Switchblade Carbon 27.5+ Race X01 Eagle Mountain Bike - 2018 by Pivot
With the explosion of plus-size tires on the market, it was only a matter of time before the boundary-pushing designers at Pivot designed their very own trail machine with voluminous rubber for steamrolling every line in sight. In 2017, Pivot took the plus-sized tires and BOOST axle standards to entirely new realms with the Switchblade, and it's back for more this year with the Switchblade Carbon 27. 5+ Race X01 Eagle Complete Mountain. This beastly bike blurs the line between trail weapon and all-mountain destroyer with its 135 millimeters of rock-gobbling DW-Link suspension mated to a long, slacked-out front end for high-speed composure down steeps and rowdy sections of trail. The longer 150-millimeter fork also lends a bit more margin for error when you've bitten off a bit more than you can chew, in terms of line choice and descending speed, and this year they bring the X01 Race option to the table, for those of us thirsty for the beefy 12-speed cassette of Eagle, but looking to pinch pennies where we can. The Switchblade's 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 cle...
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