Spotted: Pivot’s 29er DH Bike - Crankworx Rotorua 2018

Mar 20, 2018 at 17:37
by Mike Kazimer  
Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er

These days, it's almost easier to list the companies that aren't working on a 29" downhill bike than rattling off the brands that are, especially with the first round of the DH World Cup just around the corner. Last season there were plenty of cobbled together creations floating around the pits, but with an entire off-season for development the bikes we're seeing now look much more refined.

The 29er that Pivot's Rupert Chapman was spotted on at Crankworx Roturua is no exception, an aluminum-framed ride with a suspension layout that resembles a beefed up version of what's used on the Mach 5.5 trail bike.

Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er
Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er

Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er
Rather than being driven by a yoke that wraps around the frame, a la the Phoenix, the new bike's shock is attached to a short link that's situated in the middle of the seat tube.

Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er
Reynolds debuted their 27.5" carbon DH wheelset around this time last year, and now it appears that a 29" version could be on the way.

Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er
Last season a number of athletes were running Fox 40s outfitted with a RAD damper; it looks like the evolution of that testing could be getting ready for production, with adjustable high- and low-speed compression damping.

Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er
Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er

Spotted Rupert Chapman s Pivot 29er
The Crankworx Rotorua Downhill takes place this Sunday - keep your eyes peeled to see how Rupert fares on his new machine.

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  • 126 11
 So Gwin has said he prefers 29ers. He has said that they are probably faster for DH. He has said he is happy with YT because they actually listen to his input and feedback (unlike a certain other brand that starts with S and ends with litigation). So why isn't he on a proto 29er?
  • 128 11
 +1 "starts with S and ends with litigation"
  • 20 2
 They are releasing the new TUES at round 1 so I guess we will see pretty soon...
  • 1 1
 ded. lol
  • 5 0
 He is
  • 42 1
 @speed10: Slitigation?
  • 4 1
  • 10 0
 @jamesdunford: yes please. I'll have ketchup.
  • 58 1
 @jamesdunford: Source?? This is PB, we dont need no stinking source. Just pure baseless assumptions, rumors, gossip and just making shit up. Thats "our" source. Now get with the program and start a baseless rumor like "I heard/saw Gwin on a new YT tricycle prototype" and then stand back and watch the troll wars go up in flames.
  • 4 3
 @Boardlife69: True story.

But, for real, does that comment have any form of truth in it?!
  • 10 18
flag Flowcheckers (Mar 21, 2018 at 1:25) (Below Threshold)
 After watching Gwin destroy MSA as Minnar struggled down it on his 29, and other steep tracks, I'm of the opinion Gwin is faster on smaller wheels. Maybe it's his bmx/Moto background or that he isn't tall. I hope he doesn't mess up a good thing like he did when he left Trek, and Hart was heading to the top of the sport until the big wheels derailed him last year.
  • 5 0
 @Boardlife69: A lot of Q&As he has repeated the fact as well as interviews and obviously the release of the 29 jeffsy
  • 46 0
 Gwin only wants to run 29'er because running it with no tyre effectively reduces it to 27.5.
  • 2 0
 @jamesdunford: Bike wise, there’ll be something new for everyone to see in Croatia, and Aaron has been instrumental in this. I can’t say much now, as the official world release will be in Croatia. This makes the first race even more exciting!
  • 7 0
 29 Jeffsey, now the 29 Capra. The writing is on the wall boys.
  • 4 0
 @Flowcheckers: Gwin would beat the rest of the field on 20" if he wanted to. It's almost an unfair advantage if he is on 29 as it suits his riding style. I certainly hope he is and destroys the field on it.
  • 3 3
 @fartymarty: What about 29 wheels suits Gwins 'riding style"?

The fact that he isn't tall, that he grew up riding 20" wheels, or that he seems to stay lower on the bike than most riders? I know 29 wheels have the potential to go faster, but the rider has to fit into the bike to make it work.

I don't doubt a 29 would help Gwin more on some of the flatter races like Fort William, but not so sure it's gonna help him on the steep tracks.
  • 11 0
 @Flowcheckers: I wish I could "struggle" the way Minnaar does.
  • 5 0
 @Flowcheckers: that's just stupid. He adapted great to 26" from 20". Seems to have adapted great to 650b. You think he doesn't have the skills to adapt to 29"? It's a 1" diameter* change.

* My 650b DH tire diameter is 28" (Maxxis dhf 2.5 DH casing - Specialized Butcher 2.6 GRID was a bit more) and my 29er trail tire diameter is 29" (Specialized Butcher 2.3 GRID casing).
  • 3 0
 @yzedf: and he crushed sea otter on a 29 when he was with specialized.
  • 4 0
 @Flowcheckers: He has a straight line "smash and grab" approach that suits 29.
  • 2 0
 @Flowcheckers: Gwin has said that he thinks 29ers feel more "moto" and allows him to ride higher over the rough, yet even more "in" the bike. As its been said before, hes a point and plow style rider, but he is very precise about picking where he points, and usually has the best, most planned out lines of the top riders.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: Ok, makes sense. You're right I'm wrong. I hope he wins. I'll self ban myself now.
  • 2 0
 @Flowcheckers: haha don't Wakidesigns yourself
  • 2 0
 @BigMedicine: If I start a bike company, it's going to be called Slitigation, you'll have to send me your address so we can get our lawyers/solicitors on it! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 The pro level Capra 29 has 170mm rear travel (which is more than Gwin ever stiff Smile ) and will take a dual crown - he might be good already
  • 1 0
 @endurendo: I'm sure they could squeeze a little out of the rear if they really wanted to altho a 29 Tues would be good.
  • 59 27
 Don’t buy into 29, 30.99 is coming very very soon
  • 114 7
 Hahahaha oh hahahaha, is that a dub joke? I've never heard those. Please tell another.
  • 4 11
flag MikeAzBS (Mar 20, 2018 at 20:11) (Below Threshold)
 @sunringlerider: dub jokes are the new dad jokes.
  • 7 21
flag drivereight (Mar 20, 2018 at 20:39) (Below Threshold)
 28.99 is said to be much stiffer though!
  • 9 5
 29-1/8" solved all the inherent problems that weren't addressed during the development of 29" but failed to offer frame builders a true solution. 739.78mm was developed by SKAM in association with Shrek bikes as an open source standard. This standard allows Shrek sales representatives to appear technically adept, enhancing the sales experience and perception of on trail performance.
  • 1 3
 or even 28.99" its 0.01" more fun than 29".
  • 6 1
 @sunringlerider: 28.99 looks like a session with no bottle mount.
  • 1 0
But does it come in rootbeer?
  • 2 0
 You don't ride Sram - Sram ride you.
  • 30 1
 I know a guy, rode 26ers all his life. Went on one ride on a 29er, two days later, dead.
  • 2 0
 True story.
  • 78 52
 I’m excited that 29” wheels are finally getting adopted by dh. They’re just better. Hate all you want and say 26” isn’t dead. 27.5” was just the cycling industries training wheels For 29.
  • 95 3
 Can't wait to see all the good deals on used 27.5 DH rigs on buy/sell. Bring on the big wheels I say.
  • 17 38
flag ccolagio (Mar 20, 2018 at 18:09) (Below Threshold)
 how could is be the training wheel if 29ers were popularized years before 27.5? your sense makes no sense.
  • 31 5
 @ccolagio: Training wheels came after the bicycle so his comment does make sense.
  • 82 5
 The only place I see 26” wheels anymore is in the PB comment section.
  • 40 3
 I think 27.5 will totally stick around though. 29ers may have an advantage in rolling resistance but there's still a demographic out there for smaller wheeled machines. Not every rider is a racer so I don't see the smaller wheels disappearing. In other words - I don't see our rampage riders, bike park senders, or certain riders who prefer a slightly more agile ride adopting the larger wheel anytime soon. I believe it will be a matter of preference in the coming years. No hate, just input.
  • 10 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: I just hope we are left with a choice. DH is a niche part of mountain biking and I don't think most companies are going to be willing to make more than one type if bike.
  • 8 4
 How would you know they are better? Do you even DH, bro?
  • 6 4
 When Gwin goes 29. So will I...
  • 10 1
 @Xc2dh1: Shuttling laps with my semi-pro crew...Gwin went to specialized, so I did too...
  • 3 0
 Looks really nice! Looks a bit flexie though with the rub on both sides from the linkage!
  • 2 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: im hoping we see more bikes that are able to run both. give people the option and only make one thing. best of both worlds
  • 3 0
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: I’m fast, i’m Faster than you!
  • 7 3
 One ride on my 29er and I agree. Way faster and more confidence. I thought before it wouldn’t make much difference but it was night and day. Long live 29ers
  • 4 0
 We dont hate. It's just wheels
  • 14 9
 29 is better when you suck at mountain biking. Filling holes, removing rocks, and riding 29 in wheels. Sounds awesome.
  • 7 1
 @cmkneeland: so I assume you’re riding a 26” fully rigid hardtail without disc brakes? Advances in mtb is for people who suck at riding!
  • 2 1
 @cmkneeland: sounds like you have practice doing so.
  • 4 2
 @V8Interceptor: I think he is referring to world cup racing. Riders are constantly complaining about tracks not being technical enough. Then they ride 29" wheels that smooth aout the trail even more.
  • 37 14
 I am 5' 5", so FUK all of yous with this 29" shyte!
  • 73 11
 Grow up.
  • 13 10
 Lot's of people I know riding 29ers and under 5'4". Don't be scared!
  • 2 0
 As am I and I ride a 29er
  • 2 0
 get a Grip buddy...
  • 12 0
 Plenty of hating on here this morning. Main thing is just get out on whatever bike you have, regardless of wheel size. Keep the pedals turning.
  • 2 0
 Truer words were never spoke...Smile
  • 3 0
 It's the doubt that kills people. "Could I be having more fun than this?" The answer hinges on whether you are being honest with yourself. Marketing wants you to think you'll feel happier if you buy something. Good sense should help you filter out what is objectively irrelevant to you.
  • 9 2
 I think we need to move to a metric wheel system and have wheel sizes to match different frame designs. Can't wait to buy a mid range 29" DH bike for like $7k with heavy a$$ wheels.
  • 28 18
 Gross Big wheelers
  • 14 0
 gross is german for big... big big wheelers?
  • 16 8
 Would rather run six-year-old Saint then new SRAM any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
  • 3 1
 Ditto! I’m still rocking my M810’s cuz they still work, and work great!
  • 3 10
flag Jokesterwild (Mar 20, 2018 at 22:58) (Below Threshold)
 lol you are missing out.
  • 2 0
 TEAM-ROBOT is alive !
  • 4 0
 I have to say, aesthetically I like that thing a good bit more than the 27.5" Phoenix. There's something about the 27.5" version that just looks wrong to me and I can't really place my finger on it.
  • 5 0
 Maybe it's the size of the wheels
  • 10 9
 Rumor is a new wheel size is coming and it doesnt have a "2" in it. The fact of the matter is the industry has to keep coming up with new $hi+ to get people to buy new $hi+. I mean what else are they going to do to make DH bikes sell...
  • 1 4
 69.85 centimeters.
  • 1 0
 Minnar could probably handle 33" wheels.
  • 5 1
 Man I still don't like 29ers that much.. My 27,5" Capra is perfect the way she is.
  • 2 1
 It's a solid looking DH bike. Al. Frame large bearing pivots. The rear suspension is a four link like VPP. But it's a Weagle design I believe. On fast tracks this would be fun. I still don't think 29 inch wheels are an advantage on tight twisty rough tracks. Future DH races will be intriguing to watch to see who is getting podium finishes on wagon wheels
  • 7 5
 What about that Banshee 29er too?
Arguably better looking, and from Banshee so you know it will be sick!!
  • 3 0
 great photos on vital. love it. beauty of a bike. been riding a banshee bike since 2006? or so. would love love love to see them have a contender riding in the UCI. such passion from those guys.
  • 1 0
 @ccolagio: Thanks yeah I just saw em and that bike is mint. The polished finish is so nice and the bike just looks right with the bigger wheels. Always have loved Banshee's downhill rigs
  • 5 0
 Interesting thing about the Banshee article is that they clearly state that the 29” DH bike is purely aimed at the 6ft + rider as this is only where they feel the 29” wheels are an advantage in DH. As such it is only being produced in XL frame size. There are a lot of people here claiming that 27.5 is history rather than riders now have more choice as to which size suits not only there riding style but body type. Bike manufacturers seem convinced that there are applications for all 3 wheel sizes and I personally agree. In our family my 9 year olds on a 24” bike, my 12 year old is on a 26” bike, my wife is on a 26” bike and I have a 27.5” trail bike and 26” DH bike! If I was to upgrade the DH bike right now it would be to 27.5” based purely on the types of terrain and riding I do. If I was seriously into racing I would be wanting to try both 27.5” & 29” before deciding on what worked best for me within budget!!
  • 2 0
 Its all about the 36er's next, its a Rotorua thing
  • 1 0

Now them is some wagon wheels....

Makes sense if you are really tall tho.
  • 3 0
 Prototype air shock in the 1st photo...
  • 3 0
 Me likey
  • 2 1
 I’m having flashbacks of the Mongoose Boot’r gen 1, or the Labryinth Minotaur.
  • 1 0
 But mostly it reminds me of the Turner DHR, aside from the fact that the Pivot looks so much better .
  • 2 1
 So, how long will 27.5 live..........Σ( ° △ °|||)︴
  • 3 3
 Aluminum instead of carbon, does it mean this frame may not go into mass production?
  • 3 0
 It just means that it's easier/cheaper to prototype aluminum frames than carbon ones.
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure there will be such thing as mass production of DH bikes anymore...
  • 2 1
 The seat tube looks very odd. It's like a bike from the late 1990s.
  • 1 1
 Wanna take a bet that that invisible shock is what is behind aaron gwins bike?
  • 1 0
 @False embrace the future man
  • 1 0
 siiiiccccckkk I'm too short for 29ers, which is unfortunate.
  • 1 0
 I think the pheonix is kind of ugly, this however...... pure sex
  • 12 12
 26 ain't dead..hate me ????
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 SO DAMN SEXY. Aesthetical masterpiece! Eyecandy!
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 Gotta love that cable running underneath the bottom bracket.
  • 1 0
 Hubba Hubba Drool
  • 1 1
 nope..29 DH bikes are just kook enablers
  • 1 1
 KEEP IT ALUMINUM!!! No more cracking frames!!
  • 3 5
 30 is coming 27.5 will be like a thing of the past just like 26"
  • 4 7
 29! The only way to keep it real fellors!
  • 1 3
 Ohhhh SHIT!
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