Chris Cocalis from Pivot gives us an inside look at the all new Firebird 27.5 platform. The 27.5″ has similar geometry to the popular 26″ Firebird (see chart below) and features the exact same travel, making it a pretty easy conversion. The Firebird 27.5 features more rear triangle tire clearance to fit the biggest 650b tires on the market, a 1.5 angle headset with a shorter crown race, and optimized front end geometry and bottom bracket height. The Firebird also includes dw-link suspension, floating rear shock and a floating front derailleur design. The XT version shown here at Sea Otter weighs in at 30 lbs and gets an upgrade with carbon bars, Fox 34 CTD 160 fork, KS LEV seatpost, Stan’s Flow EX wheels and new Kenda Honey Badger 650b tires. The $5500 price tag has not changed and the first 100 people to buy this bike will also get a free upgrade ($179 value) to the Fox DHX 5.0 Air Shock with Kashima coating.
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Whether you’re sending it in Whistler, gunning for the overall in Downieville or pinning 30-minute descents on a 6-hour epic through the Rockies, the Firebird 27.5 has your back. By many accounts, the 26-inch version was the ultimate long-travel trail bike, revered for its unique combination of climbing traction, acceleration, and descending capabilities. That excellent pedigree made it the ideal starting point for a 27.5 chassis.
“The new Firebird 27.5-inch model takes everything that’s great about the Firebird and makes it better. It’s definitely a favorite around our office,” offers Pivot president and CEO Chris Cocalis, “Within a line of very versatile bikes it stands out because it really is a quiverof-one. It rewards and inspires confidence for an aggressive rider.”
The original 26-inch Firebird was unique. The level of engineering sophistication, obsessive production tolerances and attention to detail rare qualities in the category. The 27.5 shares all of those attributes. For a brawler of a bike, there was (and still is) a ton going on both on the surface and under it, a quality defining all of Pivot’s offerings.
The evolution to the 27.5-inch standard is a testament to Pivot’s belief that boundaries exist to be pushed against, in this case re-engineering a very successful and award-winning platform to accommodate a wheel size that made more sense for its intended use.
To make the best even better, the headtube angle has been slackened, the low BB height maintained, and the amazing Fox Racing Shox 34 added, a 160mm travel 27.5-specific fork that complements already best-in-class handling.
The Firebird 27.5 continues the tradition of its predecessor. It’s a showcase of crossfunctional capability, providing riders with the confidence, capability and performance to excel across a wide range of demands. With the update to 27.5 wheels, the boundaries between disciplines become less defined; the frontiers pushed back to reveal new terrain, new speeds and record-breaking performance in enduro racing, park and gravity riding or the occasional DH race.
The spanking new Firebird 27.5. Now with more BRAAP. We can talk all day about how rad it is. But riding is believing.
- 6.6″ (167mm) rear travel.
- dw-link suspension design with rearward wheel travel path. Incredible square edge bump performance and unparalleled pedaling efficiency.
- Pivot specific, custom valved Fox CTD or DHX Kashima coated shock technology featuring increased rider tunability and incredible small bump sensitivity.
- Full 1.5 head tube with custom Pivot angled headset design optimizing the Firebird 27.5 as an ultimate Enduro machine.
- ISCG O5 mounts included for single ring and chain guide compatibility.
- Patented Pivot floating front derailleur mount. Keeps the chain in the sweet spot of the derailleur for better chain retention. Combined with our custom MRP LRP 2X chain guide, our floating front derailleur mount creates perfect shifting performance and worry-free chain retention even the roughest conditions.
- 142mm rear spacing with 12mm through axle and 160mm post mount dropouts. Why? Maximum. Frame. Stiffness.
For more information visit www.pivotcycles.com.