Never go on a dealer tour or holiday with Rory Hitchens from Upgrade Bikes; he’ll have every minute of your day mapped out. That’s what’s currently happening to Daniel from Pivot Cycles who’s over in the UK for a few short days before heading off to Eurobike to show off Pivot’s new models.
Luckily, their trajectory took in Todmorden and we had time to snap a few photos in the dawn light this morning before they packed the bikes back into the van and headed off over the hills to their next dealers. It was worth the early start though as we got to see the new Pivot Les 27.5, the new Vault cyclocross bike and the eagerly-awaited 155mm travel Mach6 carbon.
Pivot has been developing the Mach6 for two years now and it’s just about ready now. The bike here is fully functional and rideable, but Upgrade has to keep it clean and shiny until Eurobike. After that, though, there should be rideable demos available to Pivot dealers around the UK. The Mach6 is the natural progression from the 5.7. It features 27.5in wheels, 155mm of travel and has a full carbon frame. There are neat touches like internal and external dropper routing, rubberised downtube and chainstay protector and ISCG05 tabs. And it comes in a Ford Mustang blue with white, or stealthy black with red or yellow decals.
Pivot is also moving a little into the components game with some matt finished carbon handlebars. They’re currently 740mm, but wider ones are in the works.
The Mach6 should start appearing later in the year and the (full carbon) frame and shock price is £2500. Complete bike builds will start at £4,100 for the XT/SLX build. An XTR build will be £6,500.
Pivot LES 27.5
We’ve just been testing the 29in Pivot LES (as featured in issue 83 of Singletrack) as a super-light, rigid-forked XC monster (and as ridden by Mike Hall on the Great Divide Race). Fear not, the 29in wheeled bike will remain, but Pivot wanted to add another hardtail model to handle the new 27.5in wheel size. The good news for smaller riders is that Pivot is adding an XS frame size so that diminutive riders can try the medium wheels for themselves. Frame size will be 14.5in with a standover of 25.5in.
The LES 27.5 will be appearing this autumn, priced the same as the 29er frame – so £1600, with builds from £3,200 to £5,400 for XTR.
Pivot Vault cyclocross bike
Like the look of this beastie then? You’ll have to be quick as there will only be a dozen of them coming in for this cyclocross season. The Vault takes all of Pivot’s carbon hardtail knowhow and puts it into that ‘other’ offroad sport. The Vault is fully future (and retro) -proofed and can run cable or hydraulic discs, and cable or Di2 shifting. It will even let you run cantilevers, thanks to removable plugs on the seatstays and custom fork.