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The Ultimate Guide to a Pivot Cycles Demo Day

The Ultimate Guide to a Pivot Cycles Demo Day

If you missed out on the recent Pivot Cycles Demo Day we hosted, don't worry—we've got you covered with a recap from this unforgettable Ark Cycles event. 


Held only a couple of weeks ago, amidst the scenic trails of Randwick Woods in Gloucestershire, this demo day was a paradise for high-end mountain bike riders.


An Overview of the Day


The Pivot Cycles Demo Day was designed to give riders of all skill levels the chance to test the latest and greatest bikes from Pivot Cycles. From the moment participants arrived, the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. With a full range of Pivot mountain bikes and E-bikes available for testing, attendees were truly spoilt for choice.


To start!


Upon arrival, participants were greeted by the team from The Ark Cycles and representatives from the Pivot Cycles distributor, Saddleback. They provided a comprehensive introduction to the day's riding activities and ensured everyone was set up correctly on their chosen bikes and good to go. 


Exploring the Pivot Cycles Range


One of the main attractions of the day was the opportunity to test a diverse range of Pivot bikes. Here’s a closer look at some of the standout models that were available on the day:


1. Pivot Switchblade

The Pivot Switchblade stole the show with its versatility and performance. Known for its all-mountain prowess, this bike handled the varied terrain of Randwick Woods with ease. Riders appreciated its smooth suspension and agile handling, making it a favourite for both climbs and descents.


2. Pivot Firebird

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Pivot Firebird did not disappoint. With its long travel and robust build, it was perfect for tackling the more challenging sections of the trails. Its stability and control on steep descents were particularly praised.


3. Pivot Trail 429

The Trail 429 was the go-to for riders looking for a balanced ride. Its efficient pedalling and responsive handling made it a joy to ride on the winding trails. Many riders noted its comfort and speed, making it ideal for longer rides, throwing in some technical descents. 


4. Pivot Shuttle AM & SL (E-bikes)

The Pivot Shuttle E-bikes were a highlight for those interested in the latest in electric bike technology. Its powerful Bosch motor and long battery life provided a seamless boost on climbs, allowing these riders to cover more ground and enjoy a few extra laps!


5. Pivot Mach 4 SL

The Pivot Mach 4 SL was another standout at the event, especially for those looking for a lightweight, high-performance bike. Designed for cross-country racing, the Mach 4 SL impressed with its speed, agility, and efficient power transfer. Riders appreciated its ability to handle both climbs and descents with confidence and ease.


As you can see we had something for everyone! (Psssst… You can check out our own Pivot range here!)


The Ride!


Randwick Woods provided the perfect backdrop for the demo day. The trails offered a mix of terrains, from smooth single track XC trails to more technical steeper downhill/enduro runs, ensuring that riders could fully appreciate the capabilities of each bike. The lush woodland and sunny weather added to the overall experience, making it an awesome day for riding.


The Ark Cycles team, along with Saddleback / Pivot Cycles representatives, organised guided rides throughout the day. These sessions were not only a great way to test the bikes but also learn more about the Pivot range from our expert riding team. Ellie lead the stunning XC loop for those wanting a more trail/XC ride while Max and Sean lead the enduro ride featuring some thrilling Randwick downhill runs! 


It offered a unique chance to explore some of the best mountain bikes and E-bikes on the market and really test them on some of Stroud’s best local trails. Whether you were there to test your next bike, discover the range, or simply enjoy a day out on the trails, the event delivered on all fronts.


Beyond the bikes and trails, the demo day was a fantastic community event and a huge thanks goes out to Ed (owner of Standish Gatehouse), who kindly let us hold the event in his beautiful grounds. He did a great job in keeping everyone’s energy levels up with providing outstanding coffee! We were so pleased with all the riders that came together to share their passion for these amazing Pivot mountain bikes and we’re 100% looking forward to hosting our next event! 


When’s the next Pivot Demo Day!?


For those who missed it, stay tuned for future events from us at The Ark Cycles. We are truly dedicated to provide top-notch experiences for our cycling community, so you can be sure that more exciting opportunities are on the horizon.


For more updates and information on upcoming events, follow The Ark Cycles on social media and join our newsletter. 


See you out on the trails! 

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