2018 Pivot Phoenix updated

New color options highlight changes for this DH racer

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The Phoenix at rest

The Phoenix at rest.

Pivot frontman Chris Cocalis set out to update the Phoenix downhill bike for 2018, but the geo numbers and suspension design are still spot-on for the World Cup circuit, so new colors are the 2018 highlight for this competition-ready machine.

When Pivot debuted the Phoenix Carbon DH, the bike was a sub-31 pound machine with forward looking geometry configured around 204mm of dw-link suspension. Whether at Red Bull Hardline, Crankworx, or the Fort William, Leogang, or Lenzerheide World Cups, the Phoenix Carbon rocketed riders to the podium in 2017 and is poised to go there again in 2018.

Bernard can pilot this missile with confidence.

Bernard Kerr can pilot this missile with confidence.

“If you compare the Phoenix to a lot of bikes on the World Cup circuit,” says Cocalis, “this bike is solidly on the leading edge in terms of geometry, weight, and strength.”

Bernard style

Bernard style on display.

“The dw-link is key,” adds Cocalis. “The anti-squat and variable wheel travel path enable us to create a bike that pedals better than any other downhill bike. And since the Phoenix doesn’t squat down deeply under pedaling force, we can lower the bottom bracket height and slacken the head angle. You get the best performance in the most technical sections of the downhill without striking your pedals everywhere else on the course. The Phoenix is a World Cup missile, but it also works amazingly well at the bike park.”

Geometry figures with the 62.5 degree head angle remain very relevant.

Geometry figures with the 62.5-degree head angle remain very relevant.

For 2018, the Phoenix Carbon will be available in two new colors: Aqua Blue with red accents and Sterling Silver with bold yellow highlights.

Pricing for the many options of owning the Phoenix.

Pricing for the many options of owning the Phoenix.

The Phoenix is available as a complete bike in various configurations, ranging from $5399-$8799. For more detailed information, visit www.pivotcycles.com.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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