Weighed & Photo’d: 2012 Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon – Plus Updates & More New Mountain Bikes!
Unveiled at DealerCamp, Pivot’s new Mach 5.7 Carbon is about a 1/2 pound lighter than the alloy model, and there’s only a $400 price difference between it and the alloy models. It’ll retail for $2,599 as a frameset (frame/Fox Kashima shock/seat clamp/rear axle) and have all their usual build kits as options.
Color options include this pink and some other hues shown after the break, along with lots of detail photos, a new DJ bike and upgrades aplenty across the range…
The frame weighs in at 5lbs 7oz with shock, seat clamp and rear thru axle. Pivot founder Chris Cocalis says the frame alone is about 5lbs even.
Front triangle is one-piece molded, and the rear triangle is done in two halves then molded together. That let’s them make the lower rear section bigger and stiffer. Four position cable guides under top tune allow for a dropper post.
In-molded Lizard Skins chainstay, seatstay and downtube covers not only add protection but keeps the bike super quiet.
BB is Pressfit BB92. To get the desired stiffness-to-weight ratio, they used larger diameter bearings, moved them to the outside of the frame and used larger hardware. Bearings are pressed into the carbon rocker, and threaded caps are individual on each side with no axle running thru the frame or linkages.
For both the front derailleur and rear brake mounts, alloy inserts are molded into the frame during construction, then they’re machined, tapped (threaded holes are drilled) and slotted after the mold cures. If pink’s not your shade, choose from green, red or blue accent color. The Mach 5.7 carbon should come with their standard three year warranty. Available October.
The 2012 Pivot 429 29er gets same updates as the Mach 4 got last year, plus a tapered headtube and drops 1/2 pound from 2011 model. It gets a 12×142 thru axle and 160mm post mount brakes in the rear.
Most of the weight savings come from a new lighter chainstay yoke, but the bike also gets a new tubeset.
Firebird updates with a thru axle rear and beefier linkage area. Top two builds get the Cane Creek AngleSet stock and all models get bashguards with MRP LRP chainguides.
With the exception of the Mach 4, all 2012 Pivot Cycles mountain bikes will come with the 142×12 thru axle in the rear. In fact, the only change for the Mach 4 is that it starts shipping with 120mm forks rather than 100.
For all but the DH bikes, there’s a new XT/XTR build kit for all suspension bikes. Comes with DT Swiss Tricon tubeless wheels, FSA alloy stem and carbon bar and post, Kashima coated Fox fork and shock, XT drivetrain with new XTR shadow plus rear derailleur. It’s just a few hundred bucks more than the XT build from last year but basically delivers all the performance of the more expensive full XTR build kit.
Lastly, there’s the brand new Point (get it…Pivot Point? and it’s a hardtail? Oh, the irony!) DJ/4X hardtail with a 1.5 tapered headtube and chromoly steel frame. It’ll have three sets of dropouts available. Ships with standard, and 12×142 and horizontal sliding dropouts are available separately. ISCG05 mount is standard. 400mm chainstay, 23.5″ top tube and built for a 100mm fork.
Cocalis worked with Kyle Strait to design the bike, so no other sizes are necessary (Kyle said so, and we wouldn’t argue with him.) Graphics above aren’t final. $500 frame only, approximately $40/set for add’l dropouts. This one joins the M4X we saw at Sea Otter being raced by Mr. Strait.