2016 Pivot Mach 6

Significant improvements and aluminum version are the highlights

27.5 All Mountain Trail Enduro News
Bernard Kerr rides the Pivot Mach 6 in Whistler. Photo by Jens Staudt

Bernard Kerr rides the Pivot Mach 6 in Whistler (click to enlarge). Photo by Jens Staudt

The outgoing Pivot Mach 6 carbon was a highly successful bike for Pivot. Cable routing opened the door for some improvements and the high price of carbon called for an aluminum version as well. The call is answered here.

Many improvements have been made to compete with other bikes at the highest level, but it was made more accessible too with an aluminum version of the frame. The aluminum version is $1999, which is a full $1k less than the $2999 carbon frame. Weight is 7.4 lbs for the aluminum compared to 6.5 lbs for the carbon version.

Pivot Mach 6 new linkage design.

Pivot Mach 6 new linkage design (click to enlarge).

Differences include an all new double wishbone rear triangle and new linkage design for huge gains in overall stiffness. The upper linkage alone is 40% wider, 150% stiffer and utilizes larger bearings at the frame attachment point, while the redesigned clevis is now lighter, stronger and provides increased clamping force on the shock body. The new rear triangle also incorporates Boost spacing for an overall increase in frame stiffness, power transfer and even more tire clearance, allowing for a wide range of tire choices. Additionally, the Mach 6 Carbon now features the innovative Pivot Cable Port System for the first fully Di2 integrated long travel bike.

The Mach 6 Aluminum adds even more options to the new Pivot enduro/trail line up. Pivot has met the same standards for stiffness, power transfer and perfectly dialed suspension performance as their carbon bikes.

The Mach 6 Aluminum features the same new linkage design as the Mach 6 Carbon, Boost spacing and acclaimed dw-link suspension.

Pricing, Specifications, and Availability

The Mach 6 Carbon frameset features a FOX Factory Kashima Float X shock with EVOL air sleeve and will retail for $2,999, with complete builds, from Shimano SLX to XTR Di2, to fit a wide range of rider budgets starting at $4699. The new Mach 6 Carbon will join the Pivot Demo tour this month at Outdoor Demo, and begins shipping to dealers immediately.

The Mach 6 Aluminum frameset features a FOX Factory Kashima Float DPS Shock with EVOL air sleeve and will retail for $1,999, with complete builds to fit a wide range of rider budgets starting at $3499. The new Mach 6 Aluminum will join the Pivot Demo tour this month at Outdoor Demo, and begins shipping to dealers in September.

Continue to page 2 for more details on the carbon and aluminum models and a full photo gallery »

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  • duder says:

    No threaded BB? How’d they not get that memo.

  • Michael says:

    The welds on the 2016 Al Mach 6 Pivot for some reason look horrible, huge and sloppy to other Al bikes recently. Bike does not look nice. I am a 5.7 carbon pivot owner and passed the $10K bike to my wife. I was waiting and wanted a 160mm 29nr pivot but pivot never made one so i purchased the Enduro S-Works 29nr. Nice bike but not as plush as a DW-Link design. Pivot needs to stop playing with the 650’s and show everyone that the 29ner is the way to go and make the 160mm 29nr.

  • Michael says:

    oh ya, my Pivot 5.7 had the 92bb. I had it removed due to the creak noise i could never get rid of. it exist and its a pain when on long bike rides. I would not get it. Also to remove the 92BB you need special tools and it has to be pounded out. not good for Carbon fiber bikes. I am staying away from the 92bb due to noise and servicing new BB need special tools.

  • Gator says:

    I’m not a big Niner fan but you can’t beat the Niner WFO 29er for high travel do it all bike. The Pivot bike to get is 429 trail!!

  • stiingya says:

    turner and pivot know more than everybody else, slack seat angles and short top tubes is where it’s at. Why should they bother designing what people actually want since people will buy their bikes anyway…

  • Cooper says:

    Turner’s been designing and selling bikes for a long time….I think they know what they’re doing and what people are buying 🙂 It’s not everyone who wants super short stems and tree-grabby-wide bars.

  • Charlie says:

    I love climbing with my 2014 Pivot Mach 6, and the long travel is confidence inspiring when the trail turns technical and narrow. In my opinion, Pivot is absolutely spot on-downhill performance and capable of precisely tackling any obstacles thrown it’s way by giving the rider the feeling of full control. Oh my gosh, it’s just so much fun to ride.

    I love this bike so much, I just bought a 2015 Mach 6 on sale.

  • Keefer says:

    The Mach 6 is an incredible bike that rules it’s class for what it’s intended purpose is. If you don’t like the bike? Or, simply can’t afford this level of craftsmanship? Then move along to the next best thing. People that complain about every little nuance that can either be modified or simply swapped out (bars, stems etc…), should be building their own bikes. Then we’ll see how much they bitch. :0 IMO Pivot is the creme of the crop! I’ve owned 5 high end bikes and quit chasing the dragon after purchasing my first Pivot.
    I’m not a paid sponsor or dealer or whatever. Just a pro touring musician who gets off on MTBing. There now. Ride on! 😉

  • oscar says:

    specialized stumpjumper or the pivot mach 6? need help?

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