Roger’s new Pivot Mach 6 combines bits of the best into an extensively customized build. Hand picking some choice components like a Fox Talas fork, Enve carbon rims on Chris King hubs, Thomson Dropper, Sram AND Shimano drivetrain components makes for a seriously custom bike.
Lately we have built several of these Mach 6 frames. Pictured here is Pivot’s green paint scheme; you can view the black and red colorway here.
The first step was to send the frame over to Big Al at Clear Bra Oregon for a custom wrap. A clear film was custom cut and applied to most of the frame, shielding the carbon and paint from the usual trail abuse. This is the same process used to prevent rock damage on the front bumper and hood of cars. This frame originally had a matte finish but now shows off it’s nice glossy complexion.
This green and purple carbon monster is a complete departure from the familiar “stock” Mach 6 builds roaming the trails. The drivetrain starts with Sram’s 10 speed XX Gripshifters. Out back you find a Sram X.O TYPE 2 rear derailleur moving the chain up and down a Sram XX cassette. However, the front shifting is managed by Shimano’s direct mount XTR derailleur overseeing an XTR crankset and chain .
Today you have over fifteen compatible forks to choose from. It’s crucial that you select a fork that matches your frame and riding style. At Cyclepath, we have been fans of Fox suspension for sometime, but there is no denying the new PIKE from RockShox has made a big splash in the ocean of forks out there. Enter the all new 2014 FOX TALAS 34 CTD.
2014 Fox TALAS 34 with Trail Adjust
The entire TALAS family has been redesigned for 2014 with a new air spring; more progressive spring curve, lower friction internals, and total travel adjust via a shuttle bumper swap and custom travel gradient adjust. What’s that mean to you once you’re on the trail? If you ever wanted a TALAS 34 with 150mm of total travel and on the fly adjustment down to only 135mm: now you can have it!
Gone are the days of being stuck at a set overall travel and only the factory travel adjust settings and the best news of all is that it is pretty close to a plug and play operation. If you don’t know what a shuttle bumper is, that’s OK, they cost about three dollars. You have to remove the air spring to accomplish this, so it can’t be done trail side, but can be done at home or easily by us at Cyclepath. All these things together add up to a fork that will allow you to run it stock out of the box or dial it into the perfect mix for your needs. All that said if you want to run the stock Fox Float 34 CTD set to 150mm by Pivot you won’t be disappointed, or a PIKE to see if all the hype is legit. A little bird told me that all the pro’s racing Enduro this year that are sponsored by Fox will be on the 2014 TALAS platform. Interesting…
Check out the rest of the bike in the gallery below. If you have any questions, give us a shout! Want to take a Mach 6 for a test ride? Bring your shoes and helmet, we’ll be here waiting!