The sequel to the Switchblade story heralds a new era of all mountain riding, with more travel, unrivalled versatility and progressive geometry. It unleashes dominance over enduro inspired descents, generates speed, and delivers the finesse needed for power moves on technical climbs. With a masterfully designed new dw-link shock layout, riders can optimize suspension performance like never before. The all-new Switchblade cleans the impossible, threads the needle, and delivers the freedom to explore. From bike park flow trails to raw backcountry routes, the Switchblade amplifies every rider‘s skills and excels on any trail.

Ultra-light, size-specific optimized—full Hollow Core Carbon frame featuring leading-edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot‘s proprietary molding technology for a lighter frames and high stiffness to weight ratio

Ultra-adjustable custom tuned Fox DPX2 rear shock with all-new internals

Compatible with both 29 & 27.5+ wheel sizes without compromise thanks to the adjustable geometry

142mm of supple-yet-efficient dw-link™ suspension

Large water bottle fits inside all size frames

Fits tires up to 29×2.6” or 27.5×2.8” wide

Full Fox Live Valve integration and build options

Progressive geometry with short seat tubes for long travel dropper posts.

Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing with Pivot’s easy to service and silent Cable Port System

Equipped with a 44mm offset 160mm-travel Fox 36 FIT Grip2 Factory and Performance Series forks

Flip-chip upper linkage mount for adjustable geometry in seconds

Fits riders between 5’ and 6’7″

Low BB Setting

A Seat Tube Length
34.3 cm
36.8 cm
39.4 cm
43.2 cm
47.0 cm
B Top Tube Length 56.9 cm 59.2 cm 62.0 cm 63.8 cm 66.1 cm
C Head Tube Length 8.5 cm 9.0 cm 10.2 cm 10.8 cm 12.0 cm
D Head Tube Angle 66° 66° 66° 66° 66°
E Seat Tube Angle (Eff.) 75.5° 75.5° 75.5° 75.5° 75.5°
F Chain Stay Length 43.1 cm 43.1 cm 43.1 cm 43.1 cm 43.1 cm
G Bottom Bracket Height 34.6 cm 34.6 cm 34.6 cm 34.6 cm 34.6 cm
H Standover Height 64.8 cm 66.8 cm 69.4 cm 69.6 cm 70.0 cm
I Wheelbase 114.7 cm 116.9 cm 119.3 cm 121.6 cm 124.1 cm
Stack 61.0 cm 61.4 cm 62.5 cm 63.0 cm 64.1 cm
Reach 41.0 cm 43.00 cm 45.5 cm 47.0 cm 49.0 cm

High BB Setting

A Seat Tube Length
34.3 cm
36.8 cm
39.4 cm
43.2 cm
47.0 cm
B Top Tube Length 56.9 cm 59.2 cm 62.0 cm 63.8 cm 66.1 cm
C Head Tube Length 8.5 cm 9.0 cm 10.2 cm 10.8 cm 12.0 cm
D Head Tube Angle 66.5° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
E Seat Tube Angle (Eff.) 76° 76° 76° 76° 76°
F Chain Stay Length 43.0 cm 43.0 cm 43.0 cm 43.0 cm 43.0 cm
G Bottom Bracket Height 35.2 cm 35.2 cm 35.2 cm 35.2 cm 35.2 cm
H Standover Height 65.4 cm 667.3 cm 69.9 cm 70.1 cm 70.6 cm
I Wheelbase 114.6 cm 116.8 cm 119.2 cm 121.5 cm 124.0 cm
Stack 60.6 cm 61.1 cm 62.1 cm 62.7 cm 63.8 cm
Reach 41.5 cm 43.5 cm 46.0 cm 47.5 cm 49.5 cm


We tailored every detail of the Switchblade to deliver a bike that’s ready to conquer the entire mountain. Progressive geometry broadens the performance envelope while retaining the versatility that made the original so good. Always with an eye on confidence-inspiring design, we shortened, straightened, and steepened the Switchblade’s seat tube to allow for longer travel dropper seat posts. The all-new compact frame design reduces weight and increases stiffness, but perhaps best of all, it allows for greatly reduced stand over height across a broad range of sizes.  With an industry-leading fit philosophy, the Switchblade offers an ideal fit for riders from 5’ to 6’7” tall. 


A new vertical shock layout builds on dw-link’s legacy of class-leading performance, making it the most capable and adaptable Switchblade ever.  With 142mm of rear wheel travel and a more aggressive rising rate linkage design, the new Switchblade gives the rider a plusher, more connected feel, more support in the middle of the stroke – enabling you to push harder, and increased bottoming control, so that there’s always extra in reserve for the big hits.  We worked closely with Fox to develop all new internals on its DPX2 that delivers coil shock like sensitivity and traction. Still want to run a coilover shock? Go for it. The Switchblade’s new rising rate shock linkage and vertical trunnion shock mount is optimized for all shock types.  A wider lower link boosts frame stiffness where it matters most, ensuring you stay on line when the trail turns unpredictable. As always, dw-link’s ultra-efficient pedaling lends itself to big days in the saddle so we made sure there’s room for a large water bottle on all sizes. Regardless of your shock option, you can leave your hydration pack behind.


The Switchblade was already a bike ahead of its time and the new Switchblade pushes the versatility envelope even further.  It doesn’t matter if you want to run 29er wheels, 27.5’ X 2.8” plus tires – the Switchblade can be perfected for all. A new flip chip with two settings means there isn’t any compromise in geometry. Choose the geometry that best fits your setup or handling preferences. The all-new Switchblade’s extraordinary versatility and category bending capability redefine performance across every type of trail.    


The Switchblade frame features full Fox Live Valve integration for next level all mountain suspension. Live Valve’s electronically activated suspension system senses impacts and knows when you’re climbing or descending.  It reacts to the terrain 100 times faster than the blink of an eye, so you never feel the system actuating; the suspension is just perfect all the time. Live Valve automatically activates tens of thousands of times during a ride for the ultimate in pedaling efficiency and control in rough terrain without any rider input. Five different settings ranging from XC firm to Enduro plush are one effortless push of a button away. Live Valve’s dynamic suspension is the closest thing you’ll get to a bike with artificial intelligence, sensing and predicting the trail instantaneously as you choose lines and focus on the riding experience.  



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:

X-Small: 5’ – 5’4″

Small: 5’4″ – 5’7″

Medium: 5’7″ – 5’11”

Large: 5’11” – 6’2′

X-Large: 6’2″ – 6’7”

We suggest that you pick your Switchblade size based on your riding style. The Switchblade features progressive long reach geometry with both short 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 (located under the Tech Specs tab) when making your selection. 

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:


What is the “flip chip” on the Switchblade and when would I want to use it?

The flip chip is a simple way to adjust the geometry on your Switchblade. It allows you to either adjust the geometry for different trail conditions (using 29” wheels) or can allow for the use of 27.5” wheels with 2.6”-2.8” tires. The chip comes set up in the low BB setting.  This is perfect for riding fast, technical and steep terrain. However, if your preference is for a little more crank clearance and slightly quicker handling for tighter terrain with more climbing and/or roots and rocks, you may prefer the high BB setting.  The high BB setting will raise the bottom bracket and steepen the head angle by ½ degree giving the bike faster turn in.  If you want to run 27.5” wheels with 2.6”-2.8” tires, you would also need to run the bike in the High BB setting combined with our 17mm extended headset cup (more on that below). The combination of the higher BB setting and the taller cup allow the smaller diameter wheels to be used while maintaining the same geometry and similar BB height to the bike set up with 29” wheels.

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

The 27.5” wheels with Maxxis 2.8” tires have a smaller diameter than the 29” wheels with 2.4” and 2.5” wide trail tires used on the Switchblade. This difference results in a lower bottom bracket height when running 27.5” wheels. To adjust the BB height, the Switchblade comes a flip-chip upper link mount with high and low settings. Pivot also sells an optional 17mm lower headset cup that when used in conjunction with the high flip chip setting brings the bottom bracket back to the same height as when using 29er wheels in the low chip setting. Some riders will just leave the 17mm cup regardless of the wheel’s size. Please note that we ship all complete bikes with enough spacers to allow for the addition of a 17mm cup. 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.

What headset do I need for the Switchblade?

The Switchblade uses a ZS (zero stack) 44mm top and (zero stack) 56mm bottom. If you are running the zero stack option on the bottom (instead of Pivot’s extended cup) then a Chris King Inset 2 is compatible. 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.

Can I run a water bottle on the Switchblade?

Yes, you can mount a water bottle cage inside the front triangle and put a large water bottle in it on all sizes – even the XS. There is also an additional water bottle cage mount under the base of the downtube for a second bottle for long rides

Can I mount a chainguide on my Switchblade?

Yes. The Switchblade features ISCG05 mounts on the frame and all Switchblade bikes from Pivot come with a front chainguide.   Most upper guides on the market will fit but compatibility is dependent on the Q factor of the crank. Narrow 168mm Q Factor cranks will have clearance issues with some of the more popular guides on the market. 

How large of a rotor will fit on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade will fit a 180mm rotor without an adapter. A 203mm rotor with an adapter will also fit. 

What travel fork can I use on my Switchblade?

The Switchblade was designed for a 160mm travel fork. We use a 160mm fork in all our complete bike builds. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Switchblade is 160mm travel.

What is the fork offset on the Switchblade?


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

Yes, the Switchblade features a rising rate design that functions well with coil-over shocks. We recommend the Fox X2 for its best in class performance, reliability and adjustability. 

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

The Switchblade’s metric shock has a trunnion style upper mount, 185mm eye-to-eye length, and 55mm stroke. 

If I want to run a different brand of shock on my Switchblade, what else do I need to know?

The Switchblade shock uses M8 through bolt hardware on the bottom mount. Shock spacer dimensions are 30mm wide on the bottom mount. We typically run medium valving on the compression side (depending on rider weight) and medium rebound damping.

What size seatpost does the Switchblade use?

The Switchblade frame uses a 30.9mm seatpost.

What size seat clamp does the Switchblade use?

The Switchblade frame uses a 34.9mm or 35mm (as some manufacturers call it) seatpost clamp.

What is the maximum seatpost insertion depth on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade has short seat tube lengths and deep insertion depths for compatibility with long travel dropper seatposts. Please see the dropper seatpost guide for common dropper post model compatibility. You can check the maximum insertion depth of other seatposts per frame size below:

XS – 245mm

S – 270mm

M – 290mm

L – 325mm

XL – 360mm

Is the Switchblade Di2 compatible?

No, the Switchblade is not Di2 compatible. It is possible to externally route the wire to the rear derailleur but it will not have the same level of integration as some of our other models.  The frame does not feature the Di2 wiring holes between the front triangle and swingarm. Pivot does not endorse drilling holes in your frame. 

What bottom bracket is used on the Switchblade?

Pressfit BB92 bottom bracket

What is the thread pitch on the rear axle?

Pivot uses a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle, and this can be purchased through our online store. Most Shimano compatible axle should work as well if you somehow manage to lose your Pivot or DT Swiss rear axle and need something compatible to keep you going.

What rear hub spacing is used on the Switchblade?

The Switchblade uses a 157mm rear hub spacing in a configuration called Super Boost Plus 157. The rear hub spacing is the standard 157mm spacing available from every hub manufacturer in the world so any 12mm x 157mm hub is compatible with the Switchblade. Super Boost Plus 157 builds on the idea of wider flange spacing pioneered by Boost 148. Super Boost Plus spreads the flanges even wider (up to 14mm wider than a 142mm hub) and increases wheel stiffness substantially, which is a huge benefit on 29” enduro and 27.5” wheels. Although any 12mm X 157mm hub can be used, the special Super Boost Plus versions developed with Pivot, DT Swiss, Industry 9, and Reynolds makes for a highly optimized 29er enduro and 27.5+ wheel combinations that take wheel performance to another level. Super Boost Plus Hub flange spacing is also available on wheels from Stan’s and hubs from Onyx. Most hub companies are adopting the Super Boost wider flange spacing to their 157mm hubs so if you have a particular brand of hub that you are looking at, its best to check with the manufacturer as to what they are running.

So, what exactly is Super Boost Plus 157, and why can't I live without it?

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 Plus 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, and 27.5” enduro bikes, but it did not go far enough to meet the rapidly evolving 29” trail, enduro and 27.5”+ bike needs. Super Boost Plus 157 takes the concept further and optimizes it for 29” trail, enduro and Plus 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. The Super Boost Plus 157 idea has enabled us to build the Switchblade with a level of performance previously unattainable with any other 29” or 27.5”+ all mountain bike on the market.

* Short 431mm (16.95”) chainstays perfectly complement the Switchblade’s long and low stature allowing you to manual up and over even the gnarliest obstacles while keeping the wheelbase length in check so that you can still clean tight switchbacks and rail corners with confidence and agility like you’ve never experienced before.

* A massive increase in tire clearance for running up 27.5”X2.8” and 29”X2.6” tires with incredible mud clearance: Who doesn’t like that! You can run your racy 29” X 2.4WT tires in the summer and then step up to something wider in bad weather to extend your riding season or just plow through the mud on your 29er wheels with confidence knowing that the Switchblade can handle it all.

* Increased frame stiffness: A better performing bike allows you to push the limits even further and the Switchblade has no weak links. This is the bike that allows you to set new boundaries. 

* Increased wheel stiffness: The Super Boost Plus specific hubs on all our Switchblade builds increase the hub flange width and provide for more even (better) spoke tension and the results are incredible. On a DT Swiss 29er alloy wheel with a 25mm inner width rim, the Super Boost Plus wheel is 46% stiffer than the same wheel built with a 142mm hub and 30% stiffer than the same wheel built with a Boost 148mm hub. Interestingly, the Super Boost Plus rear wheel and a standard Boost front wheel wind up being very similar in overall stiffness. What this means for the trail rider is that you get more evenly matched strength and stiffness between the front and rear wheels and the most durable wheelset possible.

Did you just design Super Boost Plus to give all the commenter’s on Pinkbike something to talk about?

Yes and no. We do love being the topic of conversation, but the reality is that Super Boost Plus will make you a better rider. Just watch Switchblade video and you’ll see just how Super, Super Boost Plus really is.  You and your Switchblade will be able to manual for DAYS and you will look amazing doing it!

What cranks will the Switchblade accept?

The Switchblade will accept all cranks designed for the Super Boost Plus 157 system and compatible with a press fit 92mm bottom bracket. The Super Boost Plus system is based on several standard cranks in the market. When you purchase your Switchblade complete from Pivot, PRO XT/XTR and RACE XT level builds will feature a custom spindle Race Face Aeffect SL or Ride crankset to optimize the chainline. TEAM XTR builds feature a special Race Face Next R crank with Cinch spindle. SRAM equipped Switchblade’s from Pivot come equipped with SRAM cranks with chainrings and/or spindles optimized for the 56.5mm Super Boost Plus chain line.

The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect SL cranks with the Cinch chainring flipped is also fully compatible with the Super Boost Plus 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 Super Boost Plus spiders and/or chainrings to make standard SRAM GXP and DUB cranks Super Boost Plus 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 Super Boost Plus specific crank options to their lineup.  

The Switchblade 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.

Will I have reduced heel clearance with Super Boost Plus?

Absolutely not! All Pivot bikes with Super Boost Plus 157 spacing are highly optimized to achieve even better heel clearance than our previous generation 142mm spaced XC bikes.  Some of our designers and engineers at Pivot have abnormally large feet, and we all know what they say about large feet.  Yep…Bad heel clearance. So, with that in mind, we made sure that our heal clearance is best in class.  If it clears our abnormally large clown feet (which it does), it will clear yours.   

Can I run a double chainring crank on the Switchblade?

No, the Switchblade is only 1x drivetrain compatible. To achieve the stiffness goals that make this a class-leading all mountain bike, we designed a new wider lower link that’s leaving no room for a front derailleur. 

What are the torque specs?

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

How much does it weigh?

The Switchblade frame weights start at 5.7lbs and our complete Team XTR build comes in at under 29lbs.  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.

Fox Live Valve FAQ

Have some questions about using Fox Live Valve on your Switchblade? We are here to help.

Can I add Live Valve to my Switchblade?

Yes, all Switchblade frames are fully compatible, and Fox offers a complete preprogrammed system that is specific to the Switchblade. However, the system would need to replace your current Fork and Shock and is far more cost effective when purchased as part of a Switchblade complete bike.  Please see your authorized Pivot dealer for information.  

How do I set sag with Fox Live Valve?

You set sag just as you would on regular suspension, but with the Live Valve system turned off so you get accurate readings. 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 long does the battery last?

Battery life is highly dependent on Live Valve settings and terrain. Average life ranges between 16 and 26 hours. For most riders, that covers several weeks of riding.

How long does it take to charge?

Charge times range between 1.5-2 hours depending on the power source. If you forget to charge the system before a ride it only takes 15 minutes to get enough power for a 2-hour ride.

What happens when the battery dies?

When the system detects a low battery it goes into open mode and shuts down.

Can I ride Live Valve with the system off?

Yes. Riding Live Valve powered off is just like riding your bike with the suspension in the open mode. Pivot’s awesome dw-link suspension always offers class-leading performance with the system on or off.

Can I mount Live Valve to a non-integrated bike?

No, the Live Valve system requires an accelerometer integrated near the rear axle, system mounting, and suspension tuning specific to the bike design.

Is Live Valve waterproof?

Yes, within reason. Things like washing your bike, riding in the rain or normal puddles and small water crossings are fine. We do not recommend total submersion or a direct blast of water from a pressure washer – both could push water past seals and compromise the electronic system.

How do I charge it?

The Live battery can be charged on or off the bike and is charged using a standard micro-USB cable.

Do I have to shut Live Valve off or does it do it automatically?

If you forget to turn the system off, Live Valve shuts off automatically if motion is not sensed for 1.5 hours. However, it is best to turn it off manually for battery charge preservation.