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First Look: Pivot’s New Shuttle SL is a Flyweight eMTB – Pinkbike

First Look: Pivot’s New Shuttle SL is a Flyweight eMTB – Pinkbike

Light-weight E-bikes appear to all the fad as of late and Pivot is the most recent model to hitch the group with their Shuttle SL, which weighs a claimed 36.25 lb (16.44 kg). To attain that low quantity the body is absolutely constructed from carbon and options a 430 Wh battery and a Fazua motor that produces 60 Nm of torque. Pivot selected to make the battery built-in to save lots of 500 grams by lowering the tube wall thickness and eliminating any {hardware} wanted for fast elimination.

Judging by the spec and geo, this is not a lengthy-journey enduro weapon, as a result of the rear journey tops out at 132mm of journey and the top tube angle is a regular 65º. That aligns it intently to bikes just like the Trek Gas EX-e, which we lately examined, and the Specialised Turbo Levo SL.

Shuttle SL Particulars
• Journey: 132mm rear, 140/150mm entrance
• Wheel dimension: 29″
• Body materials: carbon
• Head angle: 65°
• Battery: 430 Wh
• Motor: Fazua Journey 60
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: 16.44 kg / 36.25 lb
• MSRP: $8,299 – 11,999 USD

The Shuttle SL is available in 4 construct kits that begin at $8,299, three of which use a 150mm journey fork, however the World Cup drops all the way down to 140mm.

Body and Powerplant Particulars

Whereas there is no definitive reply as to how far you go on a single cost from the 430 Wh battery, Pivot says they’ve been capable of full 3-4 hour rides with 1000 meters of climbing recurrently with a few bars of battery life left. In case that is not sufficient, the Fazua vary extender might be obtainable within the first half of 2023. The primary battery takes 3.5 hours to cost from absolutely empty and, as talked about, is built-in into the body to scale back weight and is not simply detachable.

The Fazua motor has three energy help modes; Breeze, River, and Rocket which may be toggled with the tidy wanting thumb distant. Like most motors, Fazua has created an app to tune these help ranges and is coated by a 2-12 months guarantee. The built-in prime tube show unit is not as elaborate as another manufacturers’ bikes, but it surely reveals key elements akin to the facility and battery stage.

Typical Pivot body particulars embody DW-hyperlink suspension, 157mm Tremendous Increase rear wheel spacing, and a Common Derailleur Hanger. Pivot has additionally constructed the suspension traits to work with a coil shock too, though they advocate a Fox DHX2 for the very best compatibility in that regard. The construct kits include 140 and 150mm of entrance wheel journey, however there is the choice to suit a 160mm fork.


To maintain the dealing with fast and reap the benefits of the light-weight bike on much less demanding trails, the top angle of the Shuttle SL is a reasonably slack 65 levels and options quick chainstays. These change with the body dimension from 430mm on the small and medium frames, to 432 on the big and 436 on the XL. All the rear triangles use the identical mould, in order that implies that the alteration is finished by transferring the pivot placement on the entrance triangle, a mould that is tweaked for the completely different sizes anyhow.

The Shuttle SL has a flip-chip to steepen the top angle to 65.5-levels within the “excessive” mode, or make it appropriate with a 27.5″ rear wheel. When it comes to attain, the 4 dimension span between 435 and 500mm. There is a giant hole between the small and medium of 30mm, however solely a 13mm bounce as much as the LG at 478mm.

Specs and Pricing

There is no denying that eMTB pricing is not low-cost, nevertheless, it’s essential to issue within the further price for a battery and motor, plus the additional engineering that goes into becoming these elements into such a mild body. The beginning value for a Shimano SLX/XT part pack is $8,299 USD and consists of a Fox Efficiency E-MTB 36 Grip 150mm journey fork and Efficiency Float X shock. DT Swiss alloy wheel are used on the 2 lower cost factors, whereas the 2 workforce builds characteristic Reynolds Blacklabel Carbon 309 rims with Trade 9 Hydra hubs. All the builds use Fox suspension and, curiously sufficient, the Workforce World Cup choice consists of the sunshine 34 E-MTB fork chassis with 150mm of journey.

The Shuttle SL is obtainable now by Pivot’s vendor community and we might be spending a while on it within the coming weeks of August, so keep tuned for First Journey impressions.


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