Electric Bike Review came out and did a review on the Pivot Shuttle & Bicycling.com named the Shuttle best eMTB for skipping trails. 

Summary

  • A premium full suspension electric carbon fiber mountain bike with an all Shimano setup, 140mm travel, large 27.5″ plus sized tubeless tires, dropper seat post, all while remaining lightweight
  • Shimano STePs E8000 drivetrain is powerful but compact, features hidden battery integration that stays secure via 8 hex bolts, and a protected minimalist display that adds to the purist feel
  • Durable Shimano XT derailleur with Shadow Plus clutch and electronic Di2 shifting, precise Shimano Saint hydraulic disc brakes with quad-piston calipers and large 203mm rotor in front with 180mm in the rear
  • Premium price, display can be difficult to reach and sometimes read, battery takes a while to remove and put back in, most will be charging on the bike only

Pros:

  • The bike is very lightweight, and that is thanks to this carbon fiber frame, really a quality setup
  • The full suspension here is great, they are both Fox brand, the front has 140mm of travel, while the rear uses a DW Link setup that give it a ‘bottomless’ feel, really a great setup
  • I love how streamlined everything is, the bike has a really stealthy look, part of that is from the frame integrated battery, the battery is strong and secure via 8 hex bolts and even gets its own skid plate
  • The bike feels really premium, while being light at the same time, a great example of this is the handle bar that is also made of carbon fiber!
  • The hydraulic brakes here are super impressive, it features a set of Shimano Saint 203mm hydraulic brakes in the front and 180mm rotor rear, I love that it has these little fins that act as heat sync, quad piston calipers, and bigger rotors that cool faster and give great mechanical advantage
  • Most high end ebikes have tires that come ’tubeless ready’, where as the Shuttle comes tubeless as is!
  • The Shimano E8000 motor is mountain-specific, delivering higher peak torque up to 70 Newton meters vs. the standard Shimano E6000 which offers 50 Nm, it’s a bit louder and will drain the battery faster but performs very well on steep, rugged terrain
  • The motor itself is very compact, positions the crank arms further back to reduce chainstay length (for a snappier ride), and is angled up to maximize trail clearance, I believe that it uses a traditional Q-Factor as well so the crank arms aren’t pushed out as wide as some other ebikes
  • Because Shimano has designed their electric bike motors to work with standard sized chainrings, you can change the sizing easily aftermarket, there’s also no mechanical drag because of a reduction gear when pedaling unassisted or beyond the maximum assisted speed of 20 mph
  • Extra wide gear range in the 11-speed cassette, you get 11-46 tooth sprockets and a XT derailleur, shifting is done electronically on this bike which means it is faster, more exact, and won’t suffer as much from cable stretch over time
  • Super clean cockpit with ebike controls that imitate shifters, the display is smaller than a lot of competing products and allows you to manage gears as well as motor assist levels
  • Has a seat post dropper, so different sized riders can enjoy riding the bike and mount more easily while also transitioning smoothly between different stances and terrain
  • Shimano does offer a smartphone application called the E-TUBE App which allows you to adjust more settings, I believe their system can also connect with heart rate monitors using ANT+ wireless, it’s neat that you can just hold the circle button on the base of the display and get access to so many menus (including the ability to turn off beeping noise)
  • Compared to the city-oriented Shimano E6000, the mountain-oriented E8000 has a higher RPM support, so you can spin up closer to 120 and not have to shift as much to hit higher speeds

Cons:

  • A pricier ebike at $9,999 so it may not be for everyone, when you do consider the carbon fiber frame on the bike, as well as the nicer Shimano components, it does make sense a bit though
  • The Shimano display is compact and purist, but you cannot adjust it or remove it easily, also the main button is difficult to reach, especially so during aggressive riding, with no controls on the side, you have to remove a hand from the handle bar to view other stats, also the display is so compact, the smaller readout can be difficult for some
  • There is no shift detection here, which is a bit of a missed opportunity since it employs an electronic shifting system
  • The battery is secure, but removal and putting it back means undoing and redoing 8 hex bolts, so most people will be charging the battery on the bike, unless you have a climate controlled garage, not the best for storage and can get in the way of charging the battery indoors at the office for example
  • No lights, fenders, rack, bottle cage boses, or kickstand… this is not a big deal for much of the target audience here, but as more and more people are commuting with mountain bikes (our friend in the video commutes on a Pivot Shuttle) it would be nice to have some options and mounting points

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