The Shuttle SL offers a classic MTB feel with motorized assistance when you need it
Having updated its Shuttle eMTB in 2020, Pivot Cycles has now added a new member of the family in the lightweight form of the SL, which replaces the Shimano e-motor with a Fazua motor and battery to create a “smooth, stealthy” ride. and as nimble as any unassisted trail bike.”
“Utilizing the latest in advanced drive unit and battery technology, the Shuttle SL rewards its rider with enormous weight reduction, refined suspension, crisp handling and breakthrough performance,” said Pivot Cycles. “It rips through any terrain, delivering the freedom and feel of Pivot’s best trail bikes, with unmatched acceleration and climbing performance.”
The SL is built around a full carbon hollow-core frame that comes in four size options to accommodate riders between 1.57 and 1.85m (5.16 – 6.08ft) tall, and a flip-chip chip has been included to modify the geometry to suit different riding conditions. There are also four build options available, ranging from the reliable and fun configuration to the lightest “World Cup” configuration, which tips the scales at just 16.4 kg (36.25 lbs).
The Class 1 e-bike can be optionally fitted with a 140 mm or 150 mm (5.5 to 5.9 in) Fox suspension fork combined with 132 mm (5.1 in) DW-Link suspension rocking a Fox shock to the rear for “plush compliance and efficient pedaling, plenty of pop for a spirited ride and enough progression to swallow big hits at speed.”
Much of the weight saving comes from motor and battery choice, with the SL being powered by a 250W Fazua Ride 60 drive system positioned just above the bottom bracket which peaks at 450 watts, is IP54 waterproof and can be performance modified via a companion mobile app.
The 60 Nm (44.2 lb.ft) torque it produces is no match for the Shimano EP8 or Bosch CX motors but, according to Pivot, “the bike is so light that it doesn’t require much effort. extra effort on steep climbs to stay with the group.” Three levels of pedal assist are provided up to 20 mph (or 25 km/h in Europe), and the motor fully disengages when not in use for quiet, resistance-free pedaling. Either way, a Shimano XT, X01, or XTR 12-speed derailleur provides riding flexibility.
No specific range-per-charge figure is given for the non-removable 430Wh battery built into the frame, but the company has tested the e-bike while switching between assist modes as needed and reports that “when we start our rides with a fully-charged battery showing five lights on the screen, we can regularly complete a 3-4 hour ride with 1,000 meters (3,000+ feet) of climbing and 1 or 2 lights still showing on the screen (with a 90 kg/200 lb) rider on board.”
Riders looking to stay on the trails longer can opt for a Fazua range extender, which is expected to be available in the first half of 2023. An LED battery gauge on the top tube provides at-a-glance energy monitoring eye, and the case appears. for charging mobile devices via USB on the go.
The SL rolls on 29-inch DT Swiss alloy or Reynolds Blacklabel carbon wheels wrapped in 2.4-inch-wide Dissector or Rekon Maxxis tires. Stopping power is provided by Shimano 4-piston disc brakes with 203/180 or 180/180 rotors. And the eMTB comes with an aluminum or carbon Phoenix handlebar with lockable grips.
“The Shuttle SL bridges the gap between an analog bike and an e-bike,” said CEO and Founder, Chris Cocalis. “It gives you the same nimble, traditional mountain bike feel, while the power characteristics provide that perfect amount of assist, making it feel like you’re having a really strong day on the bike – only you can do it. ‘have every day! We’ve done it by laser-focusing on strength-to-weight ratio, geometry and suspension to create an incredibly light, yet perfectly powerful eMTB.”
Pricing for the Shuttle SL starts at US$8,299 and rolls up to $11,999. The video below has more.
Pivot Shuttle SL – The Overview
Product sheet: Shuttle SL