Matt Walker had a stellar week at Crankworx Rotorua with a third place in the Enduro, Air DH and Dual Slalom. All on his new Pivot Switchblade. Touted as an all-rounder, Matt's results certainly back that up, but when we sat down to do a bike check we discovered some more interesting quirks about Matt's bike set up as well as some new Fox parts...
The all-new Pivot Switchblade is certainly an aesthetically pleasing bike.
Despite being 183 cm/6'0", Matt runs a medium frame as he prefers the lively feel of a smaller bike.
One of Fox's new RAD forks. Still with 36mm stanchions, but a new lowers design and bleed ports which were previously only seen on the 40.
Matt also had a new RAD Float X2 shock. The main change looks to be one of the rebound controls has now moved to the bottom of the shock and a new air can shape.
Shimano's new XTR brakes to keep Matt under control.
A very 'bedded in' Deathgrip for that familiar feel.
Matt also runs Shimano's new XTR 12 speed drivetrain.
The new Switchblade has tonnes of neat touches like this rubber cover to keep rocks out of the linkage.
Reynolds Blacklabel Endruo rims paired with Industry 9's super high engagement Hydra hubs.
La Croix is the team's hydration choice.
Old faithful Shimano DX pedals.
Kashima all round.
Full Renthal cockpit.