Review: 2013 Pivot Firebird 27.5

27.5 Enduro

Sharon on the National Trail South Mountain.

Overall Impression

The Pivot Firebird is a super fun and poppy bike. It is really responsive to rider input both climbing and descending. Not many bikes weighing 31lbs with 6.7inches of travel would provide such a stiff, responsive predictable ride. Paired with the quality crafted frame ( tough enough to handle rocky, rooty, technical and occassional bikepark use), the 27.5 version is faster and more stable then its 26inch sibling.

If you were forced to choose one bike for all your riding needs, this could be it. Light and efficient enough for long pedaling rides, tough enough for burly descents.

Next question, when is the Carbon version coming out?


  • Frame Set: oversized, triple butted, hydro-formed 6061 aluminum
  • Fork: Fox FLOAT 34 Kashima 160mm
  • Shock: Fox CTD or DHX Kashima coated shock
  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large
  • Color: Anodized Black or Rootbeer
  • Weight: Medium frame – 7.1lbs.

As per build kit.

Geometry (Medium Size)

  • Standover: 28.75in
  • Head Tube Angle: 66
  • Seat Tube Angle: 71.5
  • Theoretical Top Tube Length: 23in
  • Bottom Bracket Height: 14.1in
  • Chainstay Length: 17.25in
  • Wheelbase: 44.3in


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About the author: Sharon Bader

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. I started on a classic XC hard tail but have moved with technology and now ride a Pivot Mach 5.7 for XC, a Trek Session for DH and a Pivot Firebird and Knolly Endorphin for freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.

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  • slavi says:

    it”s a very ugly bike

  • ginsu says:

    Just a joke that they say they can’t manufacture these in the USA. Maybe they won’t make as much money on each one, but then they would at least have some pride in their work and jobs for their compatriots.

    • sharon bader says:

      The bike manufacturing center is in Taiwan now. They have the expertise and equipment.

    • Lee Lau says:

      ginsu – With the exit of SAPA from making alloy frames you can’t find any large or even medium scale manufacturing facilities in the US. I’d be delighted to be proven wrong.

      For better or worse consumers voted with their wallets. They voted for made off-shore bikes

      • Sean says:

        Lee – Intense seems to be still able to make quality aluminum FS bikes in the USA. They’ve offshored their carbon but still make all their own CNC bits too.

        • Lee Lau says:

          Sean – my colleagues at Pinkbike tell me the Intense facility is for inhouse use only and not for contract manufacture. I suppose Pivot or Turner or Knolly could try to duplicate that facility but afaik there are no contract facilities that can scale. Ginsu – you know of any?

  • roger says:

    Latest and greatest….please! That’s where I stopped reading.

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