Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Pivot Switchblade Enduro Bike
slow it down through technical lines will get along well with the Switchblade’s design.
With 20 different build kits and a frame-only option, riders shouldn’t have a problem finding the parts they want and need. That said, some riders may want to do some modifications or upgrades. Riders looking to push the limits of their Switchblades in a bike park or down big mountains may find a coil shock to be a worthy upgrade. If a smaller upgrade is what you’re looking for, we’d suggest checking out some of Pivot’s mountable accessories. Our test bike was able to carry a Topeak multi-tool underneath the top tube. Other accessories, such as CO2 canisters, could be mounted to that area.
The Switchblade is a true do-it-all bike that won’t leave you wanting more. From rock gardens to flow trails, Pivot designed the Switchblade to conquer it all. Riders can choose 29-inch wheels for speed and roll-over or 27.5-plus-inch wheels for additional cushion and traction. The Flip Chip allows riders to further tune the bike to meet their needs. The Switchblade’s price is likely to appeal more to mid-level and advanced riders looking for a serious mountain bike, one that’s capable enough to race an enduro or play around on local trails. If you’re looking to purchase a bike in the $5,000-and-above range, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than Pivot’s newly updated Switchblade.
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