Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Pivot Switchblade Enduro Bike
The most noticeable change to the Switchblade is a new appearance with straighter lines and a new vertical shock layout. Pivot offers frames from XS to XL designed to fit riders from 5 feet to 6-foot-7. Each frame is tuned with size-specific tubes, allowing riders to experience the same level of stiffness whether riding a small or large frame. This attention to detail can be seen in the front triangle, while the rear triangle remains the same across each frame size. The chainstay length increased by 2mm from the last generation to give riders a more stable ride.
Pivot continues to deliver by adding a Flip Chip inspired by the Firebird 29, a drainage hole below the shock and an uninterrupted seat tube to allow long-travel dropper posts. Other details include a mounting point under the top tube for accessories and ample clearance for plus-sized tires. Pivot also noted that the Switchblade could be run as a mixed-wheel bike with a 29/275-inch tire combo.
There’s no lack of component packages to choose from when purchasing a Switchblade. In fact, it’s almost overwhelming how many…