Pivot Switchblade: Now Available in Aluminum - Video

Apr 18, 2018
by Pivot Cycles  

Press Release: Pivot Cycles

All the Benefits of the Original in a More Affordable Package.

Our Switchblade has earned a lot of awards being a light, ultra-capable trail bike that punches way above its weight class—whether you’re riding it with 29 or 27.5+ wheels and tires. Now we’re bringing the same ultra-stiff frame design, the same 135 millimeters of super smooth dw‐link suspension and modern geometry to even more riders with the Switchblade Aluminum


One Bike, Any Trail… Every Budget.

The Switchblade boasts short chainstays and massive tire clearance. These two elements coming together on one frame help provide great high-speed stability through chunky terrain and effortless handling on tight trails.

Our Super Boost Plus rear spacing makes this possible. This also improves frame stiffness, wheel durability and lets you use a front derailleur. Want to run a 29er set-up to achieve maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving ride in loose, rocky conditions? Go 27.5+. The Switchblade is outstanding wearing both wheel sizes and on all kinds of terrain.



State of the Art Aluminum Technology.

Years of working with carbon has changed how we build aluminum bikes. Carbon construction techniques enable you to create all manner of frame tube shapes. The kind of shapes that improve ride quality and which were impossible to achieve—not so long ago—with aluminum. We have pushed the boundaries of aluminum and have pioneered ways to get the same complex multi-axis shapes, variable wall thicknesses and the same strength and stiffness from alloy that we’d already achieved with carbon.

Simply Brilliant Suspension.

The Switchblade is designed for the steepest and roughest descents, yet it also tears up climbs with a balanced mix of grip and pedalling efficiency. The Switchblade Aluminum’s dw‐link rear suspension is the key to achieving this performance.

Because the Switchblade’s dw‐link rear suspension doesn’t squat or bob under pedaling force it helps to take the slog out of those uphill miles. We’ve also been able to lower the bottom bracket height and slacken the head angle without negative consequences thanks to the no squat characteristics of the suspension. Combined, these traits add up to a bike that we believe excels on high-speed and technical downhill tracks, yet still maintains the precise handling and “poppy” ride that make a great trail bike so much fun.

The Switchblade Aluminum is available in Aqua blue with lime green accents, as well as electric blue with red highlights.

The Switchblade Aluminum is available now, in all sizes, at key Pivot Dealers worldwide. For more details on the new Switchblade Aluminum head over to Pivot Cycles.


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58 Comments

  • + 52
 You gotta love the way $4000 is considered "affordable" in the bike industry. lmao
  • + 15
 @HappyJack: Everybody thinks they have money when they have credit. That's the problem.

ProTip: If you can't pay for it cash, you can't afford it.

Obviously that does not apply to things like housing/vehicles.
  • + 52
 @m1dg3t: Duh. A bike is a vehicle. And a waaaay more important one than a car/truck. Pfft.
  • - 1
 @IamZOSO: Semantics. You know I was referring to a car/truck :p
  • + 2
 The spec is actually better than I thought with SLX/XT.

Still not great though. You use to be able to feel good about your 4000$ bike. At least it doesn’t have awful feeling NX. Now you bring it home and are reminded about how you didn’t spend enough to get good parts.
  • + 6
 @m1dg3t: this mindset will be the downfall of contemporary western culture! Save up for it and buy it cash. That is the safest way, kids.
  • + 4
 @IamZOSO: my current vehicle, Nissian Xterra, is the first time I have ever owned a vehicle worth more than one of my bikes. I have been driving for over 20 years - You sir are 100% correct.
  • + 10
 Meanwhile Norco is selling their carbon sight with GX eagle, DVO diamond fork and decent wheels for 4200 MSRP.
  • + 12
 Im gonna wait for the uglier version to come out. This ones not...quite...there.
  • + 8
 @Boondocker390: And then of course there's JensonUSA, CRC, and Diamondback. There's the Release 3, 4c, 5c, and Custom, as well as the kitted out Mission Pro; on sale for as little ( Razz ) as 2.6k. CRC's got the typical models, as well as a 2017 Sommet CRX... Carbon, full XO1/X1, Pike RCT3, etc. Going back to high end aluminum, Jenson's got Knolly Endorphins/Banshee Runes/Niners/Orbeas for under 3k, with SLX, XT, GX Eagle, Rockshox RCT3/RC3, Fox Factory, DVO, or Cane Creek.
That said, at least there are options. I personally wouldn't shell out the coin for a new Pivot or other elite brand; I'm the type to buy slightly used, sale, or direct-to-consumer. However, I hear that such bikes as this Pivot are extremely nice, and I understand why someone would buy one. To each their own.
  • + 5
 Dude, their $4k entry level "XT" bike is almost entirely SLX, too. As near as I can tell, it has 1 XT part on it.
  • + 5
 @pinhead907: the one piece that everyone sees! the cassette is probably 1997 Alivio held together with bubble gum
  • + 4
 @mtbikeaddict: Well said! I grabbed a Knolly Endorphin from Jenson for under $3k. SLX build with a Fox 34 Factory up front, Fox Transfer dropper... couldn't find a better bang for my buck than this, and for a bike that I absolutely love.
  • + 31
 Aluminum and a water bottle cage?! What is this witchcraft?
  • + 3
 If carbon is ocean fill, Aluminum is Australia holes.
  • + 5
 @Boardlife69: That's okay, then they have somewhere to throw all the deadly things
  • + 16
 I love the way pivot carbon frames look but their aluminum frames always look really weird and just not very appealing aesthetically.
  • + 1
 its just the head tube thats off i think
  • + 4
 Agreed. The excessive welds are quite ugly.
  • + 1
 Looks squished... that was the first thing I noticed.....
  • - 1
 The aluminium frame just looks cheap to me, like an afterthought.
  • + 2
 Curvy lines in the front and straight lines in the back... never a good combo.
  • + 10
 Hahaha, I got a carbon Jeffsy for 25% less. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there's no LBS and blah blah blah, but for a true budget-minded consumer, they're going to look for the best bike for their money, and right now direct-to-consumer is killing all the traditional brands. I can't fathom spending more money for less bike.
  • + 9
 I love LBSs, I love bike companies too. Its much more risky to start a bike company (on the internet in the 90s Canyon!) so I'll give them my money too. I see more Canyons, YTs, and Commencals every day. LBS/Dealer bikes: you can either adapt or die, but rejecting direct to consumer is not an option.
  • + 5
 I have a YT too (tues), but the Switchblade is a super fun bike. I can't afford one, aluminum or carbon. But after demoing a lot of bikes, the switchblade seemed like a very special bike. Just not sure it justifies the $2k+ price gap.
  • + 2
 @cole-bikeva: Exactly, times are always changing, businesses in any realm have to adapt, or they won't survive.
  • + 4
 @gts944: I haven't ridden a Switchblade. Was going to at Outerbike, but they didn't have my size available at the time. That being said, I rode 4 other bikes, and after that I'm still happy with my Jeffsy. They are all very similar, to me. They're all fun! So it comes down to getting the best spec for my money! And YT gave me that.
  • + 9
 A few things here. It's $1000 less than the carbon equivalent, but boy $4100 still seems like an awfully high starting point. I love Pivot's, I own two, but I fear they are going to need to make some changes as the competition is getting stiff. More and more aggressive options at competitive prices. They are in the Yeti zone right now. As long as their business model and goals are met with the pricing and people are buying Pivot's, so be it. In their defense, they do offer higher-end build kits for their starting points than most other brands. If they were specing NX components, Rhythm forks, cheaper brakes, etc. then they could get this close to $3000 most likely and be very close to where Specialized is with their entry level Stumpjumper.
  • + 2
 It is good to see an aluminum bike with higher end components. I think more companies need to get on board with that. It is surprising to me that there's "only" a $1k difference, though. Seems aluminum should be a lot cheaper, but I'm not in the industry, so my knowledge on the matter is nil. Perhaps it still costs quite a bit to produce that aluminum frame.
  • + 2
 @huntstyle: Margins are actually better on carbon frames. $1000 more for carbon tends to be the industry standard.
  • + 0
 $3k for a bike spec’d with a rhythm fork would be criminal.
  • + 10
 a l u m i n i u m
  • + 8
 I was super excited when I saw this... then I saw the price tag.
  • + 2
 I missed the price tag. But I think for the new Specialized Stumpjumper full suspension bike, for the same spec there is a 1000 euro price difference between the carbon and aluminium framed bikes. Which is a huge difference (and definitely something that would make me not choose for carbon) but it doesn't just make the bikes cheap. Pivot has a high quality standard and obviously the suspension layout is relatively expensive (to design as well as produce). So yeah, if it is "only" 1000 euro cheaper, I can get that.
  • + 1
 It may be aluminum, but it's still a Pivot, which means $$$$!
  • + 2
 Glad to see a more affordable option from them. This is one of my favorite bikes, but I ended up going with another brand due to the cost of pivots. Had this been available 4 months ago, I may have ended up on a switchblade. Great bikes.
  • + 4
 Is it same geo as the carbon version...? If so, isn't that bike two years old now? Maybe it's time for an updated version instead of an aluminum option.
  • + 0
 What geo would you change? Its fairly modern, not alot to update unless they completely go in a new direction with crazy slack, super steep seat, new fork offset, etc. But it doesn't seem Pivot is adopting that methodology yet.
  • + 3
 Same geo, slightly taller BB. Just a smidge. I also wish it was a little slacker hta/steeper sta and a cm more reach across sizes, but she still rides great.
  • + 3
 @fatallightning: Probably next year I would think depending if they keep it around as a model or release something completely new. I'd expect a new Mach 429T and 429SL before Switchblade.
  • + 0
 @yupstate: Good question. My Switchblade was a fun bike, but I expected to see something change when introducing a new bike (version)... even if it was simply a 148mm rear.
  • + 3
 Pivot's pricing is getting beyond dentist now. For the exact same price as the entry level Switchblade AL, you could get a complete Ripmo (carbon frame obviously).
  • + 1
 I'm with you on this. The argument may be that the drivetrain on the two at the $4000 is not the same and the Switchblade has a better dropper. But for my $4000 I'd get the Ripmo and upgrade the drivetrain, brakes, etc. over time.
  • + 5
 Now drop an aluminum frame only and were talking.
  • + 4
 Kudos to them for dropping the Al version. AGREED, a frame only option would be fantastic. I think we need to put a petition together and call our senators.
  • + 3
 "Super Boost Plus" spacing. lol
That oughta get the comment secton riled up.
  • + 2
 @mtbikeaddict: Wait till we have Super super Boost boost Plus plus spacing! It's coming...
  • - 1
 We absolutely love superboost, it makes dh wheels compatible
  • + 3
 My thoughts exactly. Super Boost Plus? What does that even mean?
  • + 2
 I welcome an alu version (but can we have less loud color schemes????)
  • + 7
 No, we cannot.
  • + 2
 Wear hearing protection. Hey, if you are buying a Pivot, you want everyone to know it. LOL
  • + 1
 How are these loud? Blue & teal?
  • + 2
 That Aqua colorway needs to spread across the line.
  • + 1
 That cable routing is horrendous
  • + 1
 What if I just want the frame??
  • + 1
 What if...no.
  • + 1
 Turner bikes are much purtier

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