PIVOT CYCLES Firebird 29 Ride SLX/XT - Air Silver Sunset
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The Firebird 29 Ride SLX/XT - Air is built for enduro racing combining Pivot Cycles' extremely light Hollow Core carbon frame with a wonderfully plush Fox Factory dw-linkTM suspension inspired by Pivot's premiere downhill bike the Phoenix. It offers 165mm of rear travel and an impressive 170mm of front travel.
The DH-inspired long dw-linkTM maximises the rearward wheel path with 165mm of travel to give impressive levels of handling on the descents yet still enables it to climb efficiently if uplifts aren't an option.
The progressive geometry of this bike with its relaxed head angle long reach and equally long wheelbase promotes stability with sharp responsiveness and inspires confidence at high speeds. Since the build is tailored to match different sizes of rider for example by adjusting the length of the chainstays the same performance will be delivered irrespective of your height.
Equipped with a Shimano SLX M7100 shifter a matching cassette and a Shimano XT M8100 rear derailleur the drivetrain is designed for the perfect balance of efficiency and durability. Braking is taken care of by Shimano and its SLX M7120 4-piston brakes that offer ample stopping power.
The Firebird is made to work with 29" wheels but the flip chip will allow you to effortlessly adjust the frame geometry for different conditions or to accommodate 27.5" wheels or a mixed setup. The default is a low bottom bracket setting which will optimise your control on fast steep terrain and make room for wider tyres.
Flipping the chip raises the bottom bracket to accommodate a mixed wheelset while inserting the 17mm extended headset cup achieves a perfect fit for 27.5" wheels. The head angle is steepened too and together these adjustments encourage better cornering at speed and more efficient climbing.
This model uses tubeless capable alloy DT Swiss M1900 wheels with the DT Swiss 370 hub. These are solid and durable offering a balanced ride on any terrain and are wide enough to offer efficient grip on any surface.
Benefiting from Super Boost Plus 157 spacing originally pioneered by Pivot enables the Firebird to use short chainstays which are great for tight cornering tyre clearance and a stiff rear swingarm. The boost standard furthermore moves the drivetrain out 6mm promoting better tyre clearance and mud shedding capabilities.
All these elements add up to a bike that handles superbly and manages to be both light and durable. It's therefore possible to throw it around the singletrack with precision and confidence that the relaxed head angle long reach and wheelbase will keep the bike stable at speed.