You're no stranger to Pivot's Switchblade -- in fact you've coveted one ever since its original release in 2016. The long and low geometry, capable suspension, and super-boosted rear end told you it was more than ready to be your new one-bike quiver. The only problem was the price tag. Fortunately designers at Pivot have taken some time to work out just that, and crafted the new alloy Switchblade 27. 5+ Race XT Complete Mountain Bike for those of us looking to save a few bucks, but charge just as hard. The new alloy Switchblade comes to you ready to roll with rugged, hydro-formed aluminum construction and components, hungry for desert laps in Moab, and trail days in the PNW alike. The DW-Link suspension is a tried-and-true platform employed on all of Pivot's full-suspension machines. This comes as no surprise, seeing DW-Link's ability to claw up the steepest, chunkiest climbs and smooth square-edge hits on the descent. The Switchblade's 5. 3in of DW-Link travel remains quick to surge forward with every pedal stroke, yet it's surprisingly confident on the descent, mainly due to the DW-Link's unflappable composure on successive hits and burly rock sections. Another thing to note, the Switchblade's DW-Link suspension uses a Phoenix-inspired, double-wishbone rear triangle that stiffens both the pedaling interface and linkage design. Pivot takes Boost axle standards to entirely new realms with the advent of their Super Boost Plus rear axle spacing. Poking fun at the upward escalation of hub spacing, "Super Boost Plus" refers to Pivot's choice to employ a 157-millimeter rear axle, which in turn allows for increased tire clearance and incredibly short chainstays. Super Boost Plus adds an additional 9 millimeters of room to the rear axle, which results in 12mm of additional tire clearance. Essentially, it combines a DH chainline with a typical 5-inch bike's Q-factor and heel clearance. One of the main benefits of Super Boost Plus lies in Pivot's ability to chop down th...
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