Back in 2007, Chris Cocalis unveiled his brand new bike company called Pivot Cycles. After cutting ties with his previous company Titus, Chris made the move to Phoenix in Arizona and began working on an all-new dual suspension mountain bike that would later be known as the Mach 4. The original Mach 4 was based around a high-end aluminum frameset that employed a dw-link suspension design to provide 100mm of travel in a super stiff, and super efficient XC package. Thanks in part to Jason English’ dominance of the 24 hour solo race circuit, the Mach 4 very quickly became a riders favourite in Australia. The Mach 4 went through two revisions (both just as popular as the original) before the platform began to drop off the radar about 2 years ago as 29″ wheels began to take hold around the world. While 29″ wheels will likely continue to dominate the XC scene well into the future, we were bummed to see Pivot’s little black pocket rocket fall by the wayside. We last reviewed the Mach 4 in Issue #23 of Enduro Magazine, where it’s flickable nature and super stable suspension made it an absolute hoot to ride through tight and twisty singletrack. As good as the newer Mach 429 and Mach 429 Carbon bikes are, we’d be lying if we said that we hadn’t been missing that flickability of the original Mach 4.
No need to mourn anymore though, as Pivot Cycles made the announcement at PressCamp that the Mach 4 is back! Coming back from the dead in 2014, the new Mach 4 is a little different to the old bike, but it’s spirit remains the same. Now with a carbon fibre frame, 27.5″ wheels, lots of high-tech frame features, and a bump up to 115mm of rear travel, the new Mach 4 Carbon looks to be more capable than ever. I had the opportunity to check out the new bike in the flesh at PressCamp, and also had the chance to take one out for a spin with Mr Cocalis himself in order to put the new machine to the test. Is the Mach 4 Carbon worthy of its names reputation? Read on to find out!