Bernard Kerr Launches Pivot's 2018 Phoenix "It's a Sick Bike!" - Video

Feb 7, 2018
by Pivot Cycles  

The Phoenix Carbon returns. New colours. Same fast. Same strong... Still years ahead of the pack.

Pivot Phoenix 2018

There’s fast and then there’s fast – as in jaw-dropping, berm-railing, rock-garden-blasting fast. For 2018 our Phoenix Carbon continues to set the standard as the world’s lightest, strongest, most advanced and flat-out fastest DH bike available. Consider the facts. In 2017 alone our riders piloted the Phoenix onto the podium at the Red Bull Hardline, Fort William, Leogang and Lenzerheide World Cups, plus Crankworx Innsbruck, Les Gets and Whistler.

Pivot Factory Racing is poised to do it all over again and they have the perfect weapon…. and so do everyday gravity fiends looking to up their game between the tape, at the park and on the trail. Since it’s a new year, we’re now also offering the Phoenix in new colours – Aqua Blue with red highlights and Sterling Silver with bold yellow accents.

We can’t promise that the new colours make you any faster – fortunately, the bike already has that handled.

Ultra-Light. Ultra-Strong.

A World Cup-proven gravity machine that weighs less than many all-mountain bikes – that, in a nutshell, is the Phoenix Carbon. We spent years perfecting our proprietary Hollow Core carbon moulding process. We use hard internal forms for both layup and moulding – this gives us precise, even compaction of the carbon layers. No voids. No bondo. No compromises.

What you do get is a stronger, lighter frame that takes a true pounding on the world’s toughest tracks – backed by a 10-year warranty. You’re cleared to go big.

Truly Progressive Geometry

The Phoenix was doing the “long, low and slack” thing long before it became a buzz phrase. Here’s what it actually means. Ultra short (440 millimeter) chainstays make the bike easy to whip through corners, while a longer front centre and slack head angle add high-speed stability.

Since every size Phoenix Carbon frame has the same head and seat-tube lengths—you just pick the reach that fits your riding style. If you’re looking for a racecourse missile, run a larger size to get a longer top tube and roomier race stance. Want a shorter, more playful fit for bike park riding? Go down a size for a bike that handles the park with style.

Unrivaled Rear Suspension

No other DH bike can touch the Phoenix Carbon when it comes to transferring your power into speed. Thanks to Dave Weagle’s dw‐link® the Phoenix Carbon doesn’t squat or bob under pedalling forces; that fact allowed us to lower the Phoenix’s bottom bracket and slacken its head angle. End result? You get absolute control in the most technical sections and precise handling on the fast, wide-open sections of the course.

Fast Made Pretty

Two new colors. Same World Cup-proven performance.


  • 79 12
 I broke 2 frame in 6 months! Not so strong!
  • 54 7
 They claim "same strong" for this year, so heads up! You can break more frames!
  • 9 5
 @VDR: At least they'll be cheap to replace....
  • 18 3
 Where do the frames crack? Smile
  • 13 2
 @Christopop: around all the bearings and axes.
  • 10 4
 @Boulax: Okay thanks, that sucks. I'm not sure why I'm getting neg-propped though?
  • 14 1
 It's like new bike day over and over and over.. the brand that keeps on giving!
  • 3 2
 @Christopop: I saw one crack on the seat tube and not at any pivot, just right around the thanks
  • 7 18
flag NYShred (Feb 8, 2018 at 6:32) (Below Threshold)
 How many of these cracked frames everyone keeps mentioning were Carbon? Oh thats right, every single one of them.
  • 15 30
flag Flowcheckers (Feb 8, 2018 at 7:01) (Below Threshold)
 Ever since I saw how easily Minnar's frame snapped I have a new level of disrespect for carbon DH bikes.
  • 16 0
 @Flowcheckers: Easily? Dude, that was an Massive hit that smashed Minnar´s Frame.
  • 15 0
 @Flowcheckers: Minaar races WC. We do not. BIG difference.
  • 4 0
 Since when is 440mm chain stays considered "ultra short"?
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: I'm under the impression that chainstay length for full suspension bikes is measured for the unsprung bike. If so, it is pretty pointless. Most (if not all) current full suspension designs have an effective chainstay length that stretches towards the sag point so it would be there where you'd want to see the chainstay length. Compared to one of these high pivot bikes (like the Commencal DH bike) chances are that at sag, the Pivot has a shorter chainstay than the Commencal. It is still a guess though, we're not given such info. So can't you just enjoy the marketing blah, go like "Ultra short chainstay? That's progressive, I need that." and buy the bike? Companies publish press releases for a reason, see?
  • 42 7
 @pivotcycles give the public the information they want ... people seem to be snapping or cracking these ...

What have you done to improve this?

How many frames has Bernard broken?

How far does your warranty go to support the rider of a broken frame?
  • 18 9
 And why are you still using garbage Press Fit BB's?
  • 26 1
 And whats Susans phone number?
  • 3 2
 @Boardlife69: 1 800 666 666
  • 66 3
 @ryanme @Boulax @fodkip
Bernard Kerr has a ridiculously low track record for broken carbon Phoenix frames - in fact, the first production frame he was given came direct from our factory after the testing was completed. He then took that Phoenix and raced it at every event in 2016, eventually winning Red Bull Hardlines on it - and still, the frame was in perfect condition, no cracks or breaks at all.

However, if a customer experiences an issue on their bike, we want to hear about it. Our recently updated ten year warranty policy covers all Pivot Cycles frames purchased from an authorized Pivot dealer. Your LBS will work with Pivot to get a return authorization created so the frame can be inspected. You can also reach out to so we can discuss your case personally before processing the claim through the shop.

If a rider has broken a frame due to an impact or crash, a replacement part(s) will be made available at a minimum charge to the original owner. More information about our warranty policy can be found here:
  • 7 0
 @Flowcheckers: Had PF for some years on two bikes and like it. Fast to maintain, light and no problems so far. But you need the right tools.
  • 12 1
 I've personally dealt with Pivot over a recurrent shock malfunction. Not even really their problem. They handled it amazingly well. And, Chris himself got involved. To add, I worked with Pivot directly, not through a middle man. The way they dealt with the issue (and almost all well ridden bikes will have an issue) gives me complete confidence in buying anything from Pivot. They will take care of you.
  • 9 23
flag uuuu (Feb 8, 2018 at 14:03) (Below Threshold)
 @pivotcycles: "if a customer experiences an issue on their bike, we want to hear about it" - I think you just heard about a tonne of cases of the frames breaking right here, but apparently the frame is exactly the same still? Not exactly confidence inspiring. Warranties are a pain at the best of times (especially internationally, where reps are often less than fair with regards to processing warranty - friends of mine have experienced this with Pivot Cycles amongst others), not to mention the downtime. I'd rather just have something that's built to last.
  • 5 0
 @pivotcycles: Thank you!
  • 21 5
 My major memory of running these as rental bikes: Blown shocks and cracked frames.
  • 16 6
 For me 2 frames and 2 shocks! So happy!
  • 24 1
 Don't be gentle, it's a rental Smile
  • 17 1
 If it's a rental, go mental.
  • 14 0
 If it's a rental, be sure you have dental.
  • 15 0
 Happy Days. That triple he does is absolutely MASSIVE.
  • 17 5
 Lightest an weakest? I’ve snapped one tooo
  • 10 0
 I guess Bernard or Pivot guys must really love the Sweatshop Union. The song from his last video in Whislter is also theirs.
  • 9 0
 Oldschool NWD Music ^_^
  • 4 0
 I was wondering when 'Try' would make an appearance after their previous edit. No complaints from me though, whenever I hear it I daydream my own edit cut to it.
  • 1 0
 The first time I knew Sweatshop Union is "Cut Back" from a short edit of Gee Atherton riding Fort William World Cup course more than ten years ago. How time flies.
  • 1 0
 Awesome group! If you ever get the chance, check them out live.
  • 1 0
 @ridestuff: will do sir, thank you!
  • 2 0
 They spread an important message for today's society, and for living in it. Ever since "the thing about it" in 2004, from the collective. It's worth reading their lyrics!
  • 10 1
 Hey Bernard, how come you're not wearing a black t-shit and black cap . . . It's all the fashion rage right now
  • 8 3
 I owned a pivot Phoenix carbon, made me instantly faster!
Raced it two years podium every race. Not a single problem w cracks etc. I hit all the big lines , gaps etc.
The headset bearings were a little exposed and I had to constantly maintain cleaning the outside races to keep noise down but, I'm not sure what the cause is for that but ocurred w stock and top level CC headsets.
It was a solid bike for sure. I changed frame bearings once crunchy, before locking. I question people's reports of cracking at pivots to proper bearing maintenance and replacement? A lot of people neglect this and cause frame damage. The frame performs well all round, I'd call it a park bike w DH geometry. It excels at jumping and turning and agility. Can handle gnar but, not like the specialized demo I'm riding now. Both great frames just leaning into different characteristics. I always say there are lots of great bikes out there, finding one that matches you riding style is the one for you.
  • 5 1
 After visiting Pivot HQ and seeing what all goes into these bikes it truly amazing. The amount of quality control Pivot has on their products is dumbfounding. If your are cracking multiple frames I hope you are using the right resources from your local IBD or from Pivot directly. Pivot will do anything and everything in their power to help you out. If Bernard can run a SINGLE frame for the entire race circuit without fail, you are setting your Phoenix up improperly or just a straight up hack. Cheers Pivot Cycles!
  • 2 1
 *Entire race season not circuit*
  • 5 0
 Looks purposeful !!
  • 1 0
 Look like mean bikes, but as a fan of coil rear shocks the fact that they don’t play nice (in particular fox) on the pivots seems a little limiting. Would be interesting to hear if they have addressed this now.
  • 6 3
 27.5" is dead. Long live 26" and 29ers!
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  • 2 0
 So sick vid and everything. The track looks like the track that gmbn uses for their how to downhill vid.
  • 1 2
 Chinese operation with funds funneled through the US. Come on. If you're a DHer you know that weightweenie and DH don't have anything in common. The Phoenix is not a WC DH bred rig... it's a park bike that breaks...just ask Whistler bike park.
  • 2 0
 Song is from nwd 6 haha watched that on repeat
  • 3 2
 Does this bike not use the same terrible looking under the BB cable routing as their other bikes?
  • 3 0
 On the firebird but not on the phoenix. The bottom bracket is cable free and the routing is well done at the left side.
  • 1 0
 @fossydh: Thanks for the genuine reply and not mindless negative props.
  • 1 0
 Loved it.....can never get enough of Bernard riding. Also, as a Boisean, love seeing him in Fly gear.
  • 1 0
 Would buy a Firebird if cables weren't routed under the BB. Hate it. Love the Phoenix!!'
  • 2 0
 Another paid advertisement for the "perfect" bike.
  • 2 0
 is that Malaga?
  • 3 0
 yeah, track is called happy days
  • 1 0
 I cant not hear this song and not think NWD Bourdo!
  • 1 0
 i 0nly see Bordo in utah when i hear this tune...
  • 2 3
 it doesn't matter how many he breaks, he's a posh rich kid, if he didn't ride for Pivot mummy and daddy would buy him new ones anyway.
  • 1 1
 looks perfect for manual-bump-lip jumps, Nollies and stoppies!
  • 1 0
 oldie good music NWD
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