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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Pivot Firebird. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
18 reasons to buy
- The Pivot Firebird is designed to tackle enduro and downhill terrain, with 162mm of travel in the rear and a massive 170mm of travel in its Fox fork.
- Short chainstays are responsible for the bike’s agility through corners.
- Pivot specs the Firebird with 800mm wide carbon Phoenix bars, providing riders with comfort over chattery terrain and stability on descents.
- The curved seat stays on the bike allow riders clearance for a 27.5+ wheel and tire set up.
- Flip chip geometry adjustments allow riders to fine-tune the length of the bottom bracket, the seat tube angle and the head tube angle on the Pivot Firebird.
- The bike’s frame is constructed out of high-quality, durable carbon.
- With a short seat tube, the Firebird has room for a longer dropper post.
- Experts were pleased to find that the bike can climb sufficiently, in order to reach the breathtaking descents it is designed for.
- Pivot allows for a 17mm headset extender to be utilized by riders that desire a 27.5+ setup on the Firebird.
- Eight different options allow riders to pick a build that best meets their component and budget preferences.
- The Firebird has Super Boost Plus spacing in the rear, providing riders with stiffness and a greater tire clearance.
- Weighing in at under 30 lbs, the Firebird is one of the lighter bikes in its category.
- Experts found the bike visually appealing and noted they received several compliments on its appearance during test rides.
- Pivot’s use of the DW-Link suspension on the Firebird provides riders with a composed and controlled ride through rocky trail descents.
- Test riders were impressed with the level of adjustment available in the Firebird’s suspension.
- The bike has a climbing mode that is easy to engage with a lever.
- With loads of travel, the Firebird is forgiving at the bike park and on drops.
- The bike is available in sizes small through XL, allowing riders of all sizes to shred on it.
5 reasons not to buy
- The Pivot Firebird is expensive.
- The seat tube angle is slack, at 74.5°. This hinders the bike’s climbing ability. Testers found the front of the bike is prone to wander on steep climbs.
- With Super Boost Plus spacing in the bike's rear axle, it is difficult to swap wheels on it.
- The bike’s Maxxis Minions have an EXO casing. This is not the most durable and fast-rolling tire available to riders. Experts suggest upgrading the Firebird's tires.
- Experts were disappointed that the Pivot Firebird does not have room for a water bottle.
Expert Reviews80/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Pivot Firebird 29 Pro Review
The Pivot Firebird 29 is one of those big-wheelers where you have to check it is actually a 29er. And not because you can fit 27.5in Plus wheels to it. It’s compact without being small, and the short back end and relatively high BB make it super easy to dart around trees and slam corners.
The Firebird 29 Bike Check and Review
It’s a fantastic bike overall, I’d say. I’d say if you’re looking for a big travel bike that’s easy to maneuver and throw around, Firebird 29 is a great option. It’s a fantastic bike but I think the short chainstays, you know, give it a little less stability when you’re bombing down steeps and rough.
Tested: Pivot Firebird 29 Team XTR
The faster and rougher the trail becomes, the happier the Firebird 29 becomes. It’s an enabling relationship, almost more of a challenge to see if you can find its limit as successive hits only seem to strengthen its countenance. It’s happiest at speed, low-speed descending requires a bit more planning ahead, thinking over maneuvering but being a light bike, it’s easy to throw the Firebird 29 around.