Pivot gives its new Shuttle e-MTB an EP8 motor upgrade

Shuttle 29er
(Image credit: Pivot)

Pivot has significantly enhanced its e-MTB offering, with a new Shuttle.

The Arizonian brand has used some of the latest advancements in mid-drive motor technology to shape a Shuttle that has more pedal-assistance, without ballooning the bike’s weight.

Using Shimano’s EP8 mid-drive motor, which is a notable upgrade from the previous Shuttle’s E8000, there is now 85Nm of torque available to play with. Best of all is that whilst being more powerful, Shimano’s EP8 is 21 per cent lighter than the E8000.

The overall Shuttle frameset rolls on 29er wheels front and back, which is unusual amongst the best e-MTB's on the market, where the mixed 29/27.5-inch wheel size enjoys strong popularity.

Pivot Shuttle

The Pivot has the capability to run a huge 726Wh battery (Image credit: Pivot)

Three battery options 

Pivot’s product team is keenly aware that larger riders, on longer rides, in steeper terrain, can tax e-MTB batteries. Although there are 508- and 635Wh battery pack options, the premium choice is a high-density 726Wh lithium-ion energy source.

Beyond the Shuttle’s eMTB specifications, this is every bit a proven enduro bike in the great Pivot tradition.

Fox’s DPX2 shock controls 140mm of rear-wheel travel, linkages through a typically accomplished Dave Weagle suspension design. At the front, there is a super stiff 160mm Fox 38 fork to provide pinpoint front wheel accuracy. As you would expect from a high-end eMTB, all those Fox suspension components have Kashima coated stanchions.

Geometry is progressive without an overly long front triangle. On a size large, the new Shuttle has 460mm of reach, which is a touch shorter than most contemporary enduro bikes with similar suspension travel. 

The 64.3-degree head angle should create a great sense of descending confidence, especially supported by the tracking stability of that Fox 38 fork.

Pivot has finished its new Shuttle with a Shimano groupset, combing an XTR 1x12 drivetrain with XT cranks. Brakes are a crucial component of any mountain bike and work hardest on eMTBs. Pivot has equipped the Shuttle with Shimano’s latest XTR four-piston calipers.

The new Shuttle prices at $10,999 and has an olive green colorway, available in four sizes, from small to extra-large.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for MBR.com, Off-Road.cc and Cycling News.