Of the rear shock and other components
The Mach 6 was the one bike in our test we built from the frame up. So while we described the parts in our First Look and on our spec chart below, we’ll only mention the Pivot had a premium parts mix that we changed-up a few times during the test period. One thing that came with the frame and remained constant is the custom-tuned FOX Float X CTD Kashima rear shock.
The Mach 6 and its FOX Float X CTD was good on small bumps as well as big hits. Photo by Tyler Frasca.
We found the FOX to be a great compliment to the Mach 6’s design. It’s responsive to small bumps, has good mid-stroke support and feels plush and bottomless on larger impacts. While its CTD lever was easy to locate and use, the rebound adjustor was not. Already sheathed by the shock’s bell-end, it’s made worse by the Pivot’s mounts.
ID awesome, GD meh
From an industrial design perspective, the Mach 6 got kudos for its beautiful lines, spot-on proportions and trick-looking hardware. It’s functional armor—that Pivot calls “rubberized leather”—adds to its tough-guy looks and helps protect the downtube, chainstay and inner seatstay.
The Mach 6 frame itself is beautiful to behold…the graphics—perhaps too billboardy for our tastes.
And while its graphics were eye catching in tennis ball yellow, their repetition is over-the-top. The word “Pivot” appears nearly dozen times, along with perhaps too many “frame facts”—the amount of travel, the wheel size in two units of measure (lest you not know 27.5 and 650b are the same), even the words “wheel diameter.” It’s not horrible, but a little less-is-more might class it up a bit.
Who is this bike for?
As specific as we try to be with this assessment, we have to say the Pivot Mach 6 fits to a fairly wide range of riders. If you’re an enduro racer at any level, this is a worthy sled to ply your trade. If you’re an intermediate rider looking for a bike that will help you up your game, this one instills confidence (though we’d still recommend professional instruction to help you along). At the end of the day the Mach 6 could be the best choice for a one-bike-quiver.
The final word
The Mach 6 might be the singular bike on the market that covers the widest range of terrain demands and rider experience levels. We dare say it indeed treads in elusive Holy Grail territory. It also may be the finest implementations of the dw-link to date, adding a layer of plushness not seen from design in other bikes in this travel range. We’re willing to overlook some cable routing niggles and a little graphic excess, in light of the Pivot Mach 6’s much more relevant ability to “level-up” its rider. In the end, that is the hallmark of a great bike.
Photo by Tyler Frasca.
- Great Descender with good small and big bump compliance
- Great traction and good climbing ability
- Easy internal cable routing
- Laterally stiff
- Great cornering
- Rear shock difficult to remove when routing cables. Rear cables bow out when suspension compresses
- Rebound adjustor hard to access
- Too many logos/graphics/decals
- 71.5 degree seat angle is slack compared to many modern all-mountain bikes
- Carbon-only means an expensive build
Price and trickle down versions
Mach 6 as tested: NA – custom, ad-hoc build
Mach 6 XO1: $6400
Mach 6 XT/XTR: $6100
Mach 6 Frame only: $3,000
2014 Pivot Mach 6 Specs
- MRSP: NA – custom, ad-hoc build
- Frame MSRP: $3,000 US
- Weight: 26.43 pounds (size medium)
- Wheel size: 27.5 inches
- Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
- Color: Matte black/yellow, gloss blue, matte carbon/red
- Frame Material: Full carbon
- Fork: FOX Float 34 CTD Kashima, 160mm
- Rear Travel: 155mm
- Rear Shock: FOX Float X CTD Kashima
- Headset: 1-1/8” to 1-1/2” threadless
- Handlebar: Spank, 740mm
- Stem: Spank, 50mm
- Seatpost: Crank Brothers Kronolog
- Brakes: Brake Force One, 180mm front and rear
- Shifters: SRAM XO1
- Front Derailleur: N/A
- Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO1
- Cassette: SRAM XO1 10-42 – 11 speed
- Crankset: SRAM XO1, 32t
- Wheels: Bontranger (and others tested)
- Tires: Bontranger (and others tested)
- Bottom bracket type: Press Fit
- ISCG Tabs: Yes
- Chainguide: No
- Head tube angle: 66 degrees
- Seat tube angle: 71.5 degrees
- Chainstay length: 16.9 inches
- Bottom bracket height: 13.6 inches
For more information visit www.pivotcycles.com.
This story is part of Mtbr’s 2014 Enduro Compare-O. Check out our intro story here for all the ground rules and goings ons.