Bike Check: Eddie Masters' Pivot Mach 5.5 - Crankworx Les Gets 2018

Jun 20, 2018
by Mike Levy  



Eddie Masters is another World Cup and EWS racer whose bike of choice for the slalom is about as slalom-specific as a true slalom bike would be at an enduro race, but he's made some changes to the blue machine to have it better suit the Les Gets turns. It's a Mach 5.5 from Pivot in size large, and the sharp-looking color is actually to commemorate Pivot's ten year anniversary.

''It's got a 140mm of rear wheel travel, which makes it perform for slalom because it's better for pumping and generating speed,'' Masters said of the bike in comparison to something with another 20mm of travel. There is that 160mm fork, though, ''Which maybe is a little too much travel, but we've just pumped them up because this is also a trail bike as well.''


Eddie Masters

Eddie Masters
Eddie Masters
No, this ain't your average dual slalom bike.


It's a safe bet to assume that Eddie's trail bike sees some action that most of us would say is above the average trail ride, but that's not all it's good for. ''This is just a trail bike that I use; I obviously use it for warming up at World Cups, so it wears a few hats, and today it's wearing the slalom one,'' the Kiwi went on to say. ''For slalom, I just banged on a 30mm stem, just to shorten it up, and we just pumped everything up super hard'' When in doubt, just add more air.


Eddie Masters
Eddie Masters
Eddie's Fox 36 has 160mm of travel, which is too much for a slalom event, but the fork's spring rate is quite firm.


The Mach 5.5's spec is interesting, with Reynolds carbon rims and an Industry Nine rear hub that sound like a few thousand bees on the hunt, and his Shimano XT Di2 drivetrain isn't what you'd usually see at a pro slalom event. Then again, although it might have this particular hat on today, this is actually a trail bike after all.


Eddie Masters



32 Comments

  • + 32
 "Eddie, what have you done for me lately? HALF!"
  • + 2
 I want half eddie
  • + 9
 Give me half Eddie. Give me half Mr. Fuck-you Man.
  • + 1
 Ralf .........has got the top half stuff on the ceiling above his bed !
  • - 5
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 20, 2018 at 23:16) (Below Threshold)
 Umfoofoo?!
  • + 10
 @allballz: piss off
  • - 3
 @allballz - go play GIJoe figures in the bath tub: GI Joe is swimming under wateeeer... and GI Joe got stuck! and GI Joe got stuck!
  • + 4
 Who would have thought that when Raw came out in the 80's that it would be Bill Cosby getting convicted of filth, flarn, flarn and filth? That Jelly pudding-eating mother f*cker.
  • + 1
 Do you see a ring on my finger? I don't see no ring on my finger...
  • + 12
 So basically he did absolutely nothing except up the pressures to make it a "slalom" bike...still a nice whip, don't get me wrong, but pretty slalom unoptimized.
  • + 1
 yeah i would have expected a shorter rear shock and fork, and different tires.
  • + 1
 @cuban-b: seriously, the tires were what stuck out most to me. Is he really racing DS on DHRs front and rear?
  • + 1
 @mnorris122: Looks like he's got them center knobs cut down - hard to tell, though
  • + 7
 Promotes Firebird as do-it-all bike, rides Mach 5.5 instead...
  • + 6
 Orange fork is still a thing huh
  • + 3
 Orange lowers, gold stanchions, black crown, blue frame, alugold bars, and grey grips? It's a hot mess!
  • + 4
 Those 11-46t XT cassettes are wack. That jump to the 46t is brutal. Need that new XTR 12 speed tech to trickle down sooner then later.
  • + 5
 Has mounts for bottle cage, yeah!
  • + 6
 +1
  • + 2
 find this odd since Pivot is one of the few brands that has a proper 4X / slalom bike both in a hardtail and full suspension
  • + 2
 Correction: is he gonna win?
  • + 1
 Wonder if it's lighter than Bernie's Trail 429 I saw in another pic.
  • + 2
 So, did he win?
  • + 2
 It doesn't matter... he's a Masters.
  • + 16
 He's the people's champ, so win/losses don't mean anything....... because he's a man of the people
  • + 2
 Beautiful bike Drool
  • + 0
 Anybody know why more and more people are starting to swap there brakes side to side?
  • + 1
 Uhhhhh because he's from a part of the world where that's the norm. Also, when I'm riding along quiet roads it allows me to text with my left hand and still be able to shift and use my most important brake.
  • + 1
 Pivot makes the Point and the M4X, yet he rode the 5.5?
  • + 1
 & two of them ended up on podium with Strait. I doubt Pivot makes many M4X. So, marketing. Besides, 5.5 is an excellent pedaler. Seemed a joke when it appeared under XC on their website. Nope. Demo'd a Medium to compare to my Large 5010. The 5.5 is livelier and a better pedaler, added travel and wheelbase notwithstanding. Bet it outclasses Bronson as well. Now to get $5k.
  • + 1
 Is that XT DI2?
  • - 1
 Fugly looking

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