Crushes Climbs, Slays Descents...And Rewrites the 29er Playbook
Enduro courses. World Cup Downhill courses. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two these days. Well, right up until the point when you have to grind your way to the top of the absolute hairball descent—that would be enduro. And that is also where the new Firebird 29 enters the picture—with its speed generating 29er wheels and a penchant for kicking ass.
The Firebird 29’s big wheels gobble up miles with ease, roll right over the gnar and add insane levels of traction to the mix. But this is no monster truck. The Firebird 29 is a lightweight machine that boasts a poppy, lively feel that long-travel 29ers have never possessed. Until now.
Playful Yet Stable
The Firebird 29 features a long front center, short chainstays, a low center of gravity and a decidedly slack 65-degree head angle to deliver unmatched stability and handling. Plus, a new flip-chip adjustment system in its upper linkage offers quick and easy geometry fine tuning. Taking a page from the Phoenix DH Carbon’s progressive geometry, the Firebird combines some of the longest reach measurements in the sport, with short, 16.96” (431mm) chainstays. The Firebird’s long and low geometry gives you increased stability at high speeds and on steep technical challenges, while its short chainstays provide a maneuverable, dynamic ride that makes it easy to put the bike precisely where you want it.
The Bomb-Proof Bantam Weight
The Firebird 29 has a lot to live up to. On one hand, it needs to withstand repeated pummelings at bike parks and on the toughest trails. It has to be bomb proof. On the other hand, it also needs to be incredibly light—this bike is meant to give you an edge on the climbs. Since a 29er wheelset inherently packs more grams than the same wheelset in a smaller, 27.5 diameter, we knew there couldn‘t be any fat on the Firebird 29 frame. So, we made it both bomb proof and lean. Thanks to our own hollow-core, high-compression carbon molding process and an exacting combination of composite materials and shapes, we are able to deliver an ultra-light frame that meets the same stringent testing requirements for strength and stiffness as our World Cup downhill bike. Firebird frames weigh in at a mere 7 pounds (3.2kg) while complete bikes tip the scales at sub-30 pounds(13.5kg).
Pivot Firebird Pro XT/XTR Build
Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston.
Rotors: Shimano SLX 6-Bolt - 203mm Front/180mm Rear.
Cassette: Shimano SLX M7100 10-51t 12-Speed.
Chain: Shimano CN-M7100 12-Speed.
Shifter: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed.
Derailleur: Shimano XT SGS 12-Speed.
Crankset: Race Face Ride 32t.
Forks: Fox Performance GRIP 38 29" - 170mm.
Rear Shock: Fox Performance Float DPx2.
Grips: Phoenix Team Padloc.
Handlebars: Phoenix Race Aluminium - 800mm.
Stem: Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail - 45mm.
Headset: Pivot Precision Sealed Cartridge.
Saddle: Phoenix WTB Race High Tail Trail.
Seatpost: KS Rage I on S (125mm) and (150mm); Fox Transfer on L (150mm) and XL (175mm).
Tyre Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29" x 2.5" WT, TR, 3C, EXO, Maxxterra.
Tyre Rear: Maxxis Minion DHRII 29" x 2.4" WT, TR, 3C, EXO, Maxxterra.
Wheels: DT Swiss M1900 w/ DT Swiss 370 hub, 30mm - 29".
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