Introducing the New Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7

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During my recent trip to North Vancouver for the Norco 2011 Product Launch, I met a couple of fellow journalists from Israel, of all places. As it turns out, there is a very strong market over there for high end mountain bikes and the “boutique” brands are very popular. Eyal Inbar works for a very popular website called the BikeZone ( ) and Inbal Levenheim works for “Ofanaim” magazine. After the Norco Press Event, they both went straight to Arizona to meet with Chris Cocalis of Pivot Cycles to test ride the new Mach 5.7, the 429, chat with Chris and check out the Pivot Cycles facility. Below is their article about this new exciting new mountain bike!

A Visit to the Pivots

Written By: Eyal Inbar –
Pictures: Inbal Levenheim – “Ofanaim” magazine, Pivot Cycles, Eyal Inbar.

In middle of July 2010, we flew all the way from Israel, to visit Pivot Cycles in Phoenix, Arizona. We got a chance to preview Pivot’s new and exciting project – their new Trail bike – the Mach 5.7, at the time yet an industry secret. We also rode the 429 on Sedona trails, got to see where Pivots are designed and created, and heard some very interesting facts from Chris Cocalis – Pivot’s founder and CEO.

(Mr. Cocalis and his object of desire)

Pivots in Israel

Israel’s Mountain-Biking Scene is quite intense and growing still, driven by close to perfect conditions year-round and a diversity of scenery and trails. Israelis like quality bikes, and nearly every high-end USA made brand is represented in the holy-land.

Pivot has been introduced in Israel about a year ago, and we at BikeZone have reviewed both Mach 4 and 5, on our local trails. Like many of our fellow riders, we were impressed by the quality of ride and craftsmanship. But as for the Mach 5, we felt we could not make the most of this quality frame, as the BB was too high, and the head-angle a tad too steep for our local trails.

Videographer: Yoav Inbar

Going to Arizona

When we were offered a chance to go to Arizona and visit Pivot Cycles, we immediately jumped on the opportunity – to witness the creation process of such work of art and engineering, and to spend some quality time with Mr. Cocalis himself. On the flight there I was thinking of polite ways to express my appreciation of the bike, yet my issues with its geometry.

Little did I know of the surprise Pivot was preparing: The praised Mach 5 is being replaced by a totally revamped trail-bike – the Mach 5.7, we were about to ride it, and learn that the long list of improvements addresses, among other things, all geometry issues we encountered.

Next -> The All New Mach 5.7

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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 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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  • Palmermtb says:

    Great review. Thanks

  • GhostintheToast says:

    Damn. Reminds me of a Nomad actually. Nice writeup. When will these frames be available?

  • KRob says:

    My experience is that Pivot bikes run a bit large. I’m usually in between sizes on bikes and often go large but on all three of the Pivot bikes I’ve ridden (Mach 5, 429, and Firebird)the medium definitely fit me better.

    Thanks for the reviews. Glad to see they’re finally admitting that the Mach 5 was too firm for most people.

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