What do MTB riders really want from an eBike? More power? Longer range? Or what about a bike that blurs the line between assisted riding and the responsiveness you expect from a mountain bike, but with less weight than most e-bikes? Sound intriguing? Then you’ll probably like the new Pivot Shuttle SL.
While Pivot has been electrifying customers with the Shuttle eMTB for about five years now, the Shuttle SL is a completely different beast and it looks like it will give the new Trek Fuel EXe some competition. The shuttle was built most recently with a Shimano EP8 motor and a massive 726Wh battery. Compare that to the new Shuttle SL which relies on the new Fazua Ride 60 system with “only” a 430Wh battery, and you start to get an idea of the difference in frame construction.
Fazua Ride 60 drive system
More than just capturing the looks of a traditional mountain bike, the Fazua Ride 60 system claims to add to the new bike’s ride quality in a way that heavier, more powerful motors simply can’t. equal. The most obvious is probably the weight. A motor weight of 1.96 kg and a 2.2 kg weight for the 430 Wh battery gave Pivot a starting point to build an e-bike under 37 lbs.
Pivot claims the 430 Wh battery provides more than enough juice for 3-4 hour rides with over 3,000 feet of climbing, although range depends on rider weight, mode, etc. If you want more range, the bike will be compatible with the Fazua 210 Wh range extender which should be available sometime in 2023.
Compared to other e-bike motor systems, the Ride 60 drive unit is tiny, but not as small as the Tq motor, it seems. . It also disengages when not in use for a quiet, drag-free ride. The Shuttle SL is classified as a Class 1 e-bike and will cut pedal assist at 20 mph.
Although the torque is limited to 60 Nm, it seems that this could be a valid compromise for the weight. Maximum power is claimed at 450w, which can be delivered via the new Boost feature which offers 4 or 12 second boosts of the full 450w by pressing the Ring control.
Although it may look a bit like a throttle, the Ring Control is a multi-function remote that lets you change assist modes while activating Boost or Walk mode. The simple LED panel on the top tube gives you an indication of which mode you’re in (Breeze, River or Rocket) and how much battery is 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 both Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, and the app’s dashboard will let you fine-tune power, support, and throttle settings, among other details.
To charge the battery, you will find a charging port in front of the bottom bracket, and charging a completely drained battery would only take 3.5 hours.
Along these lines, cabling and cable routing are routed internally using the swivel cable port system. In excellent Pivot fashion, the user’s manual provides incredible detail on setting up and maintaining your bike.
After all that, it’s almost easy to forget that we haven’t even talked about the frame yet. Built around a 135mm travel dw-link platform, builds will include the option of a 140mm Fox 34 fork and DPS rear shock for World Cup spec (the lightest ), or a Fox 36 150mm fork and Float X rear shocks on the Team, Pro, and Ride-level versions.
The Shuttle SL will roll on 29er wheels and tires, with 157x12mm Super Boost spacing in the rear. Tire clearance is listed at 2.4″ with all complete builds shipping with 29 x 2.4″ Maxxis tires.
One of the standout details of the frame is the integrated battery design. This means that you will actually need to remove the motor from the frame before you can remove the battery. According to Pivot founder Chris Cocalis, the fixed battery position “allowed us to build the frame with similar wall thickness to our analog bikes (Switchblade) and also identical stiffness numbers. We feel that we have saved over a pound (about 0.6 kg) with this and have better frame stiffness without the removable battery It’s also quieter than the battery with the release mechanism as there is no no rattling or latch movement.Finally, it allows the bike to look very traditional (not like an e-bike), which was important to us.
Running a slightly slacker head tube angle than the Trail 429, the Shuttle SL offers size-specific chainstay lengths for all four frame sizes. A flip chip allows riders to raise the bottom bracket and steepen the head tube angle in the high setting.
As usual, the frames have been optimized for the use of dropper posts. How long of a dropper can you run? Pivot has put together the excellent chart above which gives both the lowest saddle height and the maximum height, taking the guesswork out.
Additional frame details include a SRAM universal derailleur hanger and integrated upper chain guide.
Models and prices
Offered in Ride, Pro, Team and Team WC versions, each will be available in Desert Sage Green or Blue Denium. Prices start at $8,299 for the Ride version and top out at $11,999 for the Team WC. Available now at major Pivot retailers.
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