Bike Check: Ed Masters Pivot 29er - Lošinj DH World Cup 2018

Apr 21, 2018
by Paul Aston  


Ed Masters is taking on a full downhill World Cup season and as many EWS races as possible in 2018, a serious challenge especially after the Kiwi's years of back-to-back summer seasons. Having just returned from South America and the opening of the enduro season, Eddy went shot straight for the big wheeler, as it was the downhill bike he had spent the most time on previously. That said, he has been testing both wheel sizes through the New Zealand winter season, and says he will probably end up racing on both wheel sizes during the season.

Pivot's carbon Phoenix is still in production, and this could simply be a mule to dial in big wheel geometry ready for a fresh carbon production bike later this year. This bike has a dw-link suspension system which loses the yoke found on the Phoenix and houses the upper link inside the front triangle. The suspension is from Fox, and the rest of the build is covered by Shimano Saint, Reynold's carbon rims with Industry9 hubs, Maxxis tires, and a Renthal cockpit. Eddy didn't let on to the prototype frame's size, but at 6-foot he is using a +8mm reach adjust headset, whereas his teammate Rupert Chapman is using the same frame size with no change in length.


Eddie Masters doesn t quite know what to do with all his free time this year after switching up his role as team owner and manager for the cushy job of factory rider.
Rider Name Ed Masters // Pivot Factory Racing
Age: 29
Hometown: Taranaki, New Zealand
Height: 6'
Weight: 76kg
Instagram: @edmasters

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
This prototype continues to use a dw-link suspension system, but this frame loses the shock yoke found on the Phoenix. This version houses the upper pivot inside the front triangle and tucks the lower portion of the shock under the seat tube.

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Pivot Prototype 29" Details
Frame: Pivot aluminum prototype 29"
Shock: Fox DHX2 coil, 475/500lb spring
Fork: Fox 49, 84psi
Wheels: Reynolds rims on Industry9 hubs
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Brakes: Shimano Saint
Cockpit: Renthal Fatbar 35 and Integra stem
Size: prototype
More info: pivotcycles.com

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Ed's 30mm rise Renthal Fatbars are cut down to 770mm on all of his bikes. These are combined with a 35mm clamp Integra stem from Renthal in a 50mm length. Ed is also using a +8mm reach adjust headset to dial in the size.

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Master's uses Shimano's tried and tested Saint groupset with the brake lever set around 45-degrees.

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check
Industry9 hubs are laced to Reynold's carbon rims. Fox's 49 and DHX2 take care of damping duties.

Ed Masters Pivot Bike Check


MENTIONS: @pivotcycles / @edmasters




47 Comments

  • 57 0
 Keep the aluminum as an option, I mean I want an affordable version.
  • 18 83
flag RedBurn (Apr 21, 2018 at 2:32) (Below Threshold)
 KEEP ONLY ALUMINIUM. Less cracky frames on the market !
  • 27 6
 @RedBurn: dumb comment of the year award goes to!
  • 50 5
 @bohns1: believe me I can do better. 2018 isn’t over yet lol
  • 2 0
 ...of a bike that is two years old.
  • 10 2
 @bohns1: if this was even remotely close to the dumbest comment of the year then you are not keeping track...
  • 2 1
 @RedBurn: @RedBurn: I have cracked 6 aluminum frames over the years. Specialized, GT, etc. etc. Everything cracks/breaks eventually
  • 7 4
 @bman33: and how many carbon frames ? dude to crack six frames you really gotta ride smoother haha
  • 2 0
 @RedBurn: Six over 25 years. I have had 4 carbon frames, zero cracks so far. I has 3 trips to Whistler including hitting everything on A-line, Dirt Merchant. My point is everything breaks.
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Yea but aluminum typically gives you signs of fatigue before it fails... carbon, not so much...
  • 3 2
 @millsr4: we had those conversations in 2010... carbon frames don’t need to give you signs, even a cracked carbon frame (even rim) can be ridden to a great success and then be fully repaired in your kitchen with expertize from a youtube video. Aluminium? Just get a new one as soon as you see a dent. Iwould agree with you if we were talking road bikes, forks and handlebars in particular, but not thick MTB frame tubing
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: With all due respect I couldn't disagree with you more... we may have had this conversation in 2010 but unfortunately we are still using the same same manufacturing techniques as then too... It cracks me up to see 20 year old processes passed off as cutting edge and then charging an arm and a leg for it! Carbon for road frames makes sense, the material is strong and stiff but it lacks toughness and road bikes don't really need this, they don't go tumbling down hillsides through trees on a regular basis. Mountain bike frames on the other hand need to take a beating and toughness is a key attribute for a component that can take as much of a beating as a frame does. Just because the cross section of a layup is thick, it doesn't necessarily make it any safer/stronger. You have fun on that YouTube fix of a frame, me on the other hand, I'll trust my life to a bike that I know is still safe to ride!
  • 2 2
 @millsr4: Let’s just agree to disagree and I hope the weekend at your place is as beatiful as here where I am sitting on the bench. Anyhoo, enjoy the rest of the weekend. All the best whatever you ride.

Smiles Wink
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: That's probably best since you seem to be almost as hard headed as I am! It's supposed to be beautiful here today so I'm looking forward to a ride after watching the first round of WCDH this morning! All the best!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Probably not then... Busy riding my bike.
  • 1 0
 @millsr4: Still waiting for these problems on any of my carbon to occur.. My cousin is still on a 2010 blur ltc that I sold him after I beat the shit out of it... Thing is still going strong!
  • 1 1
 @bohns1: funny because Blur TRc is the only frame I managed to crack Big Grin but it survived quite a lot considering 2kg of weight. I doubt any sub 3kg alu frame would survive repetitive casing on 7-8m jumps.
  • 1 1
 @bohns1: Going strong until its not with no signs before it's too late... your previous cracked frames could be down to lots of factors not just the material, namely design and riding scenarios(Like Waki going case crazy). As someone who works for a major aerospace carbon manufacturer, I'll stick with metal for my frames...
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: FYI our ride today was fantastic! Big Grin
  • 1 1
 @millsr4: mine too. Legs are mashing
  • 1 0
 @millsr4: Guess we'll have to agree to disagree as well... Until I experience any issue with carbon I'll keep rolling along on it hucking to flat!
  • 43 14
 Is it OK to say.... Think the 29ers look better than 650b.....
  • 28 26
 If it were true. But it's not.
  • 8 3
 @cmkneeland: I think they do! Just sayin.
  • 15 1
 That depends on the rider's height. You don't wanna look like a minion
  • 3 0
 The frames on 29ers look fast...
  • 6 1
 Large sizes look better on 29 wheels indeed. Beauty of every single thing comes from the right proportions Wink
  • 18 0
 Awesome to see Eddie on a good team!! Always been one of my favorites!!
  • 4 1
 I personally loved his bergamont 29er from last year in Fort William.. Quietest bike I ve ever heard on video
  • 8 0
 Fast Eddie, give it the beans bro! Good luck mate.
  • 4 0
 Would 100% buy if they made an Alu production one..
  • 2 0
 I still go to the archives and watch his fat bike video featuring McDonalds and Queens “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Still can’t get use to him with no hair, though.
  • 4 2
 Maybe the best looking Pivot I've ever seen!????
  • 2 0
 looks good, too expensive for sure :/
  • 2 0
 29er Turner DHR. I dig it.
  • 1 0
 Yeah boi looking sick home town taranaki nz
  • 2 2
 They quote his height in feet, but his weight in kg. Just waiting for the shit-storm from metric and imperial fanboys alike!
  • 1 0
 Drop dead gorgeousDrool
  • 1 1
 prefer the classic frame design of the phoenix. this looks too much like a transition to me.. but the colour is so nice.
  • 1 0
 Black text on black shirt on that top photo was a bad idea
  • 2 2
 yummo bummo first yofuckyo
  • 4 4
 It's not even got a bottle mount ????
  • 1 2
 It looks like a (Insert another brand name here __________.).


but really, that's a purdy looking ride.
  • 1 1
 Why a 29er? But the bike looks great !
  • 1 0
 Take my money Chris!
  • 3 6
 FOX 49?
Did I missed something in the bike industry?
  • 9 0
 Apparently all of last year's DH season and all the offseason rumors leading up to this season. Many fast guys running 29. Hart and Gwin on 27.5 still if the last round of info is to be believed.

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