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Bicycle Doctor Staff have built up some pretty sweet rides over the years, but we can't name a rival to Shane’s Pivot Switchblade. With 160mm 2021 Fox 36 fork up front, and a Fox DPX2 142mm rear shock made especially for the Pivot Switchblade, few mountain bikes are as capable – or as fun – as this one.
P.S. The picture is of Shane riding the Pivot Firebird. We haven't been quick enough to capture the Switchblade in action.
His Fox Fork has an automatic bleeder valve, meaning the performance of his shock won’t change at all, even with dramatic elevation changes.
The Switchblade originally came spec’d with a Sram X01 Eagle drivetrain. Shane upgraded it to Sram XX1 Eagle AXS (Sram’s electronic mountain drivetrain), so he can ride with even crisper shifting and zero concern for cable tension. With a charge-it and forget-it system, Shane can pop the battery into his derailleur and ride without a care in the world.
The Pivot Switchblade comes stocked with Sram’s new G2 hydraulic disc brakes, which gives him phenomenal braking performance in all conditions and a wonderful brake feel at the levers, to boot. Shane also replaced the stock dropper post with Fox’s Transfer, which provides 175mm of seat post travel - that saddle gets out of the way and allows Shane to have even more control on the descents. Shane also tacked on a new Ergon saddle, which provides tons of comfort and breathability during seated riding.
Let's talk wheels. Shane swapped out the stock DT Swiss 1700 wheels for Zipp 3Zero Moto rims with Industry Nine Hydra hubs. Zipp’s 3Zero Motos are designed to flex slightly in the corners providing improved traction and cornering at any speed on any terrain. Industry Nine’s Hydra hubs 690 point of contact gives near-instant engagement when pedaling, meaning better acceleration and better climbing. Winning.
He even slapped on new grips – his personal favorite – the DMR Deathgrips, which provide plenty of grip and no slippage, even with sweaty or wet hands. His pedals are Crankbrothers Mallet E11. Their titanium construction makes them super light, and they have plenty of float for sketchy descents and a big enough contact patch to allow for tons of power conversion.
According to Shane, his Pivot Switchblade is the best bike he has ever ridden, by a long shot. It is a sturdy, reliable, and overall a fantastic ride. The quality is top notch. It is capable of anything and super stable on descents. Shane is never worried about pushing this bike too far; it can handle whatever he throws at it (which is a lot). It also provides a distinct advantage over other enduro bikes in its class with its geometry: a steep seat tube gives a huge advantage in the climbs over other similar bikes, and allows for an even longer dropper, letting Shane get lower on the descents.
Overall, Shane’s new bike is, in a word, fantastic. Not only is the bike a pleasure – and a blast – to ride, but Pivot’s unmatched craftsmanship and customer service make them overall an amazing corporation to work with.