Pivot eases uphills with the Shuttle

Pivot enters the eMTB market

Pivot Cycles is jumping into the eMTB game with the Shuttle. This new motor-assisted trail bike seeks to shave weight from what are usually quite hefty bikes.

Pivot Shuttle highlights

  • 140mm of rear travel/150mm fork
  • Five sizes
  • Powered by the Shimano Steps E8000 motor
  • Integrated battery
  • 27.5+ /29in compatible
  • 44lb/19.95kg (claimed) weight
  • £8,999/€9,999
  • Only available in the UK and Europe

The Shuttle features 27.5+ wheels and tires with 140mm of rear suspension mated to a 150mm fork
The Shuttle features 27.5+ wheels and tires with 140mm of rear suspension mated to a 150mm fork

Pedal-assist mountain bikes may give riders a boost, but they also come with a weight penalty that can negatively impact handling. Pivot sought to remedy this by attempting to minimize the weight through integration and a full carbon frame.

The Shuttle is powered by Shimano's new E8000 motor
The Shuttle is powered by Shimano's new E8000 motor

“When designing the Shuttle, we wanted to really raise the bar by developing a true pro-level enduro/trail bike within the eMTB category. The Shuttle combines every design feature and standard for stiffness, strength and performance that Pivot mountain bikes are known for,” said Pivot’s CEO Chris Cocalis.

“Combined with Shimano’s incredible E8000 system, our innovative full carbon chassis and some clever engineering solutions to battery integration, we were able to exceed our goals and build an incredibly light eMTB with short 17.2” (437mm) chainstays, balanced handling, and a level of overall performance not previously available in the eMTB category,” he added.

The Shuttle has a claimed weight of 44lb/19.95kg, which is significantly lighter than most of its competitors.

The battery is integrated into the downtube for a clean look
The battery is integrated into the downtube for a clean look

The use of an integrated version of Shimano’s battery gives the frame a clean silhouette.  The Shuttle has external charging ports and the battery can be removed with a 4mm hex key if you need to swap batteries.  

You don't have to remove the battery for charging, but you can swap them out, if needed
You don't have to remove the battery for charging, but you can swap them out, if needed

Pivot adjusted the dw-link rear suspension to cope with the heavier weight and higher torque of e-bikes.

Another change from Pivot’s other mid-travel suspension bikes, such as the Mach 5.5, is the use of a wider version of the company’s shock pivot and clevis design that is similar to those found on the longer-travel Firebird and Phoenix.

While most eMTB riders won't be able to ride like Aaron Chase, a focus on keeping the Shuttle light should make it more agile
While most eMTB riders won't be able to ride like Aaron Chase, a focus on keeping the Shuttle light should make it more agile

The Shuttle uses “Super Boost” 152x12mm rear axle spacing introduced with the Pivot Switchblade to bolster rear wheel stiffness.

In addition to Super Boost and a dw-linkage tweaked for eMTB use, the Shuttle is equipped with a host of eMTB-specific components, including a custom-tuned Fox DPX2 shock, a DT Swiss EB1550 wheelset and a burlier version of Maxxis’ 27.5x2.8 Rekon tires with a reinforced Silk-Shield casing.

Cocalis is a stickler for sizing, so it’s no surprise the Shuttle is offered in five sizes to fit a wide range of riders.

The Shuttle will be available in the UK and Europe. Currently, there are no plans to bring the Shuttle to the United States.

Visit www.pivotcycles.com/bike/shuttle for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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