With more and more companies joining the emtb bandwagon, some are doing a better job than others. Pivot are the latest to come along and in some style with the Shuttle.
Words and Images: Ieuan Williams
A full carbon EMTB with beautiful lines and finish, it is no less than can be expected after the recent bikes that have been produced by the brand. The Pivot Shuttle is the name of this electrically charged pedal machine and it’s a Shuttle by name, Shuttle by nature. With the basis for this bike coming from the superlative Firebird that was tested earlier this year this should be a bike to challenge the best.
Suspension and chassis
Pivot have opted for the cream of the crop with a FOX 36 Factory 29/27.5+ 150mm upfront giving more than enough adjustability and durability to hold up to the abuse given. The Fox theme is carried on with a Float Factory DPX2 EVOL, the uprated version of the previously loved DPS damper. At the rear the same suspension platform as other past Pivot bikes with the DW Link design gives 140mm of travel. This was always a system that I liked on the previous dealings with the Firebird.
Rear hub spacing on the Shuttle is also worth a mention – the 157mm configuration is what would normally be found on a downhill bike. This really does improve the rigidity of the rear end when carrying some extra weight and should bring with it some extra longevity.