Pivot Cycles has an all-new e-bike on the market today, and the Shuttle SL is hard to distinguish from a regular mountain bike. The Shuttle SL, Pivot says, is meant to bridge a gap between analog bikes and e-bikes, with the nimble characteristics of a mountain bike plus the extra power of an e-bike.
Sometimes it seems like competing bike brands are in sync. The Shuttle SL comes on the heels of the incognito Trek Fuel EXe with a slim downtube and bottom bracket and an almost invisible motor.
The Shuttle SL has 132mm of rear travel and is paired with either a 140mm or 150mm fork depending on the build, and weighs as little as 36.25lbs. Pivot used a 60Nm Fazua motor that blends in with the bottom bracket. The e-bike has a 430Wh battery in the downtube.
The Fazua motor disengages when it’s not in use and with the power off, the operation is said to be silent and drag-free. Fazua claims the Ride 60 Drive Unit on the Shuttle SL is silent when in use too, and weighs 4.32lbs. A dial on the handlebars makes it easy and seamless to change power modes on the motor.
On the downtube, there is a light meter that signals the battery charge and the riding mode. There is also a USB-C charger to keep a phone or GPS unit charged up. The drive unit has three modes: Breeze, River, and Rocket. Though they are different than the standard Eco, Trail, and Boost modes we’re used to seeing, the Fazua names are pretty self explanatory.
The bike comes in a full size range from S through XL. On a medium in the low setting, the bike has a sub-400mm-long seat tube, a 65° head tube angle, 432mm chainstays, a 1,223mm wheelbase, and 465mm of reach. The geometry signals a bike that is be made for all-mountain trail use.
Pivot has two colors for this bike; Desert Sage Green and Blue Denim. The SL is available in a few builds also; a World Cup build with a Fox 34 140mm fork, while the Team, Pro, and Ride builds have a 150mm Fox 36 E-Tuned fork. Complete bikes start at $8,299. Check out the Pivot website for more information.