The Pivot facility
We were taken for a tour of the Pivot facility, where all bikes are designed, and where the prototypes are created. The fact that designers, engineers and frame-builders work within the same complex allows for a very rapid turn-around time, and prototypes are tested and modified time and again until the result is good enough to meet Pivot standards.
In striving to reach optimal performance it seems no efforts are spared, as the BB junction of every Pivot model demonstrates. Where most bikes use manipulated tubes, this area that includes suspension pivots is box-shaped. This box is crafted of aluminum blocks which have been CNC’d in and out and welded together for optimum strength to weight ratio.
Another unique feature displayed by all frames is the extra wide (92mm) BB housing, which matches the press fit BB standard developed by Pivot and Shimano. This further contributes to the frame’s lateral rigidity. Upfront, lateral stiffness is boosted by tapered headtube – even on the XC-oriented Mach 4.
So says Chris
Having spent three full days with Chris Cocalis at the Pivot facilities and at the local trails has given us a chance to appreciate the man’s knowledge and commitment. One of the things that impressed me most was Chris’ clear vision of Pivot – not as a highly-priced brand that aims to sell to very few people, but of a high-end brand that offers real cutting-edge performance advantages at a competitive price. Pivot, says Chris, has grown impressively over its 3 years’ existence, and expects to continue to do so in the future.
We took the opportunity to ask a few questions about the new Mach 5.7, and Pivot in general. Click here for the full-interview.
We have gone a great distance to visit Pivot, and it was well worth the effort. We got to meet Chris Cocalis, an Oracle of Bikes, and a genuine down-to-earth nice person. We visited the Pivot facility and only then could appreciate how much goes into making each frame. In conclusion, we rode two great bikes. The Mach 429 which may be one of the best bikes I have ever ridden. I have not ridden the Mach 5.7 enough to make bold statements, but it seems bound to continue Mach 5 reputation as a remarkable trail-bike.
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