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As soon as it hit the dirt, the Pivot Switchblade started racking up awards throughout the cycling media. Why? Because it’s an ultra-light, ultra-capable aggressive trail bike that punches way above its weight class. The only complaint we ever hear? Not everyone could afford one. So we took the same ultra-stiff frame design, the same 135 millimeters of super smooth dw-link® suspension and the same thoroughly modern, long and low geometry… and crafted this new model from the most sophisticated, hydro-formed aluminum frame components anywhere.

Behold the new Switchblade Aluminum…It’s the same flavor of Switchblade kick ass, for less cash.

Values in:

Switchblade 29"

 
                    
  
SM
MD
LG
XL
A
Seat Tube Length (C-T)
16.00 in
16.75 in
18.00 in
19.50 in
B
Top Tube Length
22.90 in
24.20 in
25.00 in
26.00 in
C
Head Tube Length
3.54 in
4.00 in
4.25 in
4.72 in
D
Head Tube Angle
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
E
Seat Tube Angle
74.50°
74.50°
74.50°
74.50°
F
Chain Stay Length
16.85 in
16.85 in
16.85 in
16.85 in
G
Bottom Bracket Height
13.38 in
13.38 in
13.38 in
13.38 in
H
Standover Height
27.75 in
27.90 in
28.00 in
28.80 in
I
Wheelbase
44.61 in
45.96 in
46.85 in
48.02 in
Stack
23.82 in
24.21 in
24.41 in
24.80 in
Reach
16.14 in
17.32 in
18.11 in
19.09 in

Switchblade 27.5"+ w/17mm cup

 
                    
  
SM
MD
LG
XL
A
Seat Tube Length (C-T)
16.00 in
16.75 in
18.00 in
19.50 in
B
Top Tube Length
22.90 in
24.20 in
25.00 in
26.00 in
C
Head Tube Length
3.54 in
4.00 in
4.25 in
4.72 in
D
Head Tube Angle
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
E
Seat Tube Angle
73.75°
73.75°
73.50°
73.50°
F
Chain Stay Length
16.85 in
16.85 in
16.85 in
16.85 in
G
Bottom Bracket Height
13.27 in
13.27 in
13.27 in
13.27 in
H
Standover Height
27.75 in
27.90 in
28.00 in
28.80 in
I
Wheelbase
44.78 in
46.14 in
47.02 in
48.19 in
Stack
23.82 in
24.21 in
24.41 in
24.80 in
Reach
15.75 in
16.93 in
17.72 in
18.70 in

Graphics, colors, and specifications are subject to change without prior notification.

Cutting-edge, hydro-formed aluminum frame

Compatible with both 29" and 27.5"+ wheel sizes

Class-leading mud and tire clearance

Ultra-short, 428mm (16.85”) chainstays make easy work of the tightest trails

Long-and-low geometry for a confident, stable stance

135mm of supple-yet-efficient dw‐link® suspension

Equipped with a burly Fox 36 150mm-travel fork (also plays nice with 160mm forks)

Front derailleur compatible

Fits riders between 5'4" and 6'2"+

3-year warranty

Confident Yet Nimble

The Switchblade is one bike that does an amazing amount of things well: You can chalk a lot of that up to its innovative approach to geometry.

With a long and low front center, the bike gives you a centered “in the bike” feel that adds stability at high speeds. The Switchblade also possesses one of the shortest rear centers in its class, with 16.85-inch (428mm) chainstays. Those short chainstays give the bike a snappy, lively on tight trails. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

“Balanced” is the word that best describes the Switchblade’s angles. The Switchblade’s 67.25-degree head angle, is slack enough to lend the bike a calm and neutral on the toughest descents, but not so relaxed that you’ll encounter wheel flop on steep climbs. The bike’s 74.25-degree seat angle provides an optimal climbing position that increases traction.

PERFECT BIKES FROM PIVOT

Pivot complete bikes are more than the sum of their parts – every single component is selected to give you the best experience on the trail and our assembly process is the best in the business, bar none.

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 an extensive assembly and quality control process to ensure that every ride on the Mach 6 Carbon exceeds your expectations.

 

SWITCHBLADE ALUMINUM DETAILS

NEXT GENERATION ALUMINUM

Working with carbon actually changed how we built aluminum bikes. We realized that we needed to develop entirely new aluminum frame building techniques if we wanted to create the same kind of advanced tube shaping and ride quality we’d achieved with carbon. So that’s what we did. This is the next generation of aluminum. Our state-of-the-art hydroforming methods allow us to achieve extremely precise wall thicknesses and complex, multi-axis tube shaping. And, yes, while that sounds a bit geeky, those advances absolutely improve strength, stiffness and your ability to always pick a line and stick it. In fact, our aluminum frames offer nearly the same strength and stiffness as our carbon frames. What’s more, the Switchblade Aluminum utilizes the same ultra-stiff clevis and linkage, and large, suspension specific, EnduroMax bearings as its carbon brother, for best-in-class power transfer and handling.

DOWNHILL BEAST

The Switchblade is an absolute weapon on the steepest and roughest descents. Its chassis takes more than a few cues from our gravity bikes. The Switchblade’s double wishbone rear triangle is damn close to what you’ll find on our World Cup DH bike—the Phoenix. The ultra-stiff linkage design? It’s what you’ll find on our Mach 6 and Firebird enduro models. The end result is the absolute stiffest frameset available in the trail category—giving you precise control and the ability to tackle new terrain every time you ride. No surprise, the suspension plays a big role here as well. Because the Switchblade’s dw-link® rear suspension 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 still maintaining the precise handling and “poppy” ride that makes a great trail bike so much fun.

PERFECTLY-TUNED SUSPENSION

Rear suspension duties are aptly handled by a Fox Float DPS shock tuned specifically for the Switchblade’s dual personality. The new Float DPS features improved bump absorption and a firm lockout. The new DPS damper offers three on-the-fly lever adjustments – Open, Medium and Firm—to cover anything the trail throws your way. The shock’s EVOL air sleeve significantly reduces the amount of force required to initiate travel, which results in the ultimate small bump compliance and better bottom-out resistance. Finally, we’ve paired the Switchblade’s excellent rear suspension with the latest 160mm Fox 36 – the perfect fork for trail riders who seek complete control over the most aggressive terrain.

THE BEST OF 29 AND 27.5—IN ONE BIKE

The Switchblade boasts both the shortest chainstays in its class (for agile handling) and more clearance for wide tires than any competitor. Putting these two holy grails of bike design into a single frame design enables you to experience both unmatched high-speed stability through chunky terrain and effortless split-second manuals over seemingly impossible obstacles. Our Super Boost Plus rear spacing deserves a lot of the credit here for making all this possible and while we’re on the subject, it also improves frame stiffness, wheel durability and lets you use a front derailleur while you’re at it. Want to run a 29er set-up to achieve maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving, stable ride quality in loose, rocky conditions? Choose one of our 27.5-plus tire and wheel build kits. 29 or 27.5-plus—the Switchblade is brilliant in both wheel sizes.

THE BEST OF 29 AND 27.5—IN ONE BIKE

The Switchblade boasts both the shortest chainstays in its class (for agile handling) and more clearance for wide tires than any competitor. Putting these two holy grails of bike design into a single frame design enables you to experience both unmatched high-speed stability through chunky terrain and effortless split-second manuals over seemingly impossible obstacles. Our Super Boost Plus rear spacing deserves a lot of the credit here for making all this possible and while we’re on the subject, it also improves frame stiffness, wheel durability and lets you use a front derailleur while you’re at it. Want to run a 29er set-up to achieve maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving, stable ride quality in loose, rocky conditions? Choose one of our 27.5-plus tire and wheel build kits. 29 or 27.5-plus—the Switchblade is brilliant in both wheel sizes.

CLIMBING MACHINE

Thanks to Dave Weagle’s dw-link® rear suspension, the Switchblade takes the suffering out of the steepest, rockiest climbs. The suspension is amazingly efficient, yet supple and active, providing you with all the traction you need to clean the trickiest technical sections. The Switchblade is the rare bike that shines on the toughest downhill tracks yet never sacrifices a shred of climbing ability.

REVIEWS

FAQS

Which size bike should I purchase?

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:

Small: 5'4" – 5'8"
Medium: 5'8" – 5'11"
Large: 5'11" – 6'3'
X-Large: 6'2" +

We suggest that you pick your Switchblade Aluminum size based on your riding style. The Switchblade Aluminum features trail bike long and low geometry with both shorter seat tube and head tube measurements per size – this geometry means that most riders can go up or down a size and should base their choice on riding-style, reach and stem length preferences. Be sure to also consult our dropper post fit guide when making your selection. You can always reach out to us on Live Chat for additional guidance.

How do I set the sag on my bike?

We make it easy to get the best ride out of your Pivot bike with a simple sag indicator already installed on your bike, and this follow-along video featuring our own Bernard Kerr:

https://vimeo.com/pivotcycles/sag

What do I need to know to switch between 29” and 27.5”+ wheels?

The 27.5”+ wheels with Maxxis Rekon 2.8” tires have a slightly smaller diameter than 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 Aluminum 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.

What rear hub spacing is used on the Switchblade Aluminum?

Switchblade Aluminum 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 Aluminum. 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 than a 142mm hub) and increases wheel stiffness substantially, which is a huge benefit on 29” and 27.5”+ wheels. Although any 12mm X 157mm hub can be used, the Super Boost Plus versions developed with Pivot, DT Swiss, Industry 9, and Reynolds makes for a highly optimized 29” and 27.5”+ wheel combination that takes wheel performance to another level. SRAM also offers a similar concept 157mm hub in their standard XO line.

 

So, what exactly is Super Boost Plus 157?

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 27.5”+ 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 27.5”+ 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 Switchblade Aluminum with a level of performance previously unattainable with any other long travel 29” or 27.5”+ bike in the market.

What cranks will the Switchblade Aluminum accept?

The Switchblade Aluminum 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 Aluminum complete from Pivot, Pro XT/XTR 1x and 2x and Race XT 1x builds will feature a custom spindle Race Face Aeffect SL crankset to optimize chainline. 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 Aluminum 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.

What is the narrowest Q factor crank that the Switchblade Aluminum will accept?

The Switchblade Aluminum 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.

What bottom bracket will work on my bike?

Pressfit BB92 bottom bracket

What about Sram Eagle Cranks?

Sram does not currently make a chainring to achieve the proper 56-56.5mm Super Boost Plus chainline. If you purchase a complete Sram XO1 equipped bike from Pivot, it comes complete with the One Up SB+ Switch Spider and chainring system and a 32T chainring. This kit comes stock with a 32T ring but rings from 28T-34T are available to fit the Switchblade Aluminum. These rings and the special One Up SB+ Switch Spider can also be purchased separately directly from One Up.

https://www.oneupcomponents.com/collections/switch/products/switch-sdm?variant=31481758337

What dropper post length should I use?

There are limitations that each dropper post have for each frame size based on the rider’s saddle height, so it is important to check fit before choosing the travel and model of dropper post for your Firebird. Use the Dropper Fit Guide under the Tech Specs section to help identify the right post length.

What is the thread pitch on the rear axle?

We use a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle. You can order one through our online store.

What is the size of the seatpost?

30.9mm

What is the size of the seat clamp?

34.9mm (or 35mm as some manufacturers call it)

What front derailleur does the Switchblade Aluminum use?

An e-type side-swing style front derailleur - Shimano produces the e-type side-swing front derailleur in Deore & SLX for 10-speed drivetrains and XT & XTR for 11-speed drivetrains.

Can I mount a chain guide on my Switchblade Aluminum?

Yes. The Switchblade Aluminum features ISCG05 mounts on the frame. Most upper guides on the market will fit or some of the more compact versions that attach to an E-Type front derailleur mount will also work. For full upper and lower guides, we recommend the MRP AMG.

What headset do I need for the Switchblade Aluminum?

Zero stack (ZS) 44mm top and ZS 56mm bottom (or a Chris King Inset 2). 

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.

What travel fork can I use?

The Switchblade Aluminum was designed for forks lengths between 150mm-160mm travel.

What is the fork offset?

51mm

What size wheels can I run on the Switchblade Aluminum?

29” or 27.5”+

How wide of a tire can I run on the Switchblade Aluminum?

You can fit 27.5”+ tires up to 3.25” on 37-42mm rims. For 29” tires, you can fit up to 2.4” on 25-30mm rims.

What is the largest rotor I can fit?

180mm

Do I need a rear brake adapter?

No rear brake adapter is needed for a 160mm rotor. If you would like to put a 180mm rotor on, you will need a direct mount post-to-post adapter.

What is the eye-to-eye shock length and stroke length?

Eye-to-eye: 7.875”

Stroke: 2”

What do I need to know if I want to run a different brand shock?

You’ll need the proper shock mounting hardware. For the front of the shock, the hardware is 8mm x 22mm. There is no hardware 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 comes on the bike and may not fit properly. Also, as we cannot test every shock on the market, therefore 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 with medium compression valving and medium rebound damping.

Can I run a Cane Creek Double Barrel shock on my Switchblade Aluminum?

Yes, as long as you order the correct eyelet size (15mm). Additionally, the fit of the Cane Creek into our strut is not as precise as 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.

Can I put a coil-over shock on my Switchblade Aluminum?

You cannot run a coil-over on your Switchblade Aluminum. This bike 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 Aluminum requires. Running a coil-over shock on the Switchblade Aluminum will result in hard bottoming and damage to the frame.

Can I run a water bottle on the Switchblade Aluminum?

Yes, there are 2 water bottle cage mounts on the MD-XL Switchblade Aluminum frames. These are located on top of the downtube and underneath the downtube.

What are the torque specs?

A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found in the Tech Specs section.