Anybody here on the new switchblade?

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Anybody here on the new switchblade?
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Posted: Dec 28, 2020 at 16:04 Quote
tkrumroy wrote:
I absolutely will as soon as I can. Incoming review in two weeks. Just gotta find this forum again on my own so post another post as a reminder lol
Its been two weeks any update?

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 at 11:58 Quote
tkrumroy wrote:
I absolutely will as soon as I can. Incoming review in two weeks. Just gotta find this forum again on my own so post another post as a reminder lol

Can we get a update on you SB vs your Druid?

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 at 11:58 Quote
tkrumroy wrote:
I absolutely will as soon as I can. Incoming review in two weeks. Just gotta find this forum again on my own so post another post as a reminder lol

Can we get a update on you SB vs your Druid?

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 at 9:15 Quote
claystanger wrote:
tkrumroy wrote:
I absolutely will as soon as I can. Incoming review in two weeks. Just gotta find this forum again on my own so post another post as a reminder lol

Can we get a update on you SB vs your Druid?


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OK so here it goes. I've owned the 2018 Santa Cruz HTLT, the 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower v2 and the 2021 Forbidden Druid. Now the 2020 Pivot Switchblade v2 as well.

The switchblade - in my opinion - is the best riding bike I've owned thus far. Here's some of my thoughts on why.

Geometry - the geometry of this bike is wild - especially the short rear chainstays. I had never imagined how big of a difference this can make but it's AWESOME. When going downhill if you come across a big rocky patch just simply lift up your front wheel and you will manual all the way down it. Now - I STILL can't manual worth a damn on smooth ground at all, but this bike almost forces you to learn how to do it on the trail. The other cool part is jumping with it - it kinda feels like the short rear end makes it easier to get over the lip of the landing and land where you want to.

The reach and length is all exactly where I want it - which is very close to the Hightower v2 which in my mind was the best fitting bike for my body type (I'm 6'2" with a 32" inseam and I'm all upper torso). The hightower just felt perfect from the beginning and I don't feel much off with the switchblade.

Contrastingly - the forbidden's rear suspension felt great BUT the geomke made me feel cramped inside while having a super long rear end like a suburban. Which brings me to the suspension.

Suspension - the rear suspension on this DW Link has blown my mind. It's worlds better than the VPP on the santa cruz's in my opinion. It's lively, makes me want to turn every root into a jump, and somehow feels great over small bumps. I will say that the Forbidden Druid still wins in this category with that high pivot suspension though. I don't think any bike can come close to what the druid offers on the rear suspension, but the switchblade doesn't have that idler pulley which I always felt created drag. As soon as I moved to this bike I felt like my legs were set free. I may end up adding a coil to this down the road because my performance dpx2 may need an upgrade, but the platform of the suspension is awesome.

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I think all of these are great bikes. I have loved them all but hated how the HTv2 prohibited me to only using two shocks due to that narrow shock tunnel. This pivot allows me to put anything I want down there which is great. The short rear chainstays makes this bike SO much fun to pedal and manual. I think this bike just makes me have more fun on the trail than any of the other bikes. The Druid would be my pick if I weren't pedaling for 95% of my trails that I ride and if I did more DH type stuff or shuttling. The hightower was a great all around bike but I always felt like the rear end felt "dead". It wasn't bad, just not what I was looking for.

Hope this helps guys!

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