By Steven Jones Images: Callum Philpott
It’s the case that every now and again you come across a bike that probably requires you to write something vaguely intelligent when all you want to do is simply smile and keep riding. Pace, balance and energy are central to the Pivot but more than anything it’s comfortable and supportive even in the biggest breakers.
First impressions are generally pretty accurate and so it was with the Firebird we found a bike with incredible zip but one which was little too…err…bendy maybe?
The sensation of riding the Pivot is one of a bike that is slightly too linear in rear travel with wheels that are marginally too flexy. It’s in fast dry conditions the apparent weakness of the Reynolds carbon rims shod with bladed spokes onto DT hubs displays itself. It doesn’t happen everywhere just on big holes on fast rooty tracks – the beaten up places where this bike is meant for – that it yields a bit more than we’re used to. Key words there being ‘used to’ and much more importantly is that a negative?