Here at Prestige Cycles we have always been fans of the Pivot Mach 6: it's very light for its 6 inches of travel, with a stiff carbon chassis, excellent pedalling characteristics from the DW-Link back end and a playful, poppy nature when ripping singletrack and charging the descents. So when the time came for one of our "special" builds this was an easy choice.
We grabbed a set of 160mm Pikes and took a trip to Chichester to see our old friend Ali at FatCreations custom paint shop. As the man who painted the eye-catching bikes Steve Peat rode to sign off his stellar career in 2016, as well as countless other fantastic paint jobs, we knew he wouldn’t let us down. We kept the brief simple - make it purple! - but otherwise gave him free rein on the design. He came up with this metallic two-tone fade from midnight blue to purple, which looks different from every angle and changes as you move around the bike, with lilac and silver highlights for the logos and inside the rear triangle. It looks pretty good in the photos, but in the flesh it is truly jaw-dropping.
So then the fun really began - how to complement this beautiful frame while at the same time making a bike that would ride hard and bring the grin-factor. Sticking with the purple theme we went to Hope for headset, cranks, BB, seatclamp and hubs. The latter were laced up to a set of Stan’s Flow Mk3 rims with Sapim CX Ray spokes for a strong, dependable wheelset that’s surprisingly light. Stop and go comes from Sram Guide Ultimate brakes and XX1 respectively - you can’t see in the pictures, but the small red details on the shifter and mech logos have been retouched in purple!
We were all set for a matching stem/bar combo from Renthal, and even went so far as to re-anodise the bar clamps on the stem in purple. However when we offered it up to the bike the bar didn’t look right, so we kept the stem and swapped in a Thomson bar we had whose slick black finish looks perfect. Troy Lee grips with purple clamps complete the cockpit.
This bike is a one-off, an antidote to the sea of black-and-red out there, and everyone who has seen it in our shop has had the same reaction - a sharp intake of breath, followed by a smile and a “oooh”!
This bike is available for sale at £6500. There are a couple more pictures below, or pop into the shop on George Street and have a look for yourself.