Archive for December, 2011

Bike Checks: New Build on a TR250!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a TR250!
Running on a downhill platform with a compact frame size, the bike delivers all standard from Freeride to Downhill! Building the machine with a mind of light weight, parts were chosen carefully to maximize durability and performance as well!

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

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Complete look of the finish build!

Upfront of the complete build!

Front fork with 2012 Fox 36 RC2 Float for weight and performance.

Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs in 20mm.

FSA Gravity sealed bearing Tapered headset.

Cockpit with Transition Temple Lite stem, Answer DH 0.5″ bar, Avid Elixir CR brakes, Sram X9 shifter and ODI Ruffian lock on grips.

The tapered bore technology on the Avids!

Truvativ Descendant Crankset with Straitline bash guard.

Rear drive train with Sram X9 short cage rear derailleur and cassette.

The rear Hope Pro 2 Evo 150 hubs, ZTR Flow rims and Wheelsmith DB14 spokes.

Clean look on the non drive side chain stay.

Rear shox on Fox DHX RC4 Factory series!

With the Kashima coat tubes!

Transition temple lite stem.

The TR250 top tube.

Components List
Frame: Transition TR250 Lemom Yellow Medium
Fork: 2012 FOX 36 180mm RC2 Float 1.5 Tapered steerer tube in 20mm
Headset: FSA Gravity sealed bearing tapered headset
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 20mm Front and 150mm x 12mm Rear hubs with ZTR Flow and Wheelsmith DB14 spokes
Tires: Continental Der Kaiser 2.5 Front and Rear
Saddle: Transition Trail or Park rail seat
Bar: Answer DH 0.5″ riser Handlebar
Grip: ODI Ruffian lock on grips
Crank: Truvativ Descendant Crankset in 170mm with 83mm BB
Brake: Avid Elixir CR brakes
Rotor: Avid G2CS 6 bolt Disc, 203mm(front) and Avid G2CS 6 bolt Disc 203mm(rear)
Stem: Transition Temple Lite, 50mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite seatpost
Pedal: Nil
Cassette: Sram cassette 10 speed 11t – 28t
Shifters: Sram X9 Shifter
Rear derailleur: Sram X9 Short cage
Front derailleur: Nil
Chain Guide Device: Straitline Silent Guide
Chain: Sram 10 speed chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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MRP Products are here!!!

MRP 1X Chain Guide
Developed with World Cup powerhouse Adam Craig, the 1x is purpose-built for cross country riding with a 1×9 or 1×10 drive train. If you are running single-ring and don’t need a bash guard, this is the ticket. No more homemade contraptions needed! Seat-tube mounted clamp-on version now available. Shimano Direct now available!

MRP Long Range Patrol
Designed to minimize chainslap and noise, while ensuring your chain is always right where you want it, the LRP is the best shiftable chain guide on the market. Featuring broad compatibility, and our new “Party Crasher Lite” bash ring, it also sports a new raised profile on the arm which prevent the chain from dropping off the granny ring and into your frame. That’s right, no more chewed up, mangled bb shells. With the LRP installed, your bb shell will remain pristine.

MRP Micro Mini G2 SL Chain Guide
The all new Mini G2 SL is stronger, easier to set up, and 30% lighter than it’s predecessor. From the top to the bottom, it has been redesigned. A more compact, lower profile upper guide reduces noise from chain slap while improving fit on bikes that have tight clearance tolerances with frame members. The lower guide is more compact, lighter and stronger than previous models. Our patented skid is tapered and relieved in multiple areas to provide the lightest, most durable, and best fitting bash guard possible. In short, there is material where needed, and not much where it is not. The backplate has been redesigned to reduce weight and add stiffness. It also features laser etching to aid in setup and identify which mounting standard you are holding in your hands.

MRP Mini G2 Steel Chain Guide
Developed by request from OEM customers, the G2 Steel uses the same polycarbonate parts from the existing mini G2 Alloy series and combines them with a steel backplate in order to offer a lower price point that performs exactly the same as the top-end alloy guides. Our plan is to offer the mini G2 Steel in ISCG and ISCG-05 models, but not with BB-mount. You will see this guide specified on several global bike brands for the 2011 model year.

MRP Mini G2 SL Chain Guide
The all new Mini G2 SL is stronger, easier to set up, and 30% lighter than it’s predecessor. From the top to the bottom, it has been redesigned. A more compact, lower profile upper guide reduces noise from chain slap while improving fit on bikes that have tight clearance tolerances with frame members. The lower guide is more compact, lighter and stronger than previous models. Our patented skid is tapered and relieved in multiple areas to provide the lightest, most durable, and best fitting bash guard possible. In short, there is material where needed, and not much where it is not. The backplate has been redesigned to reduce weight and add stiffness. It also features laser etching to aid in setup and identify which mounting standard you are holding in your hands.

MRP Podium Chainring
A high quality, long lasting, lightweight chainring designed to work perfectly with chainguides or single speeds.

MRP S4 Bash Guard
MRP started with a clean sheet of white paper and redesigned every single part to be lighter and easier to install and set up. It uses a full bash guard so that impacts are transferred to the cranks and not the frame. Some riders prefer a full-bashguard system for this consideration, or for reasons of style.

Available at Tionghin now! Grab them fast!

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2012 Pivot Mach 4 and Mach 5.7 are here!!

2012 Pivot Mach 4
We built our reputation on the Mach 4; it is simply the most efficient, best climbing, sprinting and descending World Cup level cross country and endurance race bike ever built. Off the chart frame stiffness, ultra-light weight, and awesome climbing traction come together to deliver an incredible race bike. But the beauty of the Mach 4 is that it descends like no other, putting its XC competition off the back. More than one editor has stated that the Mach 4 descends as well or better than many longer travel bikes, yet possesses the refined handling and pedaling efficiency of an elite cross country race rig.

The Mach 4 is the tool of choice for elite level racers around the world – having won the 2010 24hr World Championships and countless other events. has named the Mach 4 the best XC full suspension bike for two years in a row and it’s not hard to see why. With superior pedaling performance, lighter weight and unrivaled stiffness, the Mach 4 is designed with one thing in mind: going fast! If your rides include a finish line, you’ll finish faster on a Mach 4.

2012 Pivot Mach 5.7
We combined Pivot Cycle’s superior engineering with dw-link® suspension to design the ultimate trail bike and the result is the Mach 5.7. The 5.7 strikes an unrivaled balance of superior pedaling efficiency, fully active travel, incredible chassis stiffness and award winning handling. In fact, the Mach 5.7 won Bicycling Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for Best 26” Trail Bike. Now updated with a 142x12mm through axle system and post mount disc brake tabs to provide an increased level of stiffness and control, the Mach 5.7 is sure to continue winning acclaim and make even more riders smile.

It is the ultimate do-all bike for riding just about any trail, anywhere. Whether you are an endurance racer, Super D rider or just looking for the perfect bike for anything you like to ride, chances are good that the Mach 5.7 is the perfect mountain bike for you.

Grab yours today at Tionghin!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Pivot Mach 5.7!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Pivot Mach 5.7!
The Pivot Mach 5.7 build for performance and light weight in mind to handle the Singapore trails.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..

Complete look of the finish build!

Upfront of the complete build.

Front fork with Fox Talas.

Pivot head badge and tapered head tube.

Cockpit with FSA SLK Handlebar and Stem, Shimano XT Brakes and shifters.

Front drive train with Shimano XT Crankset, Shimano XT direct mount front derailleur.

Rear transmission with Shimano XT shadow rear derailleur, Shimano XT cassette and Shimano XT chain.

DT swiss 350 super light wheelset!

Fox RP23 custom tuned rear shox.

Pivot very own WTB seat!

Pivot precision tapered sealed headset.

Components List
Frame: Pivot Mach 5.7 Medium
Fork: 2010 Fox Talas RLC in 15QR
Headset: Pivot Precision sealed headset
Wheels: DT Swiss 350 15mm Front and 135mm x QR Rear wheelset
Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.1 Front and Rear
Saddle: Pivot WTB rail seat
Bar: FSA SLK Carbon Handlebar
Grip: Pivot phoenix lock on grips
Crank: Shimano XT Triple ring crankset in 175mm
Brake: Shimano XT Brakes
Rotor: Shimano XT Center lock Disc, 160mm(front) and Shimano XT Center lock Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: FSA SLK stem, 90mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: FSA SLK Carbon seatpost
Pedal: Nil
Cassette: Shimano XT 11t – 36t
Shifters: Shimano XT Dyna-Sys Shifter
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT Dyna-Sys shadow
Front derailleur: Shimano XT direct mount
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: Shimano XT Dyna-Sys 10 speed chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Handlebars – How Wide Affects Your Ride

The handlebar grips are two out of the five attachment points between your body and the bike – and arguably, the two most important ones. Spending some time to get your bars tuned to the perfect width can pay dividends in the handling department and may add some comfort to the ride as well… Everybody is slightly different, so it stands to reason that we all have an optimum measurement for the perfect handlebar. Experimenting with your handlebar’s width can be expensive. You can’t cut your handlebar longer, so we’ll show you how to test various widths without cutting your existing bar until you are positive that you need to. Check out Pinkbike’s Tech Tuesday handlebar video and get a grip on your handlebar width.

Special tools: (left to right) You’ll need a good measuring tape; a hack saw with a fresh fine-tooth blade; a fine-tooth file or some sandpaper, and a Park Tool saw guide would be nice.

Wide Bars Vs Narrow Bars video link below:
How Wide?

What you’ll need:

  • A small measuring tape.
  • Hex keys and perhaps a set of Torx keys.
  • A test handlebar that is wider (if you are planning to go that direction).
  • Hack saw with 24 teeth per inch or less.
  • A saw guide like Park tool makes would be handy.
  • 120 grit sand paper or a fine half-round file to smooth cut edges.

Handlebar Tips:

  • Make small changes and put in a few long sessions before you pass judgment on a new setup.
  • Tune your bike to suit your riding style, not someone else’s. If you accept set-up advice from a chimpanzee, then you better look like one.
  • You may have to reset your lever angle and placement slightly if a change in handlebar width alters your position on the bike
  • Ask around to see if a friend has a spare bar at a wider or narrower width he will loan you for a test period.

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Pivot ISCG-05 Chain guide Adapter Plate Picked on Pinkbike!

Pivot Cycles adopted Shimano’s non-threaded PressFit bottom bracket system at its inception. Pivot’s mid-travel trailbikes lack ISCG chainguide mounts and without threads, customers who wanted to retrofit chain guides were left in single chainring limbo. Pivot responded with a trick looking aluminum adapter plate, which we have often written about – so we thought we should show it to you. The machined aluminum adapter plate nests into the frame and clamps securely around the bottom bracket shell with a single 6 millimeter allen screw.
The adapter costs $68 USD and fits single chainring guides. The ISCG-05 adapter fits all aluminum Pivot Mach 4, 5, 5.7 and 429 models with PressFit bottom bracket systems. We mounted it to our Mach 5.7 test sled and used an MRP chainguide with a 34-tooth MRP sprocket mounted to a Shimano XTR dual ring crankset. Pivot Cycles

Pivot’s ISCG-05 clamp-on aluminum adapter plate is relieved on the inside face to index into the frame. The clamp-on arrangement is necessary because Pivot’s trailbikes use a PressFit unthreaded bottom bracket shell. A look from below the bike shows the single pinch bolt that fixes the plate to the frame. The finished product looks quite nice on the Mach 5.7.

Pinkbike’s Take:
Installing Pivot’s ISCG-05 plate is not too difficult, as long as you understand the basics of removing a crankset and installing a chain guide. The plate is a tight fit around the bottom bracket shell and it is recessed to stop against the fixed derailleur mount. Slide it on as far as it will go until the plate contacts the flats of the front derailleur mount, and then rotate it clockwise until the recessed part nests against the frame. Cinch it up with a 6 millimeter allen wrench and you can mount the chainguide. Our adapter needed no spacers with the MRP guide and required only a minimum of fussing to get the upper and lower guides to remain quiet as we shifted across the entire range of the ten-speed cassette. We are using a 34 tooth chainring, so the Mach 5.7 has a lot of clearance. So far the plate is still where we left it, and we have yet to bash the guide to the point of destruction. Not all was perfect in OZ, however, a tiny piece of weld blocked the adapter plate from lining up perfectly – and while we initially got the MRP guide to work, a call to the Pivot factory helped us troubleshoot the adapter situation. We filed a little bit of aluminum from the plate to work around the trouble spot and were good to go. Pivot said that they have been installing the plates without trouble at the factory, so we must have gotten lucky. – RC

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Pivot Mach 4!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Pivot Mach 4!
The Pivot Mach 4 in size XXS was build to be light in mind and no performance lost when sacrificing weight.

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..

Complete look of the finish build!

Upfront of the complete build!

Front fork with Fox F100 Terralogic!

Mavic CrossMax ST wheelset!

The mini headtube for the Pivot Mach 4 XXS size frame.

Cockpit with Shimano XTR shifters, Avid XX brake.

Handling with Race Face Next SL Carbon handlebar and Thomson X4 stem.

Front drive train with Shimano XTR crankset, Shimano XT front derailleur.

Rear drive transmission with Shimano XTR shadow rear derailleur, Shimano XTR cassette and Shimano XTR chain.

The Mavic CrossMax ST hubs with straight pull spokes.

Custom valved Fox RP23 rear shox to match the Pivot’s DW-Link.

Pivot all new Precision sealed bearings tapered headset!

Components List
Frame: Pivot Mach 4 XXS
Fork: 2011 Fox F100 Terralogic in 15QR
Headset: Pivot Precision sealed headset
Wheels: Mavic CrossMax ST 15mm Front and 135mm x QR Rear
Tires: Maxxis CrossMark UST 2.1 Front and Rear
Saddle: Sella Italia rail seat
Bar: Race Face Next SL Carbon Handlebar
Grip: ODI Ruffian lock on grips
Crank: Shimano XTR Triple ring crankset in 175mm
Brake: Avid XX Disc Brakes
Rotor: Magura Storm SL 6 bolt Disc, 160mm(front) and Magura Storm SL 6 bolt, 160mm(rear)
Stem: Thomson X4 stem, 100mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Crank Brother adjustable height seatpost
Pedal: Nil
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimano XTR Shifter
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR carbon shadow
Front derailleur: Shimano XT direct mount
Chain Guide Device: Nil
Chain: Shimano XTR 9 speed chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Pivot Phoenix Review by MountainFlyer!

Engineered for Efficiency
Striving to design and build a race-ready DH bike takes a serious amount of engineering and R&D time. It’s something many bike companies find to be a monumental challenge not worth tackling. But with a full line of successful DW Link bikes and a knack for meticulously engineered designs, Pivot owner Chris Cocalis views the Phoenix as a natural progression for Pivot’s trail bikes. Moving up the suspension travel ladder, the 207 mm travel Phoenix was the obvious next step after Pivot released its 170 mm Firebird in early 2010.

With six World DH Championships accredited to riders on bikes using the DW Link suspension configuration, it is a proven system, but there are not many DW-equipped bikes to choose from. Creating this race-worthy machine took close work between DW Link engineer Dave Weagle and engineers at Pivot. “Dave (Weagle) has a lot of knowledge in suspension design, and we knew working with him would help us create the best bike possible,” Cocalis said. “We developed the bike with feedback from Kyle Strait and our Pivot/LEX team, giving us great racer feedback.”

Elegant lines, industrial grade linkage and two classy color schemes to choose from (black/green or white/blue) make the Phoenix one of the more visually appealing downhill bikes I have seen. It looks fast just sitting in the garage. But with a bike designed around riding, looks can only go so far, and Pivot certainly created more than just a shiny piece of aluminum with cool graphics.

Crafted utilizing a robust triple-butted hydroformed 6000 series aluminum mainframe, bolted to a one-piece cold-forged rear end, the Phoenix is built on an extremely stiff, bulletproof platform. Coupled with the pedaling efficiency offered by the DW Link suspension design, the Phoenix is built to win races.

Four oversized EnduroMax cartridge bearings paired with 17 mm and 19 mm pivot axles help keep flex at the pivots to a minimum; a 93 mmwide bottom bracket shell continues the trend at the bottom of the bike. The Phoenix is built to withstand the abuses of DH racing over an entire season.

On the trail, the stiff hydroformed frame and DW Link made this bike stand out in a variety of situations. The most noticeable was the Phoenix’s pedaling ability. During the test period, the Phoenix took me to the podium in the Red Bull Final Descent 12-hour downhill race in Winter Park, Colo. This race featured one quick sprint up a climb each lap, which was no problem lap after lap with the Phoenix, and it was surprisingly enjoyable to pedal—hard to come by in a full-on DH bike. Flat sections were also easily negotiated; pedaling with minimal suspension bob kept the Phoenix feeling fast under acceleration.

With a 13.6-inch bottom bracket height—about half an inch lower than most bikes on the downhill market—the geometry keeps the rider’s weight lower on the bike creating a stable feel at speed. This raised my confidence when ripping through wide-open, loose sections. With a majority of the frame’s weight being low and centered, handling was quick and responsive when the terrain tightened: Maneuvering the 39-pound beast through tight trees was relatively easy.

“I asked the guys to take a leap of faith with me on the (very low) 13.6-inch BB height and 63-63 head tube angle,” Weagle says. “Because the DW Link design doesn’t blow into its travel, we can push our DH geometry lower and slacker, yet the bike continues to be rideable anywhere.”

The low bottom bracket, however, did make rocky, flat sections a little more difficult to negotiate, with an increase in pedal strikes under power. The DW Link also aids in the Phoenix’s cornering ability by keeping the bike’s geometry predictably true as the suspension compresses. As the suspension reacts to obstacles, the position-sensitive DW Link axle path changes to meet the demands of the trail without dramatically changing geometry, creating a balanced and predictable feel as the suspension pushes through its travel. The linkage motion adjusts the rear wheel’s travel path and the actuation ratio of the shock, effectively eliminating brake jack and pedal feedback. The suspension feels bottomless without negatively affecting the geometry of the bike.

“DW Link is, from a physics standpoint, a highly optimized method of eliminating unwanted suspension movement. This unwanted suspension movement manifests due to load transfer (a fancy term for the rider’s weight shifting) during acceleration or deceleration,” Weagle explains. “The heart of the DW Link design is its patented position-sensitive, anti-squat profile, which very precisely counteracts the suspension’s reaction to load transfer.”

Weagle describes three stages of travel with the DW Link system: The first stage sees most small-bump sensitivity with resistance to pedal-induced bob, due to a rearward axle path. A second stage sees the rear suspension work in unison with fork action in a more up/down motion. The final stage sees the leverage ratio ramp up for big-hit absorption.

“With other suspension designs, riders are forced to set the suspension with high levels of spring and damping just to counteract the effects of load transfer because their suspension is not capable of counteracting load transfer effectively,” Weagle says. “Too much spring and damping equals a dramatic loss in traction.”

Adjustability is an important element of what makes the Phoenix unique. Pivot specs the bike with a Cane Creek angleset, allowing riders to dial in the perfect headtube angle for their riding style or terrain. With a stock 64 degree head angle, the angleset allows +/- adjustments of .5, 1, and 1.375 degrees, allowing a rider to try different settings to find the best option.

Another modifiable option the Phoenix offers is found at the other end of the stout aluminum frame: Swappable forged dropouts allow for an adjustment in chainstay length, BB height and wheelbase, creating adaptability for a variety of terrain. Currently, an optional 10 mm longer dropout extends the rear end and allows for increased confidence on steep, nasty terrain by providing more stability. This also leverages the shock a little differently with the extended chainstay length.

Though I doubt riders will be doing much swapping and adjusting once they’ve found their specified geometry, the adjustability does allow that added level of customization that many stock bikes currently lack. This gives the Phoenix more appeal for the tinkerers or riders looking to have the options.

Equipped with a Fox 40 fork, Sram XO 10-speed, Avid Code brakes, DT Swiss wheels, and a full chainguide system, a stock Phoenix will set you back $6,399. It is also available as a frameset.

Pivot Cycles sets the bar high with its first go at a downhill bike. Designed as a technical downhill race bike, the Phoenix offers a solid build paired with the renowned efficiency of DW Link suspension design. It’s a winning combination. –J. Carr

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Pivot Mach 5.7 Tested!

Pivot’s best selling trailbike was decided the moment the Arizona bike brand released the five-inch-travel Mach 5. By luck or design, it was a near-prefect blend of honest handling and cross-country efficiency. While the Mach 5 was designed to be a longer-travel XC/trailbike, the Mach 5.7, with its slack head angle and re-curved suspension metrics retains the efficient pedaling of its sibling’s position-sensitive dw-link suspension, but adds a new level of handling and confidence that encourages its pilot to stray deeper into the technical realm. Set up with Pivot’s Shimano XTR build kit, our medium-sized test bike weighed 25.9 pounds ready to rock with Shimano XT trail pedals. Expect to pay around $6899 for a similar build.

Inside the Mach 5.7
In profile, the Mach 5.7’s minimalist simplicity masks a number of innovative design elements. Its double-butted main frame tubes are rectangular profiled to put more metal in line with the frame’s highest loads. The deeply curved top tube provides a lot of stand-over clearance (26.5 inches for the X-small frame) and also eliminates the need for a separate strut to support the seat mast. Like all top trailbikes, the Mach 5.7 has a tapered head tube, so if you don’t agree with its 67.6-degree head angle, you can add an AngleSet and try a home-grown version.

Mach 5.7 Details

  • Purpose: Epic trail and all-mountain
  • Frame: Welded aluminum, larger-diameter, butted and formed main tubes,
  • 5.7-inch travel dw-link position-sensitive suspension, tapered head tube,
  • hollow-forged bottom bracket and frame junctions, double bearings at all pivots.
  • One-pound lighter frame than original Mach 5
  • 92-millimeter PressFit bottom bracket shell for wider pivot bearing stance and more lateral stiffness.
  • Lower bottom bracket height
  • Relaxed, 67.6-degree head angle
  • Higher shock leverage rate with smoother mid-stroke action
  • ISCG-05 single-chainring option
  • Compatible with 140 or 150-millimeter–travel forks.
  • Weight: 25 pounds (no pedals)
  • Price as tested: $6899

Placement of the dw-link pivots is critical and in the case of the Mach 5.7, the lower link competes with the front derailleur location. Pivot offsets the linkage bearings to the left and incorporates a direct-mount derailleur to solve the crowding there. Pivot uses a two-piece bottom bracket forging that captures the outside of the lower link. The hollow, welded forging enhances frame stiffness and with its wide-stance pivot placements, promises to extend bearing life. On the subject of bearing life, Pivot doubles two sealed cartridge bearings in each location to be sure that the suspension won’t waggle due to premature bearing wear.

Following the frame back to the Mach 5.7’s swingarm, Pivot redesigned the triangulated bracing between the seat and chain stays to provide clearance for 2.35-inch and larger tires, and then beefed it up with stiffer, C-section struts. At the dropout, Pivot’s burly replaceable derailleur hanger is designed to take a serious beating. Pivot did not outfit the Mach 5.7 with the new 142/12-millimeter through-axle. However, complete builds are set up with the 10-millimeter DT Swiss through axle system that works well with standard dropouts.

Pivot machines the Mach 5.7’s tapered head tube to better support the bearings and minimize weight – A close-up of the rear dropout reveals the DT Swiss 10-millimeter through-axle quick release and Pivot’s super-strong rear derailleur hanger.

Those of us who believe that every bike requires a chainguide will be sad to see that there are no ISCG tabs on the Mach 5.7, but somewhat relieved to discover that Pivot offers a sturdy adapter that both clamps onto the bottom bracket shell and bolts to the frame. Pivot’s ISCG-05 adapter, and is intended for single-ring cranksets. Check it out here. For riders who want to build up a Mach 5.7 at home, Pivot sells the frame only for $2199 (including the Fox Kashima RP23 shock) in five sizes, from extra small to extra large, as well as specific women’s sizes. Colors are charcoal anodized (ours) and white, and either pink or baby blue as female options. Complete Mach 5.7s start at $3899 for the Shimano SLX build and top out around $6900 for SRAM XX and Shimano XTR options.

Mach 5.7 Suspension
Pivot reconfigured the Mach 5.7 dw-link suspension geometry with a higher leverage rate and a flatter curve to feel a lot more plush in the mid-stroke and then consulted with Fox Racing Shox to tune its Boost-Valve RP23 shock to work in harmony. The result is a much smoother feel throughout the suspension travel with less ramp-up at the end-stroke. The changes in shock tune and suspension geometry, added to the fact that the Mach 5.7 comes with an ultra responsive Kashima-coated shock, cause the suspension to move a little more when pedaling than some climbers like. Pivot recommends that Mach 5.7 owners use (or at least try) the RP23 shock’s Propedal function when laying down serious power. We were interested to experience this because previous Pivots, like the Mach 4 and Mach 5, had sufficient anti-squat built into the suspension to never need the Propedal anti-bob function to enhance pedaling efficiency.

Pivot’s configuration of the dw-link suspension imposed some engineering challenges – The carbon fiber upper link wraps around the seat tube to capture the swingarm in exactly the right spot – The lower link is enshrouded by a hollow, two-piece aluminum forging that forms a rigid support for both suspension and pedaling forces in the bottom bracket area.

Our test bike was fitted with a Fox 32 Float RLC fork and a QR15 axle system, which is pretty important to keep a 150-millimeter-stroke fork with 32-millimeter stanchion tubes carving a tight line through the turns. Kashima coating was conspicuously missing from the Fox fork, and when asked, Pivot officials said that the Mach 5.7 seemed to perform just fine without the slippery coating – especially so after a brief break-in period. The same function that makes dw-link bikes pedal well tends to overdrive the fork, so the fact that the stock Fox fork works well with the Mach 5.7 could be science or serendipity.

Mach 5.7 Components
Pivot offers five build kits for the Mach 5.7. Our test bike was appointed with the Shimano XTR ensemble highlighted by a 38/26 two-by-ten crankset, hard-stopping Trail brakes with ICE semi-metallic brake pads, and ICE 150-millimeter rotors. Wheels were DT Swiss Tricon 1550 wheels, while tires were a trail-blend of a Kenda Nevegal up front and a Slant Six in the rear (both 2.35-inch). Cockpit items were refreshingly different, with a Syntace P6 carbon seatpost topped by a Pivot signature WTB Vigo Team saddle, and a 90-millimeter Syntace F109 stem clamping Pivot’s 700-millimeter Phoenix carbon riser handlebar. If you haven’t deduced it by now, our Mach 5.7 was outfitted on the trail rider’s side of the mountain bike meter.

We were surprised by the excellent rough-trail performance of the Shimano XTR two-by-ten drivetrain – Higher spoke tension of the DT Swiss Tricon wheels seemed to enhance the bike’s turning and lateral stability – Shimano ICE brake pads and rotors did the work of larger-diameter rotors. Impressive stoppers.

Riding the Mach 5.7
We tested the Mach 5.7 on a wide range of Southern California terrain from fast-paced mountain singletrack, to motorcycle routes in the high-desert, and suspension-eating technical boulders and slick-rock in the coastal ranges. Conditions were mostly dry with a couple of lucky super-tack days fed by monsoon rains.

Those in search of a single bike that can span the wide gap between a lightweight climber and a capable all-mountain rig will find the Mach 5.7 will be tough to beat.

Shock setup: Successful suspension setup is the key to all long-travel trailbikes, and the process is made easy with Pivot’s shock-mounted sag meter. The Mach 5.7 requires a bit more negative travel than most, about 30-percent sag, so use the tool to get it right. Turn off the Propedal function, gently climb aboard, set the spring pressure so that the O-ring lines up with the red line on the plastic indicator and you’ll be good to go. We used the center Propedal option with five clicks out from full slow for rebound.

Pivot’s shock-sag meter is tough to get wrong – just add or subtract air pressure until the O-ring sets under the red line – The ‘5.7’s new dw-link suspension geometry doesn’t overdrive the fork, so the Fox 32 rides smoother and higher in its travel at speed.

Fork setup: Up front, we found that 30-percent sag with 3 to 4 clicks of low-speed compression balanced well with the shock. The Fox Fit damping system has an anti-bottom-out feature, so don’t expect the O-ring on the stanchion to run to the end of the fork travel unless you pound something hard enough to bend a rim. Rebound was set 4 clicks out and all seemed well and good.

Pedaling: Rolling out on the Mach 5.7 feels like a different animal than its predecessor. Where the original felt like a long-travel XC ride, the Mach 5.7’s 67-degree head angle steers with more purpose and its suspension feels deeper and more responsive. The sensation leaves the legs wondering if the Mach 5.7 will be a disappointment when powering on the flats or when the climbs begin. Not to worry though, because the new machine accelerates quite well with the shock wide open and nearly matches the original with the assistance of the propedal lever.

Climbing: Where the Mach 5.7 shines is pedaling up and over rough terrain, where the suspension keeps the bike moving forward noticeably better. The recurved shock rate seems more responsive to terrain under pedaling tension and manages this without stealing leg power. Using Propedal produces a correspondingly rougher ride that feels easier under power, but if you are willing to accept a small amount of pedal-bob, the ‘5.7 will roll smoothly, faster and more efficiently up rooted trails or stepped, slick-rock type climbs with the shock wide open. That said; the advantage of Propedal-assist is more than bob-free pedaling. The Mach 5.7’s rear suspension rides higher when the shock is firmed up which makes the head angle a degree or so steeper. The two actions combine to make the Pivot feel a lot fresher to the legs, especially when ascents last longer than free will. We were not ashamed to reach for the blue lever.

Up or down, the Mach 5.7 negotiates tricky corners with a relaxed composure that saves energy and focus for truly technical sections that lay ahead.

Turning: Surprisingly, the Mach 5.7 corners like it is on rails. There is a beautiful balance that can be felt when the ground is rough and cornering forces are high that makes a ‘5.7 rider want to push harder with each successive turn. The head angle is not so slack that the bike has to be pushed around corners with the outside handlebar. Rather, the 5.7’s steering feels like an integrated part of its handling package – light at the bars with just the right amount of turn-in to encourage a confident flow. We attribute the Pivot’s new found cornering abilities to its lower bottom bracket, modern steering geometry and a better-balance between the shock and fork action. The limiting factor for hard cornering was the rear tire, which turned this phase of testing into a driftathon. Standard fare for the Mach 5.7 is Kenda Nevegals on both ends. The Slant Six rear tire that the factory set us up with accelerates well and rolls fast, but it steals fun from the downhills and is too easy to lock up under braking.

Technical descending: Get ready for some high speed fun when you turn the Mach 5.7 loose on a descent. With sharp, Super D acceleration on tap for rolling climbs and corner exits, and its point-and-shoot turning skills, the Mach 5.7 gets going in a hurry when it catches the scent of gravity. With its Shimano ICE Trail brakes, the choice to pick through the boulders or send it over the top can be made with nanosecond precision and its smooth, balanced suspension action can cover a multitude of errors. Where the original Mach 5 felt like it had a bit less than five inches of wheel travel when pressed, the new ‘5.7 feels a bit better than its posted numbers, especially under braking and when landing flat.

Careful component selection, like tubeless DT Swiss Tricon wheels, Shimano XTR and carbon cockpit items keeps the weight of the Mach 5.7 in the mid 20’s, yet the bike holds a sharp line through technical sections and feels capable at the outer limits of its performance envelope.

Jumps: On the subject of flying, there is a slight lift in the rear end when popping short, steep ramps, which is typical of trailbikes and short-chainstay all-mountain designs, but a little pull on the handlebar corrects it and from that point, the Mach 5.7 rider will start racking up frequent flier miles. Unless you ask for a tail whip, the ‘5.7 stays on line after the wheels leave the ground and when it returns, the bike is business as usual.

Technical report
Shimano’s latest XTR two-by-ten transmission is impressive. Shifting feels spot on with every click and we never lost a chain, even when we were pounding slick rock descents spun out in the 38/11 top gear. For those who shift in the push-push (SRAM) mode, Shimano’s dual-action trigger lever feels cramped and slightly out of position regardless of how the shifters are angled. In its intended thumb-and-forefinger mode, however, the latest RapidFire ergonomics feel just right.

We feel that the now-standard 39/28 double-chainring gearing is too tall for trail work unless your legs are race ready. Shimano’s lower-geared, 38/26 chainrings are a step in the right direction, but unless we hit the steeps when we felt fresh, the tallish low gear often robbed the opportunity to showcase the Mach 5.7’s tractability when the trail got nasty for a lengthily pitch. On the occasion when we did top uber-technical climbs with fresh legs, we left defeated riders open-mouthed on the sideline. Insist on a two-by crankset, but consider 38 by 24 or a 36 by 24-tooth gearing to maximize the Pivot’s performance.

Missing conspicuously from the Pivot Mac 5.7 was a remote-adjust seatpost. The hose guides are on the frame, but the bike did not have the one item that almost every ‘5.7 rider needs to maximize this stealth shredder’s fun factor. As mentioned, we also pondered Pivot’s decision to fit a nearly bald Kenda Slant Six tire to such a technically capable trailbike. Order yours with real rubber and shred happily unto the world.

The Mach 5.7 gets moving easily and covers a lot of ground – especially over rough, rolling terrain.

Pinkbike’s take:
Pivot’s redesign of its most popular trailbike hits the mark for expeienced bikehandlers who need no-compromise technical handling and don’t want to sacrifice cross-country attributes like sharp climbing, acceleration and cockpit ergonomics. The Mach 5.7 competes in the pedaling department with the likes of Specialized’s Brain-equipped Enduros and Stumpys, and can run downhill with most all-mountain middleweight spawn of the Northwestern brands. For those searching for a dedicated park bike that is also capable of trail riding, however, Pivot’s 5.7 falls short. While it is capable of shredding mid-mountain Whistler-type trails such as A-Line, the lack of a through-axle rear end and a dedicated chain guide belie the fact that the DNA of the Mach 5.7 comes from trailbike roots. If your DNA and the Mach 5.7 are a match, then its stiff, lightweight chassis, bomb-proof handling and smooth-rolling suspension will be your secret weapon should you find yourself surrounded by big bikes and full-face helmets with a couple of thousand feet of vert’ below your front wheel. – RC

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