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Ron Koch

Media Relations & Content Coordinator


Frazier Park, California

Do you have any hidden talents?

Yes, but they are so well hidden that I can’t find them.

If you were a pro-downhiller what would you walk on song be?

Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell

What is Ron’s favorite model?

Before working at Pivot as its Media Relations and Content Coordinator, Ron was a long time test editor at Bicycling Magazine. “The best bike I ever reviewed and my favorite to this day is still the Switchblade,” he says. “It fits my riding style and terrain I like to ride perfectly. I can climb for hours to reach my favorite mountain descent or ride any trail in Moab and it always feels like the right bike.  I even occasionaly do shuttle downhill runs with my buddies, and the Switchblade is a hoot. Sure, a downhill bike or longer travel model would be faster and easier to ride on those ultra steep and rough DH trails, but I’m always way more amazed by what this 135mm 29er can do than what it can’t. And when that shuttle ride is not available, I can pedal a lap or two, and XC geek in me can crush the climbs as well.”

Ron has his Switchblade set up with a Fox Float X2 shock and just recently upgraded the fork from a 150mm travel/51mm offset Fox 36 to the new 160mm travel/44mm offset spec that comes standard on new models. “It’s amazing what a few millimeters of change can do to the handling,” he says. “Not only is the bike more stable in a straight line through the rough but I’m easily hitting inside lines that used to take a lot of effort to reach. It’s one of those changes that’s totally a win-win scenario. 

Rider Stats: Height: 6’
Weight: 166 lb.
Bike Size: XL
Handlebar width: 800mm
Stem Length: 45mm
Saddle Height (center to top of saddle): 31.75”

 Switchblade Carbon
 Trail 429


Bear Creek

Kernville, CA
Distance: 6 mi
Climb: 311 ft
Descent: -4,760 ft
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