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Pivot Switchblade 29 Race XT Mountain Bike

Purchase - $6199.00

First released in 2016, the original Switchblade helped set the standard for what a modern trail bike should be. With capable geometry, efficient suspension, and the ability to accept both 29-inch and 27. 5 Plus wheels, few bikes could rival its versatility. But considering the rapid evolution of mountain bikes over the last five years, the Switchblade was due for an update, and based on our experience riding the new bike we can say it's definitely a force to be reckoned with. Longer travel, more progressive geometry, an all-new chassis, and refined DW-Link suspension work together to push this all-mountain steed to new heights. So whether you're riding the unforgiving terrain of the desert Southwest, the wide-open descents of the Rockies, or the technical rocks and roots of the Eastern US, the new Switchblade is a worthy companion to help you get the most out of each and every ride. At first glance you'll notice that the new Switchblade looks very different than the previous generation. The clean lines and fresh colorways are aesthetically pleasing and are sure to draw looks when you're unloading the bike at the trailhead. You'll also notice that the shock is now positioned vertically and driven by a rocker-style upper link rather than the previous generation's horizontal clevis design. This allows for a stiffer, lighter, and more compact frame while freeing up room for a full-size water bottle on all frame sizes. The rocker-style linkage also decreases the load on the shock and offers a more progressive leverage curve that's now compatible with coil shocks. Rear travel is boosted from 135 to 142mm for a little more forgiveness when the going gets rough, and every build kit comes with a 160mm travel, 44mm offset Fox 36 that brings comfortable handling and precise steering to the equation. The Switchblade V2 geometry moves to a slacker head tube angle, a steeper seat tube angle, longer reach figures, and a shorter seat tube that accommodates longer dropper pos...