Video: Pivot Cycles Announces New Phoenix 29, then Bernard Kerr, Matt Walker, & Eddie Masters Send It

Sep 4, 2019
by Pivot Cycles  

PRESS RELEASE: Pivot Cycles

Factory Team Developed, Race Proven Speed


From the wide-open ski slopes of Les Gets to the treacherously steep roots and rocks of Val di Sole, the Phoenix 29 let our Factory Race Team push their personal limits like nothing else. That’s because from day one our race team was highly involved with the Phoenix 29 design. Working closely with our engineering team, the racers provide direct feedback after testing prototypes in the best way possible: World Cup racing. Initial goals of keeping the ride feel as similar to the 27.5 version they loved so much were quickly superseded with advancing a bike that is even better. The Phoenix 29 is quite simply the fastest, most capable World Cup DH bike on the planet.



Fast, Faster, Fastest
The legendary performance of dw-link suspension is now packaged in a lower, more compact 190mm travel design. This increases overall stiffness, lowers the center of gravity, and looks rad. A short upper link also plays nice with both coil and air shocks by reducing side loads and overall friction in the system. We’ve always offered a wide range of sizes in our bikes and this linkage layout allows the same on the Phoenix 29. Standover height is even lower than the 27.5 model, and it’s available in sizes ranging from S-XL. Riders of all heights and genders can get sendy and feel the raw speed of a Phoenix 29.


No Detail Too Small
We sweat the small details so you can ride fast and work less. The frame has a low Q-factor design that can run trail bike width cranks for cornering pedal clearance. A Pivot innovated Super Boost Plus rear hub enhances rear wheel stiffness and durability too. And when the time comes to work on the Phoenix, our cable port system with integrated fork bumpers makes routine maintenance easy peasy. Not only does the new linkage layout makes shock swaps a snap, but you’ll have to service them less often as well. Painstaking attention to detail is just one of the many factors that make the Phoenix 29 the most advanced DH race bike we’ve ever created.




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85 Comments

  • 91 5
 This has to be one of the best looking bike designs on the circuit right now. The 29in wheels just make this bike look proper. Hope it rides as well as it looks
  • 21 5
 I agree. Pivot dropped the prego-design or fat-diva design and still managed to stay a Pivot. Looks really, really good. Effective seat angle isn’t too slack either so it can be pedalled to the lift comfortably.
  • 6 1
 Agreed. Its silhouette got me thinking about the Turner DHR, then I thought “I haven’t seen a Turner on Pinkbike in a while.” Hopped on over turnerbikes.com and man it’s like a ghost town. The copy for the RFX includes the phrase “fast forward to 2016”...
  • 2 0
 Beautiful bike.
  • 18 16
 Really?
The Phoenix 29 is quite simply the fastest, most capable World Cup DH bike on the planet.
Are these people drunk?
Somebody please, let them know that the bike needs to win races first!
  • 6 1
 I never lust after carbon bikes, except pivot. they've always had amazing frame design, from a visual standpoint.
  • 5 0
 Just tested it at Eurobike, and i wan't it. Feels good on "rough" terrain (there is just a basic "test track" so can't tell to much about it) And if you pedal it just goes forward lol
  • 1 4
 @endurocat: Yeah as much as I love Pivots and have owned many this marketing jargan needs to be addressed....
  • 2 0
 Agreed. If I needed a DH bike, this would be it. Absolutely stunning....
  • 2 0
 @endurocat: I was just thinking the same thing. Pivot needs to drop that whole schtick from their marketing. Les SL is the best hardtail in the world... Mach 4 SL is the best XC bike in the world. They're good bikes, don't get me wrong, but there's no such thing as a "best bike in the world."
  • 41 6
 “The Phoenix 29 is quite simply the fastest, most capable World Cup DH bike on the planet.”

What bike is it that Bruni rides again?
  • 28 4
 Imagine would he could do in a Phoenix 29
  • 7 5
 @hobbnobs: yeah true. Bernard Kerr must be shit.
  • 1 1
 @hobbnobs: Loose.
  • 4 9
flag livlief (Sep 4, 2019 at 4:32) (Below Threshold)
 What bike was is that Bruni raced and won Red Bull Hardline with????
  • 1 0
 @livlief: not this one!
  • 1 0
 @endurocat: Yeah he'd be loose and still win.
  • 2 0
 @livlief: you mean Bernard right?
  • 4 1
 @ninjatarian Everyone scoffed at GT until Maes started winning on one. Bike quality isn’t just about how much money the brand pays the team.
  • 1 0
 @hobbnobs: He would launch into space! This could fast forwarded the trip to Mars big time, we just need to figure out how to get him to sign with Pivot.
  • 3 0
 Bruni could win on any of the top 10 brands
  • 13 0
 What a sexy machine!!!! Best looking DH bike seen so far. Bravo Pivot!!! Smile
  • 2 0
 SO hot!
  • 3 0
 Geometry data on Pivot's website has the bottom bracket height at a fairly radical 337mm. That's even lower than the previous Phoenix and quite a bit lower than most other 29er DH bikes. Is this a typo or can this be confirmed?
  • 1 0
 Curious about this as well... It must be really low @ 30% sag?
  • 1 0
 Yea, seems wrong - thats lower than the firebird 29 (although that is quite high BB)
  • 3 0
 Beautiful bike and color! I hope they offer cement gray in the mach 5.5.
  • 5 0
 I'm sorry do disappoint you but that will probably not happen, but you might like the new 'bass boat blue' colorway for the Mach 5.5 which also just launched. Check their site, it's beautiful!
  • 1 2
 Grey as shit
  • 5 2
 That blue colour way is great
  • 1 0
 With that subtle fade in the graphics Big Grin
  • 1 0
 dont do they have error on site? team frame is showning with fox 40 and team frame kit is the same only with headset and a lot of more expensive (hella expensive headset Big Grin )
  • 2 0
 and its edited. no problem pivot, thanks would by nice Smile
  • 2 0
 And, can we get more reviews and head to head comparisons on DH bikes? With attention to the frames and suspension feel?
  • 1 1
 They stole Rocky Mountain Maiden's paint job... almost same blue with the yellow to orange fade decals. Shame on you, Pivot. Sick looking bike, just a bit of a copy on colorway.
  • 1 0
 Read the whole article and didn't found out where Bernard Kerr, Matt Walker, & Eddie Masters send the bikes to.
It must be some of that gnarl, shred, yeaboi thing.
  • 3 0
 Freaking radical colors
  • 4 1
 But does it fit a bottle
  • 2 0
 Shut up and take my money!
  • 1 0
 Nice lines but where's the Johnny Cash black option. Primer Grey or Circus Tent orange/yellow/blue - not so hot.
  • 1 0
 man I'm just tryna party and hang and ride wit Wyn & Eddie Masters n shit. True Masters.
  • 1 0
 Great looking bike but like the new Demo they forgot to make them for taller folks...485mm reach on the XL...
  • 1 0
 It seems as head angles (and chainstays) have got longer, DH bike reaches haven’t grown as much as enduro bikes due to resultant wheelbases getting too long?
  • 1 1
 From experience wheelbase and front centre matter as much as reach for how a bike feels, reach is more for seated pedalling.
  • 1 2
 @Richt2000: Too long? My bike has a wheelbase of 1340mm and I think that is just fine. Recently tried a Nicolar Geometron G1 in XL with an even longer wheelbase and it still ripped corners at warp speed!
  • 1 1
 @zyoungson: Reach is important when standing on the pedals as it determines how much room you have in the cockpit. Seated pedaling room depends on seat angle as well as reach. You can have a decent seated position with a slack seat angle and short reach but that same bike will feel cramped when standing up.
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: To be fair once the bike is pointed downhill and moving around it isnt going to make a huge difference, you will notice 20mm of extra wheelbase or front centre before you notice 20mm of reach.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: Well the XL has a 485mm reach. My current bike has 520mm so I would definitely feel THAT difference in reach!
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: Maybe you should write in to pivot..
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: It isn't just to Pivot I wish to write to. Most brands are still making short bikes. It is getting better year by year though. In 5 more years I will have more choices with more bikes over 500mm of reach. In the meantime I'll stick to my right sized Pole from 2016. My next bike will be a Nicolai G1 with 535mm reach.
  • 1 0
 They need to show the progressivity, anti-squat, pedal-kickback and brake-squat numbers.
  • 2 0
 Carbon Horse?
  • 2 0
 would ride.
  • 3 1
 what no cr 500 paint job
  • 1 0
 Thats what they should have used for World Champs paint Scheme.
  • 2 0
 Super frame design
  • 1 0
 Looks killer! Nice work Pivot.
  • 1 0
 Video was fun to watch. All three are badass DH shredders.
  • 1 0
 Grey & Red = Bad ass color way!
  • 1 0
 Maybe Eddy should have been on a phoenix at EWS Gnar star?
  • 1 0
 Absolutely gorgeous Drool This will definitely be my next DH bike!!!!
  • 5 5
 F*** the phoenix 29, just want a Firebird with a bottle cage
  • 1 0
 aaahaha! upvoted just for the hell of it!
  • 1 0
 If you use a Dakine hotlaps bag you can use the strap to hold a cage on. I do this with my AL Mach 6
  • 1 1
 To me, it looks like the rear shock has no air. It’s so squatted out.
  • 1 0
 I think thats because its a 29er, and they have kept the BB low for stability and cornering. So compared to 27.5 the BB drop is lower.
  • 1 0
 Nice frame
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous
  • 1 3
 POS
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