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It says something about Pivot that, in 2021, they are still making a dirt jumper. And it says even more that they’re still updating their dirt jumper. Cleverly named the Pivot Point, this steel 26-inch party bike may once have seemed like just a way to make the most of their partnership with mid-oughts legend, Aaron Chase, but that partnership ended a while ago. The new 2021 Point must be, at least partially, a passion project for Pivot, who are used to making $8,000 carbon superbikes, not big BMX bikes.
But that’s exactly what the Point is, and in the best possible way. It’s simple, as a dirt-jumper should be. It’s steel, single-speed, and has good old fashioned 135×10 rear dropout spacing. The fanciest thing about the new Point may be that those dropouts are sliding and the headset is tapered. Otherwise, there have just been some tweaks to the geometry. The chainstays got a tad shorter, the seat tube got a tad longer, and the head tube got a half degree steeper. The main difference is the reach, which increased by 26 millimeters, putting it at 426, which is on the long end of the spectrum even by today’s standards. And hopefully that’s what you want because the Point is still only available in one size.
It is available in frame-only for $600 or as an adequately specced complete for $1,600 with a Manitou Circus Expert fork.
Find it at pivotcycles.com/point-v2