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Added reply in a thread Ultimate truck bike rack? 5/22/2017 2:36 PM

Job well done! Looks like a rad product. I love how easy it looks to use.

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Liked a comment on the item Luke Strobel's Evil Wreckoning 5/22/2017 2:12 PM

I thought it was the opposite since they use a sprag clutch instead of pawls and springs which rub together. The only drag should come from the bearings. Must be cool having a silent rear hub too!

Added a comment about feature Luke Strobel's Evil Wreckoning 5/22/2017 2:12 PM

We have a set in for review here at Vital. After mounting them for the first time I spun the back wheel up to speed with the bike in a stand. Then I watched in awe as the wheel spun for over a minute before very gradually slowing to a stop. There's less drag on Onyx hubs than just about anything else we've seen, which correlates to some free speed gains on trail. Plus they're practically silent which is rad... Nothing but tires ripping through dirt.

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Liked a comment on the item Grits, Hero Dirt, and Fresh Rubber: 2017 Maxxis Appalachian Summit 5/22/2017 2:06 PM

You might need to wait a little longer on the 29x2.5 High Roller II DH-Casing. If you can get away with DoubleDown (DD) or EXO constructions, we'll have the 29x2.50WT High Roller II available next month.

Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/22/2017 10:02 AM

Jump trails? Absolutely.

You may find the 2.6 tires to be a little mushy in fast berms, however. I didn't have an opportunity to hit any while in Moab. (They don't exist!)

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/19/2017 12:18 PM

The Scout is a very fun machine, though it's a bit limited when things gets hairy. I can't see myself rallying it through the rough like the Mach 5.5. You can read more in our review.

Pivot bikes are typically pretty progressive which helps with that poppy feel, especially when paired with a smaller air shock. There's plenty to push into with the Float Factory DPS EVOL, and you can see that at various points in the video above as my wheels leave the ground often both bunny hopping and popping off random rock lips. The Float X2 made it slightly more of a ground-hugger and I needed to add a fair bit of low-speed compression to get the pumping support I was after. Regardless of the shock, pulling up into a manual or making quick line changes was easy to do. Pivot bikes are well known for their pedaling performance and the Mach 5.5 continues along those lines.

Like you said, this bike has a bit more travel on offer. The Pivot is likely the better choice if chunk is on the menu often and you want a bike that's fully up to date with the latest standards. The Scout may take the edge if your trails are a bit smoother.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/19/2017 11:45 AM

I didn't have issues with the front end coming up while climbing, even on some very steep slickrock sections. Fore/aft saddle position can get you into effectively the same spot as a bike with a steeper seat tube angle if you feel it's needed.

Pivot uses their own grips that pair with Pivot bars using WTB's PadLoc design. They currently use a much softer end compound than WTB, which will be great for many trails and riders. I tried out a slightly harder compound and preferred it, however, noting more control (I weight the ends of my bars a lot) and a bit less hand fatigue during rough descents. Pivot is considering a change to something in-between their current compound and WTB's, and Cocalis plans on testing them out in the near future.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/19/2017 11:32 AM

It's certainly something to consider. The average leverage ratio is 2.75, which is a tad higher than the norm. That said, Pivot does offer the Float X2 for those wanting the best performance on long descents and added damping control. I didn't notice a need for excessive rear shock pressures.

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Liked a comment on the item It Always Rains On Race Day - Port Angeles Pro GRT Finals Showdown 5/18/2017 2:25 PM

Amazing coverage of US downhill! Thanks Vital!!!!!

Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/18/2017 2:22 PM

Thanks, Raoul! When I really click with a bike like I did with the Mach 5.5, rad things happen.

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Liked a comment on the item First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/18/2017 2:22 PM

Damn. Nice riding Brandon.

Liked a comment on the item JENSON USA’s 2nd ANNUAL “HIGH-FIVE RIDE FEST” 5/18/2017 1:51 PM

Spent the entire day here last time. They had a free taco lunch and drinks (they say they can't offer alcohol, but nothing stopping others from bringing it). That's my Ripley hanging there in the last pic.

MRP had Banshees (w/CCDBA shocks), which I felt right at home on, and a lot of...more

Added a new video Suspension Movement - Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon 5/18/2017 4:36 AM

Watch 140mm of dw-link suspension travel doing its thing on Pivot's all-new Mach 5.5 Carbon, then catch our First Ride impressions of this ripping ride.

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Added a new video Introducing the Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5 Carbon 5/17/2017 11:37 PM

With an eye toward the future, Pivot Cycles proudly presents their all-new Mach 5.5 Carbon trail bike. Catch the intro videos then jump over to our in-depth First Ride feature discussing the bike's finer details and ride qualities.

"The new Mach 5.5 Carbon builds on the legacy of Pivot's renowned Mach 5.7 Carbon as the quintessential trail bike. With 140mm of dw-link rear travel, it sticks to and claws up just about anything with unparalleled pedaling efficiency. On descents, the Mach 5.5 Carbon’s incredible square-edge bump performance and 160mm travel FOX 36 fork enables you to conquer terrain that makes other bikes cower. It’s a bike that inspires you to climb while looking forward to the descents and that begs you to push your limits while putting a smile on your face."

Pivot Cycles owner and head of engineering, Chris Cocalis, and the legendary Aaron Chase also took the new Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon for a spin on Phoenix's famous South Mountain trail system. Renowned for its technical challenges, this is the perfect place to learn about what the Mach 5.5 Carbon has to offer:


"The original Mach 5.7 Carbon was the most popular, best loved bike we’ve ever produced. We wanted to update the design, and knew that it had to be absolutely perfect for all the riders out there waiting for the next generation," said Pivot Cycles President and CEO, Chris Cocalis. "The Mach 5.5 Carbon embodies everything that made the original rise above the competition, with key updates to make it a true next-generation trail bike – it features our trail-adapted long and low geometry, an evolved mid-travel linkage for incredible small bump compliance, an all-new carbon layup with lighter weight, higher modulus materials, and clearance for up to 2.6-inch wide tires."


  • High-modulus carbon frame
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • 140mm (5.5-inches) of rear wheel travel // 160mm (6.3-inches) fork travel
  • dw-link rear suspension with mid-travel specific linkage design
  • Clearance for 2.6-inch Wide Trail tires
  • Pivot Cable Port system
  • Shimano Di2 electronic drivetrain integration
  • FOX Live electronic suspension integration
  • Enduro Max cartridge bearings
  • Front derailleur compatible with removable stealth E-Type mount
  • Low durometer rubberized frame protection
  • 180mm post mount rear brake
  • 12x148mm Boost rear axle spacing
  • Press Fit 92mm bottom bracket with ISCG05 mounts
  • Claimed complete weight (size medium, no pedals, XTR 1X build): Sub 27-pounds (12.2kg)
  • Claimed frame weight (size medium with shock): 5.2-pounds (2.35kg)
  • Offered in five sizes to fit riders from 4’11” to 6’7”

The Mach 5.5 Carbon complete bike is available immediately in black and red color options, and in nine different Shimano or SRAM configurations ranging from $4,899 to $10,199 USD. It's also available as a frameset for $3,099. 

Learn more at

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Added a comment about video Fourtified 5/12/2017 8:53 AM

Top notch work, lady and gents!

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Liked a comment on the item First Ride: Kali Interceptor 5/12/2017 8:44 AM

I too am a MOG and have taken my Interceptor out on a few rides. I think the for the price the BOA could have gone all the way around and that may make it feel like it fits better. I agree on the front padding too, there are no hot spots...but it just feels...more

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/11/2017 2:27 PM

David, we think your experience is similar to what we have experienced. Your note about suspension feel is very accurate, as in the Nomad is more vague in the middle of the stroke. The Slayer feels easier to move around because of a more even leverage curve, but it feels more...more

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