"Pivot Cycles has unveiled the company’s latest mountain bike: the 170mm-travel, 27.5” wheel, Firebird Carbon. The new model is pitched as an enduro bike, and while it boasts near-downhill bike geometry, it’s also endowed with 2x drivetrain compatibility, and—say Pivot representatives—good uphill manners as well. The Firebird Carbon lands in stores immediately.
This new Firebird uses a carbon-fiber frame—the previous Firebird was only offered in aluminum—and, like all Pivot bikes, the DW-Link rear-suspension design. Offered in four sizes, small to extra-large, the Firebird’s geometry follows today’s trends: short chain stays (430mm) a low bottom bracket (349mm), and a slack head angle (65 degrees).
The front-center is notably long as well; the Firebird’s press release boasts “some of the longest reach measurements in the sport.” A size medium’s reach measures 445mm (with an effective top tube length of 616mm), which is significantly longer than the 160mm Yeti SB6c(426mm), 165mm Santa Cruz Nomad (415mm), and the new 170mmSpecialized Enduro 27.5 (430mm), but about the same as a 160mm Giant Reign (444mm), and slightly shorter than a 160mm Canyon Strive Race(448mm)."
- Matt Phillips