Write a Review Contest Winner: Dj – Featured User Review: Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7 Carbon

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Congrats to Dj, the winner of this week’s Write a Review Contest and the new proud owner of a Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light!

Congrats also, to runner-up winners “donlaforet” (Sci’con Saddlebag) and “Odii” (Mtbr t-shirt) for their reviews of the Specialized S-Works Epic 29er and the SeaSucker Talon Bike Rack!

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Featured User Review: Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7 Carbon All Mountain Full Suspension
by Dj

Price: $2599.00 from an online retailer
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

Bike Setup:
Formula The One Disc Brakes 2011. Mavic CrossMax ST Wheelset 2012. Fox Fork RLC 140. Chris King Inset Headset. Race Face Turbine Stem 100 mm. Easton Carbon Riser Handlebar. Ergon GA1 Clamp on Grips. Shimano XTR 10 speed Rear Derailleur w/ XT 10 speed shifter and SRAM XO Front Derailleur w/ XO Shifter ( I couldn’t decide between XTR or SRAM XO so I use both because I roll and shift like that). Shimano XT 10 Speed Cassette. Crankbrothers Candy SL Pedals. Specialized Captain Tubeless Tires. WTB Rocket V Saddle with Ti Rails. Thomson SeatPost with Thomson seatpost clamp.

Bottom Line:
I was coming off the 2011 Pivot Mach 4 which is a good xc/trail bike which I used for 8 months, but I wanted more travel, more plush suspension, slacker head tube, i also wanted a light weight carbon trail bike that pedaled well. When Pivot came up with the Mach 5.7 Carbon I was anxious to try it. Pivot had 2 Demos on Nov/December 2011 in Southern California, I went to both of them and test rode the Mach 5.7 Carbon. After the 1st demo I was totally sold, so I ordered one on November 2011 and waited up till early February 2012 to finally get my hands on it, I built it up myself, moved all the components from my Mach 4.

This bike is light. I mean you can flick it, whip it, jump it, throw it around – I mean its pretty quick, responsive and nimble. It accelerates fast. Minimal to no Pedal bob. The suspension is plush and buttery smooth through its travel most likely because of the Kashima coating, DW- Link design, and Fox RP23 shock. This bike can handle steep rough rocky climbs without the front end lifting off and no front end wandering. Awesome front end and rear end traction. With the 5.7 Carbon, I was able to easily ride through rough technical terrain that I used to sometimes put my foot down or hike a bike when I rode the above mentioned XC/trial bikes. Descends with confidence. Active suspension with good small to big bump compliance. Tracks the trail well no matter how twisty or technical. Carbon helps dampen the trail chatter, carbon is stiffer/lighter, and the ride of a carbon bike is less fatigue on my body vs. my aluminum Mach 4.

This is my first Trail Bike that has more than 4 inches of travel. I’m used to bikes that are XC oriented – 4 inch suspension, hardtails, steep head angle, light weight, etc. So I’m used to bikes that are fast, quick handling, climb well, pedal efficient and light weight – the Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon has all of those ride characteristics plus a lot more making it a more versatile trail bike capable of handling a variety of terrain.

Pivot Customer Service is A+: everything from the phone calls, emails and demo rides (the Pivot guys at the demos rides were very helpful to a lot of experienced mtn bikers who wanted to test ride the bikes, but what I thought was more awesome was how they helped and treated a lot of novice mtb riders and even some roadies who wanted to try out the mtn bikes – many of whom were not sure what type of bike to try). Pivot even gave away T-shirts at the demos if you test rode a bike. Pivot answered all my emails in a timely manner. Even the man himself, Chris Cocalis emailed me back re: my concern about the integrated in molded post mounts for the rear disc brakes. When I was in the middle of building up my bike w/ grease n dirt on my hand some of which got smothered over my iPhone, Pivot was able to answer my questions about building/setting up my bike. Thanks Pivot, Keep up the good work and keep making awesome bikes. It wont surprise me when they come up with a Carbon Mach 4, 429 or maybe 529, and Firebird – The DW-Link w/ eccentric pivots looks interesting.

Strengths:
Light – 5 pound frame weight in size small. Fast with efficient pedaling dynamics and Smooth – active/plush suspension due to DW-Link. Fox RP23 rear shox with tuning options and Kashima Coating. Stiff and very stiff. Looks – I like the matte carbon finish – I have the frame with the blue accents. Climbs like a goat, just as well as my Mach 4 but better than my Titanium hardtail. Descents are fun on this thing – I look for the roughest ugliest lines because it just plows through without hesitation – point and shoot – this bike will cause accelerated erosion to rock gardens. Wheels stay planted – eats up rough terrain climbing and descending while holding its line. Can hit tight corners and switch backs well with good stability, control and traction.

Weaknesses:
Expensive, but price is similar or less compared to other bike companies carbon trail bike offerings. A lot of blogs and forums mention different opinions about the graphics – love it or hate it – but blogs and forums can be a lot of BS. First off, the frame looks way better in person vs. pictures seen on online, catalogs, magazines, etc. Pictures don’t do justice of how the bike looks in person. The graphics are ok, but I don’t mind the graphics because I don’t plan on entering my bike in a beauty contest, bike show, nor use it to pick up chicks – my wife likes that one, and nor do I care about turning heads on the trail. I do think the Pivot name on the bike is a bit over stated (I counted 10 times). I would personally prefer a simple minimalistic look of a plan matte carbon finish with just a white outline Pivot name/logo on the down tube, head tube badge logo and of course you gotta include Dave Weagles DW-Link logo somewhere on the frame. I can’t think of any performance weakness.

Similar Products Used:
Pivot Mach 4 2011. Titus X. Titus Racer X. Turner Flux. Everti Titanium Hardtail. GT I-Drive XC. Gary Fisher Sugar 1. Specialized FSR. GT Zaskar Hardtail. Demoed Santa Cruz Blur Carbon XC and Blur LT Carbon. I’ve ridden hardtails, single pivot bikes, FSR suspension, GT IDrives, and demoed VPP bikes. DW – Link works best for what I want out of a ride – pedal efficiency with active/plush suspension.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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