Pivot Cycles are an innovative brand that implement impressive technology and design features to help you create your perfect bike. They work closely with many manufacturers so that the finished bike has frame working in harmony with components. Whether you're looking to build a rapid XC race machine, or an unstoppable DH rig, Pivot has got your options covered. Read below to find out what goes into a Pivot Cycles frame.
Frame Design Standards
To make it easier to fit and swap components on your frame, Pivot have implemented the same frame design standards throughout their range. This cuts down on the confusion that can often surround components regarding compatibility.
Tapered Head Tube: The Mach 4, M4X, Mach 5.7, Mach 6, Mach 429, and LES frames all use the same tapered head tube. This is a 1.5" zero stack design that allows the head tubes to be smaller and allows frames to be designed to incorporate a much large range of rider heights. The tapered design is stronger and lighter than a more traditional design and cups press into the frame in much the same way. Headsets to fit Pivot frames are available from a large number of the most popular component manufacturers, including Pivot's own Phoenix precsision sealed bearing headset.
PF92 Bottom Bracket: This bottom bracket standard was first implemented into Pivot frames in 2007 after Pivot worked in conjunction with Shimano to improve bearing alignment and simplify the bottom bracket and crank interface. The Press Fit 92 bottom bracket doesn't need any external washers or require the frame to be threaded or faced, and the standard allows cranks and bearings from a wide range of component manufacturers to be used, giving the rider more freedom of choice.
Direct Mount Front Derailleur: Pivot frames offer either an e-type or high direct mount interface for mounting a front derailleur. Both of these methods provides a much more sturdy platform for the derailleur resulting in more reliable and precise gear changes over more traditional mounting methods.
The DW Suspension Link is what really sets Pivot bikes apart from the rest. With a focus on improving traction, braking and suspension performance, the DW Link creates an all-round better ride which climbs and handles better than anything in it's class.
The rear suspension on a Pivot provides great square edge bump performance on the descents meaning the rider can maintain momentum on even the roughest terrain. Although it is as reactive, if not more so, than a 4-bar linkage on downhills it also provides a position-sensitive anti-bob platform which makes for a bike that can be sprinted out of corners or climbed up a loose ascent without any loss of traction. This also means the bottom bracket height can be lowered to provide a better handling, more stable ride.
The DW Link ensures that the suspension is not affected through braking. No back wheel skipping under braking means control is increased and overall braking power is improved through greater traction allowing riders to brake later into corners.
The final benefit of the DW Link is that it allows the rear triangle to be a single piece without the need for pivots or links. The result of this is a stiffer frame which creates better power transfer through the wheel to the ground and a more precise ride.
Pivot carbon frames are all created using a proprietary molding system that is unlike the processes other high-end frame manufacturers use. Traditional methods of creating carbon frames tend to require a lot of work on the frame once it has left the mold. Imperfections and voids in the carbon need to be filled with an epoxy filler which results in a frame being potentially heavier, but more importantly this can compromise strength. The rigidity of this material can be poorer which translates to a less precise ride.
The Hollow Core Internal Molding process allows Pivot to create a frame with less imperfections; the outcome being a lighter, stiffer, stronger product. This process gives Pivot more control of the quality of the material than other methods so quality can be maintained to a consistently higher standard.
Aluminium Tubing, Forging And Welding
Pivot's Aluminium frames are created using a proprietary hydro-formed Aluminium. The tubing is triple butted to improve strength and the other parts of the frame are cold-forged. Cold-forging these parts makes the frame stronger and lighter.
The frame is welded together in Taiwan as the best manufacturing processes and laser etch finishes are available there. High tolerance, key parts of the frame are manufactured in the Pivot factory in the US as well as performing alignment and quality checking. To ensure each frame leaves Pivot in perfect condition, a 28 step check is carried out prior to shipping.
Enduro Max Bearings
Enduro bearings are intended for use specifically in cycling and are crafted to a higher grade than the industry standard. The Max bearings are created with suspension implementations in mind, as suspension bearings often have to undergo significantly higher loads than the standard radial bearings found in hubs and bottom brackets. These bearings are capable of dealing with loads up to 40% over the capacity of a standard bearing due to the higher number of balls within the bearing, kept in place by deeper grooves in the bearing race. The LLU seals are intended to keep the elements at bay and keep the grease inside for increased longevity and smoother running performance.
All suspension bearings used in Pivot frames are Enduro Max.
Pivot Ladies Bikes
To Pivot, a ladies bike shouldn't just be a bike in a feminine colour scheme, it should be a bike that fits female riders better. With a firm belief that the bike should fit the rider and not the other way round, Pivot create their range of mountain bikes to fit riders from 4'11" so that riders have more choice throughout the range. The head tubes on the smaller frames are designed smaller and with a zero stack so that standover heights can be reduced.
Pivot also work together with the component manufacturers they are partnered with to ensure that the smaller frame sizes are set up to work better with smaller riders. Shocks are given custom tuning to optimise them to lighter riders for smaller sizes.