Pivot has given the Mach 6 bike park/enduro bike a whole new look for 2021. It gets 650b wheels and a linkage inspired by the Phoenix DH bike. There's also a neat on-frame spares stowing solution built-in and size-specific frame tunes. Read on for more.
The 2021 Mach 6 is built around Pivot's Hollow Core carbon frame and it rolls on 650b wheels. The frame can fit up to a 2.6" tyre and it gets 158mm of travel at the rear paired with a 160mm travel fork.
The most noticeable change is the move to a vertically mounted shock. Pivot says that this offers a more progressive shock rate, better bottle clearance, full control over the standover height, and better Fox Live integration. It also allows for a more compact frame design which the brand says is stiffer and lighter, and that less material has been used.
Another change to the frame is the inclusion of a new longer dw-link with a design inspired by the Phoenix DH. It's made to maximise the rearward wheel-path which is promised to erase square edge bumps resulting in more control.
Another neat feature built into the frame is Pivot's Tool Dock System which takes the form of two mounts, one underneath the top tube and another by the bottom bracket. This allows riders to clip spares and tools onto the frame without the use of any straps.
New for the Mach 6 is a size-specific design and ride tune. Smaller riders benefit from dropped top tubes for a greater standover and a bike that is claimed to perform at the optimum level for the rider's size
Moving onto the geometry, a large frame gets a 480mm reach, with all frames receiving a 65° head tube angle, a 75.5° effective seat tube angle and a 431mm chainstay in the Low setting. Thanks to a flip-chip, the angles can be steepened by half a degree.
The Mach 6 is available in a range of builds featuring suspension from Marzocchi at the cheaper end of the range with Fox handling the squish with the Float 38 at the pricey end. Right at the top of the line-up, the bike gets Fox's Live Valve system and there's a choice between the coil DHX2 and air X2, excluding the Marzocchi equipped Race build, which only gets coil.
Prices for the Mach 6 start at $5,600 (around £4,350) and go right up to $12,100 (around £9,150)
The new bike is available in sizes from XS up to L.
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