Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon
There’s still plenty of life in 26-inch wheels, and the Mach 5.7 lives that life to the fullest. With nearly 6 inches of travel, it shines on descents. The geometry keeps your center of gravity low, making obstacles and tricky turns seem much less daunting. Just point it and go. Pivot tends to favor strength over weight, but even though our 26.8-pound tester is no cross-country racer, it’s a spry climber that can hold its own against downhill-specific rigs on descents.
get-gadget Punches above its weight on rough terrain. Carbon frame, aluminum price.
TIRED Slack geometry makes for loose handling on climbs.
$4,750 as tested (SRAM X9 drivetrain, Fox 32 Float fork) | Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon