Pivot Mach 6: Best Bike Ever?

Hard to believe but, the Pivot Mach 6 looks ever prettier in person. Come see her for yourself!

So…here’s the story.  I asked Fitzy just what all the rage was about the Mach 6. I had ridden our demo Mach 429 earlier this summer and LOVED it. But, I hadn’t ridden the Mach 6.  (With broken ribs, I couldn’t ride until the beginning of Sept.) Fitzy, J9 and Billy rode it at Dealer Camp in July and their collective opinion of it was, “It’s the best bike, ever!”  Hmm…really?  Ever?  It’s a 650b-er (27.5″ wheels) and has all the according bells and whistles of an Enduro-racing bike:

  • the next generation of Pivot’s dw-link design
  • 6.1″ of travel
  • stiff and responsive carbon frame
  • lower BB
  • longer top tubes
  • and on and on and on and on and on…

While all this seems great, it reads like a foreign language.  So, I pushed for more insider info.  Turns out, our two highly esteemed mechanics at the shop, Michael and Lloyd, apparently rode the Mach 6 at the 2013 WYDAHO Rendezvous Mountain Bike Fest over Labor Day Weekend.  They, too, raved about the bike. (I reasoned that it’s always good when your mechanic likes your bike.)  Scott then raced it in the Super D at WYDAHO.  I haven’t checked the results to see how he did, but I’m assuming he finished the race, at least?  Anyway, Pivot pushes the bike as an enduro-race machine, but Scott calls it the “Ultimate Teton Mountain Bike.”  ”The Best” and “The Ultimate.”  That means I’m definitely going to have to check this bike out for myself.  Steer clear, I’m back in the saddle!

See our homepage at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles to learn more about the gorgeous and high-performing Pivot Mach 6.

1st Annual Targhee Super D Race Report

People ask me all the time (literally, all the time), “so are you doing much racing this Summer?”  To which I usually answer, “No, I don’t really race… just ride for fun.”  Of course this statement is mostly true.  But those of you who know me well would say this statement is BS when it comes to cross and the occasional downhill race.  But compared to most “racers”, I really don’t race.

So if that’s the case, why was I so worked up over the 1st Annual Targhee Super D race during the Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival?  Maybe it was the fact that I fancy myself a bit of an all arounder on the bike with a leg up on the downhills.  Maybe it’s because I have a downhill race background so this form of DH lite is appealing.  Maybe it’s because my Pivot Mach 429 is the best bike I’ve ever owned and is perfectly suited for this race.  Or maybe it’s because I bet fellow shop owner Aaron Grutzmacher of the Hub Bicycles that I would be his shop mechanic for a day if I lost to him!


Friday Night: Wydaho Rendezvous Kick Off Party!

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival!  Click the posters below to get all the info, but make sure to join us for the Opening Party this Friday July 27th at the shop.

50/50 BMX Air Show on Main St in front of the shop!

Food from Dining In Catering

Beer from Snake River Brewing

1st Annual Victor Bicycle Keg Pull Championship Drag Races

Light and Motion Poker Ride

Register for the Festival and Get all this for 45 Bucks!

  • Parties Friday Night & Saturday Night
  • Group Rides Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Discount Entry to the Targhee Super D Race Sunday
  • Great SWAG Bag
  • Awesome Raffle Prizes
  • Free Entry to Friday Night Keg Pull Drag Race!

Team Spotlight: Wes Hamilton

Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Team Member Wes Hamilton just completed the first half of his season racing lots of crits.  While he took a breather before launching into the rest of his race season, Wes took a few minutes to talk about  hot laps on Victor’s cross course, how he got hooked on the Scott Addict CX and why the joker keeps him going:

Wes Hamilton

SKH:  When did you join the team?

WH:  This is my first year with the team.  I rode a bit with the team last year during the cross season, but this is my first official year.

SKH:  Why did you join Fitzgerald’s Team?

WH:  I got to know the team mainly from their support at the cross races.  It didn’t seem to really matter if you were tearing it up, or brand new to the sport, they gave mad props to everyone.  I made a decision then and there that if the opportunity came up, that was the only team I wanted to ride with.  Everyone, regardless of their level, is supported by this team and that is the vibe that keeps us all going. (more…)

Fitzy’s Targhee Super D Pre-Race Scouting Report

New to the Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival this year is the Targhee Super D Race scheduled for Sunday, July 29th. With 12.5 miles and 4700 vertical feet, the Super D Race is certain to be a favorite event for Wydaho for years to come.  Fitzy took to the course one Saturday this summer to scout out all the lines, get the down low on bike and tire selection and have a bit of fun.    Andy at Grand Targhee and Dana Ramos posted up a Google Map with the entire course.

Scott swears he shared all of his impressions and given his best advice, but I guess we will all just have to race the Super D to find out ourselves if he held anything back for himself.  Here’s his pre-race ride report: (more…)

2012 Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival PLanning is well underway

Just a quick post to let you know the dates of the 2012 Wydaho Rendezvous Festival are July 27th – 29th.  TVTAP has hired WGW Events to head up the marketing and event planning so this year’s festival is sure to be HUGE!  Not to mention Fitzgerald’s relocation to Teton Valley being a plus for the festival!  For quick and timely updates become a Fan of the Festival Facebook Page.  Check out this teaser video from last year’s festival and stay tuned for more details…


You definitely don’t wont to miss out on this great event now in it’s second year!  Naturally, we’re coming to play too – in none other than the Bike Shenanigans!  What are Bike Shenanigans?  Hint: think bikes, mallets and blood.

FRIDAY, July 22

9am    Registration opens at the Hub in Driggs
1pm    Registration opens at Grand Targhee Resort
Bike demos up and running
Advanced group ride – Red Creek
2pm    Intermediate group ride – Aspen Trail
3pm    Beginner group ride – Lower Mail Cabin
5:30pm Registration opens in Victor
6pm    Friday night party opens at Grand Teton Brewing in Victor with music from The Outfit, food vendors, raffles, bike shenanigans, a trials riding “teaser” show and BEER
10pm  Party shuts down (you need to sleep to ride, right?)


8am        Registration opens at the Hub in Driggs and at Grand Targhee Resort
8:30am   Downhill race registration opens at Grand Targhee Resort
9am        Beginner (Sheep’s Bridge), intermediate (Mill Creek), advanced (S. Fork Horseshoe to Mahogany), and DH group rides
9:30am   DH race training runs start
10am      Beginner RipStoke clinic in Driggs (pre-registration is ideal)
10:45am DH race starts at Grand Targhee Resort
12pm      Beginner group ride – Tetonia Rail Trail
2pm        Beginner (Sheep’s Bridge), intermediate (Horseshoe Loops), women’s (Horseshoe Loops) and DH group rides
Intermediate RipStoke clinic in Victor (pre-registration is ideal)
4pm        DH race awards at Grand Targhee Resort
5pm        Saturday night party opens in Driggs with food vendors, raffles, auctions, bike shenanigans and more beer
7pm        RipStoke trials riding show, followed by music by The Salamanders
10pm      Party shuts down in Driggs

SUNDAY, July 24
7am        Registration opens at Grand Targhee Resort
5-hour XC race begins at Grand Targhee Resort
8am        Registration opens at the Hub in Driggs
10am      Beginner (Trail Creek Trail), Advanced (Red Creek), and DH group rides
Intermediate RipStoke clinic at Grand Targhee Resort
1pm        Advanced RipStoke clinic at Grand Targhee Resort
2pm        Beginner (Sheep’s Bridge) and intermediate (Rick’s Basin) group rides
3pm        XC race awards at Grand Targhee Resort
3:30pm   RipStoke trials riding show at Grand Targhee Resort
BBQ starts at Grand Targhee Resort
4pm        Live music at Grand Targhee Resort with the Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit
6pm        Party over….see you next time!!!
Registration for clinics is live on the festival registration page.  We expect these to sell out…
Registration for the 5-hour XC race is online at Athlete 360 here (different link from the festival)
Registration for group rides will happen at the festival.
And registration for the whole shebang is RIGHT HERE….
We’re live with 2011 online registration at Athlete 360.