite for the technical and rough - all while retaining the Trail 429’s legendary uphill acceleration.


You are a cross country racer competing in short track or on smoother, climb intensive courses where light weight and efficiency are priorities: LES Singlespeed, LES 27.5 or LES SL.  The LES hardtail is another popular choice for our race teams on smother courses and short track races because of the carbon frame’s incredibly light weight and stellar power transfer. New school progressive race geometry and 29er wheels let the LES attack descends and make up time where others struggle. The LES 27.5 is great for smaller riders and NICA racers who might have fit compromises on 29ers. 


You are a cross country racer that is either under 5’5” or a cross country oriented trail rider that prefers the quick acceleration, maneuverability and playfulness that 27.5” wheels offer: Mach 4 Carbon This was Chloe Woodruff’s choice for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Like the 429SL, the Mach 4 Carbon is offered in two build types: one with the versatility of a 130mm travel Fox 34 Step Cast fork and more aggressive Maxxis Ardent Race 2.35 tires or speed focused XC Race builds with 100mm travel 32 Step Cast forks and fast rolling Maxxis Ikon tires.


You are an XC Racer wanting the fastest bike to get you around the race course or you just love to climb: Mach 4 SL. Nothing carries speed like 29er wheels, so this is a common choice for the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis. The 4 SL is surprisingly capable for light duty trail riding and for endurance style events when built with the 120mm travel Fox 34 Step Cast fork and more aggressive Maxxis Ardent tires. We also offer this bike in competition ready XC Race builds with 100mm travel Fox 32 Step Cast forks and speedy Maxxis Aspen tires.


You’re a rider that likes to ride the most technical terrain, enduro races that mimic (or are) world cup DH courses, and double black diamond bike park runs or youjust spend the majority of your time in a bike park. You may even hit theoccasional DH race. These bikes still climb amazingly well so many riders chose these just because they know that they will never be under gunned in the most technical situations: Firebird 29. We offer the firebird in two dedicated wheel sizes for riders with different needs or preferences. Those wanting maximum maneuverability, cornering snap and acceleration out of corners should choose the 27.5 version – this is the preferred version for Pivot Factory team racer, Bernard Kerr. Anyone seeking maximum momentum, stability, traction and straight-line speed will love the Firebird 29 – this is the choice of Pivot Factory racer Eddy Masters who has taken this bike to an overall EWS win, multiple podiums and numerous stage wins against the fastest enduro racers on the planet.


You’re a downhill rider/racer and/or just like to have the most travel available in a bike park: Phoenix 29 or Phoenix. The Phoenix 29 is the bike of choice for our Pivot Factory Racing World Cup Team who needs an ultra-fast, low slung speed machine that’s ready to blaze down the gnarliest of World Cup tracks. It has been proven with wins at the highest level of competition including the Redbull Hardline. Or Phoenix with its 27.5” wheels is perfect if 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.


You ride snow, sand, and soft surfaces: LES Fat The ultra-high volume tires of this bike let you ride and have fun on surfaces that you would otherwise be pushing on a normal mountain bike. Our Swinger II dropouts let you use a widest variety of tire sizes to match the surface you’ll be riding on.


You ride roads of all types including gravel, pavement and/or race cyclocross: Vault
The Vault is the king of road versatility. Progressive new school geometry excels on variable road surfaces, race courses, and any time a ride turns into an adventure. With generous tire clearance thanks to dual dropped chainstays, the Vault is a tire change away from being ready for a ride on any surface. Throw on some 25c’s and ultralight aero wheels for a road race or mount a set of cross specific tires for that sloppy cyclocross race. Bikepacking or a raw, primitive gravel route on the agenda? Throw on some 45c’s or a set of high volume 650b’s for an even smoother ride and total control.


You want to ride farther, climb steeper and with less effort but still want a high-performance mountain bike that’s capable of shredding on nearly any trail: Shuttle The full carbon fiber class 1 Shuttle eMTB is the one of world’s lightest and is powered by Shimano’s amazing STEPS E8000 system that provides 250 watts of electric assist. The Shuttle is ideal for a wide variety of riders: gravity focusedriders who want to self-shuttle to the top, riders who can’t get enough but still want to ride on their “days off”, those who wish to climb impossibly steep trails, ride what would otherwise be a total beatdown or include a riding partner with less fitness. In other words, the Shuttle eMTB is for everybody.