Pivot Firebird 27.5 Review
I had the opportunity to ride the Firebird 27.5 while in Phoenix/Sedona.
Here is what I thought.
Review: 2013 Pivot Firebird 27.5 | Mountain Bike Review | Page 3
Thanks for the review. How do you find it compared to the Endo? What tyres on the Firebird?
Originally Posted by loamranger
In general the Firebird is a more stable climber then old 2008 endorphin, and the Chilcotin that replaced it.
For climbing and descending the Endorphin/Chilcotin is more active.
The Firebird 27.5 had Hans Dampf tires on it and a Fox 34 160mm Fork.
My Chilcotin has an ardent 2.35 on the back, minion 2.35 on the front, TALAS 160. So they were fairly comparably set up. Both are fun bikes.
The Firebird likes to be more on the terrain and always going forward.
The Chilcotin likes to be in the terrain.
Last edited by Brodiegrrl; 05-29-2013 at 05:53 PM.
Sharon... thanks for spending time to review it. Great summary as well.
How do you find the pedaling feel on the climb in term of energy sapping as compared to Chilcotin? On descending "..Firebird likes more on the terrain.." does it mean you have to skip the terrain fast, doesn't like the rolling style of riding?
My Chilcotin pedal great on climb no traction wasted but sometimes I feel need more leg for 3 hours riding to haul it constantly. Until I find the descend where I will grin ear to ear.
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I was wondering if that "always going forward" comment on the Firebird was down to the larger wheels? I've fitted a front only 650b to my Chilcotin and feel that it has more momentum going forward.
No, the suspension on the Firebird and Mach 5.7 really moves the bike forward, independent of the forward momentum. I think it has more to do with the suspension keeping the bike on the terrain rather then in it which is where the Chilcotin is.
With the Chilcotin I feel my energy is being taken up by the suspension, this is diminished when I turn on the propedal. This is because the suspension is more active, which can help on technical climbing. One of my friends prefers this kind of suspension for his style of riding, he doesn't like the less active suspension of the Pivot.
I don't get this feeling at all with the Firebird. I don't feel any of my energy is going into the suspension, all of my energy is moving the bike forward. Whether it be on technical or rolling terrain.
The Chilcotin is a more plush descender, the Firebird more poppy. On descents with some grunting climbs, the Firebird doesn't get bogged down as much and propels forward more.
Both are great bikes.
Hope that helps.
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