12-speed is here
It was only a matter of time before we
saw the move to 12-speed drivetrains,
and now it’s finally here. SRAM launched
the new Eagle drivetrain that is not only
12-speed, but uses a 10-50 rear cassette.
The expanded gear options give riders a
500-percent gear range with the new cas-
Pivot’s Switchblade is a bike with more history
than you might expect. The name “Switchblade”
was originally for a 26er bike designed when
Pivot’s founder Chris Cocalis was still with the
now-defunct Titus. The original was a trailbike
with multiple personalities and geometries,
meant for the rider who wanted one frame that
could do it all. The new Switchblade embodies
that same thought, albeit with a new-school
design. The new Switchblade will be available
soon. Here’s what to expect:
• The Switchblade can switch between 29er
trail wheels and 27. 5+ wheels from 2. 8 inches all
the way to well over a 3.25-inch width.
• The frame features new long and low geometry and 16.85-inch chainstays.
• It features 135 millimeters of rear travel and
is designed around a 150-millimeter Fox 36 fork.
• Switchblade uses a dw-link suspension
design with an upper clevis and linkage design.
Pivot claims that in the 29er version the
Switchblade is a nimble freight train. The long
front center keeps the bike stable at the highest
speeds, while the short stays make for a bike
that can manual up and over anything you can
throw at it. In 27. 5+ form, the Switchblade
behaves something like a cross between a rally
car’s speed and a tricked-out race UTV’s frenetic energy, taking you anywhere and up and
down anything. If you’ve been waiting patiently
for a long-travel 29er from Pivot, then the
Switchblade answers your prayers and adds an
incredibly cutting-edge 27. 5+-specific design to
the mix as well. We simply can’t wait to get our
hands on one to test out. Stay tuned for the full
Pivot Brings Back
sette. SRAM designed a new tooth profile
with the front chainring, with taller teeth to
take the slack on the extra chain length.
The Eagle will be available at XX1 and
X01 levels to start, with the XX1 being
suited for cross-country/trail riding and the
X01 intended for enduro. The XX1 will be
offered in two color options—solid black
or a “bling-bling” gold version. Keep an
eye out for future issues of Mountain Bike
Action for a long-term review.