As soon as it hit the dirt, the Pivot Switchblade started racking up awards throughout the cycling media. Why? Because it’s an ultra-light, ultra-capable aggressive trail bike that punches way above its weight class. The only complaint we ever hear? Not everyone could afford one. So we took the same ultra-stiff frame design, the same 135 millimetres of super smooth dw‐link® suspension and the same thoroughly modern, long and low geometry… and crafted this new model from the most sophisticated, hydro-formed aluminum frame components anywhere.

Behold the new Switchblade Aluminum…It’s the same flavour of Switchblade kick ass, for less cash.

  • Cutting-edge, hydro-formed aluminum frame
  • Compatible with both 29″ and 27.5″+ wheel sizes
  • Class-leading mud and tire clearance
  • Ultra-short, 428mm (16.85”) chainstays make easy work of the tightest trails
  • Long-and-low geometry for a confident, stable stance
  • 135mm of supple-yet-efficient dw‐link® suspension
  • Equipped with a burly Fox 36 160mm-travel fork
  • Front derailleur compatible
  • Fits riders between 5’4″ and 6’2″+
  • 3-year warranty

Pivot Switchblade AL Geometry

Switchblade w/29″ Wheels

A Seat Tube Length
40.64 cm
42.55 cm
45.72 cm
49.53 cm
B Top Tube Length 58.17 cm 61.47 cm 63.50 cm 66.04 cm
C Head Tube Length 8.99 cm 10.16 cm 10.79 cm 11.99 cm
D Head Tube Angle 67.25° 67.25° 67.25° 67.25°
E Seat Tube Angle (Eff.) 74.50° 74.25° 74.25° 74.25°
F Chain Stay Length 42.80 cm 42.80 cm 42.80 cm 42.80 cm
G Bottom Bracket Height 33.99 cm 33.99 cm 33.99 cm 33.99 cm
H Standover Height 70.48 cm 70.87 cm 71.12 cm 73.15 cm
I Wheelbase 113.31 cm 116.74 cm 119.00 cm 121.97 cm
  Stack 60.50 cm 61.49 cm 62.00 cm 62.99 cm
  Reach 41.00 cm 43.99 cm 46.00 cm 48.49 cm


Switchblade w/27.5″+ Wheels w/ 17mm cup

A Seat Tube Length
40.64 cm
42.55 cm
45.72 cm
49.53 cm
B Top Tube Length 58.17 cm 61.47 cm 63.50 cm 66.04 cm
C Head Tube Length 8.99 cm 10.16 cm 10.79 cm 11.99 cm
D Head Tube Angle 66.50° 66.50° 66.50° 66.50°
E Seat Tube Angle (Eff.) 73.50° 73.50° 73.50° 73.50°
F Chain Stay Length 42.80 cm 42.80 cm 42.80 cm 42.80 cm
G Bottom Bracket Height 33.71 cm 33.71 cm 33.71 cm 33.71 cm
H Standover Height 70.23 cm 70.79 cm 70.87 cm 73.20 cm
I Wheelbase 113.74 cm 117.20 cm 119.43 cm 122.40 cm
  Stack 61.01 cm 62.13 cm 62.74 cm 63.86 cm
  Reach 40.01 cm 43.00 cm 45.01 cm 47.50 cm


Working with carbon actually changed how we built aluminum bikes. We realized that we needed to develop entirely new aluminum frame building techniques if we wanted to create the same kind of advanced tube shaping and ride quality we’d achieved with carbon. So that’s what we did. This is the next generation of aluminum. Our state-of-the-art hydroforming methods allow us to achieve extremely precise wall thicknesses and complex, multi-axis tube shaping. And, yes, while that sounds a bit geeky, those advances absolutely improve strength, stiffness and your ability to always pick a line and stick it. In fact, our aluminum frames offer nearly the same strength and stiffness as our carbon frames. What’s more, the Switchblade Aluminum utilizes the same ultra-stiff clevis and linkage, and large, suspension specific, EnduroMax bearings as its carbon brother, for best-in-class power transfer and handling.


The Switchblade boasts both the shortest chainstays in its class (for agile handling) and more clearance for wide tires than any competitor. Putting these two holy grails of bike design into a single frame design enables you to experience both unmatched high-speed stability through chunky terrain and effortless split-second manuals over seemingly impossible obstacles. Our Super Boost Plus rear spacing deserves a lot of the credit here for making all this possible and while we’re on the subject, it also improves frame stiffness, wheel durability and lets you use a front derailleur while you’re at it. Want to run a 29er set-up to achieve maximum rollover and quick handling? Go for it. Looking for unrivaled traction and a more forgiving, stable ride quality in loose, rocky conditions? Choose one of our 27.5-plus tire and wheel build kits. 29 or 27.5-plus—the Switchblade is brilliant in both wheel sizes.


Thanks to Dave Weagle’s dw‐link® rear suspension, the Switchblade takes the suffering out of the steepest, rockiest climbs. The suspension is amazingly efficient, yet supple and active, providing you with all the traction you need to clean the trickiest technical sections. The Switchblade is the rare bike that shines on the toughest downhill tracks yet never sacrifices a shred of climbing ability.


The Switchblade is an absolute weapon on the steepest and roughest descents. Its chassis takes more than a few cues from our gravity bikes. The Switchblade’s double wishbone rear triangle is damn close to what you’ll find on our World Cup DH bike—the Phoenix. The ultra-stiff linkage design? It’s what you’ll find on our Mach 6 and Firebird enduro models. The end result is the absolute stiffest frameset available in the trail category—giving you precise control and the ability to tackle new terrain every time you ride. No surprise, the suspension plays a big role here as well. Because the Switchblade’s dw‐link® rear suspension doesn’t squat or bob under pedaling force, we are able to lower the bottom bracket height and slacken the head angle to achieve the best performance in high speed and technical sections while still maintaining the precise handling and “poppy” ride that makes a great trail bike so much fun.


Rear suspension duties are aptly handled by a Fox Float DPS shock tuned specifically for the Switchblade’s dual personality. The new Float DPS features improved bump absorption and a firm lockout. The new DPS damper offers three on-the-fly lever adjustments – Open, Medium and Firm—to cover anything the trail throws your way. The shock’s EVOL air sleeve significantly reduces the amount of force required to initiate travel, which results in the ultimate small bump compliance and better bottom-out resistance. Finally, we’ve paired the Switchblade’s excellent rear suspension with the latest 160mm Fox 36 – the perfect fork for trail riders who seek complete control over the most aggressive terrain.



Which size bike should I purchase?

To ensure the best sizing, we recommend that you visit your local Pivot dealer to get a professional fit and refer to our geometry chart to check your measurements. However, we can provide a rough guideline:

Small: 5’4″ – 5’8″

Medium: 5’8″ – 5’11”

Large: 5’11” – 6’3′

X-Large: 6’2″ +

We suggest that you pick your Switchblade size based on your riding style. The Switchblade features trail bike long and low geometry with both shorter seat tube and head tube measurements per size – this geometry means that most riders can go up or down a size and should base their choice on riding-style, reach, and stem length preferences. Be sure to also consult our dropper post fit guide when making your selection. You can always reach out to us on Live Chat for additional guidance.

How do I set the sag on my Switchblade?

We make it easy to get the best ride out of your Pivot bike with a simple sag indicator already installed on your bike, and this follow-along video featuring our own Bernard Kerr:


How much does it weigh?

Variables in frame size, discrepancies in scale calibrations, and method of weighing (with or without pedals and such) all lead to inaccurate comparisons, so we choose not to publish our bike weights. Pivot bicycles are among the lightest available, but the weight is only one of many factors that make a great bicycle. Other aspects such as frame stiffness, strength, durability, and ride quality are just as important as weight to our engineers when designing our Hollow Core Carbon and aluminum frames. Instead of comparing grams online, we suggest you visit your local Pivot dealer and see our attention to detail, smart, high value spec, and class leading features. Bring a scale if you’d like, but take just one demo ride and you’ll feel why Pivot Cycles are the most well-rounded, highest performing bicycles on the market and in many cases, yes, it’s the lightest as well.

What do I need to know to switch between 29” and 27.5"+ wheels?

The 27.5+ wheels with Maxxis Rekon 2.8” tires have a slightly smaller diameter than the 29” wheels with 2.5” Maxxis Minion DHF’s and 2.4” Minion DHR II’s. This difference results in a lower bottom bracket height when running 27.5+ wheels. To adjust the BB height, the Switchblade is set up with two different lower headset cups: 29ers come with a zero-stack version and 27.5+ are built with a 17mm cup. When running the 17mm cup with 27.5+ wheels, the BB height is similar to that with the 29” wheels using the zero-stack cup. However, it is not mandatory that you use the 17mm cup with the 27.5+ wheels or the zero-stack version with the 29” wheels. Feel free to mix and match as you wish. If you like a lower BB height, you might find that you prefer the zero-stack with 27.5+ wheels. Some riders will just leave the 17mm cup in regardless of wheels size. Zero stack and 17mm lower headset cups are available for purchase through your Pivot dealer. Complete bikes ordered with both wheelsets will come equipped with the taller 17mm cup installed and include the optional zero stack cup. If you install the zero stack cup and ever intend to use the 17mm cup, you need to make sure that you use at least 20mm of headset spacers when you cut the fork so that there will be enough steer tube to be able to go back and forth as you wish. If the fork is pre-cut for the zero-stack cup and additional spacers are not installed, you will not have a long enough fork steer tube to run the 17mm cup option.

So, what exactly is Super Boost Plus 157?

Super Boost Plus 157 uses the existing chainline developed for DH bikes but uses standard trailbike BB widths and crank combinations to take 29” and 27.5”+ bike performance to the next level. 

The current Boost 148 standard moves the drivetrain out 3mm (providing 6mm more tire clearance) which is perfect for XC, trail, and 27.5” enduro bikes, but it did not go far enough to meet the rapidly evolving long travel 29” and 27.5”+ bike needs. Super Boost Plus 157 takes the concept further and optimizes it for long travel 29” and 27.5”+ bikes by moving the drivetrain out a full 6mm (with a 12mm tire clearance gain) while maintaining the same Q factor (crank width) and heel clearance of our Boost 148 equipped bikes. Super Boost Plus 157 is a highly optimized combination of existing standards and technologies with a totally ridiculous (but highly descriptive) name. The Super Boost Plus 157 idea has enabled us to build the Switchblade Aluminum with a level of performance previously unattainable with any other long travel 29” or 27.5”+ bike in the market.

What cranks will the Switchblade Aluminum accept?

The Switchblade Aluminum will accept all cranks designed for the Super Boost Plus (SB+) system and compatible with a press fit 92mm bottom bracket. The SB+ system is based on several standard cranks in the market. When you purchase your Switchblade Aluminum complete from Pivot, 1X PRO XT/XTR and 1X RACE XT level builds will feature a custom spindle Race Face Aeffect SL crankset to optimize chainline. SRAM equipped Switchblade Aluminum’s from Pivot come equipped with SRAM cranks with chainrings and/or spindles optimized for the 56.5mm SB+ chain line.

The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect SL 1X cranks with the Cinch chainring flipped is also fully compatible with the SB+ 157 system (although the chainline will be approximately 1mm outboard compared to the custom configurations provided with our complete bike offerings). One Up (Switch Spider and chainring system) and Wolf Tooth both offer SB+ spiders and/or chainrings to make standard SRAM GXP and DUB standard SB+ compatible.  One Up information can be found at: https://www.oneupcomponents.com/collections/switch/products/switch-sdm?variant=31481758337 SRAM has also added some new SB+ specific crank options to their lineup.  

Additionally, most current DH cranks are compatible, although spacers will need to be used and you would not have the low Q factor (crank width) benefits of SB+. The Switchblade Aluminum will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 168mm and featuring a 56-57mm chainline. Several other crank manufacturers are working on compatible designs that will be available in the market in the very near future.

What is the narrowest Q factor crank that the Switchblade will accept?

The Switchblade will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 173mm and featuring a 56mm chainline. Several other crank manufacturers are working on compatible designs that will be available in the market in the very near future.

What bottom bracket is used on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade uses a Press Fit 92mm BB. Some bottom bracket manufacturers may refer to it as BB92 of PF92 as well. Every crank manufacture offers Press Fit 92mm BB options.

What about SRAM Eagle Cranks?

Sram does not currently make a chainring to achieve the proper 56-56.5mm Super Boost Plus chainline. If you purchase a complete Sram XO1 equipped bike from Pivot, it comes complete with the One Up SB+ Switch Spider and chainring system and a 32T chainring. This kit comes stock with a 32T ring but rings from 28T-34T are available to fit the Switchblade Aluminum. These rings and the special One Up SB+ Switch Spider can also be purchased separately directly from One Up.


What dropper post length should I use?

There are limitations that each dropper post have for each frame size based on the rider’s saddle height, so it is important to check fit before choosing the travel and model of dropper post for your Firebird. Use the Dropper Fit Guide under the Tech Specs section to help identify the right post length.

What is the thread pitch on the rear axle?

Pivot uses a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle. You can order one through our online store here: 


What size seatpost does the Switchblade use?

The Switchblade frame uses a 30.9mm seatpost.

What is the size of the seat clamp?

34.9mm (or 35mm as some manufacturers call it)

What front derailleur does the Switchblade Aluminum use?

An e-type side-swing style front derailleur – Shimano produces the e-type side-swing front derailleur in Deore & SLX for 10-speed drivetrains and XT & XTR for 11-speed drivetrains.

Can I mount a chain guide on my Switchblade?

Yes. The Switchblade features ISCG05 mounts on the frame. Most upper guides on the market will fit and you can either use the ISCG05 mounts or some of the more compact versions that attach to an E-Type front derailleur mount. For full upper and lower guides, we recommend the MRP AMG for the Switchblade.

What headset do I need for the Switchblade?

Zero stack (ZS) 44mm top and ZS 56mm bottom (or a Chris King Inset 2). 

If you are running the 17mm lower cup then it needs to be run in conjunction with the Pivot headset. You cannot press another brand of zero stack headset into the 17mm cup as the 17mm cup is the lower headset cup.

What travel fork can I use on my Switchblade?

The Switchblade was designed for either a 150mm or 160mm fork. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Switchblade is 160mm travel.

What is the fork offset on the Switchblade?


What size wheels can I run on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade is both 29er and 27.5+compatible. The frame was designed from the ground up to accommodate both wheelsizes, and so works perfectly in both configurations.

How wide of a tire can I run on the Switchblade?

You can fit 27.5”+ tires up to 3.25” on 37-42mm rims. For 29” tires, you can fit up to 2.4” on 25-30mm rims.

How large of a rotor will fit on the Switchblade?


What type of rear brake adapter do I need?

No rear brake adapter is needed for a 160mm rotor. If you would like to put a 180mm rotor on, you will need a direct mount post-to-post adapter.

What is the eye-to- eye shock length and stroke length on the Switchblade?

The eye-to- eye shock length is 7.875 inches and the stroke length is 2 inches.

What do I need to know if I want to run a different brand shock?

You’ll need the proper shock mounting hardware. For the front of the shock, the hardware is 8mm x 22mm. There is no hardware on the rear of the shock, the spacer hardware and bushing will need to be removed as the strut mounts directly to the shock body. Some shocks may have a different spec then the Fox shock that comes on the bike and may not fit properly. Also, as we cannot test every shock on the market, therefore riders assume some risk if they choose a shock that does not fit properly or is not tuned correctly for the bike. The frame is designed around a large volume air can with medium compression valving and medium rebound damping.

Can I run a Cane Creek Double Barrel shock on my Switchblade?

Yes, as long as you order the correct eyelet size (15mm eyelet). Additionally, the fit of the Cane Creek shocks into our strut is not as precise as that on the Fox shocks so extra care needs to be taken to make sure that the shock is not able to rotate or move in the strut as any sideways movement during riding can damage the frame.

Can I put a coil-over shock on my Switchblade?

You cannot run a coil-over on your Switchblade! The Switchblade was designed to work with the progressiveness of an air spring. A coil-over shock (even one with separate bottoming control) does not offer the progressive spring curve that the Switchblade requires. Running a coil-over shock on the Switchblade will result in hard bottoming and damage to the frame.

Can I run a water bottle on the Switchblade?

Yes, there are 2 water bottle cage mounts on the MD-XL Switchblade Aluminum frames. These are located on top of the downtube and underneath the downtube.

What are the torque specs?

A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the “Tech Specs” tab.