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2020 Pivot Switchblade Description
In case you forgot, the original Switchblade was a game changer. It wasn’t the first convertible 29er/27.5+ all-mountain bike, but it was arguably the most influential. People went nuts for it. The new 2020 Pivot Switchblade builds on that platform with more travel, refined DW Link suspension, updated geometry and more. Pivot says the new Switchblade, “amplifies every rider’s skills.” Word from the mountain bike press confirms that claim.
In the meantime, here are a few details on key changes to the 2020 Switchblade. Rear-wheel travel is now 142mm (compared to 135mm on the original), the 66° head angle is over a degree slacker and the reach has increased by 15mm. The DW Link has been reconfigured for a vertical shock and it’s more progressive so it plays well with coil suspension. The anti-squat has been tweaked for better mid-stroke support. According to testers who rode the bike at the launch in Arizona, it pedals through rocky technical terrain without bobbing or pedal strikes. Since chunky, rocky trails are kind of our thing in Hurricane, this is great news.
Stay tuned for more. Once the new 2020 Pivot Switchblade lands in Hurricane (we expect to have it by early next week), we’ll get it out on the slickrock for a glamor shoot and full hands-on review.
*Price and specs subject to change.
2020 Pivot Switchblade Specs
The specs below are for our standard 2020 Pivot Switchblade rental bikes. If you’d like a different build, just let us know. We love building custom bikes!
|Drivetrain:||Shimano XT 12-speed|
|Wheels:||DT Swiss M1900 w/ DT Swiss 370 hub|
|Tires:||Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 front / Maxxis Minion DHRII 2.4 rear|
|Frame:||142mm-travel size-specific optimized—full Hollow Core Carbon|
|Fork:||160mm Fox Performance 36, 44mm offset|
|Shock:||Fox Performance DPX2|
|Brakes:||Shimano SLX 4-piston disc brakes with 203mm front and 180mm rear rotor|
|Stem:||Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail 45mm (35mm XS)|
|Handlebar:||780mm Phoenix Race Low Rise Aluminum (800mm XL)|
|Seatpost:||Fox Performance Transfer dropper (100, 125, 150 or 175mm)|
|Saddle:||Phoenix WTB Race Hightail Trail (XS-SM), Phoenix WTB Race Vigo (MD-XL)|
|Headset:||Pivot Precision Sealed Cartridge|
|Grips:||Phoenix Factory Lock-On|
|All specifications subject to change.|
*Prices and specs subject to change.
2020 Pivot Switchblade Geometry
|Size||XS (13.5″/ 343mm)||SM (14.5″/ 368mm)||MD (15.5″/ 394mm)||LG (17.0″/ 432mm)||XL (18.5″/ 470mm)|
|Head Angle (Low BB / High BB)||66° / 66.5°||66° / 66.5°||66° / 66.5°||66° / 66.5°||66° / 66.5°|
|Seat Angle||75.5° / 76°||75.5° / 76°||75.5° / 76°||75.5° / 76°||75.5° / 76°|
|Virtual TT||22.4 in. / 569mm||23.3 in. / 592mm||24.4 in. / 620mm||25.1 in. / 638mm||26.0 in. / 661mm|
|Seat Tube Length||13.5 in. / 343mm||14.5 in. / 368mm||15.5 in. / 394mm||17.0 in. / 432mm||18.5 in. / 470mm|
|Head Tube Length||3.4 in. / 85mm||3.5 in. / 90mm||4.0 in. / 102mm||4.2 in. / 108mm||4.7 in. / 120mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height (Low BB)||13.6 in. / 346mm||13.6 in. / 346mm||13.6 in. / 346mm||13.6 in. / 346mm||13.6 in. / 346mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height (High BB)||13.8 in. / 352mm||13.8 in. / 352mm||13.8 in. / 352mm||13.8 in. / 352mm||13.8 in. / 352mm|
|Chainstay Length||16.97 in. / 431mm||16.97 in. / 431mm||16.97 in. / 431mm||16.97 in. / 431mm||16.97 in. / 431mm|
|Stack Height||24.00 in. / 610mm||24.17 in. / 614mm||24.61 in. / 625mm||24.80 in. / 630mm||25.24 in. / 641mm|
|Reach Length||16.14 in. / 410mm||16.93 in. / 430mm||17.91 in. / 455mm||18.50 in. / 470mm||19.29 in. / 490mm|
|Standover Height||25.5 in. / 648mm||26.3 in. / 668mm||27.3 in. / 694mm||27.4 in. / 696mm||27.6 in. / 700mm|
|Wheelbase||45.14 in. / 1147mm||46.01 in. / 1169mm||47.00 in. / 1193mm||47.90 in. / 1216mm||48.90 in. / 1241mm|