There’s a new Shuttle in town, from Pivot. Specifically, it’s the Team XTR model. They’ve tweaked and improved it in several ways. They’ve switched to the new Shimano EP8 motor, which offers more torque, lighter weight and less pedaling resistance than the E8000 motor used in the previous Shuttle versions.
The new Shuttle will have a massive, 726Wh battery fitted into the down tube. A 2-bolt system for battery removal makes swapping batteries or charging off-the-bike easy. The lighter (2.57kg vs the E8000’s 2.88 kg) EP8 motor is designed to be more efficient, even with higher power (85Nm of torque, vs the E8000’s 70Nm). It incorporates magnesium in the shell, which is lighter than aluminum, and it dissipates heat better. Shimano claims that the EP8 has 36% less resistance, especially above the power cutoff speed, thanks to an improved gearbox and new seals.
Pivot has designed this carbon fiber chassis with progressive geometry, DW-link suspension and a beefy Fox 38 fork with 160mm of travel. The Fox DPX2 shock offers 140mm of travel in the rear. Pivot chose a Maxxis Assegai tire in the front for high grip, and a Minion DHR II for traction in the rear.
”With the new Shuttle, we build on our vision of making an insanely capable all-mountain bike that cleanly incorporates electric-assist. With more aggressive geometry, a super-refined integrated design, and a big increase in suspension performance matched to a perfectly tuned dw-link design, the new Shuttle is an incredibly fun bike even without mentioning that it’s pedal assist. Add the superior performance of Shimano’s new EP8 system and the bike’s incredible range and you get a whole new level of eMTB experience,” says Chris Cocalis, Pivot’s founder and CEO.
We can’t wait to get our hands on one to try it and see just how much range it has with this setup. Hint, hint, Chris!
The new Shuttle will be available in Treeline Green with orange accents. As soon as you can read this, you can buy this bike at your local Pivot dealer.