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.
- Rear travel: 165mm
- Front travel: 170mm
- Wheel size: 29"
- Frame construction: carbon
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!
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.
|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|
|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|