High pivot rear ends, where the swingarm pivot point is located well above the front chainring, have a decisive advantage over suspension systems with a low swingarm pivot point, usually at the level of the top edge of the chainring. When it comes to downhill and high speed, rough rides over obstacle-laden trails, high pivot bikes are significantly and measurably faster than low pivot bikes. This is due to the fact that the rear wheel, when hitting an obstacle, does not only bounce upwards as usual but also moves backwards at the same time according to a specific axle path. It thus follows the impact angle of a rock or a thick root much better. The rear wheel strikes less heavily against the obstacle. It does not hook up. So a high-pivot bike is less likely to be slowed down by rough bumps.