Pivot Phoenix 29 DH bike teased at Sea Otter

Gravity specific big wheeler coming, but specifics remain a mystery

29er DH News
Pivot Phoenix 29

The Pivot Phoenix 29 is clearly getting closer to release, but we still don’t know exactly when it’ll be available.

Following the trend of long travel, downhill-specific 29ers being ridden on the World Cup and Crankworx circuit by some of the biggest stars from some of the biggest brands, Pivot officially announced last month that its version, the Phoenix 29, is on the way.

Pivot Phoenix 29

No word yet on how much travel that Fox Float X2 shock will deliver.

And on opening day of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, Pivot upped the tease, displaying a carbon version of the bike. But they still aren’t shedding much light on the bike’s finer details. All we know for sure at this point is there will be carbon but no aluminum versions.

Pivot Phoenix 29

The display Phoenix 29 has a Fox 49 fork, which contains the same internals as the 27.5 Fox 40 version.

Obviously it’s long travel. But just how long? No one at Pivot would commit to a number, but judging by the fact that it has a 203mm Fox 49 Factory fork, it’s a safe bet rear travel will be equal to or slightly more than that. For now, though, Pivot said simply the bike is still in the prototyping phase, so rear travel might or might not change from what being shown here in California.

Pivot Phoenix 29

Could the bike’s eccentric pivot be a sign of adjustable geometry.

Mtbr can tell you that the rear linkage looks to have an eccentric pivot, which Pivot said could possibly be a way to incorporate adjustable geometry. Other than that, it’s a guessing game until Pivot is ready to spill the proverbial beans.

Keep an eye on Mtbr and www.pivotcycles.com for more details.


About the author: Mike Cushionbury

Mike (a.k.a. Cush) has lived and breathed writing about bikes for 25 years. He's covered the spectrum in tech, bike culture, and industry trends as a journalist and editor, as well as a rider, racer, and product tester. His life in bikes has introduced him to his closest friends, allowed him to explore the world, and most of all, experience the unparalleled fun and freedom two wheels can offer. https://www.facebook.com/mike.cushionbury https://www.instagram.com/mtbcush


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