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Pivot Cycles

Focusing on performance and the relentless pursuit of innovation, Pivot Cycles’ keen eye for detail is what makes its carbon frames the best in the world.

Founded in 2007 by Chris Cocalis, Pivot Cycles has a wealth of bike experience in its ranks that has helped to build the company into what it is today. The team’s passion and dedication to craftmanship and innovation has made Pivot Cycles the world leader for mountain bike carbon frames.

Every detail of a new frame is considered during its conception, from suspension design, geometry and frame stiffness to chain line and durability, and it is then rigorously tested by the brand’s engineers and racers. All of this dedicated work ensures that every Pivot Cycles frame is at the next level.

KEY PRODUCTS

Firebird

Its long and low geometry, with size-specific chainstay lengths, gives the enduro-focused Firebird unparalleled stability at speed, alongside pinpoint accuracy, thanks to its relaxed head angle, reach and lengthy wheelbase.

Pivot uses its proprietary carbon hollow core moulding technology to minimise the weight of the Firebird and ensure that each size is tuned perfectly for its rider.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix DH-inspired long DW-Link maximises the rearward wheel path with 165mm of supple and efficient suspension travel, to optimise your control.

Switchblade

The Switchblade is propelled far ahead of the competition by its ultra-light, size-specific hollow core carbon frame that incorporates a modern blend of enduro and trail geometry. The result is mind-bending performance, whether you’re riding in the bike park or on the trails.

It has 160mm of travel upfront and 142mm rear wheel travel, supplied by the DW-Link suspension. Thanks to the flip chip, you can tailor the geometry for either 27.5+ or 29” preferences, giving the Switchblade all the versatility and tuneability you could wish for.

Trail 429

The Trail 429 encompasses everything you demand in a trail bike. The latest design keeps the model’s renowned sharpness and adds a slackened head angle, increased reach and the flip chip, so that you can tune the ride for more technical trails or that racy feel.

Blending handling with performance, the re-worked DW-Link suspension promotes XC race pedalling efficiency. Coupled with the progressive trail geometry, the 120mm of travel feels like considerably more than the number suggests.

About Pivot Cycles

Pivot Cycles founder Chris Cocalis commenced his cycling industry career in the 80s, racing BMX. Never happy with his equipment and frustrated by constant failures, Chris started designing his own parts. The first product Chris designed was a bottom bracket, patented under the name of Snake Cycles.

In 1989 Chris founded Titus Cycles, which started manufacturing the year after it was formed. Full suspension mountain bikes were just beginning to appear on the market, and in 1991 Titus launched its own full suspension bike.

Around this time, Chris met Bill Kibler in Phoenix’s premier aerospace CNC shop. Their relationship has continued to this day, with Bill now leading Pivot’s prototype production as the head of in-house research and development.

By 2001, both Chris and Titus’ sights were set on composite technology. Through Titus’ partners, Chris met Kevin Tisue. Kevin is a mechanical engineer with a background in composites and their mutual interest in developing carbon bikes meant that Chris and Kevin had followed similar paths. This shared passion was the start of what would become Pivot Cycles’ exceptional focus on the details and tolerances of carbon manufacturing.

After a brief hiatus in 2006, when Chris sold his shares in Titus, Chris reunited with Bill and Kevin to launch Pivot Cycles. Add into the mix Dave Weagle, the designer behind the DW-Link, and a great team was formed with some truly innovative designs and an incredible eye for detail. It is the wealth of experience pooled within its gates that sets Pivot Cycles apart from the competition.

Pivot Cycles and Saddleback

Since its inception in 2007, Pivot Cycles has risen from the position of newcomer to be a technology leader under the guidance of US industry veteran Chris Cocalis. Today the brand’s extensive Arizona-based team produces some of the most innovative bikes on the market using the quality materials, technologies and geometries that set them apart.

Pivot Cycles stands for performance and credibility, so the brand will marry perfectly with the rest of the premium Saddleback portfolio.

For more information about the brand launch and for sales information please contact the sales team on 01454 285273 or email pivotcycles@saddleback.co.uk 

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