After riding the new Mach 6 and covering its launch, plus the new Les 27.5″ and Vault cyclocross bikes, we threw them on the scale. We also snapped a few trailside photos of a late stage alloy prototype of the Mach6 they built up in house in their Arizona headquarters.

All bikes weighed are size medium production bikes. The XX1 built Mach 6 comes in at 27.05lb (12.23kg). Click through for the rest…


The XTR build tips in at 28.22lbs (12.8kg).


The Les 275 XX1 is 20.11lbs (9.12kg).


The XTR build is 21.36lbs (9.69kg).


The new Pivot Vault comes in at 18.67lbs (8.47kg).

Get the full build specs for each option at PivotCycles.com.


Before going to carbon fiber for production, they build alloy mules to test the geometry and suspension. These aren’t just any old round tube bikes. Many of the parts are machined into monocoque halves and welded into pretty intricate shapes. This could very well be a harbinger of alloy versions to come.


Their team puts a lot of effort into the test rigs. Note the machined firebird logo on the BB/seat stay section. Necessary? No. Beautiful? Absolutely!


Aaaaahhh, test bikes. Need a quick fix for cable management? Just drill a hole into the shock yoke and run a zip tie.


This one really shows off the tight spaces and angles used to allow for so much travel while also keeping the chainstay length pretty short.

With all this effort put into a test rig, why not start with an alloy model first, then introduce carbon the way many other brands do? “People want carbon fiber,” said Chris Cocalis. So they’re giving the people what they want. Speaking of which, one of the employees wanted this frame enough to buy it.


  1. I am disappointed that Pivot has not yet made a longer travel 29er trail bike.
    So I will be getting the new Niner RIP9.

  2. After riding the Mach 6, I believe Pivot has made right choice concerning wheel size. Go ride the Mach 6 before you make any judgements. It will make a great extreme enduro bike.

  3. If you have not ridden or owned a PIVOT you do not not what you are missing. These could be hands down the best made, best riding mountain bikes on the planet. They can take more abuse than any other bike and still ride like they are new. They also pedal better than any other long travel bikes on the market. The pivots also do not squeak like almost every other brand because they are made so well. You get what you pay for and PIVOT riders will tell you that there bikes do everything that they expected a mountain bike to be and do.

  4. While I don’t doubt that these are great bikes, I would never consider getting one on the basis of the graphics alone. As a graphic designer, I can say with conviction that the decals are poorly thought out, amateurish, garish, and cheap looking. Strip away the cheapo decals and there are some pretty sweet bikes under there.

  5. I find the decals in itself not very “amateurish” as you call it, more the shiny clown colours. The black/black Mach 6 looks pretty legit in m book!
    Also: Thanks BR for putting the metric weights in, much appreciated!

  6. I always like when I hear (out of curiosity of human psychology) like messages from Dave. No disrespect, it’s positive and Pivot bikes are some of the best made and designed, so it’s agreed. Yet just remember there are ALOT of great bikes out there. No bike the THE BEST, all have their pluses and minuses. Yet I would rather take the word on someone who rides alot of different bikes, like really rides them and then has an experienced and technical knowledge plus a decent journalist to translate it all. This is the problem, yet not so much so as it must be taken with a grain of salt. I hear the owners of bike, the brand they somehow put on a pedestal and worship like a deity. Perhaps they’ve owed a few other brands before. Here are MANY bikes out there and being able to say anything is THE BEST must have a respectable level of riding many bikes to know enough. I envy the journalists that get to ride all the exciting, high-end crazy expensive gar. So many companies these days have the level of design, materials and technology has gone sky high.

  7. I used to be a die-hard Trek guy. Had a 2010 Fuel EX-8 and a 2011 Top Fuel 9.9. But it’s not about how many other bikes you’ve ridden. You’ve either ridden a Pivot or you haven’t. If you have, you probably had to have one. I switched to a 2012 Carbon 5.7 in Spring of 2012. This is the first time I’ve gone more than 6 months without wanting a different bike and I’m still not convinced there’s anything I’d rather have. Pivot definitely makes a superior bike.

  8. Reposting this great comment. Pivot, please make a Mach 5.5 with 68 degree head angle and 27.5 wheels. You could call it the Quiver Killer.

What do you think?