Pivot's much loved Mach 6 gets more enduro

Updated frame is longer and slacker

Arizona-based Pivot Cycles have been busy over the past year, launching the Mach 4 and Shuttle e-MTB. Now the brand lifted the veil on an updated Mach 6 Carbon and Aluminum.

Highlights

  • 155mm rear and 160mm front travel.
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • Carbon and alloy frames
  • 12 x 148mm Boost rear spacing for maximum stiffness and control.
  • Pivot removable front derailleur for 1X and 2X drivetrains
  • 180mm Post mount disc brake mounts for precision and weight savings.

“The Mach 6 Carbon is one of our most loved and best Pivot designs ever, so we took the update of this model very seriously,” said Pivot President/CEO Chris Cocalis. “This new design takes the Mach 6 performance to another level by maintaining the climbing and all-around trail bike performance that the Mach 6 is famous for, while giving it the aggressive descending capabilities of our longer travel bikes.  With the new Mach 6 we continue to expand the boundaries of versatility as both the ultimate enduro machine and the right choice for aggressive trail riding.”

In typical bike industry fashion, the new Mach 6 is longer and lower than its predecessor, with a slacker 65.75-degree head angle and 74-degree seat angle throughout the range. The X-Small and Small sized frames keep the reach relatively compact, while the Medium, Large and X-Large sizes see significant increases in length.

Both the alloy and carbon frames get dw-link suspension, which as has been previously demonstrated provides for good pedaling efficiency and anti-squat. Pivot also say the variable wheel travel path provides unmatched square-edge bump absorption and control on technical descents.’ For max longevity and serviceability all the pivots spin on Enduro Max cartridge bearings throughout.

For the small sizes the reach is fairly compact, this is not the case on the larger three
For the small sizes the reach is fairly compact, this is not the case on the larger three

With 155mm of rear squish on offer the carbon frame sees Fox’s new Factory Kashima Float DPX2 shock with the EVOL air sleeve, while the alloy frame comes with a Float DPS shock with the EVOL air sleeve, both specifically tuned specifically for the Mach 6. At the front, both the carbon and aluminium Mach 6’s get a 160mm FOX 36 fork.

The frames are compatible with both 1x and 2x drivetrains, both models get rubberized swingarm protection, and 180mm post mount brakes. The carbon version also sees internal cable routing and is compatible with Di2 drivetrains.

The carbon version sees internal cabel routing, bash guards and a FOX Factory Kashima Float DPX2 rear shock
The carbon version sees internal cabel routing, bash guards and a FOX Factory Kashima Float DPX2 rear shock

The new Mach 6 is based around 27.5in wheels and can handle up to 2.6in tires on the Carbon frame and 2.4in rubber for the alloy  — no 29er compatibility here — and Boost hub spacing.

There are 13 different builds available between the two frame options. Prices range from $3899 for an alloy XT 1x build to $10,398 for the carbon frame with XTR Di2.

The alloy version sees the same geometry, exteral cables and a FOX Float DPS shock
The alloy version sees the same geometry, exteral cables and a FOX Float DPS shock

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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