Interbike 2014: Pivot Mach 6 Bike Review (155mm rear travel)

I am really conflicted about Pivot bikes.  Having owned a Titus Switchblade, I really want to like any bike that Chris Cocalis creates with Pivot.  That said, I have never fully felt comfortable on a Pivot bike and the Mach 6 is no exception.

Climbing - 3 stars

With a focus on descending and heavier weight than many of the other bikes tested today, the Mach 6 was a solid climber, but by no means the best.  The Mach 6's additional weight no doubt affects it climbing performance.

Descending - 5 stars

At least the Mach 6 is consistent in its performance.  Descending feel was super solid and predictable, yet still fun.

Cornering - 4 stars

The Mach 6 is steady and predictable in cornering, if lacking a bit in liveliness.

Summary:  The Mach 6 is a great descending bike at the expense of some climbing ability. It's baby brother, the Mach 5.7, is a super climber, but doesn't feel completely settled going downhill.  Combining the best of these two bikes in one bike would make a killer bike, but other bikes that I rode today (namely the Devinci Troy and the Transition Patrol) actually get close to this ideal.

Rating Guide

5 stars - Absolutely outstanding

4 stars

3 stars - Solid performance, meets expectations

2 stars

1 star - Misses expectations by a wide margin

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 Dw-link suspension has an initial rearward travel to reduce suspension squatting.

Dw-link suspension has an initial rearward travel to reduce suspension squatting.

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