Pivot’s updated Shuttle is one of the lightest electric MTBs around

Forget the uplift wagon, take Pivot’s Shuttle to get the most out of your downhills

Pivot’s Shuttle electric bike, as its name suggests, is aimed firmly at a market of riders that want to make their way to the top of a hill with a little assistance before blasting back down.

But, as one of the lightest electric mountain bikes currently on the market — weighing a claimed 20.29kg / 44.75lb for the Shuttle Team XTR build — it takes trail rides in its stride too.

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The latest Shuttle gets beefed up with a bigger fork out front and 29in wheels as standard (previously 27.5in+ wheels were the standard – they will still fit the new bike).

Small changes to the integration of its Shimano Steps drive system and associated parts tidy the bike up, and two model options, one at a much lower price point than the previous version, bring the bike onto the radar of a much broader range of riders.

It still isn’t cheap in either guise, but the changes Pivot has made to the bike’s components should only help make it even better — and it was already one of our favourites.

Aaron Chase rides Pivot electric mountain bike up a steep hill
Pivot pro-rider and all-round genius Aaron Chase putting the Shuttle to work
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There have been some minor, but neat, changes if you look closely around the new Shuttle.

The rear wheel magnet sensor is now cleanly integrated into the frame. Shimano’s new motor-settings shifter tidies up the cockpit and allows easier positioning of the dropper post trigger. Meanwhile, the Shuttle retains its eye-catching, full-carbon frame, which makes it one of the lightest electric mountain bikes available, and its 10-year frame warranty.

The 160mm-travel Fox 36 fork with 44mm offset takes the travel up from 150mm on the previous incarnation. Pivot says: “The same fork specs that make our enduro race models shred so hard gives the Shuttle next level feel and capability on the trail.” As the company’s President and CEO, Chris Cocalis, put it: “We really wanted to make the bike more enduro.”

Simple. The longer fork raises the front end and ensures the bike can be ploughed through the nastiest terrain.

Man rides Pivot electric mountain bike riding down a large rock
The Shuttle aims to take the pain out of the uphills so the downhills are more fun
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Moving to 29-inch wheels as standard was also part of Pivot’s vision for the Shuttle. It’s a bike Cocalis describes as being designed “first and foremost for aggressive riders”, and those big hoops will help in defining it as a performance machine. That’s not to say it isn’t for the masses. The new lower price model is a clear indicator that Pivot wants more people to jump on the Shuttle.

Pivot Shuttle geometry

  • Head angle: 65.2 degrees (all sizes)
  • Seat angle (effective): 74 degrees (all sizes)
  • Chainstay: 438mm / 17.2in (all sizes)
  • Seat tube: S 396mm/15.6in; M 427mm/16.8in; L 458mm/18in; XL 496mm/19.5in
  • Top tube: S 600mm/23.6in; M 619mm/24.4in; L 641mm/25.2in; XL 667mm/26.3in
  • Head tube: S 110mm/4.3in; M 120mm/4.7in; L 130mm/5.1in; XL 140mm/5.5in
  • Bottom bracket height: 363mm/14.2in (all sizes)
  • Wheelbase: S 1,182mm/46.5in; M 1,206mm/47.5in; L 1,230mm/48.4in; XL 1,260mm/49.6in
  • Stack: S 607mm/23.9in; M 616mm/24.3in; L 625mm/24.6in; XL 635mm/25in
  • Reach: S 419mm/16.5in; M 439mm/17.3in; L 459mm/18.1in; XL 484mm/19.1in

Pivot Shuttle Team XTR

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Pivot’s Shuttle Team XTR build
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The more expensive of the two models, the Shuttle Team XTR comes in at roughly the same price as the previous model (£100 more expensive, but at this price that amount is negligible). It runs on Shimano’s Steps E8000 drive system, is decked out with high-end bling and weighs a claimed 20.29kg / 44.75lb — feathery by e-bike standards.

  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Steel blue
  • Weight: 20.29kg /44.75lb
  • Frame: Pivot Shuttle
  • Drive: Shimano Steps E8000
  • Battery: Shimano Steps BT-E8010
  • Fork: 160mm-travel Fox Factory E-MTB 36 29in w/44mm offset, FIT4
  • Rear shock: Fox Factory Float DPX2
  • Shifters: Shimano XTR Rapidfire Plus M9100 12-speed
  • Derailleur: Shimano XTR M9100 GS 12-speed
  • Cranks: Shimano XT M8050 w/Shimano E-MTB 34t, 170mm
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss EB 1535 30mm, 29-inch
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5-inch TR EXO+ 3CT, Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4-inch TR EXO+ 3CT
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8020 4-piston
  • Bar: Phoenix Team Carbon 760mm
  • Stem: Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail 45mm
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer 125mm (S), Fox Transfer 150mm (M, L, XL)
  • Saddle: Phoenix WTB Pro Hightail Trail (S), Phoenix WTB Pro Vigo (M, L, XL)
  • Price: £9,099 / €10,499 / $10,499 / AU$16,500

Pivot Shuttle Race XT

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Pivot’s less costly Shuttle Race XT build
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The more affordable Shuttle Race XT lops over £2,000 off the price of the XTR version. As you can imagine, this means a drop in the components spec, but that’s not to say there are any questionable parts on the bike.

It shares the same Shimano battery as the XTR Team build, while operating on the Shimano Steps E7000 drive system. It is still desirable by anyone’s standards, and also still pricey.

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  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Black with sterling silver
  • Weight: Unlisted
  • Frame: Pivot Shuttle
  • Drive: Shimano Steps E7000
  • Battery: Shimano Steps BT-E8010
  • Fork: 160mm-travel Fox Performance E-MTB 36 29in w/44mm offset, GRIP
  • Rear shock: Fox Performance Float DPX2
  • Shifters: Shimano SLX M7000 11-speed
  • Derailleur: Shimano XT GS 11-speed
  • Cranks: Shimano E8000 w/Sammox SB+ 34t, 170mm
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss EB 1935 30mm, 29-inch
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5-inch TR EXO+ 3CT, Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4-inch TR EXO+ 3CT
  • Brakes: Shimano MT520 4-piston
  • Bar: Phoenix Race Aluminium 750mm
  • Stem: Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail 45mm
  • Seatpost: KS Rage I 125mm (S), KS Rage I 150mm (M, L, XL)
  • Saddle: Phoenix WTB Race Hightail Trail (S), Phoenix WTB Race Vigo (M, L, XL)
  • Price: £6,999 / €7,899 / $7,899 / AU$12,499