The long awaited Pivot Cycles Mach 6 has finally made it to British shores, the bike is currently at the demo track at the Cycle Show at the NEC, if you are there this weekend then there is a reasonable chance you could be one of the first people in the UK to ride it. When we first saw the Mach 5.7 a couple of years ago we were drooling over it’s elegant looks and styling. The Mach 6 follows on from that design trend, but brings more travel and a larger wheelsize to the table.
The concept is a totally new one for the team at Pivot Cycles, Chris Cocalis has had a hard time keeping the idea a secret over the last two years during the bikes development! The bike has been developed right from the start around the 27.5 wheel size and it is squarely aimed at going very fast over some demanding terrain. It offers 155mm of travel at the rear, a slack head angle of 66 degrees, longer top tubes for stability, short chain stays and a low BB height to keep the centre of gravity as close to the ground as possible.
As with any bike, the suspension platform is where the magic happens, Chris has been working with Dave Weagle to get the most out of the DW Link system for many years. The Mach 6 sports the next generation of this technology with position-sensitive anti squat to ensure the bike pedals, accelerates and performs like nothing else they have ever produced. The team then worked very closely with the team at Fox Racing Shox to custom tune the Float and Float X CTD rear shocks to get the most out of the bike. You can then spec the bike with either shock and ensure you will get the most sublime trail experience.
For the frame Pivot Cycles are using and exclusive hollow box, high-compression internal moulding technology which allows for greater compaction and smoother internal walls making the frame lighter, stiffer and stronger. This optimised frame design offers some of the best stiffness to weight ratios in its class. The Mach 6 also features internal cable routing, utilising the top tube for shifting and the down tube and seat tube for the dropper post. A press fit 92BB bottom bracket and ISCG05 tabs finish off what is a mouth watering design.
There are a few different build kits available, depending on where you live. In the UK Upgrade who distribute Pivot Cycles will be offering a Shimano and SRAM kit aimed at the higher end of the market to reflect the calibre of the frame.