We’ve passed the Pivot Shuttle around to riders in Oregon and Southern California for testing over the last six months and have been having a lot of fun on it. We’ve pushed the limits of battery life and travel on this 140/160mm eMTB.
All of our testers greatly appreciated Pivot’s move to larger wheels and a longer travel fork on the Shuttle. The DW-Link suspension is incredibly capable, very composed and offered confidence and stability beyond what we’d expect from a 140mm bike. Pivot worked with Fox to custom valve the rear shock for the demands of an eMTB and to complement their DW-Link system, and it looks like they nailed the tune. The 160mm fork and larger wheels also allowed our testers to push the bike harder, jump deeper and stay off the brakes more, which was good since the small rotors would quickly overheat.
The Pivot Shuttle’s geometry keeps the bike nimble enough to be fun and playful without being sluggish on a majority of trails. The riding around Phoenix, Arizona, Pivot’s home turf, is littered with technical trails, tight turns, flat corners with tall rocks and obstacles. Throw in some high-speed descending, punchy climbs and you’ve got a pretty dialed spot to develop a well-rounded bike. Much of our terrain was similar and we even made some trips to ride some secret and legendary PNW trails that are about as steep and rowdy as they get. Our testers all had fun on the Pivot Shuttle and felt that the bike could hang with the best of them. The only real complaints were the brake fade and the fact that whoever was on the Shuttle couldn’t go back up for a fifth lap when riders on bikes with bigger batteries could. With all the bikes and gear we have to test, we’ve come up with a saying, more like an ethos, “All Boost, all the time!” It pretty much means that when we’re out riding, we are banging out as much vert, mileage and downhill time as we can get as quickly as we can. Our last test ride aboard the Pivot Shuttle was roughly 18 miles and packed 2,700 feet of climbing. At the bottom of the last descent, the battery was flashing red while our other riders had anywhere from 21-37% battery left on bikes with larger batteries.
If you don’t regularly ride in Boost, don’t have a ton of vert, or aren’t concerned with longer range rides, then perhaps our critiques of the battery won’t be an issue. Instead, the bike’s super fun and capable demeanor will win you over. It certainly impressed us.