First Ride on the Pivot Shuttle
Words & Photos by Chili Dog
Europe has been enjoying the Pivot Shuttle for some time now, while Pivot fans in the U.S. have been forced sit back and wait. With some trepidation, Pivot decided it was time to unleash their first eMTB on their home turf. Well unleash isn’t quite the right word. More like quietly open the pen gate. Pivot opted for a soft launch, letting consumers and dealers request the bike, rather than shoving it down people’s throats. No doubt a move meant to tread lightly in these tumultuous times. We found out that a local shop, Newbury Park Bikes, just got delivery of new Shuttles, so we kidnapped the Ben, the owner’s, new baby for a chance to see just what our European brethren had been going on about.
A carbon frame designed entirely around the Shimano Steps E8000 motor and 500Wh battery pack, the Shuttle is based loosely on the Mach 5.5. We currently have a 5.5 in our test queue, and the similarities in geometry and suspension were immediately apparent.
The Shuttle packs 140mm of DW-Link suspension with a Fox DPX2 and e-bike specific tune. Up front is a 150mm Fox Factory 36. Thanks to the carbon chassis and top of the line spec, the bike comes in at just 44 pounds, making it one of the lightest factory e-bikes on the market. Stopping this 44-pound e-beast is a set of Shimano’s new XT M8000 four piston brakes. Stopping power is abundant and we really like the feel of the new brakes. The bike comes equipped with 2.8 Maxxis rubber, but Pivot claims it can accommodate up to 3-inch tires.
Pivot didn’t skimp when spec’ing the Shuttle. It’s offered in only one trim level: making it a top of the line $10,000 bike. That price point meant that Pivot could afford to go the extra mile, and they did. The Fox and Shimano spec clearly solidify the intent of Pivot’s eMTB.
The internal cable routing is not only clean in appearance, but entirely water-tight to keep the electrical components safe from harm. The battery is seamlessly integrated in the frame, leaving clean lines and clean ports to access the charger and battery level indicator.