When manufacturers use branded parts on their builds, it usually means they're trying to hit a price point. By using catalog parts rather than "name brands," they can deliver nearly the same ride experience at a lower cost.
Pivot doesn't play that game. Today, they've introduced a new line of house-branded parts that have been designed from the ground up. Some of the technology is borrowed/shared with other brands, but all are uniquely tailored for their bikes.
The new Phoenix handlebars use the 35mm standard and are available in 760mm, 780mm, and 800mm widths. Each comes pre-marked with cut lines to give you a total of 80mm of adjustability (40mm per side.)
The bars are available in a 20mm rise with a 5° upsweep and 8° sweep. The only catch is they've committed to the PadLoc grip system. Don't want to run Padlock grips? You can always order a wider bar and chop off the cutouts. Price is $165.
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Pivot's new PadLoc grips position the padded insert where they'll provide riders the most benefit when descending.
Pivots new grips use the aforementioned PadLoc system, which requires a notch cut out of the bar. In return, you're guaranteed a slip-free design with an integrated vibration-reducing pad. Pivot's version is unique in that the pad is rotated 30° from vertical for optimal comfort when descending. The brand also claims their dual density compound uses the softest durometer of any grip on the market. Price is $30.
All of these bits can be bolted onto your bike via Pivot's new Phoenix stem, which comes in a XC/trail version with 60mm, 75mm, 90mm, 100mm, and 110mm lengths. Weight for the 60mm version is 131g. There is also an enduro-style stem that comes in 35mm, 45mm, 55mm, and 65mm lengths. Weight for the 35mm version is 135g. Both the XC and enduro stem are 3D forged from 7050-T6 aluminum. They are only available in the 35mm bar clamp diameter. Price is $80.
The new carbon post is marketed as being more compliant, though it is not available in a 27.2 option.
Moving towards the back of the bike, we get the new Pivot Phoenix Carbon seatpost. If you had your fingers crossed for a dropper, no such luck. This post is targeted at XC racers. Pivot claims it allows for two times the flex in the fore-aft axis compared to standard designs, which makes it perfect for endurance/XC racers. It's available in 30.9x400mm only. Weight is at 220g. Price is $250.
The Phoenix Hightail saddle came about through a collaboration between WTB and Pivot during development of the Phoenix Carbon downhill bike.
The last piece of kit is the Phoenix-WTB High Tail Saddle. Originally launched in conjunction with the Phoenix Carbon downhill bike, it's been immensely popular due to the large rear cutout. This extra space helps prevent tire buzz during full compression on bikes with big wheels and short chainstays. MSRP is $130. All these components are available through Pivot dealers or through their website. For more info, visit www.pivotcycles.com.