Up until recently, Arizona based Pivot Cycles has been a bit of an ugly duckling. Its bikes have always been great performers, but in the looks department, the frames erred more on the side of an English Bull Terrier than a Labrador Retriever.

For the brand new Mach 4 SL, Pivot has not only vastly improved the aesthetics but also created an XC bike that’s likely to tick the boxes for racers and folks looking for a spirited short travel bike alike.

Available with either 100mm or 120mm forks, the Mach 4 SL comes in four build kits; World Cup, specced with a 100mm Fox Factory 32 Stepcast fork, fixed carbon seat post, and carbon wheels, and the Team, Pro and Race builds which see a 120mm Fox 34 Stepcast and a Fox Transfer or KS dropper depending on the size.