Enduro courses. World Cup Downhill courses. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two these days. Well, right up until the point when you have to grind your way to the top of the absolute hairball descent—that would be enduro. And that is also where the new Pivot Firebird Race X01 enters the picture—with its speed generating 29er wheels and a penchant for kicking ass. The Firebird 29’s big wheels gobble up miles with ease, roll right over the gnar and add insane levels of traction to the mix. But this is no monster truck. The Pivot Firebird Race X01 is a lightweight machine that boasts a poppy, lively feel that long-travel 29ers have never possessed. Until now.
The Firebird 29 features a long front center, short chainstays, a low center of gravity and a decidedly slack 65-degree head angle to deliver unmatched stability and handling. Plus, a new flip-chip adjustment system in its upper linkage offers quick and easy geometry fine tuning. Taking a page from the Phoenix DH Carbon’s progressive geometry, the Firebird combines some of the longest reach measurements in the sport, with short, 16.96” (431mm) chainstays. The Firebird’s long and low geometry gives you increased stability at high speeds and on steep technical challenges, while its short chainstays provide a maneuverable, dynamic ride that makes it easy to put the bike precisely where you want it.
The Firebird 29 has a lot to live up to. On one hand, it needs to withstand repeated pummelings at bike parks and on the toughest trails. It has to be bomb proof. On the other hand, it also needs to be incredibly light—this bike is meant to give you an edge on the climbs. Since a 29er wheelset inherently packs more grams than the same wheelset in a smaller, 27.5 diameter, we knew there couldn‘t be any fat on the Firebird 29 frame. So, we made it both bomb proof and lean. Thanks to our own hollow-core, high-compression carbon molding process and an exacting combination of composite materials and shapes, we are able to deliver an ultra-light frame that meets the same stringent testing requirements for strength and stiffness as our World Cup downhill bike. Firebird frames weigh in at a mere 7 pounds (3.2kg) while complete bikes tip the scales at sub-30 pounds(13.5kg).
Pivot Firebird Race X01 Features:
|Frame||Hollow-core internally molded carbon, internal cable routing, DW-Link, adjustable geometry|
|Fork||Fox Performance 36 29″ – 170mm|
|Headset||Pivot Precision Sealed Cartridge|
|Rear Shock||Fox Performance Float DPX2|
|Rims/Wheels||SUNringlé Düroc, 30mm|
|Tires||Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29″ x 2.5″ WT, TR, 3C, EXO, MAXXTERRA
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHRII 29″ x 2.4″ WT, TR, 3C, EXO, MAXXTERRA
|Crankset||SRAM GX Eagle DUB|
|Chain||SRAM GX1 12-Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM XO1 12-Speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM GX1 XG-1275 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM GX1 12-Speed|
|Handlebars||Phoenix Race Aluminum – 800mm|
|Tape/Grips||Phoenix Team Padloc|
|Stem||Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX M-7000 w/ SLX 6-bolt 180mm rotors|
|Saddle||Phoenix WTB Team High Tail Trail|
|Seat Post||Please choose seatpost from the drop-down menu|
* Subject to change without notice.