Today, Pivot released the 2022 Firebird. The showcase of full suspension bike technology that every aspiring rider can own and enjoy on their local, rowdy trails, the new Firebird incorporates everything that Pivot has learned. Developed to handle the roughest testing grounds near the Pivot headquarters in Arizona, the new Firebird was then handed to some of the most incredible riders in the world. It was tested, raced, and improved. All
"Everything we did, we did for speed," says Chris Cocalis, founder and CEO of Pivot. "With developmental input from our Pivot Factory Racing team EWS riders, we built a faster Firebird. We bumped the travel up, increased reach across all sizes, gave it a slacker head angle, steepened the seat angle, incorporated size-specific chainstays, made it stiff where it needs to be, and kept the weight down and the climbing manners sharp. This bike is designed to go fast, push new limits and win races."
All the limitations of geometry, shock compatibility and versatility have been addressed so check out all the details and FAQ below for the insight on this bike
Utilizing Pivot's Hollow Core carbon construction, the Firebird chassis is optimized to deliver precise tracking at warp speeds, with 165mm of legendary DW-link suspension that devours everything in its path while still ensuring responsive manners and astonishing climbing prowess. Modern, progressive geometry and 29" wheels ensure battleship stability at speed, regardless of terrain, and state-of-the-art ride-tuned carbon layups scaling stiffness and keeping weight to a minimum for each size. It looks sweet, but it's really not.
Pricing, Specifications, and Availability: The new Firebird will be available in two colors, Orange and Glacial Green Metallic, and can be purchased in six different complete bike configurations with additional coil and Live Valve suspension and carbon wheel options priced from $6,099 to $13,099. Available now, in sizes S through XL, at key Pivot dealers worldwide. For more information visit: Firebird
Pivot's full carbon frame features size-specific ride tuning, leading-edge carbon fiber materials, and Pivot's proprietary hollow core molding technology to ensure that every rider from 5'2" to 6'9" has a bike that feels perfect and performs at the optimum level for their size.
- Long-and-low geometry for confident, and size-specific chainstay lengths refine the EWS Podium performance for different sized riders.
- Phoenix DH-inspired longer dw-link® maximizes the Firebird's rearward wheel-path for erasing square edge bumps and maximizing control.
- 165mm of supple-yet-efficient dw-link™ suspension travel featuring a vertically mounted trunnion metric coil-over or air shocks combined with 170mm front travel for unrivaled suspension performance.
- Equipped with a 44mm offset 170mm-travel Fox Factory and Performance Series 38 FIT Grip2 forks
- Ultra-adjustable Fox Float X2, Float X, Live Valve, and DHX2 coil rear shock options
- Custom-tuned Fox Live Valve builds to allow for layers of tuning to allow for a plusher than plush feel unmatched by any other suspension setup
- Adjustable geometry with a flip-chip upper link mount
- Compatible with both 29" and 27.5" wheel sizes without compromise thanks to the adjustable geometry for 29" 27.5" or MX wheel setups
- Fits tires up to 29x2.6" or 27.5x2.8" wide
- 12 x 157mm Super Boost Plus rear spacing adds stiffness and control
- 31.6mm size seatpost match with the Firebird's short seat tube with deep insertions for longer travel posts.
- Featuring the easy to find UDH rear derailleur hanger for peace of mind when traveling the world
- 1.5" headtube provides increased front-end stiffness and tracking.
- Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing
- All sizes fit a water bottle inside the front triangle
- Pivot Tool Dock system compatible with mounts under the top tube and integrated into the underside of the frame.
FIREBIRD v3 FAQ
Which size bike should I purchase?
To ensure the best sizing, we recommend that you visit your local Pivot dealer to get a professional fit and refer to our geometry chart to check your measurements. However, we can provide a rough guideline. These recommendations are based on our experience, athlete preference and customer feedback:
Small: 5'2" - 5'8"
Medium: 5'9" - 6'
Large: 6' - 6'4'
X-Large: 6'3" - 6'9"
We suggest that you pick your Firebird size based on your riding style. The Firebird features very progressive long reach geome- try with both short seat tube and head tube measurements per size - this geometry means that most riders can go up or down a size and should base their choice on riding-style, reach and stem length preferences. Be sure to also consult our dropper post fit guide when making your selection. You can always reach out to us on Live Chat for additional guidance.
How do I set the sag on my bike?
We make it easy to get the best ride out of your Pivot bike with a simple sag indicator already installed on your shock, and this follow-along video featuring our own Bernard Kerr: Pivot Cycles & Bernard Kerr: Setting Your Sag
Then refer to our suspension setup guide, found in Tech Specs, for our recommended settings for your compression and re- bound adjustments.
Firebird builds with coil-over shocks do not have sag indicators. Refer to our suspension setup guide, found in Tech Specs, on how to measure sag for coil shocks.
What is the "flip chip" on the Firebird and when would I want to use it?
The flip chip is a simple way to adjust the geometry on your Firebird. It allows you to either adjust the geometry for different trail conditions (using 29" wheels) or can allow for the use of 27.5" wheels and a 27.5" rear/29" front mixed wheel setup as well. The chip comes set up in the low BB setting. This is perfect for riding fast, technical and steep terrain. However, if your pre- ference is for a little more crank clearance and slightly quicker handling for tighter terrain with more climbing and/or roots and rocks, you may prefer the high BB setting. The high BB setting will raise the bottom bracket and steepen the head angle by 1⁄2 degree giving the bike faster turn in. The high setting is also
a great starting point for running a 27.5" rear/29" front mixed wheel setups. Additionally, if you want to run 27.5" wheels, you would also need to run the bike in the High BB setting combined with our 17mm extended headset cup (more on that below). The combination of the higher BB setting and the taller cup allow the smaller diameter wheels to be used while maintaining the same geometry and a slightly lower BB height to the bike set up with 29" wheels.
How do I use the flip chip system?
The Firebird's flip chip geometry adjustment system is super easy to use. Simply loosen using a 6mm hex wrench (these are reverse, so you need to turn the wrench to the right to loosen). Partially back out the bolts - there is no need to completely remove the bolts. Then pull the chips out and rotate them to your desired position, tighten the bolts to 35 Nm and enjoy your bike's new handling and feel. Please see the geometry chart for the numbers associated with the different settings.
The Firebird has different chainstay lengths for each size, can I mix and match front and rear triangles for different geometry?
No, all sizes of the Firebird use the same rear triangle design. The adjustments to chainstay length and pivot location optimization for each size are all handled in the front triangle so changing a rear triangle from one size bike to another will not result in any changes to the geometry or overall chainstay length.
How wide of tire can I run on the Firebird?
The Firebird can run 29" tires up to 2.6" and Maxxis 27.5′′ tires up to 2.8′′ inches on 40 mm (inner)rims.
Can I run 27.5" wheels on my Firebird?
Yes, the Firebird can run 27.5" wheels in the high setting and using our 17mm extended cup. If you are running 2.4"-2.5" Maxxis tires, the BB will be lower compared to the set up with 29" wheels which may be perfect for riders looking for additional standover. If you are running 2.6"-2.8" (Maxxis) tires on wider rims, then the BB height will be similar to running the bike with 29" wheels. For other tires in the market, most will fit, but rim width and tire manufacture sizing call outs and tire inconsistency can result in huge difference among both tire brands and individual tires. We suggest you check the fit with your chosen rim and tire combination to make sure it has proper clearance before riding if you choose to use something that is not our standard specification.
What do I need to know to switch between 29" and 27.5" tires and wheels?
The 27.5" wheels with Maxxis 2.8" tires have a smaller diameter than the 29" wheels with 2.4" and 2.5" wide trail tires used on the Firebird. This difference results in a lower bottom bracket height when running 27.5" wheels. To adjust the BB height, the Firebird comes with a flip-chip upper link mount with high and low settings. Pivot also sells an optional 17mm lower headset cup that when used in conjunction with the high flip chip setting brings the bottom bracket back to the same height as when using 29er wheels in the low chip setting. Some riders will just leave the 17mm cup regardless of the wheel size. Please note that we ship all complete bikes with enough spacers to allow for the addition of a 17mm cup. If the fork is pre-cut for the zero-stack cup and additional spacers are not installed, you will not have a long enough fork steer tube to run the 17mm cup option.
What headset do I need for the Firebird?
The Firebird uses a ZS (zero stack) 49.6mm top and can also accept a standard 1.5 external top cup. The lower (bottom) cup is a (zero stack) 56mm size. If you are running the zero stack option on the bottom (instead of Pivot's extended cup) then a Chris King Inset 2 is compatible. If you are running the 17mm lower cup then it needs to be run in conjunction with the Pivot headset. You cannot press another brand of zero stack headset into the 17mm cup as the 17mm cup is the lower headset cup.
Can I run a water bottle on the Firebird?
Yes, you can mount a water bottle cage inside the front triangle and put a large water bottle in it on all sizes - even the Small. There is also an additional water bottle cage mount under the base of the downtube for a second bottle for long rides, or a great location for a Pivot Dock Tool.
Can I mount a chainguide on my Firebird?
Yes. The Firebird features ISCG05 mounts on the frame and all Firebirds from Pivot come with a front chainguide. Most upper guides on the market will fit but compatibility is dependent on the Q factor of the crank. Narrow 168mm Q Factor cranks will have clearance issues with some of the more popular guides on the market.
How large of a rotor will fit on the Firebird?
The Firebird is built with 203mm rotors front and rear. The Firebird will fit a 180mm rotor without an adapter.
What travel fork can I use on my Firebird?
The Firebird was designed for a 170mm travel fork. We use a 170mm fork in all our complete bike builds. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Firebird is 180mm travel.
Can I use a dual crown fork on the Firebird?
No. Although the Firebird is a longer travel bike capable descending the steepest and roughest trails, it is only designed for use with single crown forks.
What is the fork offset on the Firebird?
Can I put a coil-over shock on my Firebird?
Yes, the Firebird features a rising-rate design that functions well with coil-over shocks. Pivot offers a range of Firebird builds that come stock with a coil-over shock. We recommend and spec Fox DHX2 for their best in class performance, reliability, and adjustability.
What spring rate comes standard on Firebird coil builds?
The following sizes come with these spring rates standard:
Small: 400 lb.
Standard spec springs cover the average rider weight for the frame size but some riders may need a lighter or heaver spring to achieve the recommended 30% sag. Listed below are the recommended spring rates based on rider weight as well as coil length and spring stroke specifications for the spring required to run on FOX shocks used on the Firebird. Refer to our suspension setup guide for how to set sag.
130lb.(59kg) - 150lb.(68kg)
150lb.(68kg) - 170lb.(77kg)
170lb.(77kg) - 190lb.(86kg)
190lb.(86kg) - 210lb. (95kg)
210lb. (95kg)- 230lb. (104kg)
> 230lb. (104kg)
What is the eye-to-eye shock length and stroke length on the Firebird?
The Firebird's metric shock has a trunnion style upper mount, 205mm eye-to-eye length, and 65mm stroke.
If I want to run a different brand of shock on my Firebird, what else do I need to know?
The Firebird shock uses M8 through bolt hardware on the bottom mount. Shock spacer dimensions are 30mm wide on the bottom mount. We typically run medium valving on the com- pression side (depending on rider weight) and medium rebound damping.
While we wish we could, we can't test every shock on the mar- ket and therefore we cannot guarantee that they will all fit our frames. If you decide to use a different shock than the original specification, please ensure that you have proper clearance as it moves through the travel as well as the appropriate amount of damping and bottom out control. Frame damage caused by an unsupported model or brand of suspension will not be warrantable.
How do volume spacers effect the suspension feel?
Larger volume spacers will resist bottoming, allow the bike to ride higher in the stroke and generally make the bike feel more "poppy". If a rider is not getting full stroke or they feel that the bike is riding too high in its stroke, even with sag set properly, then they should go to a smaller volume spacer.
What volume spacers are used in the Firebird shock build?
The Firebird builds with a Float X shock use a .4 cu in volume spacer. The Firebird's Float X will fit volume spacers from 0.1 - 0.8cu in in 0.1cu inch increments. The Float X uses a primary volume spacer that comes in 0.2cu inch increments like normal, and you can also "piggyback" a small 0.1cu in spacer to make smaller adjustments. The shock can handle larger spacers for a more progressive feel or smaller spacers for a more linear feel. For a more linear feel, a .2-.3 cu in volume spacer can be installed. For a more progressive feel, a .5-.6 cu in volume spacer can be installed. Please see the chart below for spacer P/N's.
Float X Air Volume Tuning Kit
The Firebird X2 shock comes without any volume spacers installed. The X2 uses 0.25 cu in volume spacers. The maximum number of volume spacer that can be run in this shock are 2. The spring curve of the Firebird is progressive, but you want an even more progressive end stroke you can and up to 2 volume spacers. Please see the chart below for spacer P/N's.
|Float X2 Air Spring Volume Spacers|
The Firebird LIVE shock uses a .2 cu in volume spacer. The maxium size volume spacer for this shock is 0.6 cu in. The shock can handle larger spacers for a more progressive feel or a smaller spacer for a more linear feel. Please see the chart below for spacer P/N's.
|Float DPX2 0.40in^3 Plastic, Grey|
|Float DPX2 0.60in^3 Plastic, Light Blue|
What volume spacers are used in the Firebird fork build options?
The FOX 38 Grip 2 170 mm fork comes stock with 2 spacers and can handle a maximum of 5 spacers.
|Float 38 10cc yellow|
What size seatpost does the Firebird use?
The Firebird frame uses a 31.6mm seatpost.
What size seat clamp does the Firebird use?
The Firebird frame uses a 36.4mm or 36.5mm (as some manufacturers call it) seatpost clamp.
What is the maximum seatpost insertion depth on the Firebird?
The Firebird has short seat tube lengths and deep insertion depths for compatibility with long travel dropper seatposts. Please see the dropper seatpost guide for common dropper post model compatibility. You can check the maximum insertion depth of other seatposts per frame size below:
S - 280mm
M - 320mm
L - 320mm
XL - 320mm
What kind of rear derailleur hanger does the Firebird use?
The Firebird uses the new universal rear derailleur hanger standard developed by SRAM. This derailleur hanger is compatible with all derailleurs on the market - not just SRAM. We spec this hanger because it has some clever derailleur saving features and is more likely to be found at any shop as it becomes more widely adopted.
What rear axle does the Firebird use?
The Firebird uses an axle for a 157mm rear spacing designed for the new Universal Derailleur Hanger (UDH) standard. The rear axle supplied with all frames is designed is a Pivot specific design using a 12mm X 1.0mm thread pitch. SRAM also makes compatible 157mm UDH axles.
What bottom bracket is used on the Firebird?
Pressfit BB92 bottom bracket
What rear hub spacing is used on the Firebird?
The Firebird uses a 157mm rear hub spacing in a configuration called Super Boost Plus 157 (SB+). The rear hub spacing is the standard 157mm spacing available from every hub manufacturer in the world so any 12mm x 157mm hub is compatible with the Firebird.
Super Boost Plus 157 retains narrower Q factor and heal clearance while providing for more tire clearance, a stronger frame and a stronger rear wheel. Super Boost Plus 157 builds on the idea of wider flange spacing pioneered by Boost 148 by spreading the flanges even wider (up to 14mm wider than a 142mm hub) which increases spoke bracing angle resulting in a huge wheel strength increase on 27.5" and 29" trail, enduro, all mountain, eMTB and trail category wheels. Most hub companies have already adopted the wider spoke flange to their DH 157mm hubs because of the added benefits. So, there is already a wide range of hub brands with optimized 157mm spacing available (even if they don't specifically call it SB+) some examples include: DT Swiss, Industry 9, Stan's, Onyx, Chris King, White Industries, Race Face, SUNringlé, Shimano, Stealth, Tune, Newmen and Hope.
Why is Super Boost Plus 157 the optimal hub spacing for the Firebird?
- Short chainstays perfectly complement the Firebird's long and low stature allowing you to manual up and over even the gnarliest obstacles while keeping the wheelbase length in check so that you can still clean tight switchbacks and rail corners with confidence and agility like you've never experienced before.
- A massive increase in tire clearance for running up 2.8" X 27.5+ and 2.6" X 29" tires with incredible mud clearance: Who doesn't like that! You can run your racy 29" X 2.4WT tires in the summer and then step up to something much wider in bad weather to extend your riding season or just plow through the mud on your 29er wheels with confidence knowing that the Firebird can handle it all.
- Increased frame stiffness: A better performing bike allows you to push the limits even further and the Firebird has no weak links. This is the bike that allows you to set new boundaries.
- Increased wheel stiffness: The Super Boost Plus specific hubs on all our Firebird builds increase the hub flange width and provide for more even (better) spoke tension and the results are incredible. On a DT Swiss 29er alloy wheel with a 25mm inner width rim, the Super Boost Plus wheel is 46% stiffer than the same wheel built with a 142mm hub and 30% stiffer than the same wheel built with a Boost 148mm hub. Interestingly, the Super Boost Plus rear wheel and a standard Boost front wheel wind up being very similar in overall stiffness. What this means for the trail rider is that you get more evenly matched strength and stiffness between the front and rear wheels and the most durable wheelset possible.
What cranks will the Firebird accept?
The Firebird will accept all cranks designed for the Super Boost Plus 157 system and compatible with a press fit 92mm bottom bracket. The Super Boost Plus system is based on several standard cranks in the market. When you purchase your Firebird complete from Pivot, PRO XT/XTR and RACE XT level builds will feature a custom spindle Race Face Aeffect SL or Ride crankset to optimize the chainline. TEAM XTR builds feature a special Race Face Next R crank with Cinch spindle. SRAM equipped Firebirds from Pivot come equipped with SRAM cranks with chainrings and/or spindles optimized for the 56.5mm Super Boost Plus chain line.
The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect SL cranks with the Cinch chainring flipped is also fully compatible with the Super Boost Plus 157 system (although the chainline will be approximately 1mm outboard compared to the custom configurations provided with our complete bike offerings). One Up (Switch Spider and chainring system) and Wolf Tooth both offer Super Boost Plus spiders and/or chainrings to make standard SRAM GXP and DUB cranks Super Boost Plus compatible. One Up information can be found at: SWITCH - SRAM DM SRAM and Shimano both offer Super Boost Plus specific crank options with 56.5mm chainline in their line-ups.
The Firebird will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 168mm and featuring a 56-57mm chainline. Several other crank manufacturers are working on compatible designs that will be available in the market in the very near future.
Will I have reduced heel clearance with Super Boost Plus?
Absolutely not! All Pivot bikes with Super Boost Plus 157 spacing are highly optimized to achieve even better heel clearance than our previous generation 142mm spaced XC bikes. Some of our designers and engineers at Pivot have abnormally large feet, and we all know what they say about large feet. Yep…Bad heel clearance. So, with that in mind, we made sure that our heel clearance is best in class. If it clears our abnormally large clown feet (which it does), it will clear yours.
Can I run a double chainring crank on the Firebird?
No, the Firebird is only 1x drivetrain compatible. To achieve the stiffness goals that make this a class-leading all mountain bike, we designed a new wider lower link that's leaving no room for a front derailleur.
Is the Firebird Di2 compatible?
No, the Firebird is not Di2 compatible. It is possible to externally route the wire to the rear derailleur but it will not have the same level of integration as some of our other models. The frame does not feature the Di2 wiring holes between the front triangle and swingarm. Pivot does not endorse drilling holes in your frame.
What are the torque specs?
A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the "Tech Specs" tab in the small parts schematic.
How much does it weigh?
Variables in frame size, discrepancies in scale calibrations, and method of weighing (with or without pedals and such) all lead to inaccurate comparisons, so we choose not to publish our bike weights. Pivot bicycles are among the lightest available, but the weight is only one of many factors that make a great bicycle. Other aspects such as frame stiffness, strength, durability, and ride quality are just as important as weight to our engineers when designing our Hollow Core Carbon and aluminum frames. Instead of comparing grams online, we suggest you visit your local Pivot dealer and see our attention to detail, smart, high-value spec, and class-leading features. Bring a scale if you'd like, but take just one demo ride and you'll feel why Pivot Cycles are the most well-rounded, highest performing bicycles on the market and in many cases, yes, it's the lightest as well.