Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Pro XT/XTR 1x Mountain Bike - 2018 by Pivot
The affinity we hold for plus tires is somewhat akin to a love affair. While we've seen nearly every possible version of the platform, we remain enamored with its generous qualities that keep us feeling comfortable and confident on the bike, planted when loose corners try to take life for a spin, and cushioned from the big hits that can leave our hearts feeling battered and bruised. In this particular romance, it's really quite a classic story, but with an extra --ahem-- Boost. The 2018 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 27. 5+ XT/XTR Pro 1x takes its own salacious twist on the classic Boost meets tire clearance love story that we read to our children at night, with the extra addition of super-wide hub spacing, and all-mountain hungry geometry ready to tear things up with its plush and girthy grip. There's a lot going on with this bike, and we'll get to that, but the real naughty element lies in the introduction of what Pivot is calling Super Boost Plus 157, a new rear axle standard that adds an additional 9mm to the rear axle and 12 fecund millimeters to tire clearance. Given the implications of a frame with such titillating clearance, we're a little surprised--even disappointed--that Pivot didn't call the new standard a sexle. Whatever the case, it essentially combines a DH chainline with a typical 5in bike's Q factor and heel clearance. The introduction of a gravity-sized rear axle has serious implications for an aggressive enduro rig, and these implications go well beyond the increased rear wheel stiffness of the more acute spoke angle. The key effect of the sexle--err, Super Boost rear hub is that the Switchblade enjoys the clearance to run traditional 29ers or, as is the case here, add an additional element of forgiving, save-your-ass squish with 27. 5+ wheels and tires. Either way, the extra-wide spacing allowed Pivot to get freaky with chainstay lengths, chopping them down to 16. 85in by moving the rear wheel up towards the seat tube. That's a dimension that makes st.
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