Long Termers: Benji’s Pivot Mach 4

November 2, 2010

Guess what? Headset issues delay build.

Pivot Mach 4
From: Upgrade Bikes
Price: £1,599
(frame only)

Just a brief update for those wondering why I haven’t written about the Pivot Mach 4’s first ride.

Basically, despite a bit of tape measuring, research and consultation (and a bit of mutual conclusion-jumping it has to be said), I ended up with the wrong headset.

Somewhat amazingly there are two extremely similar zero-stack tapered standards available nowadays. And by extremely similar I mean that the difference between them is that the Outer Diameter (OD) of the bottom cup of one of the standards is 54.92mm and the OD of the bottom cup of the other one is 55.95mm.

The Mach 4 takes the standard with the 55.95mm OD bottom cup.

Guess which headset I ended up with?

Ah well. Not to worry. All a bit frustrating but it’s not the end of the world.

I still built up the bike with the rest of the stuff I had. I was just in the mood for bike building! And it shouldn’t be too much of a job to swap the headset over when I finally get the correct one really. So as and when the headset plops through my letterbox I can slap it in the bike and get riding it ASAP. Here it is…

About 1mm away from being rideable.

Fork: DT Swiss XMC100
Wheels: American Classic MTB 26
Brakes: Tektro Auriga Pro
Stem: Oval T800
Bars: Race Face Atlas
Shifters: Shimano XT
Front Mech: Shimano SLX E-Type
Rear Mech: Shimano XT Shadow
Chainset: FSA K-Force Lite
Chain: Sram
Seatpost: Crank Bros Joplin 4
Saddle: Prologo Vertigo Ti 1.4
Tyres: Geax Saguaro TNT 2.2
Pedals: Time Z-Control
Headset: Don’t ask…

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