Since Noble became a Pivot authorized dealer, it has fallen to me to ride and review the whole 2018 Pivot lineup. It is a difficult task but it falls squarely upon my shoulders to take one for the team. The 2018 Mach 6 is the third generation of full enduro bikes and it is the stallion of the Pivot line and ready to get rowdy on any trail you see.
Life in the Saddle:
2018 Pivot Mach 6
The 2018 Mach 6 was an absolute treat to test ride. It was a breeze to pedal uphill and was aggressive enough to attack any downhill I could throw at it. With the 2018 release, Pivot unleashed the third-generation of the Mach 6. It is available in either both high-mod carbon and aluminum options. For this test, I was fortunate to be on the Carbon model with the Shimano XT/XTR build.
For starters, the bike looks amazing. With low and long geometry, this bike will turn heads anywhere. For this generation of the Mach 6, Pivot went with a 65.75-degree head angle and a 74-degree seat angle. In English, when combined with the 155mm of rear suspension and the 160mm of Fox 36 front suspension, this bike is sound to descend the alps.
On first ride, the bike felt incredibly stable. Pivot implemented shorter chainstays here to preserve the surety in the rear end and the ability to control it end in tight spaces. Unlike some enduro bikes which can have slow to react rear end, the Mach 6 maneuvers mountain switchback with ease. It is also solid throughout the pedal stroke and the Fox rear suspension lets all the power go directly to the rear wheel and prevents any loss of power on tricky uphill climbs or cross-country jaunts.
Uphill climbing was not a problem for the Mach 6. With the 1x drivetrain, hills breeze by and single track becomes just that, a track. Unlike other modern bike models who shy away from the ability to use a 2x drivetrain, Pivot made the Mach 6 is compatible with a 2x or a 1x system depending on the rider. Unlike the previous generations, the 2018 Mach 6 Carbon has all internally routed cables and is available in Di2. The aluminum model allows for internal routing to the read triangle through the chainstays.
When used on downhill trails, jump sections, or flow trails, this bike truly shines. The updated geometry allows the Mach 6 to handle downhill riding with ease. With the boosted 27.5 hubs the bike remained rigid and I knew wherever I pointed the bike it would follow with exactitude. The bike reacted immediately with the suspension eating up the big drops and the small bumps without a second thought. Over the tricky bits of downed logs or technical rock gardens, the suspension was stable and allowed me to maintain my speed without getting out of control.
In the corners, the Mach 6 felt secure and allowed me to push harder and faster as I grew accustomed to the riding style. However, I am sad to say that the only limiting factor on this bike is the rider and how far you want to push yourself. The bike can make up for some rider error, but this bike is sure to make your ride more comfortable no matter where it is you're riding. Pivot's shorter chainstays give the Mach 6 the ability to feel out the turn in its entirety. Here, control is amazing and enables the rider to be more aggressive on any type of ride.
Pivot Cycles' Mach 6 is a true ripper and ready to send it with the big boys in the gnar. As a true do everything bike, the geometry of the Mach 6 excels at downhill but is no stranger to climbing or some pedaling around town. Even the 180mm brake rotors are monuments to the amount of stopping power required to slow down the fun. The 2018 Pivot Mach 6 is a bike that is truly built for a good time.