Pivot Cycles Mach 6 27.5 Full Suspension
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Product DescriptionWith both mid-sized wheels and enduro being the buzz-worthy topics of the year, it comes with little surprise that the Pivot Mach 6 has garnered so much attention. With a lightweight carbon fiber frame, and enduro-tuned DW Link suspension, it has everything that you could ask for to haul the mail...
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Date Reviewed: April 27, 2015
Strengths: There's nothing this bike doesn't do well but I'd say it's strongest point for me is how well it climbs for a 28 lb, 6" travel bike.
Weaknesses: Cable routing is "different" but hasn't caused me any issues
Duration Product Used: 16 months
Price Paid: $7500.00
Purchased At: Competitive Cyclist
Similar Products Used: Tallboy LTc
Bike Setup: NOX wheelset, RS Pike 150mm, Cane Creek rear shock
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2015
Strengths: Handling, climbing, descending, looking good, making people jealous, weighing surprisingly little, still being stiff and confidence inspiring
Weaknesses: Wish TT was a little lower, Shock mount came loose, Stock Maguras underpowered, Wish seatpost was a little lower, Pivot branding allllll over the bike
My issues with it are very few and mostly nit-picky. I wish the TT was a little lower. I'm 6-3 but have relativity shorter inseam and so the TT is pretty snug to the jewels when not on the saddle (XL frame). This bike is so smooth that I occasionally ride it at our local mini-park course. I wish the top of the seat tube was lower so I could slam the saddle a bit more for doing light-duty jumps and obstacles. Also, I went with the matte black frame because the amount of times the Pivot name or logo appears throughout the bike is truly unbelievable.
None of these are enough to detract much from what is an amazing ride. You'll be spoiled too.
Bike Setup: Pike, XX1, Maxxis DHF and DHR, Blackspire Taco
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2014
Strengths: Handling. Climbing. Versatility. Balance.
Weaknesses: Fox suspension. Stock stem, saddle, grips, tires. Cable routing
The bike can handle 99% of what you can throw at it on just about any trail outside of a bike park. I have been riding it for a solid ten months, so I've gotten to know the good and bad. I am an expert level rider and charge very hard. The bike is amazing at descending and being able to eat up the chunk. It corners amazing well and is very flickable for how solid it is on the descents. You can either lean back and straight line it and let the DW work it's majic, or zig and zag your way down the trail with incredible ease and confidence. The bike is super forgiving for how capable it is. The geo puts you in the exact right spot for aggressive riding, yet when it gets away from you, the bike somehow manages to save your ass if you can hold on and keep your weight in the right spot. On the flipside of that, you can overcook it pretty easily as the bike is so fast and confidence insipiring.
The problems with the bike are the retarded cable routing - my LBS actually didn't use the "extenders" to keep the cable off the shock mount, so the mount has bad cable rub. You have to remove the shock to replace the RD cable or rear brake line. NOt a huge PITA, but not a good design. The rear axle is too close to the frame and the chain has actually rubbed on the frame in that section. No bottle mount inside the frame is also a drawback.
The bike can get noisy when the rear shock mounting bolt gets loose. The BB and headset have also made a lot of noise and I fixed that with simply removing then and cleaning them up with sandpaper and using lube when re-installing them. THe bike now has a different noise that I need to figure out.
Duration Product Used: 10 months
Price Paid: $6000.00
Purchased At: The Path Trabuco Can
Similar Products Used: Intense Carbine 275
Bike Setup: Rockshock Pike at 150mm. Thomson 50mm stem. Avid XO trail brakes. Light Bicycles 35mm wide hookless carbon rims on Maxxis HR II. KS LEV Integra. Volt Saddle. Time pedals.
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2014
Strengths: "Balance" - see below
Weaknesses: Obligatory cable comment - see below
My last "dream bike" is important - an '06 Titus Moto Lite, the last year of the company headed by Chris Cocalis. The 5" bike did allow me to break into the "all mountain" riding... a wonderful bike, which now - sadly - is relegated to the "back-up". For 8 years, she was not only my primary steed, but my only steed. She has done me more than well in riding nearly every trail system in the southwest to include trails in California, each of the 4-corner states, and a smattering of riding across the country - especially Pennsylvania. She rolled awesomely, and took me to some of the most stunning places that mountain biking can take you. But - like all good things, it was time.
In searching the market - I knew I was leaning towards 27.5", and was determined to find a 6" travel bike right around the 30# mark. And - it had to fit my "style"... while I will always keep my Titus, I pretty much am a monogamous trail rider. The glove had to fit.
Wow - did it. I pulled the trigger for the XT/Pro level, upgrading to a KS LEV dropper post, and OneUp conversion to a 1x10. I won't belabor the others I tried - which were all nice - but my first ride on the shop demo told me "this was it" - and now having taken her out, introducing her to the epics slowly (mostly because my fat ass gained 20# over this summer!)... she fits like that old, worn, glove that you always reach for - yet, with the cool graphic/color, and the ride... oh the ride... you know. I have been able to play a bit, finding that she takes care of my stupid line choice with ease. Don;t try to stand and pedal (unless you need that little boost of body english)... drop a gear and remain in the climb. I could go through all that this bike can do, and will instill in me to do in the future - but bottom line - she is incredibly balanced. I literally feel like I'm in the middle of a well-articulated machine... confidence in the downhill, a steadfast climber, just rides the trails - anything that I've thrown at it so far (in a month or so of riding) - with ease and purpose. Given my past history, I will enjoy riding her in all the old familiar places, and many, many more for years to come :-D Thank you Chris Cocalis and all at Pivot!
Incredibly balanced. Shocked not supplied with dropper post (though does allow rider preference). Cabling is awkward, but as one reviewer posted, there just aren't many options. Quick-fix: mechanic-extraordinaire-Dane zip-tied the crossing cables just above the frame shock, I made sure and slipped back to position lock-nub right with shock mount (so as to avoid contact with stansion during movement) - this has worked like a charm. Also - nice plate to cover the missing front derailleur - but now I need something to plug the routing hole for the said derailleur cable...
I'll be honest - aside from the little notes above (cable, etc), this bike is perfection. I cannot imagine a ride being more solid and balanced - and a true-build-weight of under 28# (includes dropper, Stans, pedals...), yeah... it's easy to carry when you have to ;-)
Duration Product Used: Month
Purchased At: Tucson Endurance Per
Bike Setup: XT/Pro Build Kit with KS LEV dropper post, One-Up to 1x10 (32 front, 42 rear)
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2014
Strengths: The obvious..downhill master. Quick turner. Dominating carver. Clean lines. No surprises, just a control machine. Nimble in technical climbing. Light for its travel class. XX1 is clean and simple, almost as good as XTR.
Weaknesses: Your friends will be jealous forever.
This bike is a dream come true and it surprises you each ride.
My friends say that i have said this about every bike i have owned. True that. But the difference here is you have a true all in one bike. I am very fit and have excellent technical skills that help offset the extra weight and slacker head angle of this 6 inch bike. Yet, i believe it still fits the one bike quiver class.
Every ride exposes more great qualities of this bike.
Duration Product Used: 5 mo
Price Paid: $8000.00
Purchased At: sagebrush cycles
Bike Setup: XX1
Shimoano XTR brakes
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2014
Strengths: - DW Link quiver killer
- Top tier materials, progressive design, and quality build
- Very proficient climber - efficient pedaling with excellent power transmission and no pedal bob/feedback
- Bomber on descents - geometry/slack hta inspires confidence on steeps and 650b wheels roll easily through the chunder
Weaknesses: - Cable routing - a little messy and requires some attention if you're ocd
- Anemic kenda nevegal / honey badger tires
- No factory spec'd dropper post at this pricepoint
I live in the Denver metro area along the front range, and ride 3-4 times a week mostly consisting of local trails (LOTB, apex, buffalo creek, indian creek, waterton canyon, mount falcon, ridgeline) and average rides are in the 10-15 mile / 1k-2k ft. range. I also own a '13 Spesh Status 2 strictly for DH lift-served riding at Trestle/Sol Vista/Keystone, and while I choose not to subject the M6 to that kind of abuse, it can easily handle all of the DH terrain I ride while being a very efficient pedaler.
The M6 inspires confidence on the ups and downs, and leaves a $#iT eating grin on your face. Before the M6 I was intimidated by some of the more difficult climbs along the front range (Mount Falcon, Apex, Waterton Canyon on the CO Trail section), but ever since I bought the M6 not only have I conquered those climbs on numerous occasions but I'm also finding that I'm confident enough to explore new trails without feeling like I might be getting in over my head; and I'm riding much more than I ever have because it's just an all around blast to ride. I'm even setting new PR's on Strava - without being a Stravahole of course - beating old PR's sometimes in the order of minutes. To date, I've owned the M6 for four months and am proud to say I have already logged over 400 miles and 50k feet over 50 hours of riding (Moab, Fruita, Sedona, and the front range) and the M6 continues to push me to progress my skills and ride harder and faster every minute I'm on the trail. If you have the means I highly recommend
Duration Product Used: 50 hours / 420 miles / 50k feet
Price Paid: $5600.00
Purchased At: Competitive Cyclist
Bike Setup: rear shock: fox float ctd kashima
rear travel: 155 mm
fork: fox 34 float 27.5 ctd kashima
front travel: 150 mm
shifters: sram x01
rear derailleur: sram x01 11-speed type 2
crankset: 30 t sram x01
bottom bracket: sram gxp
pedals: crank bros candy 3
cassette: 10-42 t sram x01 11-speed
chain: sram x01
brake set: avid x0 trail
handlebar: race face sixc
handlebar width: 755 mm
grips: odi rogue
stem: syntace megaforce 2
saddle: spesh henge
seatpost: ks lev dropper post
wheelset: dt swiss 350 spline one xr xd tubeless
axles: [front] 15mm thru-axle, [rear] 12x142mm thru-axle
tires: [front] spesh butcher, [rear] spesh slaughter
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2014
Strengths: DW Link, lightweight, excellent uphill handling.
Weaknesses: Flexy rear, fox CTD float x
I do appreciate the fit of the Pivot. BB height is just right. Steering and uphill handling are great. While I think it's a great bike, these my impressions after coming off a similar bike. In fact, I moved all components and switched only the frame and rear shock. So a pretty even comparison. The 650b trail bike concept is a great idea and a lot of fun.
Please note: I am just a guy who rides for fun and do not get any deals from any of these companies. Yep, I pay retail.
Date Reviewed: May 6, 2014
Strengths: Super stiff, climbs like a goat, destroys the downs, happy in the air - makes me a better, more confident rider in all situations. I guess you can read that as the bike makes up for my mistakes...
Weaknesses: Pricey, pricey, pricey... Not S-Works pricey, but still a hefty chunk of change. As others mentioned - the cable routing is pretty rough. Not a single component or ride issue though.
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2014
Strengths: Biggest strength is the tremendous bike control over a variety of terrain. Been riding for 17 years and this is the most versatile bike I've ever ridden. Amazing how plush the ride can be when bombing dhill over rocky/rooty stuff but still climbs very well. It's made me faster on just about every trail I ride while still retaining the fun factor. The Fox 34 and Float X are perfectly matched.
Weaknesses: As mentioned by others, the cable routing is a bit tricky. Have to remove the shock to change to cables. Put a little Loctite on the rear shock bolt as mine came loose after a few rough rides. Did swap out the front tire for a Nevagal for better traction and the DT Swiss rims took a while to get holding air in tubeless mode. Not much else to complain about.
Price Paid: $6500.00
Purchased At: South Main Cycles
Similar Products Used: Nomad Carbon (great bike and still own but set-up fairly beefy), Intense Uzzi VP, Nomad Al, Pivot Firebird, Giant Reign
Bike Setup: Stock XT/XTR build with Lev dropper. Did swap out the stem for a 65mm for more control in the air.
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2014
Strengths: -Amazingly composed on gnarly descents.. Makes up for my vast lack of bike skills!
-Light, Stiff and Quiet
-DW link stays active but still cancels out pedal Bob
-Somehow still climbs surprisingly well despite slack geometry
Weaknesses: - It's one of the most expensive frames in the category
- Cable routing is messy (in Pivot's defence, there's not many options with the suspension layout)
It pedals very well for a 155mm Travel bike. On the downs it gets better the harder it is pushed with a very forgiving nature. It doesn't charge up hills quite as quickly as a Pivot Mach 5.7 but it's not far off (even with a 66 degree H/A and q60mm forks). In every other situation it's a complete beast and can handle DH work as well as all day trail rides. Amazing machine.
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Price Paid: $2800.00
Similar Products Used: Pivot Mach 5.7
Bike Setup: Shimano XT group set running 1x10, XT brakes, Rockshox Pike 160mm forks, Fox Float X, Reverb Dropper, RaceFace chainring and sixC carbon bars, Truvativ 60mm stem, Stans Arch EX rims on Hope EVO hubs, Canfield Crampon Magnesium platforms or XT trail SPD pedals depending on mood :-)
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2014
Strengths: DW-Link does its job. Climbs like a goat and downhill is amazing
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