The 2022 Pivot Firebird

Posted by Chris Dalziel on

Until earlier this month, Pivot's marketing team had been teasing the public with the release of "something exciting". Low and behold it was an update to their beloved Enduro weapon the Pivot Firebird! Now that we've had the chance to drool over one in the flesh, we're ready to tell you all about it. 

New 2022 Pivot Firebird For The Riders MTB Shop Brisbane
  • Rear travel: 165mm
  • Front travel: 170mm
  • Wheel size: 29"
  • Frame construction: carbon


Major updates 

Along with the vibrant colours, the first thing you'll notice about the 2022 Firebird is the updated shock positioning. Pivot are sticking with the DW linkage but have opted to mount the shock vertically. You may have noticed this trend among Pivots other recently updated/new bike models. This change in shock position has provided the Firebird with an extra 3mm of rear travel and allowed space for a bottle cage. Coming into summer, I can hear already hear the SEQ riders rejoicing! 

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Travel and Suspension

Pivot have remained generous with the Firebird's travel. With 165mm in the rear and 170mm up front, there's no doubt that the bike was designed with speed front of mind. Riders now have the option to run a Fox DHX2 Coil shock and Fox Factory 38 from the box, providing that extra confidence to plow through rock gardens and technical sections. While the Firebird is undoubtedly a long travel Enduro race bike, the DW link manages to keep the suspension platform active and playful. 


Size S M L XL
Top tube 598 mm 624 mm 641 mm 665 mm
Seat tube 375mm 410 mm 440 mm 470 mm
Head tube 95 mm 108 mm 118 mm 128 mm
Head angle 64° 64° 64° 64°
Seat angle 76.0° 76.5° 77.0° 77.0°
BB Drop 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm
Chainstay 431 mm 434 mm 438 mm 445 mm
Wheelbase 1207 mm 1239 mm 1267 mm 1300 mm
Reach 445 mm 468 mm 488 mm 510 mm
Stack 615.4 mm 627.0 mm 636.0 mm 645.0 mm
Taking a look at size and Geometry charts, there have been some notable changes too. Unlike many brands on the market, the rear triangle of the Firebird changes per size model, this allows the rider to feel more centred and balanced on the bike. The chainstay length across all sizes is relatively modest, while the reach would be considers on the long side. The seat tube length is short allowing the rider some extra freedom of movement. The angle of the seat tube has been steepened which will help move weight forward for better climbing efficiency. Overall, Pivot have chosen a more progressive geometry which will make the Firebird a better climber and more versatile bike. 
New 2022 Pivot Firebird For The Riders MTB Shop Brisbane
Who's it for?
If you want a new bike to race the SEQ Enduro series or just something to ride recreationally on aggressive trails, this should be on your shortlist. While the Firebird isn't lacking in travel and is designed to be an extremely fast descender, it's still an efficient climber. 
Price and Availability
Depending on the size and colour you're chasing. Pivot has limited available stock of the 2022 Firebird in the XT/XTR Pro build with pricing as follows.
Firebird Pro XT/XTR Coil: $11999.95
Firebird Pro XT/XTR Air: $11499.95
If you are interested in purchasing the new Firebird or would like to know more about it, give our sales team a call.

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