First look: Pivot’s New Shuttle SL is a Flyweight eMTB

Lightweight e-bikes seem to be all the rage these days and Pivot is the latest brand to join the crowd with their Shuttle SL, which weighs in at 36.25 lbs (16.44 kg). To achieve this low figure, the frame is built entirely of carbon and features a 430-watt battery and a Fazua motor that produces 60 Nm of torque. Pivot chose to make the battery integrated to save 500g by reducing the tube wall thickness and eliminating any hardware necessary for quick removal.Judging by the specs and geography, this is not a long-range internals weapon, as the rear has 132mm of travel and a fixed head tube angle of 65 degrees. This chimes closely with bikes like the Trek Fuel EX-e, which we tested recently, and the Specialized Turbo Levo SL.

Shuttle details SL
Travel: 132mm rear, 140/150mm front
• Wheel Size: 29 inches
• Frame Material: Carbon
• Head Angle: 65°
• Battery: 430 Wh
• Engine: Fazua Ride 60
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: 16.44 kg / 36.25 lbs
• MSRP: $8,299 – $11,999
• pivotcycles.com

The Shuttle SL comes in four build kits starting at $8,299, three of which use a 150mm-travel fork, but the World Cup drops to 140mm.

Frame and engine details

While there’s no definitive answer about how far they can go on a single charge of the 430Wh battery, Pivot says they’ve been able to complete 3-4 hour rides with 1,000m of climb regularly with just a few bars of battery life left. In case this is not enough, the Fazua range extender will be available in the first half of 2023. It takes 3.5 hours to charge the main battery from a completely empty and, as mentioned, is built into the frame to reduce weight and cannot be removed easily.

The Fazua motor has three auxiliary power modes; Breeze, River, and Rocket are interchangeable with this stylish looking thumb remote. Like most motors, Fazua has created an app to adjust these assistance levels and is covered by a two-year warranty. The integrated top tube display unit isn’t as elaborate as some other brand’s bikes, but it does display key factors like power level and battery.

Typical pivot frame details include DW-link suspension, 157mm Super Boost rear wheel spacing, and Universal Derailleur Hanger. Pivot has also built in the suspension characteristics to work with the coil shock as well, although they recommend the Fox DHX2 for the best fit in this regard. The build kits come with 140 and 150 mm of front-wheel travel, but there is an option to fit a 160 mm fork.

Engineering

To maintain quick maneuverability and take advantage of the lightweight bike on less demanding trails, the Shuttle SL’s head angle is a moderate 65-degree slack and features a short chainstay. These change with tire size from 430mm on the small and medium tires, to 432 on the large tires and 436 on the large tires. The back triangles all use the same die, meaning that the change is made by moving the position of the pivot on the front triangle, a die that is adjusted to different sizes anyway.

The Shuttle SL has a flip-up slide to increase the steepness of the head angle to 65.5 degrees in the “high” mode, or make it compatible with a 27.5-inch rear wheel. In terms of reach, four sizes span between 435 and 500 mm. There is a significant gap between small and medium 30mm, but only the 13mm jump hits the LG at 478mm.

Specifications and pricing

There’s no denying that eMTB pricing isn’t cheap, however, so you need to factor in the extra cost of the battery and motor, as well as the extra engineering that goes into fitting these components into such a light frame. The starting price for the Shimano SLX/XT component package is $8,299 and includes a Fox Performance E-MTB 36 Grip 150mm travel fork and a Performance Float X shock. A DT Swiss alloy wheel is used at the two lower price points, while both teams feature a Reynolds-designed Blacklabel Carbon 309 with Industry hubs. Nine Hydra. All structures use Fox suspension, and interestingly the Team World Cup option includes a 34 E-MTB light fork chassis with 150mm of travel.

The Shuttle SL is now available through the Pivot dealer network and we’ll be spending some time working on it in the coming weeks of August, so stay tuned for First Ride impressions.



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