It’s been a minute since we last saw a 27.5″ rear wheel paired with the same diameter up front, and the new Pivot Shadowcat offers just such a platform. Pivot says that the engineers focused on low weight and high party with this latest carbon fiber frame that reportedly weighs less than their Trail 429 model. Also, it’s nice to see this frame get a cool and memorable name instead of the usual alphanumeric jumble.
The Arizona-based riders gave this new Shadowcat a 140mm DW-Link actuated rear axle path combined with a 160mm fork and somehow they saved space for a large water bottle on all sizes. The frame also has a tool dock so you don’t have to strap gear to that pretty paint, and the guided internal cable routing should keep things study and quiet on the trail. Like most new bikes, the Shadowcat holds its derailleur with a UDH hanger that’s easy to find at shops no matter where in the world you break it.
|A||Seat Tube Length (C-T)||34.3 cm||36.8 cm||39.4 cm||43.2 cm|
|B||Top Tube Length||56.9 cm||59.5 cm||62.7 cm||65.0 cm|
|C||Head Tube Length||8.5 cm||11.0 cm||12.0 cm||13.0 cm|
|D||Head Tube Angle||65.8°||65.8°||65.8°||65.8°|
|E||Seat Tube Angle (Eff.)||76°||76°||76°||76°|
|F||Chainstay Length||43.0 cm||43.0 cm||43.0 cm||43.0 cm|
|G||Bottom Bracket Height||34.0 cm||34.0 cm||34.0 cm||34.0 cm|
|H||Bottom Bracket Drop||1.7 cm||1.7 cm||1.7 cm||1.7 cm|
|I||Standover Height||62.4 cm||63.8 cm||65.7 cm||67.1 cm|
|I||Wheelbase||114.2 cm||117.2 cm||120.6 cm||123.0 cm|
|Stack||58.2 cm||60.5 cm||61.4 cm||62.3 cm|
|Reach||41.0 cm||43.0 cm||46.0 cm||48.0 cm|
Angles across these frames look poised for fun, starting with the 76° seat tube that aught to feel great on the way up, and a middle-of-the-road 65.8° head tube angle. That minutely-steeper head tube paired with the 430mm chainstays should give this bike a snappy flavor that 27.5″ lovers often appreciate. This frame is by no means long, with 410 to 480mm reach measurements across the four sizes, and the shorter resulting wheelbase will undoubtedly set its party intentions into action.
Shadowcat builds range in price from $6,199 with Fox Performance suspension and a mixed Shimano XT and SLX drivetrain, all the way up to $13,599 with Fox LiveValve electronic squish and SRAM XX1 AXS wireless shifting.
It appears the Pivot Shadowcat will be available for sale online at Competitive Cyclist.