Pivot Firebird: Why More Suspension is Better!
Wow, what a great looking bike the Pivot Firebird is in the flesh. I’m glad I put my hand up to do the Pivot Firebird Review. So what exactly is it? And what can it do?
From the Pivot Cycles Website:
The Firebird is the ultimate technical terrain, all-mountain weapon. For everything from enduro events to the gnarliest trail rides; there is no better tool for the job. With 6.6” (167mm) of travel packaged in the most efficient pedaling suspension design ever developed, it’s no wonder why the Firebird is a favorite among magazine editors, Enduro and Super D riders all over the world.
But, how much does it weight?
Well depending on the build we have seen Pivot Firebirds come in anywhere from 13.5kg – 15.5kgs. Not light, but it rides a lot lighter than the scales suggest.
Pivot Firebird geometry, size medium
|Head angle||66.7 degrees (with 170 mm fork)|
|EFF Seat Angle||71.5 degrees|
|Theoretical Top Tube||23″|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||13.85″|
How does it ride?
The Pivot Firebird is massively smooth and plush, as it effortlessly eats up small and big bumps alike. The Fox 36 Float RC2 170mm/6.7inch travel forks weigh in at 5.18 lbs and are also very stiff, plush and confidence inspiring.
It has a somewhat short cockpit which combined with the inability to reduce the damping make trying to sprint on this bike pretty energy sapping. Although DW-link suspensions are one of the best for controlling pedal bob and translating pedal power into forwarding movement.
Compared to other medium bikes the Pivot Firebird is around 40mm shorter in cockpit length. This makes it hard to maintain good weight distribution between the two wheels when standing, especially at high speeds on the jagged terrain. However, it does allow free and fluid body movement to shift your weight around. Leaning the bike into corners and un-weighting the rear or front end feels natural and easy which makes it fun to ride.
It has relatively long chainstays for a bike of its nature, as well as a high bottom bracket. The advantage of this is that it climbs very well especially at low-speed allowing accurate clearance on slow technical climbs.
• Super plush but bobby suspension
• Solid climber
• High bottom bracket and long chainstays hinder descending a bit
• Tough to get on two-pronged bike rack
• No water bottle holder