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Purpose-built to meet the demands of enduro and aggressive trail riding, Pivot’s Switchblade is a versatile ripper with a huge advantage no matter where you shred. As a long travel 29er, the Switchblade is a next-level enduro bike that begs for fast, steep and technical trails. As a 27.5+ machine, the Switchblade combines spider-man traction with the shortest chainstays in the category for the ultimate all-terrain, all-conditions ride.
From the very beginning of our engineering process, the Switchblade was designed to accommodate multiple wheelsizes, and it is this advanced planning that enables us to get so many great features into one unstoppable ride. At the heart of the Switchblade’s dual personality is a full carbon chassis featuring Pivot’s new long and low geometry combined with ultra short, huge clearance chainstays (up to 1cm shorter than the closest competitor). Putting these two holy grails of bike design into a single frame design means that riders will experience both unmatched high-speed stability through chunky terrain and effortless split-second manuals over seemingly impossible obstacles in one amazing machine.
Pivot’s frame shapes are 100% driven by our pursuit of the perfectly tuned ride, the cleanest design, the strongest product and the lightest possible weight. With our own hollow core, internal, high compression carbon molding process we can deliver on the performance requests of our top athletes by finding the perfect combination of composite materials and shapes for that perfect balance of strength, stiffness and the ultimate ride quality.
The Switchblade incorporates a Phoenix DH-inspired double wishbone rear triangle and ultra- stiff linkage design, the same design used in the Mach 6 Carbon, resulting in the absolute stiffest frameset available in the trail category – giving you precise control and the ability to tackle new terrain every time you ride.
Dave Weagle, the brains behind dw‐link® and Chris Cocalis, Pivot’s president and founder, collaborate on every Pivot suspension design – for the Switchblade, they focused on utilizing the best attributes of the dw‐link® for the ultimate in enduro/trail performance. dw‐link’s anti-squat and variable wheel travel path means that the Switchblade pedals better than anything else in the category. Because the frame doesn’t squat or bob under pedaling force, we are able to lower the bottom bracket height and slacken the head angle to achieve the best performance in high speed and technical sections while also maintaining precise handling and poppy ride that makes a great trail bike so much fun.
The Switchblade is spec’d with the Fox Float DPS shock with the new EVOL air sleeve, tuned specifically for the Switchblade’s dual personality. The new Float DPS features improved bump absorption and firm lockout with a new DPS damper with three on-the- fly lever adjustments – Open, Medium and Firm options cover all of your terrain choices. The EVOL air sleeve significantly reduces the force required to initiate travel for the ultimate in small bump compliance and better bottom-out resistance. When combined with the ultra-low friction Kashima coating, this design offers an incredibly plush feel in every setting. While dw-link® is inherently efficient on its own, the firm option is great for long climbs. These shock features are direct complements to dw-link® suspension tuning and patented position-sensitive anti-squat, giving riders even better traction on steep climbs and over rough trail.
To match the Switchblade’s rear suspension, we’ve paired it with the newest 150mm Fox 36 – the perfect fork to match any trail rider’s need for aggressive, balanced handling on every part of the mountain.
Featured on the Switchblade is Pivot’s ultra-clean, removable front derailleur mount. For those that want to run two chainrings, this precisely engineered mount offers the best shifting performance you can get, utilizing Shimano’s new side-swing front derailleur system. For those who love the simple functionality of 1x systems, remove the front derailleur mount for an incredibly sleek, clean installation with almost no evidence of the un-needed hardware.
The Switchblade offers full Di2 electronic integration and easy, clean internal routing of shifters, brakes and droppers via the Pivot Cable Port system.
Other essential details include ultra-quiet, low durometer, rubberized frame protection in all the key places, post mount disc brake mounts for easy set up and weight savings, and Enduro Max cartridge bearings throughout. The Switchblade is available in five sizes to fit riders from 4’11” to 6’2”+ from XS to XL.
On a bike as versatile as the Switchblade, the right build kit is essential to dialing in performance. Pivot makes this easy with a range of complete build options in both 29er and 27.5+ wheelsizes. We’ve carefully selected every part and only spec components we would ride ourselves.
We take quality and workmanship seriously at Pivot, and know that the details are what make a great rider experience. Every Pivot Cycles frame undergoes a 28-step assembly and quality control check to ensure that every ride on the Switchblade exceeds your expectations.
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"I’ll hold the Switchblade on the pedestal as the plus bike—well, any trail bike, really—to beat."
Aaron Gulley of Outside Magazine tested 5 of the newest plus tire mountain bikes and his conclusion was that the Switchblade was the finest of the bunch. Read the whole review...
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"Perfect is a word I've never used to describe a bike, because there is no bike that could never be improved upon. Pivot's new Switchblade gets the closest of any I've tested."
Bicycling Magazine says that the combination of dw-link suspension design, shock tune, and extraordinary frame stiffness makes the Switchblade one of the best bikes they've ridden.
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"At the end of the day, does all of the above make a better bike? A better system? You bet it does."
VitalMTB's Brandon Turman got an early look at the Pivot Switchblade. Here he breaks down the difference between 29" and 27.5"+ ride qualities, talks tech and gives you a straight shooter's bottom line.
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To ensure the best sizing, we recommend that you visit your local Pivot dealer to get a professional fit and refer to our geometry chart to check your measurements. However, we can provide a rough guideline:
X-Small: 4'11" – 5'4"
Small: 5'4" – 5'8"
Medium: 5'8" – 5'11"
Large: 5'11" – 6'3'
X-Large: 6'2" +
The 27.5+ wheels with Maxxis REKON 2.8” tires have a slightly smaller diameter then the 29” wheels with 2.3 High Roller II’s. This difference results in a lower bottom bracket height when running 27.5+ wheels. To adjust the BB height, the Switchblade comes with two different lower headset cups. One is our zero-stack version and the other is a 17mm cup. When running the 17mm cup with 27.5+ wheels, the BB height will be similar to that with the 29” wheels using the zero-stack cup. However, it is not mandatory that you use the 17mm cup with the 27.5+ wheels or the zero-stack version with the 29” wheels. Feel free to mix and match as you wish. If you like a lower BB height, you might find that you prefer the zero-stack with 27.5+ wheels. Some riders will just leave the 17mm cup in regardless of wheels size. All complete bikes, regardless of wheel size selected will come equipped with the taller 17mm cup installed. This ensures that there will be enough steer tube to be able to go back and forth as you wish. If the fork is pre-cut for the zero-stack cup and additional spacers are not installed, you will not have a long enough fork steer tube to run the 17mm cup option.
It is not Boost 148mm. The Switchblade uses a 157mm rear hub spacing in a configuration called Super Boost Plus 157. The rear hub spacing is the standard 157mm spacing available from every hub manufacturer in the world so any 157mm X 12mm hub is compatible with the Switchblade. Super Boost Plus 157 builds on the idea of wider flange spacing pioneered by Boost 148. Super Boost Plus spreads the flanges even wider (up to 14mm wider then a 142mm hub) and increases wheel stiffness substantially, which is a huge benefit on 29” enduro and 27.5+ wheels. Although any 12mm X 157mm hub can be used, the special Super Boost Plus versions developed with Pivot, DT Swiss, Industry 9, and Reynolds makes for a highly optimized 29er enduro and 27.5+ wheel combinations that take wheel performance to another level. SRAM also offers a similar concept 157mm hub in their standard XO line.
Super Boost Plus 157 uses the existing chainline developed for DH bikes but uses standard trailbike BB widths and crank combinations to take 29” and Plus bike performance to the next level. The current Boost 148 standard moves the drivetrain out 3mm (providing 6mm more tire clearance) which is perfect for XC, trail, and 27.5” enduro bikes, but it did not go far enough to meet the rapidly evolving long travel 29” and 27.5+ bike needs. Super Boost Plus 157 takes the concept further and optimizes it for long travel 29” and Plus bikes by moving the drivetrain out a full 6mm (with a 12mm tire clearance gain) while maintaining the same Q factor (crank width) and heel clearance of our Boost 148 equipped bikes. Super Boost Plus 157 is a highly optimized combination of existing standards and technologies with a totally ridiculous (but highly descriptive) name. The Super Boost Plus 157 idea has enabled us to build the New Switchblade with a level of performance previously unattainable with any other long travel 29” or 27.5” Plus bike in the market.
* Ultra Short 16.85” chainstays perfectly complements the Switchblade’s long and low stature allowing you to manual up and over even the gnarliest obstacles while keeping the wheelbase length in check so that you can still clean tight switchbacks and rail corners with confidence and agility like you’ve never experienced before.
* A massive increase in tire clearance for running up 3.25” X 27.5+ and 2.4” X 29” tires with incredible mud clearance: Who doesn’t like that! ? You can run your racy 27.5 X 2.8 tires in the summer and then step up to something much wider in bad weather to extend your riding season or just plow through the mud on your 29er wheels with confidence knowing that the Switchblade can handle it all.
* Increased frame and wheel stiffness: A better performing bike allows you to push the limits even further and the Switchblade has no weak links. This is the bike that allows you to set new boundaries.
* Front derailleur compatibility: Some love their front derailleur’s and others never want to see them again, but either way, it’s nice to know we have you covered.
The Switchblade will accept all cranks designed for the Super Boost Plus system and compatible with a press fit 92mm bottom bracket. The Super Boost Plus system is based on several standard cranks in the market. When you purchase your Switchblade complete from Pivot, 1X and 2X PRO XT/XTR and 1X RACE XT level builds will feature a custom spindle Race Face Aeffect SL crankset to optimize chainline. Both 1X and 2X XTR level builds feature a NEXT SL crank with a custom interchangeable spindle that will be a standard option from Race Face. The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect SL 1X cranks with the Cinch chainring flipped is also fully compatible with the Super Boost Plus 157 system (although the chainline will be approximately 1mm outboard compared to the custom configurations provided with our complete bike offerings). In addition, most current DH cranks are compatible, although spacers will need to be used and you would not have the low Q factor (crank width) benefits of Super Boost Plus. The Switchblade will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 173mm and featuring a 56mm chainline. Several other crank manufacturers are working on compatible designs that will be available in the market in the very near future.
The Switchblade is fully compatible with the standard SRAM Eagle XO and XX1 level cranks and we offer both Pivot TEAM XX1 and PRO XO1 complete bike options. We spec a 30 tooth BOOST (3mm offset) chainring. If you need to go to a smaller front ring like a 28 tooth, the standard SRAM BOOST 3mm offset Eagle rings will work as well. If you would like to go up in size to either a 32 tooth or 34 tooth front ring then you will need to purchase an aftermarket ring from Wolf Tooth. Wolf Tooth is SRAM licensed and makes a Flat SRAM Direct Mount chainring that functions perfectly with the SRAM Eagle drivetrain and places the chainring at the optimized 56mm chainline. This is necessary to achieve proper frame clearance for ring sizes over 30 tooth. On Wolf Tooth’s website, these are referred to as Direct Mount for SRAM BB30 Short Spindle Cranks:
Yes, and No. We do love being the topic of conversation, but the reality is that Super Boost Plus will make you a better person. When you look yourself in the mirror in the morning, you’ll think: “I’m good enough, I’m strong enough, and gosh darn it, people like me!” You and your Switchblade will be able to manual for DAYS and you will look amazing while doing it!!! That leads to more confidence, and a confident person is a happy person. Happy people tend to do nice things for others. Happy People that ride the awesome Pivot Switchblade with Super Boost Plus are the happiest people on the trail and happy people are better people. So… that, my friends is how Super Boost Plus will make you a better person.
The Switchblade frame uses a 30.9mm seatpost.
The Switchblade frame uses a 34.9mm or 35mm (as some manufacturers call it) seatpost clamp.
Yes, internal stealth routed dropper posts are compatible with the Switchblade frame. All Pivot Switchblade models come equipped with a dropper post.
The Switchblade features a low stand-over height and short seat tubes to allow the use of longer travel dropper posts and/or
more flexibility for a wider range of rider sizes.
There are some limitations that each dropper post can accommodate for each frame size based on the individual riders
saddle height, so it is important to check fit before choosing the travel and model of dropper post for your Switchblade. Use the linked guide to find the right post for your bike:
The Switchblade uses an e-type Shimano side-swing style front derailleur only. Shimano produces the new e-type side-swing front derailleur in Deore and SLX for 10 speed drivetrains and XT and XTR for 11 speed drivetrains.
Yes. The Switchblade features ISCG05 mounts on the frame. Most upper guides on the market will fit and you can either use the ISCG05 mounts or some of the more compact versions that attach to an E-Type front derailleur mount. For full upper and lower guides, we recommend the MRP AMG for the Switchblade.
The Switchblade uses a ZS (zero stack) 44mm top and (zero stack) 56mm bottom. If you are running the zero stack option on the bottom (instead of Pivot’s extended cup) then a Chris King Inset 2 is compatible. If you are running the 17mm lower cup then it needs to be run in conjunction with the Pivot headset. You cannot press another brand of zero stack headset into the 17mm cup as the 17mm cup is the lower headset cup.
The Switchblade was designed for either a 150mm or 160mm fork. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Switchblade is 160mm travel.
The fork offset on the Switchblade is 51mm.
The Switchblade is both 29er and 27.5+compatible. The frame was designed from the ground up to accommodate both wheelsizes, and so works perfectly in both configurations.
The Switchblade can run 29er tires up to 2.4” in width with plenty of clearance and easily fits 27.5+ tires up to 3.25. For other tires in the market, most will fit, but rim width and tire manufacture sizing call outs and tire inconsistency can result in huge difference among both tire brands and individual tires. We suggest you check the fit with your chosen rim and tire combination to make sure it has proper clearance before riding if you choose to use something that is not our standard specification. Our test fitting of 29” tires has been done on a 25-30mm inner width rim and for the 27.5+ wheels on a 37-42mm inner width rim.
The Switchblade was designed for either a 160mm or 180mm rotor.
No brake adapter is needed for a 160mm rotor. However, many manufacturers make adapters for larger rotor sizes, in which case you would need a 180mm direct mount/post to post adapter.
The eye-to- eye shock length is 7.875 inches and the stroke length is 2 inches.
The Switchblade shock uses M8 through bolt hardware on the front and no hardware on the rear. Shock spacer dimensions are 22mm wide front. On the rear of the shock, the spacer hardware and bushing will need to be removed as the strut mounts directly to the shock body. Some shocks may have a different spec then the Fox shock (that the Switchblade is designed for) and may not fit properly. Also, as we cannot test every shock on the market, riders assume some risk if they choose a shock that does not fit properly or is not tuned correctly for the bike. The frame is designed around a large volume air can. We run medium compression valving and medium rebound damping.
Yes, as long as you order the correct eyelet size (15mm eyelet). Additionally, the fit of the Cane Creek shocks into our strut is not as precise as that on the Fox shocks so extra care needs to be taken to make sure that the shock is not able to rotate or move in the strut as any sideways movement during riding can damage the frame.
You cannot run a coil-over on your Switchblade! The Switchblade was designed to work with the progressiveness of an air spring. A coil-over shock (even one with separate bottoming control) does not offer the progressive spring curve that the Switchblade requires. Running a coil-over shock on the Switchblade will result in hard bottoming and damage to the frame.
A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the "Tech Specs" tab.
Yes, the Switchblade features 2 sets of bottle mounts on the Small to X-Large frame sizes. One mount is on the top of the down tube and the other bottle mount is underneath the down tube. (the XS frame size only has a bottle mount underneath the down tube). All other sizes are designed to clear a large water bottle on top of the down tube. For best clearance, we suggest removing the front bolt of the rear shock and then rotate the air can so the adjusters are facing up towards the top tube. This will open up the clearance at the front allowing easy access to the larger bottles. We designed the frame to be run this way for those wanting to use large bottles with maximum clearance.
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