Pivot's Firebird reborn as a pure enduro weapon

First look at this 170mm travel beast

Pivot has redesigned the Firebird, a legendary name from the Arizona brand. Calling it the "holy grail of long-trail mountain bikes..." puts pretty big expectations on it, especially in the hotly contested enduro segment.

The original Firebird was renowned for both its descending prowess and its ability to scratch its way up the nastiest climbs. Basically, if you had the power, the Firebird would ascend almost any trail. 

However, it was also known for its short front end, which could make it a handful in truly dicey situations. The updated Firebird takes its geometry cues Pivot's downhill bike, the Phoenix. As is the trend with aggressive mountain bikes, it's seriously long. Pivot claims it has one of the longest reaches. It's also slack with a 65-degree head angle, and features stubby, 16.95in chainstays.

Black/Blue and Red/Blue colorways are available
Black/Blue and Red/Blue colorways are available

In with the new

The full carbon frame is said to meet the same strength and stiffness tests as their Phoenix downhill bike. The revised dw-link rear end follows in the Phoenix's footsteps with a rearward axle path for the first 1/3 of the 170mm travel. The rearward axle path is designed to maintain speed over square-edge hits. 

The Firebird uses an updated dw-link rear end
The Firebird uses an updated dw-link rear end

Even with Boost axle spacing front and rear, the Firebird is not plus-size tire compatible. Pivot claims 2.5in rubber will fit nicely. Eight build kits are offered and complete bikes can be built up under 28lbs. 

Pivot Firebird features

Four sizes are available
Four sizes are available
  • Full carbon frame featuring leading edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot's proprietary hollow core internal molding technology
  • Phoenix DH-influenced long and low geometry
  • Short 430mm (16.95”) chainstays
  • 170mm dw-link™ rear suspension with upper clevis and linkage and double wishbone rear triangle
  • Fox Float Factory X2 rear shock
  • Features a 170mm Fox 36 Factory fork
  • 27.5 wheel compatible, fits tires up to 2.5” wide
  • Boost spacing front and rear
  • Front derailleur compatible with Pivot’s stealth E-Type mounting system.
  • 180mm rear post mounts (no adaptor required)
  • Pivot Cable Port system for easy internal routing of shifters, brakes and droppers and full Di2 Integration
  • Internal dropper post compatible
  • Cold forged alloy linkages with Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings
  • New ultra quiet low durometer rubberized frame protection
  • Available in sizes S, M, L, XL for riders between 5'4" and 6'7

With 170mm travel, the Firebird is aimed at rowdy enduro courses and bike parks
With 170mm travel, the Firebird is aimed at rowdy enduro courses and bike parks

Pivot Firebird pricing

Eight kits are available. Pricing from $4,999 to $9,899. (UK and Australian pricing was not immediately available.) 

Russell Eich

Tech Writer
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA
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