Pivot Cycles Point Is a New Dirt Jump Bike That's Just as Capable on Cement

Fellow pedal pushers, bar spinners, and supermen gather round for the next steel stallion you should be adding to your dirt-jumping hardtail collection.
New Point Dirt Jumper 16 photos
Photo: Pivot Cycles
New Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt JumperNew Point Dirt Jumper
Pivot Cycles just announced its updated dirt jumper for this year, the Point. Pivot Cycles is known worldwide for its work; from gravel bikes to XC, enduro, and MTBs, this team does it all.

But there is one thing all its bikes seem to have in common: the ability to go above and beyond the tarmac. Pivot bikes are found usually leaving a trail of dust or “woo-hoos" in their wake, and the Point is no exception.

When you first see this bike, the first thing you may experience is a flashback. Where you’ll go is hard to say. My mind threw me back to when I was 13 years old, riding around on a K-Mart-bought Huffy with a set of pegs, a gyro, and a hefty steel frame, hitting every curb, staircase, and dirt ramp my buddies and I could build in an hour's time.

New Point Dirt Jumper
Photo: Pivot Cycles
That was then. Nowadays, things have changed quite a bit, but the freedom to soar for as long as possible has remained the same. So, what do you get when you go out and buy yourself a fully equipped Point for $1,599 (the European market rate is €1,599)? Time to find out.

The first thing to look at is the frame, but we’ll get to geometry later. Pivot uses double-butted 4130 chromoly steel to deliver an impeccable “feel of steel.” This alloy is so strong and light that it’s even used to produce roll cages for cars, even aircraft fuselage. Some of that aircraft-infused genes may be felt the next time you take off a ramp.

New Point Dirt Jumper
Photo: Pivot Cycles
“When it came to the frame of the Point, steel was the obvious choice. There is a bit of magic in the “feel of steel” and it is incredibly tough. That matters with a bike like this. Our goal was to build a bike that would perform well for everyone, pros and everyday riders alike, and to ensure it performs at a very high level but is also tough and versatile enough to meet all their needs,” says Chris Cocalis CEO and founder of Pivot.

The ultra-modern park geometry is the frame's main feature. With it, the Point is capable of more than just dirt jumps; it’ll feel right at home in a bowl at your local park. Adjustable SS rear dropouts let you tune the ride to your liking, while extra-short, tucked chain stays let you dig into the ground quickly. They also offer good clearance and control when you're looking to perfect that next move.

New Point Dirt Jumper
Photo: Pivot Cycles
At the front, a Manitou Circus Expert 34 offers 100 mm (3.93 in) of travel to help soften landings, while 26-inch ALEX FR30 wheels grip a pair of Maxxis Holy Roller tires with inverted knobs. Maxxis likes to call these puppies “set-it-and-forget-it" tires. For braking, an Sram Level two-piston on the rear and Promax cable disc at the front help you control landings and entries with hairpin precision. A Spank Spoon stem and 785-millimeter (30.9-inch) handlebar will be all you need for complete control over this bike.

One of the benefits of the Point is its ability to be completely customizable to your riding style. I've already mentioned the dropouts, but you can also run this baby with a rear derailleur or as a classic single speed. Don’t like the components? Not a problem. For just $599, you can pick up your own bare Point frame and throw on whatever you like.

Personally, I haven’t had the occasion to ride many jumpers, but this might just be the beginning of a new stage in my life.

If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)
About the author: Cristian Curmei
Cristian Curmei profile photo

A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories