Light-weight E-bikes appear to all the fad as of late and Pivot is the newest model to affix the gang with their Shuttle SL, which weighs a claimed 36.25 lb (16.44 kg). To realize that low quantity the body is absolutely constructed from carbon and encompasses 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 decreasing the tube wall thickness and eliminating any {hardware} wanted for fast removing.

Judging by the spec and geo, this isn’t a long-travel enduro weapon, as a result of the rear journey tops out at 132mm of journey and the pinnacle tube angle is a gentle 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 measurement: 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
• pivotcycles.com

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 such thing as a definitive reply as to how far you go on a single cost from the 430 Wh battery, Pivot says they’ve been in a position to full 3-4 hour rides with 1000 meters of climbing repeatedly with just a few bars of battery life left. In case that is not sufficient, the Fazua vary extender might be accessible 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 cut back weight and isn’t simply detachable.

The Fazua motor has three energy help modes; Breeze, River, and Rocket which will be toggled with the tidy trying thumb distant. Like most motors, Fazua has created an app to tune these help ranges and is roofed by a 2-year guarantee. The built-in high tube show unit is not as elaborate as another manufacturers’ bikes, but it surely reveals key components comparable to the ability and battery degree.

Typical Pivot body particulars embrace DW-link suspension, 157mm Tremendous Enhance rear wheel spacing, and a Common Derailleur Hanger. Pivot has additionally constructed the suspension traits to work with a coil shock too, though they suggest a Fox DHX2 for the most effective compatibility in that regard. The construct kits include 140 and 150mm of entrance wheel journey, however there may be the choice to suit a 160mm fork.

Geometry

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

The Shuttle SL has a flip-chip to steepen the pinnacle angle to 65.5-degrees within the “excessive” mode, or make it suitable with a 27.5″ rear wheel. By way of attain, the 4 measurement span between 435 and 500mm. There’s a giant hole between the small and medium of 30mm, however solely a 13mm leap as much as the LG at 478mm.

Specs and Pricing

There is not any denying that eMTB pricing is not low cost, nevertheless, you’ll want to issue within the extra price for a battery and motor, plus the additional engineering that goes into becoming these parts into such a light-weight body. The beginning worth for a Shimano SLX/XT part pack is $8,299 USD and features 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 crew builds characteristic Reynolds Blacklabel Carbon 309 rims with Trade 9 Hydra hubs. All the builds use Fox suspension and, curiously sufficient, the Staff World Cup possibility consists of the sunshine 34 E-MTB fork chassis with 150mm of journey.

The Shuttle SL is out there now via 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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