After much deliberation the bike I ended up buying was the Pivot Mach 6.
- 155mm DW-Link travel w/ Fox Float X
- 160mm Rock Shox Pike fork
- SRAM XX1 drivetrain w/ Race Face Next SL cranks
- Light Bicycle carbon 35mm wide rims w/ Hope hubs
- Continental Trail King 650B x 2.2″ tires
- XTR 203/180mm brakes
- Rock Shox Reverb seat post
At 27.8lbs this is by far the lightest most capable mountain bike I have ever owned. My Santa Cruz Nomad is 35lbs.
So why this bike?
- DW-link suspension is something I’ve been keen to try
- efficient techy climbing is important to me
- short chain stays = agile
- short TT = mo’ better agile for tight forest trail riding
- slack seat tube and head tube = stability and give me the room I need between seat and pedals for efficient seated cranking
- light and stiff thanks to the carbon frame
- we could actually see, touch and ride this bike
- one amazing review after another…it was literally hard to find anyone professional or amateur reviewer who wasn’t stoked about this bike
- Sharon wanted one and having two of the same bikes is a lot simpler for setup, maintenance and stocking spare parts
More than anything the last point sealed the deal on this purchase. Spending a big chunk of change on a bike you have never seen is hard. With the Lenz and Knolly bikes I was looking at I would have had to simply pull the trigger and hope the fit and performance was what I expected. With the Mach 6 we were able to find some in stock at a LBS in Sedona.
- this is one of the most expensive frames of its class available
- it’s carbon and we’ve never owned carbon bikes so that’s a bit of an unknown for us
- the internal cable routing is a joke and not a funny one! 😦
- only available with a Fox Float X [I would have preferred a RS or Cane Creek shock – anything, but CTD!]
- none of the colours rocked my world….this blue was the best option given we ride in dark forests 95% of the time
Not interesting in futzing around Sharon got a standard XO1 build kit from Pivot with a Fox Float 34 up front and Float X in the rear. Dropping 7-8lbs off her current bike will be a huge benefit to Sharon who only weighs ~120lbs.