Although we love our long travel trail rigs, most of the local Bay Area trails are better served with a short travel trail bike or 29″ hardtail. And while the 29″ hardtail is the choice for putting down fast lap times on smooth groomer trails, the new Mach 4 from Pivot with its minimal 115mm of DW-Link suspension also offers the promise of fast laps —plus the ability to rip turns and bust out long, sweet manuals thanks to progressive frame geometry. It features a low bottom bracket (12.8″) and short, 16.85″ chain stays, made even more impressive considering it uses 650b wheels. The medium features a reach of 16.69″ which is dialed for a rider of 5’10” or so. (which I am)
Slapping a Reverb Stealth, lowered Rockshox Pike on the front end combined a wide bar, short stem cockpit would make it a flow trail ripper that won’t hold you back when working for that KOM.
There are a lot of things to like about this bike, and though its marketed towards the XC racer crowd, (see the lycra donned rider in the video) the Pivot Mach 4 is so progressive that its release made the rest of the Pivot line look dated. This is a bike that both die hard XC riders and converted DHer alike will covet. And did we mention there’s a black and pink color option? (that one is Inga’s favorite)
Check it out: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon