I am not the best rider, I just happen be riding the best equipment.
I purchased a Pivot Firebird in July 2010 from a small retailer in San Diego. Took it straight to Salida, Colorado. The first ride was the Crest Trail, and the bike climbed like a goat! Had no problems on any of the technical features going up.
And going back down? Wow!! We descended Silver Creek (5000 vertical feet) in no time at all. Super fast and the bike was under control.
Next stop was Keystone mtn bike park. Tossed on some platform pedals and had 2 days of serious downhill. I know the bike isn’t made for it, but dang it was it fun. Kept up with the big bikes, took some big hits, felt at home.
It loved Phil’s World to. Smoked the hard tail 29’ers. (Why someone would ride without suspension is beyond me)
It loved the technical trails in Sedona. Soak’s up the big hits in South Mountain in Phoenix. And has no problem going up as well.
I come from a BMX background. I got into mountain biking 18 months ago. The Firebird replaced my first mtn bike, a Roscoe. (After just 9 months.)
I am not the best rider, I just happen be riding the best equipment. It makes riding the rough stuff easy and fun! And it makes riding the easy stuff fun to!
I love my Firebird, just wish I could be a spokes person for them!