Switchblade Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR 1x Mountain Bike - 2018 by Pivot
Long travel 29ers seem to be taking over the trails with steam, and while we were skeptical at first, after seeing industry leaders like Pivot hit the ground running -- er, rolling, we're pretty convinced that it's here to stay. Hitting the dirt with force is a weapon of massive fun times, the 2018 Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR Complete Mountain Bike, offering just the right amount of slack, suspension, and ultra-stubby chainstays that propel you forward with snappy speed. This particular build comes with a blend of some of our favorite components -- plush FOX Suspension, sporting DW-link support, cherry-picked Shimano XT and XTR drivetrain, and DT Swiss's shining star-ratchet freehub that propels you forward like a rocket and sets new standards for 29er capabilities. If you were to start from ground up on this rock gobbling ride, you'd pay close attention to the number nine at first, as in the Switchblade's Super Boost Plus 157mm rear axle adds 9mm to standard Boost axle spacing, bringing it up from 148mm to the gravity inspired 157mm. This change adds extra stiffness to the rear end, even beyond that of Boost spacing, makes for incredibly stubby chainstays, and allows for a full 12-millimeters of tire clearance. This means the Switchblade can run a 27. 5+ or 29in wheel, tucked up close to the seat tube, with mere 16. 85in chainstays, all the while preserving a Q-factor typically found in 5in trail bikes. The Super Boost axle's additional real estate also makes for a still stiffer spoke bracing angle for the DT hoops, which conspires with a double wishbone rear triangle and Phoenix-inspired clevis to stiffen both the pedaling interface and the linkage design. This makes the rear triangle more resistant to torsional flex, which increases pedaling efficiency and decreases the stress put on the pivot bearings. It's easier on your legs and on the hardware you rely on to bail you out of situations where overly ambitious line selection lands you in water tha...
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Pivot Switchblade Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR 1x Mountain Bike - 2018
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