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Pivot Cycles hires John Pentecost in international sales and Ron Koch in media relations and content

TEMPE, Ariz.

PressCamp: Strong sales season for Pivot speeds debut of new models

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Pivot had been scheduled to unveil the revamp of its Mach 4 Carbon model at Eurobike. But a robust early selling season for the original version of the lightweight 27.5-inch, 115-millimeter-travel trail bike, which debuted here at PressCamp three years ago, accelerated the time table. With a low-slung toptube providing generous standover, the bike was a favorite among shorter riders, and had sold out from sizes XS to M about a month and half ago, Pivot founder Chris Cocalis said.

This part-wooden enduro bike features an adjustable head angle

Some riders spend plenty of cash and time trying to alter the head angle of their mountain bikes, with the popularity of aftermarket components such as angle headsets and offset bushings illustrating this point well. Yet when it comes to head angle experimentation few riders have gone as far as Peter Charnaud of Woodenbike.co, who set out to design and build himself a bike with an adjustable head angle.

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Charnaud found frustration in the fact that he couldn’t experiment as much as he wanted to with a regular frame and — being the builder of a wooden bike company — set out to do something about it. The result was this, a part wooden trail bike based around Devinci’s Spartan with a steering angle that can be quickly adjusted through a massive 15 degrees — enough to go from chopper slack to silly steep.

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Adjusting the bike’s head angle sounds a doddle and can even be done while on the move. Simply slacken the two clamp handles and twist the knob at the top tube until the indicator at the head tube points at the desired angle, then it’s just a case of clamping the same two handles once more. The placement of the pivot that allows for this adjustment means that while the head angle changes the height of the frame’s stack alters only slightly.

Charnaud says this bike has helped him learn a lot about bicycle geometry first hand. Through isolating the head angle as the only variable on an otherwise identical bike, Charnaud found the influence the bike’s head angle had on its climbing ability was particularly surprising: “I cant believe how much easier it is to climb with a steeper angle, it seems like about two gears lower when you steepen by 7-8 degrees.”

Charnaud is currently planning his next experimental bike, stating “I would try with a different pivot point slightly further forward or even an elliptical trajectory where the pivot point moves according to the fork position. This could then achieve absolute height compensation.”

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Court pares Split Pivot’s legal costs in failed suit against Trek

MADISON, Wis.

Felt Decree FRD

The Decree is Felt’s latest bike, and fills the 140mm, 650b-wheeled gap in the firm’s mountain bike line. With a five bike range and price points ranging from £2,250 / $3,499  to £7,999 / $9,999 (Australian pricing was TBC at time of writing) it does so for a lot of different budgets. Two major features stand out when it comes to the Decree – its unusual suspension system and its low weight.

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At a glance, the Decree has a similar look to many competitors in this segment – but take a closer look and you’ll notice the seatstay doesn’t have a pivot where most bikes with a similar suspension design would do. That’s because the Decree doesn’t use the Equilink suspension system Felt uses on its longer-travel bikes. Instead it pulls out a classy acronym: FAST, or Felt Active Stay Technology, and a design that it already uses successfully on its excellent Edict 29er.

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Where’s the pivot gone?

So, doing away with a pivot that Felt knows works perfectly well… what’s going on there? Felt says that dropping the pivot saves on weight, allows for an increase in stiffness and provides for unique suspension characteristics that benefit the rider.

There’s definitely truth in that too, with an impressive claimed frame and shock weight of only 2,100g and even the cheapest complete build Decrees supposedly tipping Felt’s scales at under 30lbs / 13.6kg – very strong numbers.

First ride impressions: in a cutthroat marketplace, it it enough?

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Push Industries launches Elevensix shock

Many BikeRadar readers may be familiar with Push Industries as one of the leading mountain bike suspension tuning outfits. Today, the Loveland, Colorado-based company is broadening its offerings with the launch of its first production shock, the Elevensix. This American-made coil shock comes with a hefty US$1,200 price tag, but seeks to back it up through the use of high-end materials, precision manufacturing, and class-leading customer service.

Not just an off-the-shelf shock

Darren Murphy, the founder and owner of Push Industries, wants to make it very clear that the Elevensix isn’t a production shock in the traditional sense; it’s a bespoke unit manufactured by Push.

Customers will follow a process similar to the one Push uses to tune its customers’ Fox and RockShox forks and shocks. The process starts by having a discussion with a Push suspension tuner and letting them know your make, model, rider weight, riding style, the type of terrain you frequently ride and how you generally want your suspension to perform. Using this data, Push will then build an Elevensix specifically for you. Following that, your shock will arrive with contact information for the tuner who built it, should you have any setup questions. 

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“We know this isn’t going be to a shock for everyone,†said Murphy.

To that end, Push doesn’t plan to attempt to design the Elevensix to fit every make and model out there, but rather, to target popular models in the 140-160mm category.

Push currently offers the Elevensix shock for the Santa Cruz Nomad and Bronson, the Yeti SB66 and SB6, the Niner WFO 9, the Pivot Mach 6, and the Ibis Mojo HD. Other bikes are currently in the pipeline, including the Banshee Rune and Specialized Enduro 29.

Elevensix specifics

Why use a coil?

Details make all the difference

Availability

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Pivot to sponsor Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, Bicycle Times launches Adventure Fest

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (BRAIN) — Rotating Mass Media, the publisher of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines, has announced a new presenting sponsor for its Dirt Fest mountain bike event. It also announced a new road bike event, the Bicycle Times Adventure Fest, planned for October this year in Pennsylvania.

Pivot launches Firebird 27.5

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN) — Pivot Cycles launched its Firebird 27.5 at the Sea Otter Classic. The new model is a larger-wheeled version of the popular Firebird long-travel bike.

Pivot promotes Cramton to marketing manager

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN) — Pivot Cycles has promoted Lisa Cramton to marketing manager.  Cramton joined Pivot in July of 2011 as an executive assistant to president and CEO Chris Cocalis. While at Pivot she has also been involved with special projects, coordinating expos, demos and dealer events.  The company said her experience in retail, marketing, producing high profile events and overall industry passion will bring momentum to Pivot Cycles and their continued growth

Pivot Cycles sells stake in BH USA

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN) — Pivot Cycles will complete the sale of its 50 percent ownership in BH USA to BH Europe on April 1, enabling Pivot to go forward focusing solely on its mountain bike business.  BH USA and its national sales manager, Dan Barns, are moving west to join BH North America at its facility at Foothill Ranch, California. BH North America oversees BH Fitness, BH USA and BH’s ebike brand, Easy Motion. The company expects to be shipping bikes to dealers next week.