Photos and video: Nick Waygood

In late 2020, Pivot announced a new and improved Pivot Shuttle eMTB. With refinements to the carbon frame to house the new Shimano EP8 motor and larger battery, the Pivot Shuttle gains more range, and more travel in the front end with a stiffer Fox 38 160mm travel fork. The Team XTR model we have on test is dripping with top components. From a Shimano XTR 12-speed group set, to a Fox Factory e-MTB 38 with GRIP 2 damper, and a DPX2 rear shock.

The wheels are DT Swiss EB 1535, which are eMTB specific wheels, wrapped in Maxxis Assegai tyres. The bike sells for $AUD16500 and our test bike weighs 22kg.

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The rear travel stays at 140mm, and the bike is a 29" platform, as opposed to a mullet or mixed wheel set up like many new eMTBs. We have found that the mullet platform does work to an eMTB's strengths, but on the other hand, 29ers roll over more and are fast.

Given that Pivot still deliver a 441mm chain stay length, they aren't compromising on handling by sticking with two big wheels. On the geometry front, the head angle is 64.3 degrees across all four sizes (we have a large on test) and the seat angle is 74 degrees. Reach is 460mm on our large, which is pretty middle of the range for modern eMTBs. Some are longer, but this is about where many brands are settling. The fork has a 44mm offset to work with the slacker head angle.

We had a Pivot Shuttle on test a few years back, and clearly a big change is the move to 29" wheels. It's impressive that the chain stay length only grew about 5mm with this move, although using the Shimano EP8 motor which is smaller, lighter and more efficient has helped this process.

From: Pivot Cycles Australia