The Shuttle SL, of course, uses Pivot’s standard DW-Link suspension layout, with the newer vertically-oriented shock that they’ve been moving to in recent years. It’s offered in carbon fiber only and features 132 mm of rear travel, paired with either a 140 or 150 mm travel fork, depending on the build. Pivot’s standard geometry-adjusting flip chip is featured here as well (see the Geometry section, below, for more details). The Shuttle SL rolls on 29’’ wheels at both ends and features fully internal cable routing, molded rubber chainstay and seatstay protection, and some additional armor on the underside of the downtube. An integrated upper chainguide is included, as is a water bottle mount inside the front triangle, plus an extra accessory mount underneath the top tube.
Unlike the full-power Shuttle, which uses a Shimano EP8 drive unit, the Shuttle SL uses the Fazua 60 motor, which offers less peak power and torque (450 W and 60 Nm, vs. 500 W and 85 Nm for the EP8), but is also lighter (1.96 kg vs. 2.6 kg) and is claimed to fully disengage from the cranks when not providing electronic assistance to reduce noise and drag. The Fazua system uses their “Ring Control” system to toggle between ride modes (more on those in a minute), which is designed to work well with left-hand dropper post levers, including under-the-bar versions, while an LED display in the top tube indicates battery level. A phone app can connect to the system via Bluetooth to customize the different ride modes, perform software updates, and so on. The Fazua drive system also features ANT+ capability to connect to certain smart devices. A USB-C port under the display can be used to charge your phone or other accessories off the bike’s battery.