Pivot Mach 6
As I mentioned above, I had been to the Pivot tent a couple times previously trying to score the much sought-after Mach 6 only to be turned back by huge lines and chaos or empty bike racks. With time running out I was determined to sit and wait as long as it took to get a chance to ride this new 27.5” 155mm travel phenom. As I got to the Pivot booth a way magically appeared before me and within minutes I was at the front of the line and asked the nice lady for a large Mach 6. She informed me that they were out again…… but someone had just turned in a medium. It was about then that I remembered that most Pivots I had ridden in the past ran a bit big for me in the large so I jumped at the medium.
This frame is truly gorgeous. Wow. I kept getting increasingly won over by each successive carbon vixon that I got a chance to see up close. Not sure now which is the beauty contest winner, but this Mach 6 has gotta be in the running.
This is just elegant, tight, stiff, carbon eye candy to me. Nice work Chris Cocalis. I’m sure this contributes to the Mach 6’s stellar lateral stiffness.
Out the expo area and up the road yielded the same floating-on-a-magic-carpet feeling that most of the bikes I rode gave me. What do the manufacturers do to make them feel like that? Sprinkle crack cocaine on the head tube or something? Wow. Very light, very efficient, very easy to wheelie. I’m getting serious bike envy despite having just built up my dream bike six months ago. The medium size felt really good. I suspect I could’ve fit fine on the large as well but the medium felt playful and compact without feeling cramped. I took to it immediately.
For this ride I noticed the shuttle was just getting ready to leave and there was still space on the back so I jumped on and hitched a ride. I stopped at the Park Tools tent at the top of the shuttle drop-off and pumped 35-40 lbs of pressure in the chewed up, whimpy looking Honey Badger rear tire and bolted for the fast, droppy Boy Scout descent. The wind had been picking up all afternoon from the West Southwest so the North by northwest heading of this trail lined me up with a rocking tail wind push. As the wind pumped me along, the bike just kept gaining speed and I kept expecting to have to rein it in as things got out of control on the rough and rocky trail but I never felt like I needed to put a halt to the fun. The bike just kept eating up everything the trail and speed were throwing at it and so I let it run. This was one of the those Wohoo moments of surprise and joy that you get every now and then on a particular trail/bike combination that just makes you smile all over (and makes you want to buy a new bike).
If you’ve been following these reports very long, it’s no secret that I’ve been lukewarm on the previous Pivot offerings I’d ridden at Interbike due to a lack of plushness in the rear end. Well, I’m not sure what CC has been brewing into his carbon molds but this baby flat out rips and does it in a very controlled, plush fashion. It felt as light and poppy as the Solo and as stable and capable as the Bronson. Amazing.
I was having so much fun I took it around the inner Caldera loop taking advantage of the tail wind push for another mile or so before beginning the long head-wind climb back out of the bowl. So I got a good chance to test its climbing and tech prowess on a few of the features here as well. All I can say is that it passed this test easily. The rollover on square edges was as smooth as any 29er I rode yet it stayed efficient on the less bumpy stuff between hits as well.
Like I’ve said before there’s always one bike each Dirt Demo that just blows away my expectations. The Mach 6 was it this year. It was my favorite bike of the show.
Seems like all the bikes this year were either black or neon of some hue. This one was carbon black/graphite and I thought it looked great.
Some bikes left me wishing for bigger, more favorable tread, but this one excelled despite whimpy Honey Badger rear and run-of-the-mill sized Nevagal rubber up front. Another impressive Fox 34 fork.
Sturdy, wide, comfy cockpit
These DT Swiss rims were stiff and light.
Maybe this new Fox Float X piggy back air shock was the secret? Hmm…
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