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Chris Cocalis

President/Chief Executive Officer

What is Chris' favorite model and why?

President and CEO of Pivot Cycles, Chris Cocalis, the man who owns and rides every model Pivot makes picks the Switchblade as his current favorite bike “It’s super versatile. I can climb all day on it, but even more so, it kills it when descending,” he says. “I always feel like I have more than enough bike for the job. It’s just super fun.”

If he could ride his Switchblade anywhere on earth, it would be the Whole Enchilada in Moab, Utah. “It has a lot of everything I love, and you still wind up doing a ton of climbing,” says Chris. Other than a One Up 47T cog on the cassette, his bike is built with our standard XTR build and is “light enough that I don’t need to think about it.” He also built his Switchblade with a 160mm travel, 44mm offset fork - now standard equipment on all models because of the impressive boost in overall performance.

Rider and Bike Stats: Rider Height: 5’11”, Frame Size: Large, Handlebar Width: 760mm, Stem Length: 45mm, Saddle Height (center of crank to top of saddle): 29.375”

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois originally, but Phoenix, AZ for the last 31 years

Baggies or spandex?

Spandex under baggies

Name three things you’re really bad at

1. Dancing

2. Waterskiing

3. Backflips (actually, I wouldn't know but just assuming)

Favorite bike tool on the bench?

Hozan 4th hand. Not only is it great for pulling cables tight on dropper posts but it’s also the best tool for securing zip ties.  Generally, I really like tools. I have a pretty awesome collection of personal tools. 

Favorite mountain bike destination?

Moab, Utah

What is the last song you listened to?

Higher - Hilltop Hoods. In Germany, it would have been Schwung in Die Kiste - Die Orsons (it's ridiculously bad).

What was your first concert?

Yngwie Malmsteen (he’s an incredible heavy metal guitarist from the 80’s)

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cake and ice cream (preferably together)

Do you have any hidden talents?

If I told you, then they wouldn't be hidden.

 Switchblade Carbon
 Mach 5.5 Carbon
 Mach 6 Carbon
 Firebird 29
 Trail 429
 Mach 4 Carbon

FAVORITE TRAIL

National

Phoenix, AZ
Distance: 7 mi
Climb: 1,243 ft
Descent: -1,890 ft
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