During my recent trip to North Vancouver for the Norco 2011 Product Launch, I met a couple of fellow journalists from Israel, of all places. As it turns out, there is a very strong market over there for high end mountain bikes and the “boutique” brands are very popular. Eyal Inbar works for a very popular website called the BikeZone ( www.BikeZone.co.il ) and Inbal Levenheim works for “Ofanaim” magazine. After the Norco Press Event, they both went straight to Arizona to meet with Chris Cocalis of Pivot Cycles to test ride the new Mach 5.7, the 429, chat with Chris and check out the Pivot Cycles facility. Below is their article about this new exciting new mountain bike!
A Visit to the Pivots
Written By: Eyal Inbar – www.BikeZone.co.il
Pictures: Inbal Levenheim – “Ofanaim” magazine, Pivot Cycles, Eyal Inbar.
In middle of July 2010, we flew all the way from Israel, to visit Pivot Cycles in Phoenix, Arizona. We got a chance to preview Pivot’s new and exciting project – their new Trail bike – the Mach 5.7, at the time yet an industry secret. We also rode the 429 on Sedona trails, got to see where Pivots are designed and created, and heard some very interesting facts from Chris Cocalis – Pivot’s founder and CEO.
Pivots in Israel
Israel’s Mountain-Biking Scene is quite intense and growing still, driven by close to perfect conditions year-round and a diversity of scenery and trails. Israelis like quality bikes, and nearly every high-end USA made brand is represented in the holy-land.
Pivot has been introduced in Israel about a year ago, and we at BikeZone have reviewed both Mach 4 and 5, on our local trails. Like many of our fellow riders, we were impressed by the quality of ride and craftsmanship. But as for the Mach 5, we felt we could not make the most of this quality frame, as the BB was too high, and the head-angle a tad too steep for our local trails.
Going to Arizona
When we were offered a chance to go to Arizona and visit Pivot Cycles, we immediately jumped on the opportunity – to witness the creation process of such work of art and engineering, and to spend some quality time with Mr. Cocalis himself. On the flight there I was thinking of polite ways to express my appreciation of the bike, yet my issues with its geometry.
Little did I know of the surprise Pivot was preparing: The praised Mach 5 is being replaced by a totally revamped trail-bike – the Mach 5.7, we were about to ride it, and learn that the long list of improvements addresses, among other things, all geometry issues we encountered.