For 2015, Pivot has redesigned their Phoenix. Featuring carbon fiber, 27.5″ wheels, four sizes, and more. Details inside.
We’ve been fans of the Phoneix as have many other riders and for 2015 they’ve redesigned it to be an even better downhill bike. They were happy with the way the bike rode from a suspension kinematics standpoint so they kept a lot of that in this revised version. The Phoenix still employs Dave Weagle’s DW Link suspension.
One of the more notable changes they’ve done in addition to the Carbon Fiber is the shock layout. The suspension is drive off of bearings as they’ve implemented a clevis system. We’re fans of this design as it helps improve the small bump sensitivity quite a bit.
Pivot is also experimenting with a few different types of bottom out bumper durometers that they’ve integrated in the linkage. This only affects the last portion of the travel near bottom out so it’ll be interesting to see how well this system works.
The WTB hightail saddle has a specific cut designed for downhill bikes. As seats can often get in the way of tires on downhill bikes this saddle is quite promising in that regard.
Chainstays are short at 442mm with a 339.5mm bottom bracket. The bike will be available in 4 sizes (S – XL) and the large has a wheelbase of 1237.6mm. Travel is 204mm.
Internal cable routing is present from front to back and there are small covers where the hose exists to help guide the cables easily. There is also a spot for a dropper post to mount internally. The fork bumpers are cleanly implemented as well to hide the cables and protect the frame.
The Phoenix uses a 157mm x 12mm rear wheel and a pressfit style bottom bracket.
Expected delivery is mid to late Summer 2014 (July-ish)
The frame comes in at a claimed weight of 8lb with shock and the complete bike you see here weighed in at a scant 33.71lbs (with Reynolds 275 carbon wheels setup tubeless).
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