Pivot was one the first boutique brands ventured into lucrative but uncertain e-bike waters.​

Pivot is one of the companies that really got us thinking about EMTBs. While other companies focused on the motor systems and fat tires for recreational use, Pivot introduced the Shuttle in 2017 here focusing on rideability and weight. It was a no-holds-barred assault on a trail bike that was capable of big descents, turns, jumps, and everything else a traditional mtbs excelled in. Today, they announced a major update of the Shuttle line.



More aggressive geometry, stepped up suspension performance with tuned DW-link design, the new Shuttle Shimano's new EP8 system are some of the highlights of this release.

This is the motor Chris Cocalis has been waiting for. With the outgoing Shuttle, Pivot had to compete for years with more advanced motors as they extracted every bit of performance out of the E8000. They even mounted the external battery inside the frame to achieve a desirable form factor for the frame. The Shimano EP8 drive unit is 380 grams lighter and more compact than its predecessor thanks to a new magnesium case and an innovative design.

With 85 NM of controllable torque, EP8 is 21% more powerful than before. Refined software with a newly optimized Trail mode features smarter assist ratio algorithms, creating fluid-smooth power level transitions on even the steepest, most technical trails. It is better than the E8000 in every conceivable way and it offers a more realistic pedaling experience up technical trails.



With smarter assist ratio algorithms and fluid smooth power level transitions, the EP8 drive feels so natural, yet powerful climbing the most technical climbs. It gives the rider choice of minimal to incredible assist while offering a very responsive pedaling feel every step of the way. The new drive unit is lighter, more compact, and more powerful than before, and combined with the sweet handling geometry and ultra-capable DW-link suspension, unobtrusively lets the Shuttle achieve unparalleled trail performance. The 726 watt/hour battery with the efficiency of the EP8 motor will deliver range at the highest end emtb category.



A sophisticated carbon fiber chassis houses an equally sophisticated Shimano EP8 drive unit and a massive 726 watt-hour battery. Progressive geometry highly evolved DW-link suspension, and a brawny Fox 38 fork offer unmatched suspension performance and handling. The dw-link's legendary pedaling efficiency extracts every last ounce of effort from each assisted pedal stroke, regardless of how much assistance the motor is providing.

Something intriguing is with our old Shuttle with that small battery, we extracted the highest range ever among many bikes we used using the same battery and motor. The bike is light and the suspension is efficient with each pedal stroke as we got 5000 foot rides regularly on ECO mode. Thus we are very curious how much climbing we can achieve on this bike with new system.



Features:

  • Lighter, more efficient, and more powerful Shimano EP8 Drive Unit
  • Metric Fox DPX2 shock, 140mm travel, dw-link suspension
  • 726 W/hr. battery standard; 635 W/hr. and 508 W/hr. battery compatibility.
  • 2 bolt removal battery system
  • Ergonomic power button and charging port design cleanly integrated with the Pivot Cable Port Systemand performance
  • Aggressive geometry for no holds barred enduro performance 160mm-travel Fox 38 fork provides best in class eMTB steering precision
  • High grip Maxxis Assegai tire front and Minion DHRII rear for the ultimate in traction and control
  • Full-carbon frame constructed with top-shelf carbon fiber material utilizing Pivot's proprietary molding technology



MASSIVE 726 WATT-HOUR BATTERY

  • Darfon lithium-ion battery with 726 watt-hour life extends range , even in the most powerful assist mode
  • With one bar left, charge time is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, and up to five hours for a dead battery.
  • Option to remove the battery for a full battery swap or off-the-bike charging with a simple adaptor.
  • In-house testing concludes that an average rider using a combination of all three assist modes can easily ride up to 4 hours on a single battery charge.



SHIMANO EP8

The Shimano EP8 drive unit is 380 grams lighter and more compact than its predecessor thanks to a new magnesium case. 4 With 85 NM of controllable torque, EP8 is 21% more powerful than before. Refined software with a newly optimized Trail mode features smarter assist ratio algorithms, creating fluid-smooth power level transitions on even the steepest, most technical trails. With greater range, improved heat resistance, greater system customization, and reduced system drag, EP8 engineers delivered nothing short of an eMTB drive train revolution.

Geometry





Our take

We are elated to hear about this new release from Pivot harnessing the new EP8 motor so soon. It is the next chapter of what Pivot executed so well three years ago given the constraints of the Shimano motor system of the time.

This new release will appease Pivot fans but may not make a lot of waves in the most competitive category of bikes today, Trail EMTBS. The $11000 price will certainly exclude a lot of prospective buyers. But the same look or form factor, conservative geometry and suspension will hold it back some. $6000 EP8 bikes now with 77/64 angles and 480mm reach and coil shocks are becoming available and they ride really well with e-assist.

But the massive battery range and Pivot's construction and attention to detail will assure that this rides well and we are curious to try it. And it offers us a glimpse into the other EMTBs we're sure Pivot is working on.

Price for top model Team XTR - $10,999
More information: HERE.