The Pivot Shuttle SL has not been the most under-wraps ebike of 2022. Keen e-peepers out there will have seen it popping up on various social media feeds and YouTube channels for a while now. But here it is. Officially.
Pivot’s previous e-bike was very much a full-fat hot-lapper of an ebike. Big battery. Full strength Shimano EP8 motor. Hence, the name Shuttle. Designed for sessioned gravity play without the lift pass.
The ‘SL’ suffix on this new Shuttle SL presumably stands for Super Light. And while, 16.5kg may not a weight you’d see much on a World Cup XC bike, it is really flipping light for an ebike. 16.5kg is pretty much the real on-trail weight of a lot of regular trail bikes these days in fact.
Oh, the Shuttle SL has 132mm of DW Link-delivered rear travel, paired to 140/150mm travel fork up front (depending on the model build).
Speaking of builds, the range start at £8,500 for the Pivot Shuttle SL SLX/XT and tops out with the £12,500 Pivot Shuttle SL World Cup. Full spec details below.
Much like the recent lightweight launch of the weight-conscious Trek Fuel EXe, the Pivot Shuttle SL has been made possible by the adoption of a new motor system. Pivot have gone with Fazua for this project. The Shuttle SL uses a Fazua Ride 60 assist system.
You may be more used to seeing Fazua systems on convertible (e)bikes where the motor and battery can be removed from the bike entirely, leaving you with a significantly lighter bike with a regular non-assisted drivetrain.
The Fazua Ride 60 is not one of those systems and the Pivot Shuttle SL is a full-time ebike.
The Ride 60 system has, you guessed it, 60Nm of torque (with a peak power output of 450W).
To put the Shuttle SL’s torque in context, the Trek Fuel EXe has 50Nm, a full-bore motor typically has 85Nm and a Specialized Turbo Levo SL has 35Nm.
And let’s not forget about Orbea here. The Orbea Rise range of mid-power ebike has 60Nm. Numbers, numbers, numbers. But we can’t pretend that isn’t what ebikes are predominantly about.
More numbers for you. The battery is a sleek-looking unit with 430Wh on offer that charges from dead-flat in 3.5hrs. 430Wh is not so far off the sort of battery size that first generation-style ebikes came/come with (500Wh ish). The Trek Fuel EXe has a 360Wh capacity battery, for comparison.
The drive unit weighs 1.9kg. The battery weighs 2.2kg. That’s a total of 4.1kg, maths fans.
Although not likely to be available this year, there will also be a supplementary piggyback battery option that adds another 210Wh (and 1.1kg of weight).
One of the most eye-catching claims, for us at least, about the Fazua Ride 60 is its claim that “When the motor is not being called on to assist, it disengages completely from the rider’s inputs, resulting in a totally silent and smooth pedaling experience that doesn’t rob you of any wattage.”
Anyway. There you have it. The new Pivot Shuttle SL. We haven’t seen one in the flesh yet. Watch this space.
Pivot: “Flipping the script that most e-bike builders are following, we decided to focus on what matters – the dynamic of trail riding – and placed an emphasis on light weight, refined suspension, crisp handling, and game-changing performance.”