Pivot Cycles
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One Bike. Any Trail.

Versatility—that’s the Switchblade’s calling card and the reason this bike immediately rocketed to the top of several cycling media best-of lists. As a long-travel 29er, the Switchblade is a next-level enduro bike that begs for fast, steep and technical trails. As a 27.5+ machine, the Switchblade combines spider-man traction with the shortest chainstays in the category for the ultimate all-terrain, all-conditions ride. One bike. Any trail.

Values in:

Switchblade w/ 29" wheels

 
                    
XS
SM
MD
LG
XL
A
Seat Tube Length (C-T)
14.50 in
16.00 in
16.75 in
18.00 in
19.50 in
B
Top Tube Length
21.85 in
22.90 in
24.20 in
25.00 in
26.00 in
C
Head Tube Length
3.35 in
3.54 in
4.00 in
4.25 in
4.72 in
D
Head Tube Angle
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
67.25°
E
Seat Tube Angle
74.75°
74.50°
74.25°
74.25°
74.25°
F
Chain Stay Length
16.85 in
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
13.38 in
H
Standover Height
26.90 in
27.75 in
27.90 in
28.00 in
28.80 in
I
Wheelbase
43.75 in
44.61 in
45.96 in
46.85 in
48.02 in
Stack
23.62 in
23.82 in
24.21 in
24.41 in
24.80 in
Reach
15.35 in
16.14 in
17.32 in
18.11 in
19.09 in

Switchblade 27.5"+ w/ 17mm cup

 
                    
XS
SM
MD
LG
XL
A
Seat Tube Length (C-T)
14.50 in
16.00 in
16.75 in
18.00 in
19.50 in
B
Top Tube Length
21.85 in
22.90 in
24.20 in
25.00 in
26.00 in
C
Head Tube Length
3.35 in
3.54 in
4.00 in
4.25 in
4.72 in
D
Head Tube Angle
66.50°
66.50°
66.50°
66.50°
66.50°
E
Seat Tube Angle
74.00°
73.75°
73.50°
73.50°
73.50°
F
Chain Stay Length
16.85 in
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
13.27 in
H
Standover Height
26.80 in
27.65 in
27.87 in
27.90 in
28.82 in
I
Wheelbase
43.92 in
44.78 in
46.14 in
47.02 in
48.19 in
Stack
23.80 in
24.02 in
24.46 in
24.70 in
25.14 in
Reach
14.96 in
15.75 in
16.93 in
17.72 in
18.70 in

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

Bomber—yet ultra light—full carbon frame featuring leading edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot's proprietary molding technology

Compatible with both 29 and 27.5+ wheelsizes

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 Fox 36 160mm-travel fork

Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing

Front derailleur compatible

Fits almost every rider (everyone between 4'11" and 6'2"+)

10-year warranty

PIVOT CARBON

Pivot utilizes a proprietary hollow-core internal molding technology to create the highest quality handmade carbon frames available.

Through the employ  of hard internal forms for both layup and the molding  process, we achieve more consistent pressures, the highest level of material compaction, and extremely tight tolerances over the entire frame structure. This ultra-precise layup method can be optimized to achieve ideal handling characteristics for every model's purpose and for every size in the line up, enabling  you to experience renowned Pivot ride quality on every trail.

CABLE PORT SYSTEM

Say hello to the easiest, cleanest and quietest cable routing solution – beloved by mechanics and Pivot owners alike.

No more fishing for cables, no more rattles due to loose housing – our future-proof internal system offers huge access ports for fast assembly, universal housing clamps that keep your Pivot quiet, full Shimano Di2 integration, and future-proof compatibility with all gearing and dropper configurations.

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" (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° 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° seat angle provides an optimal climbing position that increases traction.

Assembled to Perfection

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.

Tires: For each of our bikes, we include the best version of every Maxxis tire model for each application – choosing rubber compounds, tubeless and sidewall technologies that are perfect for your specific Pivot.

Cockpit: Custom designed Phoenix Components work as a system to enhance cockpit comfort and control on every Pivot bike. To learn more about how these components enhance the quality of your ride, see here. (links to component page)

Wheels: All Pivot bikes include the best wheel technologies available from our partners. Universal features across models include easy to set up, reliable, tubeless systems, quick engagement hubs for immediate engagement off the line, and light durable materials.

Saddle: Pivot bikes feature WTB saddles that are specially made with the best, most durable, memory foam and feature a special hidden cutout for long ride comfort. The Switchblade complete bikes include rider’s choice of either the high performance Volt saddle or the Deva women’s saddle. 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 a 28-step assembly and quality control check to ensure that every ride on your new bike exceeds expectations.

WOMEN’S BIKES

At Pivot, we believe the bike should fit the rider, not the other way around.

Our approach to rider-size-specific geometry relies on a balanced fit and adjusted geometry to maintain correct wheelbase length and handling to properly accommodate the proportions of a smaller rider.

Our smaller sizes are built with shorter head tubes to create more stand-over height, enabling smaller-statured riders to achieve a centered, athletic, position on the bike with tons of clearance over the top tube – essential to descending and cornering with confidence and speed.

Size-specific carbon molds enable Pivot's engineers to utilize smaller tube diameters and unique carbon layups for lighter size small and size extra small frames – all while maintaining the same strength standards, pedaling efficiency and frame stiffness as are found in larger size Pivot bikes.

Lighter shock tuning and leverage rates enable us to achieve the ideal ride feel for a diverse range of rider weights and ride styles.

Pivot complete bike specifications intelligently address real-world rider differences, with the option to choose women’s specific saddle on any size and shorter cranks on our S and XS sizes.

SWITCHBLADE DETAILS

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.

THE BEST OF 29 AND 27.5—IN ONE BIKE

From the start, we designed the Switchblade to not just “accommodate” both 29 and 27.5 wheels, but to excel with both wheel sizes. The Switchblade boasts both one of the shortest chainstays in its class (for agile handling) and more clearance for wide tires than any of its competitors. 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 get maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving, stable ride quality in loose, rocky conditions? Go with one of our 27.5-plus tire and wheel build kits. 29 or 27.5-plus—the Switchblade is brilliant in both wheel sizes.

DOWNHILL BEAST

The Switchblade is an absolute weapon on the steepest and roughest descents. Its sleek-yet-stout carbon 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 CH 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 huge 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 DPX2 shock tuned specifically for the Switchblade’s dual personality.  When combined with the ultra-low friction Kashima coating, Fox’s design offers an incredibly plush feel in every setting. 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. 

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:

 

X-Small: 4'11" – 5'4"

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 size based on your riding style. The Switchblade 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 Switchblade?

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 then 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 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? Is it Boost 148?

 

It is not Boost 148mm. The Switchblade 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. 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 then a 142mm hub) and increases wheel stiffness substantially, which is a huge benefit on 29” enduro and 27.5+ wheels. Although any 12mm X 157mm hub can be used, the special Super Boost Plus versions developed with Pivot, DT Swiss, Industry 9, and Reynolds makes for a highly optimized 29er enduro and 27.5+ wheel combinations that take 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, and why I can’t live without it?

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

 

* Ultra Short 16.85” chainstays perfectly complements the Switchblade’s long and low stature allowing you to manual up and over even the gnarliest obstacles while keeping the wheelbase length in check so that you can still clean tight switchbacks and rail corners with confidence and agility like you’ve never experienced before.

* A massive increase in tire clearance for running up 3.25” X 27.5+ and 2.4” X 29” tires with incredible mud clearance: Who doesn’t like that! ? You can run your racy 27.5 X 2.8 tires in the summer and then step up to something much wider in bad weather to extend your riding season or just plow through the mud on your 29er wheels with confidence knowing that the Switchblade can handle it all.

* Increased frame and wheel stiffness: A better performing bike allows you to push the limits even further and the Switchblade has no weak links. This is the bike that allows you to set new boundaries.

* Front derailleur compatibility: Some love their front derailleur’s and others never want to see them again, but either way, it’s nice to know we have you covered.

What cranks will the Switchblade accept?

 

The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect SL 1X cranks with the Cinch chainring flipped is also fully compatible with the SB+ 157 system (although the chainline will be approximately 1mm outboard compared to the custom configurations provided with our complete bike offerings). One Up (Switch Spider and chainring system) and Wolf Tooth both offer SB+ spiders and/or chainrings to make standard SRAM GXP and DUB standard SB+ compatible.  One Up information can be found at: https://www.oneupcomponents.com/collections/switch/products/switch-sdm?variant=31481758337 SRAM has also added some new SB+ specific crank options to their lineup.  

Additionally, 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 SB+. The Switchblade will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 168mm and featuring a 56-57mm 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 will accept?

The Switchblade 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 is used on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade uses a Press Fit 92mm BB. Some bottom bracket manufacturers may refer to it as BB92 of PF92 as well. Every crank manufacture offers Press Fit 92mm BB options.

What about SRAM Eagle Cranks?
SRAM Eagle Eagle XO and XX1 level cranks can be made to work on the Switchblade using a 30T or smaller ring using a Wolf Tooth zero offset ring and without running crank boots for additional crank arm clearance with the frame. If you are looking to use these cranks on your Switchblade, the 28 or 30T rings can be purchased on Wolf Tooth’s website. These are referred to as Direct Mount for SRAM BB30 Short Spindle Cranks (make sure you select the 0mm offset).
http://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/chainrings/products/direct-mount-chainrings-for-sram-cranks
Did you just design Super Boost Plus to give all the commenters on Pinkbike something to talk about?

Yes, and No. We do love being the topic of conversation, but the reality is that Super Boost Plus will make you a better person. When you look yourself in the mirror in the morning, you’ll think: “I’m good enough, I’m strong enough, and gosh darn it, people like me!” You and your Switchblade will be able to manual for DAYS and you will look amazing while doing it!!! That leads to more confidence, and a confident person is a happy person. Happy people tend to do nice things for others. Happy People that ride the awesome Pivot Switchblade with Super Boost Plus are the happiest people on the trail and happy people are better people. So… that, my friends is how Super Boost Plus will make you a better person.

What is the thread pitch on the rear axle?

Pivot uses a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle. You can order one through our online store here: 

https://www.pivotcycles.com/en/157mm-thru-axle-w-washer 

 
What size seatpost does the Switchblade use?

The Switchblade frame uses a 30.9mm seatpost.

What size seat clamp does the Switchblade use?

The Switchblade frame uses a 34.9mm or 35mm (as some manufacturers call it) seatpost clamp.

Can I use a dropper post with this frame?

Yes, internal stealth routed dropper posts are compatible with the Switchblade frame. All Pivot Switchblade models come equipped with a dropper post. 

What dropper post length should I use on my Switchblade?

The Switchblade features a low stand-over height and short seat tubes to allow the use of longer travel dropper posts and/or more flexibility for a wider range of rider sizes. There are some limitations that each dropper post can accommodate for each frame size based on the individual riders saddle height, so it is important to check fit before choosing the travel and model of dropper post for your Switchblade. Use the linked guide to find the right post for your bike:

http://www.pivotcycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Switchblade-Dropper-Fit-Guide.pdf

What front derailleur does the Switchblade use?

The Switchblade uses an e-type Shimano side-swing style front derailleur only. Shimano produces the new e-type side-swing front derailleur in Deore and SLX for 10 speed drivetrains and XT and XTR for 11 speed drivetrains.

Can I mount a chain guide on my Switchblade?

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

What headset do I need for the Switchblade?

The Switchblade uses a ZS (zero stack) 44mm top and (zero stack) 56mm bottom. If you are running the zero stack option on the bottom (instead of Pivot’s extended cup) then a Chris King Inset 2 is compatible. 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 on my Switchblade?

The Switchblade was designed for either a 150mm or 160mm fork. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Switchblade is 160mm travel.

What is the fork offset on the Switchblade?

44mm

What size wheels can I run on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade is both 29er and 27.5+compatible. The frame was designed from the ground up to accommodate both wheelsizes, and so works perfectly in both configurations.

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

The Switchblade can run 29er tires up to 2.4” in width with plenty of clearance and easily fits 27.5+ tires up to 3.25. For other tires in the market, most will fit, but rim width and tire manufacture sizing call outs and tire inconsistency can result in huge difference among both tire brands and individual tires. We suggest you check the fit with your chosen rim and tire combination to make sure it has proper clearance before riding if you choose to use something that is not our standard specification. Our test fitting of 29” tires has been done on a 25-30mm inner width rim and for the 27.5+ wheels on a 37-42mm inner width rim.

How large of a rotor will fit on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade is designed to fit a 180mm rotor without an adaptor from 2018 on. 2017 Switchblade swingarms are designed for a 160mm rotor but a 180mm can be fitted with a direct mount/post to post adapter.

What type of rear brake adapter do I need

No brake adapter is needed for a 160mm rotor on 2017 swingarms or for 180mm rotors on 2018 and newer swingarms. 2017 swingarms can utilize 180mm rotors with the proper direct mount/post to post adapter.

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

The eye-to- eye shock length is 7.875 inches and the stroke length is 2 inches.

If I want to run a different brand of shock on my Switchblade, what else do I need to know?

The Switchblade shock uses M8 through bolt hardware on the front and no hardware on the rear. Shock spacer dimensions are 22mm wide front. 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 the Switchblade is designed for) and may not fit properly. Also, as we cannot test every shock on the market, 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. We run medium compression valving and medium rebound damping.

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

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

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

What are the torque specs?

A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the "Tech Specs" tab.

Can I run a water bottle on the Switchblade?

Yes, the Switchblade features 2 sets of bottle mounts on the Small to X-Large frame sizes. One mount is on the top of the down tube and the other bottle mount is underneath the down tube. (the XS frame size only has a bottle mount underneath the down tube). All other sizes are designed to clear a large water bottle on top of the down tube. For best clearance, we suggest removing the front bolt of the rear shock and then rotate the air can so the adjusters are facing up towards the top tube. This will open up the clearance at the front allowing easy access to the larger bottles. We designed the frame to be run this way for those wanting to use large bottles with maximum clearance.