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An Interview with Chris Cocalis of Pivot Cycles!

In middle of July 2010, we got a chance to preview Pivot Cycle’s new and exciting project – their new Trail bike – the Mach 5.7, at the time yet an industry secret.

Read on….

Q: When and how did the 5.7 idea come up?

Chris: Both us and our customers were very pleased with the Mach 5, but even with this success we are always working to develop and move the sport forward. We started working on the 5.7 about three years ago, not long after the current Mach 5 was released. This is the case with all of our bikes. We are always working on the next project, or the next improvement. Sometimes this is a small update from year to year and sometimes it is a completely new design.

Q: And how was the 5.7 (inches of travel) decided upon?

Chris: We were going for the 5.5-6”range, as I felt that travel longer then 6” would make it too close to the Firebird and take the bike out of the category. The 5.7” travel was chosen because it gave the bike the ideal ride feel we were looking for and it matches well with fork travels between 140-150mm. Also, With DW suspension (and most any suspension design), the rear-travel has some affect on the pivot location, which in-turn determines the overall structure of the bike. The increased travel contributes to the Mach 5.7’s more compact frames design with a stiffer, lighter rear triangle, and lower overall center of gravity so there are many things we look at when tuning in the exact travel numbers.

Chris on-board his Mach 5.7.

Q: If you had a perfect bike, would you still consider refining it for marketing reasons?

Chris: This is somewhat irrelevant, since I don’t think any bike (mine or others’) is perfect. After all our testing and development, when we have the bike totally dialed in, there are certain aspects of the bike that are near perfect for the time, but things are always changing. Technology, performance and expectations are all moving targets. There are always details to be improved. When we finish a new design, I already have started working on ideas for the next generation.
Also, we don’t design parts of the bike for purely marketing reasons. Everything has to have a clear benefit to the rider. That said, we are here to design the best bikes possible for the rider. If we are providing what the rider wants then we will be successful.

Q: Does the constant improvement displayed in bikes of the big brands pose a problem for Pivot?

Chris: Big brands bikes have indeed gotten better. This poses a problem for really small highly-priced brands which do not offer any real advantage and do not have the engineering resources need to keep up. It is even more of an issue for the mid-sized companies which need to compete directly on price in every category but don’t have the marketing budget, the buying power, or the product development resources. For Pivot, it is not a problem. We are a very strong engineering and product based company run by true cycling enthusiasts. This is not just our business; it is our life and our passion. I’d like to think that we will always be quicker to respond and that our size and our connection and relationship with our customers are our greatest strengths. I also believe there will always be customers that will appreciate that difference in quality, detail, craftsmanship and engineering between a Pivot and that offered by the big brands.

The Mach 5.7 has to match up to big expectations.

Q: What if you couldn’t always make better bikes?

Chris: First, of all, I don’t think that is likely or even possible. There is just too much going on and we always coming up with great new ideas. Hypothetically, If there was ever I bike out there that I would rather ride then my own then that would be a huge problem. It would mean that I lost the passion, drive, and focus that motivate me everyday. Some years ago, in addition to the bike frame business, I was a successful component manufacturer. Among other things we made a really nice crankset which I believed was one of the best of that time (it was called the Cyborg and was also sold under the AC components brand).
When SHIMANO came out with their first XTR crank I realized I would no longer be able to make a crank substantially better then theirs, so I pulled out of that business. It was not my core business and we did not have the focus in that market. Bike frames are another story. Although I may have a cool component idea that we pursue from time to time, bikes and primarily suspension frame development is my core business and has been my passion and focus for the last 20 years as I expect it to be for at least the next 20 years.

The new bike is almost half a pound lighter.

Q: Pivot frames seem to be very technologically advanced. One could argue that in that sense they even display “too much of a good thing”. How do you decide upon the need and validity for a certain new technology?

Chris: Actually, I tend to refrain from use of any technology that does not bring a real benefit. In most cases this benefit is immediate, but sometimes it is less apparent at present time. Such for example is the case of the Tapered Headtube of the new Mach4. Current short travel forks and the related tapered steer and headsets pay a weight penalty over the current standard 1 1/8th version, yet we know that it won’t be long until manufacturers come out with forks that make use of the larger diameter steerer to create much lighter and stiffer forks.

Q: Why did you set on developing the press fit BB with Shimano, for example? Why not use the already existing BB30 standard?

Chris: For number of reasons actually. The BB30 standard is a 10 year old plus design that really doesn’t address the needs of the mountain bike. On mountain bikes there isn’t an issue with riders asking for a narrower cranks and their have not been any major durability issues with the external BB bearings from Shimano, FSA, Race Face, etc. In regards to durability, I don’t feel that BB30 bearings placed so far inboard and the lack of sealing to the system compared to the Shimano design is really all that appropriate for a mountain bike. It was developed as a road system because it has some true advantages there.
The biggest reason for us to develop the 92mm wide system is because it gives us a lot more room to work with on the frame. We can have a larger downtube and a wider seat tube area at the BB as well as better support for the frames main pivots. All this adds up to a substantial increase in frame stiffness and overall pivot durability. Also, the design actually fits within existing standards. A traditional 68mm BB with Shimano cups and spacers installed measures 92mm to the outside of the bearings. By simply developing a system putting the bearings inside the shell, we can widen the bottom bracket housing and increase its diameter. From, a durability standpoint it is better because the bearings and crank spindle are housed and supported by the frame as far out as possible. Nothing needs to change with the crank from Shimano, FSA, Race Face, SRAM/Truvativ, etc. Almost every crank on the market is compatible and Shimano, FSA, Race Face, SRAM/Truvativ, and Enduro all make compatible bottom brackets for the system.

The Firebird has a floating front derailleur.

Q: Looking at the details of your frames, one would conclude that you are a great believer in the “Money is no Object” approach. Is this true?

Chris: Not at all! Price is really important. However Value for the price is what sets us apart and we believe is one of the key drivers behind the success of Pivot. We are a bike company that competes against all the other bike companies and our goal is always to provide tremendous value for the dollar. We design and manufacture bikes that sell within a reasonable price difference of a similarly spec’ed big-brands but provide more value. In many cases, for the weight, and component spec we are often less expensive. I won’t point out specific examples, but when looking at some of the larger brands highest end models, we have a clear price advantage.
In regards to the design of the bikes, we don’t cut corners. There is no advantage for us to use a bushing or a cheaper bearing in a place where we know the high end component will make the bike last a lot longer even though the rider can’t see it. In this, case, if the value is there and the performance benefit is clearly worth the extra money then we will always take the high road. Take a look at a Pivot frame that is 3 years old vs. a suspension frame from any of the big brands and the value is instantly obvious. Ours rides like new and the others are ready to be replaced. In the cases where we are slightly more expensive, I believe the customer will see we have a tangible edge over the other brands’ bikes and that that edge is worth the price difference. I will not make a bike that will have to sell at too big of a price difference and any price difference needs to be clearly justified.

Spare me no details: The Mach4 lower link is made of Aluminium and Carbon, and is supported by 8 bearings.

Q: Why?

Chris: I do not envision Pivot as a brand that sells very expensive bikes to very few people that can afford them. I want to create the best bikes possible and to be able to sell them to as many people as possible. Having started not much more then 3 years ago, we are still a small company, but we are already bigger then many other well established high-end brands and we expect to grow considerably in 2011 because of the Product, Service and Value we provide to our current and future customers.

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2010 Eurobike: Hayes Bicycle Group – Prime Disc Brake – Expert and Pro

Hayes announced the coming of the PRIME brake some time ago and it looks like things are finally falling into place. Check inside for a video overview as well as product highlights on the Prime Pro and Prime Expert disc brakes.

Joel runs through the details behind the Hayes Prime Expert / Pro disc brake

The Prime is designed to offer tool free contact/reach adjustment and increased braking power over their Stroker brake. They’ve developed a new rotor as well to match this new brake.

Hayes Prime Pro Brakeset.

Hayes Prime Pro

  • Tool Free Dead Stroke (essentially pad contact point adjustment)
  • Hayes premium disc hose
  • Two piece floating rotor standard
  • Titanium hardware (clamp screws, bridge bolts, mount bolts)
  • Anodized aluminum hardware (mount washer, banjo, banjo bolt, pivot bolt, pad pin)
  • Lazer etched graphics
  • Titacon lever bushing
  • Sintered metallic pads
  • standard hose grommets
  • Titanium push rod
  • Premium finish
  • claimed 385g

Hayes Prime Expert Brakeset.

Hayes Prime Expert

  • Tool Free Dead Stroke (essentially pad contact point adjustment)
  • Hayes standard disc hose
  • Stamped stainless disc rotor
  • steel/aluminum hardware (clamp screws, bridge bolts, mount bolts)
  • steel hardware (mount washer, banjo, banjo bolt, pivot bolt, pad pin)
  • Pad printed graphics
  • Titacon lever bushing
  • Semi-metallic pads
  • no hose grommets
  • Steel push rod
  • claimed 415g

Rotor sizes

  • V5 – 140mm
  • V6 – 160mm
  • V7 – 180mm
  • V8 – 203mm
  • V9 – 224g

Available soon at Tionghin!!!!!

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Hayes Prime Brakes – Sea Otter 2010

Hayes was on hand showing off their newest brake, the Prime. An entirely new platform, the Prime features both reach and dead stroke adjustment. Inside you’ll find info, pictures, and a great video showing you the latest Hayes stopper

Read on…

Hayes uses their poppet cam technology to let the user adjust the dead stroke (otherwise known as bite point) easily and without tools. The poppet cam lets riders bring the bite point further out or closer to the bar depending on their preference simply by rotating the small aluminum lever 180 degrees. This combined with the anodized aluminum reach adjustment dial should allow every rider to find a lever position that they feel comfortable with.

Hayes Prime Model Options

Hayes Prime Pro

  • Tool free dead stroke adjustment
  • Four layer low expansion hose
  • Two piece floating rotor
  • Titanium/anodized aluminum hardware
  • Laser etched graphics
  • Titacon lever bushings
  • Sintered metallic pads as stock
  • Hose grommets as standard
  • Titanium pushrod
  • Premium finish and cosmetics

Hayes Prime Expert

  • Tool free dead stroke adjustment
  • Standard hose
  • Stamped stainless steel rotor
  • Aluminum/steel hardware
  • Pad printed graphics
  • Titacon lever bushings
  • Semi-metallic pads as stock
  • Hose grommets not stock
  • Steel pushrod
  • Standard finish

  • A new four layer low expansion hose tuned for the Prime’s high mechanical and hydraulic ratios.
  • New low noise and high Mu two-piece rotor. At 110 grams for the 6” version, it is also lighter.
  • Nickel plated, titanium and anodized aluminum fasteners resist corrosion and maintain the high-end finish.
  • New press fit Titacon CL 500 bushings are used in the master cylinder body.
  • A new two-piece design that allows the master cylinder to be removed without affecting other handlebar components

Look out for an upcoming test in the future! Available soon at Tionghin!!

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Pivot Mach 4 / 429 received 2010 “Best of MTBR” awards! Awards and Virtual Tradeshow Booth

The Mach 4.

The Mach 429!

We here at Pivot Cycles are stoked to let the world know our award-winning bikes are garnering yet more awards. Two of our bikes recently received “Best of MTBR” awards from

Voted on by the riders that make up the large community over at, these awards are truly representative of what everyday mountain bike enthusiasts see as the best products. These are the people out there riding the bikes without any industry-insider influence, and their votes speak loudly.

The Mach 429 won in the category for best “29er Bike.” We’re very excited about this bike. It can go from the racecourse to the trail, and give up nothing in between. We’re amazed by the number of people being converted to full-suspension 29ers just so they can own a Mach 429.

In addition to being piloted by the 24-hour World Champion, Jason English, our best-selling Mach 4 was awarded best of category for “Full Suspension – XC” The Mach 4 has been updated for this year. In addition to a bunch of updates, the highlight is that we made it a 5/ 8ths of a pound lighter, yet stiffer for an even more efficient riding experience.

Speaking of industry insider influence. Interbike is the annual bicycle industry circus where all the new bikes, products and ideas are out on shiny happy display. It’s an industry-only event, which means the only way a consumer can get in is if he or she hassles their local bike shop long enough for the owner to throw down an entrance badge which happens more often than you might think.

Fortunately offers non-insiders and the humble types a good view of the new loot thanks to the Virtual Tradeshow Booths. You can find the Pivot Cycles booth here tradeshow-booth/ Every bike in our line is shown with great photography, and there’s also a good video of Chris Cocalis (Pivot Cycles owner/president) explaining each bike.

Head on over to get some good info and details on all our bikes!

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2010 Interbike: 2011 Answer Products

2010 Interbike: 2011 Answer products, source and pictures from

Answer Products has expanded their product line for 2011. They’re added additional cockpit parts for downhill and all-mountain riders. Check inside for their latest offerings…

2011 Answer -One (minus 1) Direct Mount Stem

The -One, pronounced “minus one”, is a similar looking stem to their current DH direct mount stem. The difference with the -One is that the bar height is much lower for a lower aggressive cockpit stance. This stem only has 2 length adjustments vs. 3 on their DH stem. 7075 aluminum construction.


  • 62mm wide faceplate
  • Weight: 160g
  • Stack Height: -20mm (Bar center)
  • Length: 50mm & 55mm adjustable
  • Material: 7075 Series alloy
  • Mount: BoXXer Standard (FOX 40, BoXXer, Manitou Dorado, etc)
  • Color options: Black, White
  • Hardware: A2 Stainless w/thread patch
  • *NOTE Will not fit Dorado flat crown in 50mm position

2011 Answer Rove DJ Stem
For those that are looking for the same look and wide bar clamp as the DH and -One stems but need a traditional stem, Answer has you covered with their Rove DJ stem. It’s constructed out of the same 7075 aluminum and sports a 2 length options.


  • 61mm wide faceplate
  • Weight: 210g (35mm) & 250g (50mm) claimed
  • Length options: 35mm & 50mm
  • Clamp diameter: 31.8mm
  • Material: 7075 Series alloy
  • Color options: Black, White
  • Hardware: A2 Stainless
  • 10mm hollow Cro-moly star nut & stem bolt – clean brake line routing and bar spin capable

2011 Answer Rove AM Stem
Answer has branched out to create parts for all mountain and aggressive trail riders. The Rove AM stem is one of these pieces that offers strength and stiffness coupled with lightweight construction design.


  • Internal & External Tapered walls in stem body
  • Rise: 8°
  • Stack Height: 40mm
  • Length options: 60, 70, 80, 90, 100mm
  • Material: 6066 3D forged – post CNC machined
  • Color options: Black, White, Charcoal
  • Hardware: Stainless with thread lock patch
  • Includes 3 & 5mm headset spacers and star nut and top cap.

Answer ProTaper Technology
ProTAPER® handlebars have a variable wall diameter that is thickest at the clamp area and tapers toward the ends of the bar. This is designed to make the bar strong where it is most needed and allowing for the total handlebar weight to decrease.

2011 Answer ProTaper 720 AM Handlebar


  • Width: 720mm
  • Weight: 315g
  • Clamp diameter: 31.8mm
  • Rise: 25.4mm, 50.8mm
  • UP Sweep: 4°
  • Back Sweep: 8°
  • Material: 7050 series alloy
  • Color: Red, Black, Silver, White

2011 Answer ProTaper 660 XC Carbon Handlebar


  • Grip Grit area for non-slip surface
  • Width: 660mm (With cut marks for trimming to fit)
  • Weight: 130g
  • Clamp diameter: 31.8mm
  • Rise: Flat
  • Back Sweep: 3°
  • Material: Carbon with unidirectional 12 outer layer
  • Color: Naked Carbon

2011 Answer ProTaper 720 AM Carbon Handlebar


  • Grip Grit area for non-slip surface
  • Width: 720mm
  • Weight: 205g & 225g (50.8 rise bar)
  • Clamp diameter: 31.8mm
  • Rise: 12.7mm, 25.4mm, 50.8mm
  • UP Sweep: 4°
  • Back Sweep: 8°
  • Material: Carbon with unidirectional 12 outer layer
  • Color: Carbon
  • 2011 Answer ProTaper 780 DH Handlebar


  • Width: 780mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Clamp diameter: 31.8mm
  • Rise: 12.5mm, 25.4mm
  • UP Sweep: 4°
  • Back Sweep: 8°
  • Material: 7050 series alloy
  • Color: Red, Gold, Black, White

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2011 Focale 44 Bikes in Eurobike Show

2011 Focale 44 bikes are displayed on La Finca Distribution booth in Eurobike show, Germany (The biggest bike trade show on Earth). Thanks to, let have a quick look at the 2011 Noble, the 2011 Relax and the 2011 Revolted in advance. Those bikes will be available at our store in November 2010. Another new 2011 will be out at the same time: The Focale 44 Polo bike. Stay tuned for more info…

2011 Focale 44 Noble bike in blue

2011 Focale 44 Revolted bike in green

2011 Focale 44 Polo bike in black

Focale 44 is proud to introduce one of the first (If not the first) polo bike so far: the Polo bike. Yes, the bike name is so obvious that you instantaneously know what it is all about.

The attached picture above is the only we have now. A kind of spy shot from Eurobike show, taken by La Finca Distribution, Focale 44 distributor in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. That Polo bike has been developped in cooparation with a bikepolo team from Toulouse, France. Mainly with one of the crew: Théo Guerry. Starting from a Full Moon bike (Focale 44 first bike of the range), the following parts are changed to make it polo-ready. You can also take a look at the video below for more information on Bike Polo…

  • Short, and raised stem
  • Laidback seatpost
  • Comfortable seat
  • 28/16 gearing
  • 2 chainguards
  • 700×28c tires
  • 48-spoke wheels

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2010 Eurobike: 2011 Manitou, Answer and Sun Ringle

The Hayes Group is the umbrella names for Manitou, Answer and Sun/Ringlé and, after a quiet year or two, it seems to be cranking some more new stuff out. Source from Singletrack.

Let’s start with a nice controversial number…

Yep, it’s a Dorado. Manitou’s DH fork. Only this one is a 29er Dorado. Wagon wheel downhilling is here to stay it seems.

Answer’s new direct mount stem offers a 1in drop over regular direct stems for riders looking to lower their front end. There’s a regular stem too.

Comes in all the lengths: 50mm and 55mm

Answer also has a new All Mountain stem. 60-100mm lengths.

One of the most venerable names in mountain biking, the Answer ProTaper bar is now going to come in carbon, along with the new snazzy graphic ally version.

Another prototype – this time a new finish Answer is trying on its ProTaper bar. It’s a way of anodising graphics onto a handlebar. Initial results look great.

Flat pedals with removeable pins. Get them here too.

The new Manitou Marvel fork is very deconstructed in looks.

I-beam crown and a tapered-only steerer, it’ll come in 100-120mm lengths and QR15 or 9mm.

This is an exclusive peek at the prototype QR15 Manitou dropout that it had hidden out the back of the booth. It’ll use Manitou’s signature hex axle, but in a QR form. This prototype is using and older DH style 20mm dropout, but you get the idea.

Ignore the pinch-bolts, this’ll be a true QR setup using a bayonet style engagement and a smaller, 15mm hex axle.

Expect to see more Sun/Ringlé wheelsets like this Black Flag XC set

…and the Charger Pro All Mountain set

Straight pull spokes and those two white spokes.

Two white spokes. How else can you differentiate wheels?

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2011 Manitou R7 and all-new marvel XC suspension forks!

We just got our hands on some nifty little internal documents showing that for 2011, Manitou has completely revamped their classic R7 to drop about 40g, improve stiffness and load bearing and make it look much slicker. The new casting brings the R7 down to 2.95lb to 3.05lb, making it one of the lightest fully featured XC forks on the market. Follow up calls ensued:

“Basically, our R7 tooling was worn out and rather than just redo the same thing, we figured we’d use this opportunity to redesign the fork,” says Rich Travis, Manitou’s Product Manager. “So we used FEA design to improve load tolerances and drop weight, and while we were at it we improved mud clearance and made it look better, too.

“If it had only been for the U.S. market, we may have just killed it. The R7 sells really well in Europe (around 10,000 pieces per year), but in the U.S. people are now mainly looking at forks with 32mm stanchions.”

And to address that market, for the past year, Manitou has been working on a new XC fork that has 32mm stanchions and “radically different looking lowers” that’s going to be called the Marvel. It’ll feature 100mm and 120mm travel options, a tapered steerer tube and a new, proprietary 15mm thru axle design.

A Marvel Expert will be OEM focused with 9mm QR and could be shown as early as this fall, but for aftermarket early next year will be the real deal. Travis wouldn’t commit to any timeline but said a 29er version was likely in the works.

Flip past the break for more comparison photos of the new R7 casting…

We’ve been testing Manitou’s current R7 in both 26″ and 29er form all Summer and can honestly say that they’re great forks. They’re way stiffer compared to older 28mm stanchion forks, and even among current 32mm ones, they’re adequately stiff for XC racing and trail riding. A full review of both are in the short term review queue, but if you’re in the immediate market for a new fork, you wouldn’t be disappointed by them…the action is smooth with good external rebound and compression adjustment. This new casting should make them even better and give XC racers an extremely lightweight option that doesn’t skimp on performance.

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