Pivot Switchblade

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Pivot Switchblade. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

15 reasons to buy

  • The 2024 Pivot Switchblade is available in three levels (Ride, Pro, and Team) and eight total build configurations.
  • Sizes range from XS to XL for riders from 4’11” to 6’5”.
  • Reviewers appreciate the new Switchblade’s "modernized" geometry, including a longer reach, slacker head tube angle, and a lower BB height.
  • Testers praise the stability, "impressive" traction, and "solid" wheel control on steep climbs and challenging descents.
  • The Switchblade supports 29", 27.5”, or mullet (29” front, 27.5” rear) wheel configurations.
  • Experts hail the “superb” performance of the DW-link suspension platform.
  • According to reviewers, the bike strikes an excellent balance between being “planted” and “playful.”
  • Testers relish the pedaling performance, thanks to its steep seat tube angle, stiff bottom bracket, and efficient rear end.
  • The Switchblade's suspension kinematics produce a "very balanced" feel on diverse terrains.
  • The frame has ample standover clearance, benefitting riders of XS and S frames.
  • Pivot provides a ten-year frame warranty with the Switchblade.
  • The carbon layup, suspension kinematics, crank length, chainstays, handlebar width, dropper post, and saddle are customized for each frame size.
  • Testers appreciate Pivot’s carbon handlebars’ comfortable sweep and effective vibration damping (Pro and Team builds).
  • The frame has accessory mounts for carrying tools and spare parts.
  • SRAM’s Eagle Transmission XX electronics drivetrain delivers “crisp” shifting and “top-class” performance under load.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Pivot Switchblade is an expensive bike. The premium Team XX build’s price is described as "astonishingly high."
  • Reviewers testing models with 175mm cranks report pedal strikes on technical sections, especially with the mullet setup.
  • Pivot doesn’t offer a stock mullet option. Finding a 27.5” rear wheel with Super Boost hub spacing for the mullet setup may be challenging.
  • The absence of the Fox Live Valve electronic suspension system disappoints some reviewers.
  • A reviewer complains that the Reverb AXS dropper seatpost only has 150mm of travel on the Team XX build size medium. All other mediums have 175mm.

Bottom line

The Pivot Switchblade is a high-end enduro mountain bike with a 160mm fork and 142mm rear shock. It’s sold in three tiers and eight build options. Experts praise the improved geometry of the 2024 model. Testers laud the outstanding traction, “balanced” suspension, efficient pedaling, and performance up and downhill. Riders and experts describe it as a "do-it-all" bike that’s both planted and playful. Experts have little to complain of, with the Switchblade impressing across the board. Overall, it’s an attractive choice for those seeking a personalized, high-performance enduro mountain bike, but this comes at a premium price.

Expert Reviews

93/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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Flow Mountain Bike

2024 Pivot Switchblade Review | Pivot Pushes the Envelope With the 3rd Generation Switchblade

The new Switchblade is still a light, responsive, and efficient trail bike that can scale some pretty gnarly technical ascents.

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Review: Pivot Switchblade V3 First Ride

The Switchblade is a ton of fun to ride; it has a playful feeling that pairs excellent bump absorption with plenty of support and traction on tap.

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Pivot’s Third Generation Switchblade Is Smoother, Faster, and More Mainstream

It’s efficient enough for long rides and agile enough for flatter terrain. Yet the bike offers the capability for more demanding terrain and higher speeds.

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The Loam Wolf

How Different Is It? 2024 Pivot Switchblade First Ride Review – #mtb

The playfulness is still there for the most part and the increases in comfort and downhill prowess are noticeable enough to make me feel it was worth it for that slightly longer reach and wheelbase. 

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Jeff Kendall-Weed

Riding the New 2024 Pivot Switchblade!

I’m happy to recommend this bike if you’re looking for something that pedals really well. It’s easy to get the front wheel in the air, and it’s simply a well-sorted, all-around modern mountain bike.

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MTB yumyum

2024 Pivot Switchblade First Look & Test Ride

It looks very, very nice. The bike was dead quiet when I was riding it, and it just felt like luxury; it felt so good…

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Justin Niemi

National Trail – South Mountain MTB

It climbed well [and] maintained composure on the descents while still feeling poppy and playful.

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ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine

First Ride Review of the 2024 Pivot Switchblade Team XX AXS Transmission – Same Look, New Bike?

The 2024 Pivot Switchblade Team XX AXS Transmission is a playful all-rounder… climbs well, thanks to a comfortable riding position and efficient rear suspension…

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The New Pivot Switchblade V3 Rockets Ahead at a Flick of the Pedals [First Ride Review]

With the latest refinements it’s an incredibly fun and capable descender that can also climb comfortably all day long.

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First Ride: The 2024 Pivot Switchblade Gets Updated, Not Overhauled

… it’s just a very nice bike, made with durability and ride quality in mind.

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Pivot Switchblade Review: A Great Bike Gets Even Better

… the geometry strikes a solid balance for all-around mountain biking which is what the Switchblade is meant to be.

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Mountain Bike Rider

The New Pivot Switchblade Doesn’t Get Trendy Internal Storage or a Steep Seat Angle, but There Are Good Reasons for Not Following the Crowd

Poppy and playful, the Switchblade offers a very dynamic ride.

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Pivot Switchblade Pro XT/XTR First Ride Review

… a bike that can climb and descend – and even tackle hardcore bike park riding.

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Mountain Bike Action

First Ride Impressions: Pivot’s All New 2024 V3 Switchblade

As good as it climbs, descents are really where we felt the biggest change. The new Switchblade is even more predictable and willing to be ridden aggressively now.

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The Radavist

First Ride Review: Introducing the Updated 2024 Pivot Switchblade

I found it to be a traction-focused all-rounder that shines in punchy undulating terrain and can take big and small hits alike.

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