The 2017 Mountain Bike Buyer's Guide

Pivot Firebird 27.5
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Pivot Firebird 27.5

Pivot calls its new Firebird the “enabler” because it descends like a downhill bike but climbs like something less hefty. With 170mm of rear-wheel travel, a lightweight carbon-fiber frame, and room 27.5 x 2.5-inch tires, the Firebird is an ideal Enduro bike. But it’s rugged and durable enough for all-day excursions through challenging terrain. Pivot’s achieved a delicate balance with the Firebird: The geometry is long and low for stability and handling when ripping down the mountain, but the chainstays have been kept short so as not to sacrifice the traction or acceleration you need for climbing back up again. The bike also features Dave Weagle’s dw-link rear-suspension design, so the bike offers the bump absorption of Pivot’s Phoenix downhill bike but the pedaling efficiency of its Mach 6 XC racing bike. Other features include Pivot’s Cable Port system for easy internal cable routing, Shimano Di2 compatibility, and rubberized frame protection in all the right places. [From $4,799; pivotcycles.com]

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