While Pivot has been powering its customers with its Shuttle eMTB for about five years now, the Shuttle SL is an entirely different beast and looks set to give the new Trek Fuel EXe some competition. The shuttle was recently built with a Shimano EP8 engine and a massive 726Wh battery. Compare that to the new Shuttle SL based on the newer Fazua Ride 60 system with “only” a 430Wh battery, and you’ll start to get a picture of the difference in frame construction.
Fazua Ride 60 Drive System
More than just capturing the look of a traditional mountain bike, the Fazua Ride 60 system claims to add to the new bike’s ride quality in ways that heavier, more powerful engines can’t match. Perhaps the most noticeable weight. An engine weight of 1.96kg and a battery weight of 430Wh of 2.2kg gave Pivot a starting point for building a bike under 37lbs.
Pivot claims the 430Wh battery provides more than enough power for a 3-4 hour ride with 3000+ feet of climb, though range will depend on rider weight, condition, etc. If you want more range, the bike will be compatible with the range-extender Fazua 210Wh which should be available sometime in 2023.
Compared to other ebike drivetrain systems, the Ride 60 drive unit is small — although not quite as small as the Tq drivetrain, apparently. . It also detaches when not in use for quiet, drag-free driving. The Shuttle SL is rated a Class 1 motorcycle and will cut pedal assist at 20 mph.
While the torque figure is limited to 60 Nm, it looks like it could be a worthy trade-off. Maximum power is claimed at 450 watts, which can be delivered via the new Boost function that delivers 4 or 12 seconds of full 450 watts of boost when the loop control is pushed.
Although it may look like a throttle, Ring Control is a multifunctional remote control that allows you to change assistance modes while engaged in Boost or Walk mode. A simple LED panel on the top tube gives you an indication of the mode you’re in (Breeze, River or Rocket) and how much battery you have left.
You can even open the panel to find a USB-C charging port to charge other electronic devices if needed.
The bike is ready to ride as is, but additional controls and updates can be managed by connecting your smartphone to the bike using the Fazua app. The bike offers Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, and the app’s dashboard will allow you to adjust power, support, and ramp settings among other details.
To charge the battery, you will find a charging port in front of the bottom bracket, and it is said that charging a completely dead battery only takes 3.5 hours.
Along these lines, both wires and cable routing are internally routed using the Pivot Cable Port System. In usually excellent Pivot style, the user manual provides amazing detail on how to set up and maintain your bike.
After all, it’s almost easy to forget that we haven’t even talked about the frame yet. Built around a 135mm-travel dw-link platform, the builds will include the option of a Fox 34 fork 140mm and DPS rear shock to World Cup specification (the lightest weight), or the Fox 36 fork and Float X rear 150mm fork on the Team, Pro, and ride level build .
The Shuttle SL will ride on 29-inch wheels and tires, with Super Boost spacing of 157 x 12mm in the rear. Tire clearance is listed at 2.4 with a full charge of the 29×2.4 Maxxis tires.
One of the frame’s most notable details is the integrated battery design. This means that you will actually have to remove the motor from the frame before you can remove the battery. According to Pivot founder Chris Cocalis, the constant battery placement “allowed us to build a frame with a similar wall thickness as our analog bikes (Switchblade) and also identical stiffness numbers. We estimate that we saved over a pound (about 0.6 kg) with this and have better stiffness for the frame without the battery.” It’s also quieter than the battery with the release mechanism because there is no latch or movement. Finally, it enables the bike to look very traditional (not like an e-bike) which is important to us.”
Operating a head tube angle slightly slower than the Trail 429, the Shuttle SL offers size specific lengths for all four tire sizes. The flip-up slide allows riders to raise the bottom bracket and increase the slope of the head tube angle at the higher setting.
As usual, the tires are optimized for the use of dropper shafts. How long can you run a dropper? Pivot put together the excellent chart above that gives a minimum and maximum saddle height, taking the guesswork out of it.
Additional frame details include a SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger, and an integrated top chain guide.
Models and pricing
It is offered in Ride, Pro, Team, and Team WC designs, and each will be available in Desert Sage Green or Blue Denium. Pricing starts at $8,299 to build the ride, and tops out at $11,999 for the WC Team. Now available at major hub distributors.