Welcome to the latest Fresh Goods – we’ve got a ton of great kit to show you this week from Pivot, Shimano, 5:10 and loads more! So without further ado, let’s get stuck in…
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon
Pivot Mach 4 Frame: £2,400
X-Fusion Sweep fork: £489
X-Fusion HiLo Seatpost: £319.99
All from Upgrade.
Crucially, as well as all that carbon, the Pivot has also got lots of design features for…
Oh yes – our new Pivot is draped with the blingiest of the bling, the new sine qua non of no-expense-spared. Our Di2 is operated by a couple of paddle shifters, as you’d expect. We’ve actually got one for the front mech and one for the rear, but you can set the software to automatically activate either shifter so you’ve got sequential shifts from one trigger. Ooooh, indeed.
What gear you’re in and all that informational gubbins is presented on the laser display screen. No, hang on. It’s all on this handy little readout here nestled next to the Tharsis stem. You can also control manual or sequential shifting from here, too. As well as seeing how your battery is doing, and charging it if you need to. No word yet as to how long the battery will last, but expect it to be in the vicinity of ‘yonks’.
The front mech in particular looks especially brutal and terminator-esque. This is the trail groupset, by the way – which differs slightly from the race one we’re currently reviewing. The chainset has a wider, more normal ‘q’ factor (the crankarms are further apart) than the race one, which is especially narrow…
The rest of the finishing kit came from Madison too:
XTR Display – £84.99
XTR L/H Shifter – £149.99
XTR R/H Shifter – £149.99
XTR R/Mech – £399.99
XTR F/Mech – £249.99
XTR Cables – £17.99 each (we used 6)
XTR Junction B – £19.99
XTR Chainset 36/26 – £369.99
XTR Cassette – £189.99
XTR/DA Chain – £36.99
XTR F/Wheel – £349.99
XTR R/Wheel – £449.99
XTR F/Brake – £179.99
XTR R/Brake – £179.99
XTR Rotor – £49.99
Turnix saddle – £74.99
Tharsis XC UD carbon riser handlebar – £109.99
Tharsis 7075 alloy stem – £64.99
all from Madison
Rockshox Pike RCT3
5:10 Impact VXi Clipless MTB shoes
5:10 Freerider Flatties
Grip, style and awesome for those of a flat-pedal persuasion. In for a grouptest in the next issue!
5:10 Kestrel SPD shoe
Price: $180 – UK prices TBC
Specialized 2FO flat shoes
Wildcat Fat Lion
For bikepacking with more substantial handlebar luggage, the Fat Lion is optimised to hold 13 – 35l drybags. It’s got an impressive array of straps to hold things down, and it’s padded to prevent your drybag getting mauled by lions, fat or otherwise
From: Wildcat Gear
Price: $27 – UK prices TBC
From: Pub Pedals
Torm Merino jerseys
Chipps and Grace model Torm jerseys, in for next issue’s Merino jersey grouptest.
Grace is wearing the Ladies T1 Jersey; sportwool, anatomical fit, nice colours…
And Chipps is wearing the long sleeved T8 jersey. Smartwool, with a full-length zip.
Both from Torm
And we’re done for this week – sunshine, and cold and snowy hilltops beckon. See you next time, fans!
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