options there are. Riders can expect to pay between $5,499 and $12,399, depending on the build-kit package. At the entry point, riders will see a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain, along with Fox Performance suspension and DT Swiss alloy wheels. Should you dig deep into your bank account and get all the bells and whistles, you’ll see a premium package combining a SRAM AXS wireless drivetrain with Fox Live Value electronically tuned suspension and, of course, Reynolds carbon wheels.

Our test bike, priced at $8,999, had a Shimano XTRbuild kit, along with Fox Factory suspension and Pivot’s exclusive Reynolds carbon wheels.

Take on the trails with downtube armor.

SUSPENSION

160mm front
142mm rear

The Switchblade moved to a new vertical shock design similar to what’s seen on the Mach 4 SLlaunched last year. Suspension travel was then increased from 135 to 142mm. In front, the Switchblade has a 160mm-travel fork with a 44mm offset.

When asked why the Switchblade moved to a vertical shock design, we received nearly the same answers as we did when we first saw Pivot’s new Mach 4 SL. The updated DW-link system allows for more water-bottle clearance, a more progressive shock rate and more tire clearance. It also allows for better integration of Fox Live suspension and allows Pivot’s designers to lower the standover height. Pivot used trunnion shock mounts on this frame and assured us that the suspension design is now compatible with coil shocks.

DOWN AND DIRTY

Pivot’s Switchblade is the sharpest tool in its shed, designed to take on any trail, any time. This do-it-all mountain bike is hard to categorize since it combines the descending prowess of an all-out enduro bike with trail bike-climbing performance. The Switchblade is built for riders looking to…