Pivot Cycles Firebird 29er Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • 162mm of supple-yet-efficient dw-link™ suspension
  • Equipped with burly, 44mm offset 170mm-travel Fox 36 FIT Grip2 Factory and Performance Series forks
  • Ultra-adjustable Fox Float X2 (metric) and DPX2 rear shock options
  • Long-and-low geometry for a confident, stable stance Short, 431mm (16.96) chainstays make easy work of the tightest trails

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 02, 2018]
aanderle


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I don't know where to begin. Lets settle at the fact that this is the best bike I have ever ridden. My last rig was S works Enduro 29, and even though I loved it, the Firebird is a different and mightier beast altogether. Stronger, stiffer, more stable at speed yet very agile, light (sub 14 kilos ride-ready), with good components. I got the Pro X01 build with Reynolds wheelset, industry nine hubs and Fox factory upgrade. It takes a while to set up the formidable suspension, especially to strike the best balance between pedaling efficiency and downhill performance. Following Pivot recommendation proved to be a good starting point, with minor fine tuning needed afterwards. Compared to the last 2 bikes i have ridden a lot - The Enduro 29 and Pivot Switchblade - Firebird beats both with control, stability and plushness. Even climbing is surprisingly efficient. With or without the climbing switch engaged - provided that your LSR and LSC suspension setting is spot on. Faster than the Enduro and almost on par with the Switchblade. I choose to ride the FB 29 in high setting - I prefer more clearance, better climbing, higher agility and playfulness over point and shoot composure. My rides are long and steep alpine tours and technical trails - more often than open, superfast park lines. That said, even in high setting the bike simply blasts downhill and its limits are still to be explored.

Weakness:

Chainring... I'd prefer 30 over 32...So, I have bought the One Up Switch with 28T oval to be at peace for those long climbs or week long alpine traverses. The tires needed a reshuffle with the DHF going to the rear and Shorty 2.5 to the front.

Price Paid:
enough
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019

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