Pivot Shadowcat 27.5: not for average mountain bikers?

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The wheels of the Pivot Shadowcat may be small but the standover is massive. And rocking a 160mm fork up front – with 140mm rear travel – the capability should be fairly large too.

Team XTR – Danger Fruit

27.5in wheel bikes are seemingly a rarity these days. Where does this new Shadowcat from Pivot fit in?

It’s a 140mm travel DW-link bike, rolling on 27/5in wheels, sporting a 160mm travel fork.

Team XTR – Blue

After scratching our collective head for a while, and sifting through the marketing material with our best hype-translation skills, we reckon the Shadowcat is not for average mountain bikers.

What do we mean by that? Crudely put, it’s for short riders. Yet it’s also for highly skilled riders who like to spend as little time as possible with both wheels on the ground.

Jumping, manualing, jibbing, wheelying, playing.

The Shadowcat doesn’t appear to be a mountain bike for average/typical/regular/normal* mountain bikers. That ship sailed a long time ago. And it had 29in wheels (if ships can have wheels).

*pick whichever offends least

‘Nuff mounts

Regarding height, the Pivot Shadowcat claims to fit riders from 4ft 10in (XSmall) up to 6ft 3in (Large). Although the latter sports a modest 480mm reach which, again, suggests to us the bike is clearly intended for maximum wheels-off-the-ground riders.

Anyhoo. We’re endeavouring to get someone on to one of these Pivot Shadowcats next week. Stay tuned!

No doubt everything we’ve just pontificated about will turn out to be complete bobbins.

Shock and lInkage

Here are a few choice snippets from the PR material to be going on with…

Pivot Shadowcat

“Delivering inspiration and confidence to beginners and at the same time giving pros the creative weaponry they need to push their riding to the next level.”

“A new frame that weighs less than our impressively light Trail 429 frame. Heck, the Shadowcat’s carbon front and rear triangle weigh only 45 grams more than our featherlight Mach 4SL. We’re replacing the beloved Mach 5.5 with a 140mm ripper of a bike that weighs less than a lot of dedicated XC machines.”

“One word perfectly sums up the design goal of the Shadowcat: FUN.”

How about that name?

Integrated headset cup. Boost 148mm.

Vertical shock mount allows: a more compact frame design, better Fox Live integration, excellent water bottle clearance, incredibly low stand-over height.

“Independent strength to weight analysis for each frame achieves consistent performance metrics … Custom-tuned carbon scales stiffness across all sizes, ensuring optimal ride characteristics for all rider profiles”

Pricing ranges from $6,199 (Race XT) up to $13,599 (Team XX1 AXS Live Valve).

UK distributors Upgrade Bikes will be bringing in two models:

Shadowcat Pro XT/XTR w/ Carbon Wheel Upgrade, £8,850.00

Shadowcat Pro XT/XTR, £7,500.00

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  • Pivot Shadowcat 27.5: not for average mountain bikers?
  • kiwijohn
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    So, basically a lighter Banshee Spitfire?
    I like it, but that shock would have to go. What size are they?

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    What size are they?

    Short, it would seem.

    kiwijohn
    Full Member

    I found it. 185/55 metric.

    andyspaceman
    Full Member

    It’s a good looking bike. I have friends that prefer 27.5 still, prizing manoeuvrability over outright speed and smoothness. This would definitely appeal to them.

    It does look like a stack of fun, although I agree that the shock seems a curious choice alongside a 160mm 36.

    radbikebro
    Full Member

    Yes! More 27.5 bikes! Don’t get me wrong I have 29er bikes, I like 29er bikes, but my Transition Scout in its “small” 27.5wheeled goodness is still the best bike I’ve ever ridden. Ever.

    As a smaller bloke(5ft7) there’s definitely a place for them in my quiver.

    Blackflag
    Free Member

    Whats wrong with that shock on a 140mm rear??

    Gribs
    Full Member

    From it’s sizing it looks like a bike designed for ladies but not branded as such.

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    From it’s sizing it looks like a bike designed for ladies but not branded as such.

    Well I suppose that would make sense, what with 99% of ladies mountain bikes not being designed* for ladies but branded as such.

    *Ok they make them one size smaller and put a ladies saddle on them, maybe jazz the paint up too.

    LAT
    Full Member

    at 4 foot 10, you wouldn’t be much room for a dropper post in a 343mm seat tube.

    Rubber_Buccaneer
    Full Member

    it’s for short riders

    to fit riders from 4ft 10in (XSmall) up to 6ft 3in (Large)

    Yet it’s also for highly skilled riders

    Delivering inspiration and confidence to beginners

    Well, can’t imagine anyone summing it up better 🤣

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    I’d love to know any 6 foot 3 riders who see a 480mm reach bike today and go ‘Yep, that’s the bike for me!’

    Another thing that I’ve noticed is a lot of people seem to put a lot of stock in the lettering way of sizing, as in ‘well I’m a large, so those numbers must be right for me’ rather than actual measurements determining what size they go for.

    And, Shirley there’s more call for an XL (and even XXL, based on those numbers) than an XS?

    mmannerr
    Full Member

    For those that the bike fits it should be a fun bike. It seems to be evolution of Pivot 5.5 with some geometry adjustments with less weight and with lighter wheels. Had a lots of fun with 5.5 and while my newer bigger 29rererer bike might be faster in some areas it is less nimble than 5.5.

    endomick
    Free Member

    Yeah, 6’3″ on a large doesn’t commute these days, then there’s the discrepancies with one brands large being another brands medium, they should just switch to reach number as a frame size.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    That raspberry colour though. 👌

    whatyadoinsucka
    Free Member

    lovely colour, if that bike was a 29er and i was a dentist, I’d be on it like a seal on rocks.

    fahzure
    Full Member

    “I’d love to know any 6 foot 3 riders who see a 480mm reach bike today and go ‘Yep, that’s the bike for me!”

    Well, yes, if I was in the market for a short travel jibby bike, that bike, like a 5010, would be high on the list. My cuurent jibber has a 450mm reach and I am 6’3″.

    endomick
    Free Member

    Why didn’t I notice that my phone decided I meant commute when I typed compute.🤷

    LAT
    Full Member

    And, Shirley there’s more call for an XL (and even XXL, based on those numbers) than an XS?

    that depends on how tall you are! i am not 5 foot, but my wife is and she’d like a bike that fits

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    I’m not saying either/or. If there’s a market for XS bikes, there must be one for XL, at 500+mm reach?

    LAT
    Full Member

    for sure. when pivot was titus they made XXS bikes, my wife still rides her 2005 racer-x. it is a shame that they stopped producing that size when they started pivot. completely understandable, though.

    salsaboy
    Full Member

    If one of those gets to STW towers can I have a go on it?

    Radioman
    Full Member

    Nice bike . I would never want a 29er and being just 5’7” prefer compact frames. My inside leg is 29 so having wheels that big is too much.
    The long reach fashion is great for DH but not for trail riding fun. Only downside I see is high prices.

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