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Pivot releases the Shadowcat: a Mach 5.5 replacement bred for MTB fun

Pivot releases the Shadowcat: a Mach 5.5 replacement bred for MTB fun

As one of the last remaining bikes in the Pivot lineup without a vertical shock, you could guess that the Mach 5.5 was due for…

Tuesday, Mar 01

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As one of the last remaining bikes in the Pivot lineup without a vertical shock, you could guess that the Mach 5.5 was due for an update. More than an update though, the Mach 5.5 is on the way out–replaced by the new Shadowcat. Like the name itself, the Shadowcat is all about MTB fun, rolling on 27.5″ wheels with emphasis on agility, responsiveness, playfulness, and all-around capability. According to Pivot, the Shadowcat was always going to be 27.5″. Still a proponent of the smaller-than-29″ wheel size, Pivot touts their lightweight and faster acceleration. Aside from the benefits of the wheel size itself, the choice for 27.5″ wheels also has some interesting influence on the design of the frame. Without the need for increased tire clearance or stiffer wheels, Pivot has kept the Shadowcat as a Boost 148 x 12mm rear end. No Super Boost here. Because of that, the frames can use any 1x crankset with a 52mm chainline and their PF92 bottom bracket.

They’ve also settled on a geometry that uses the same length chainstays for each size, unlike the newest Firebird which gets size-specific chainstay length . Pivot says this is due to the desire to keep the Shadowcat fun and poppy, along with the fact that they anticipate smaller riders gravitating to the Shadowcat. Pivot Shadowcat 2022 Geometry

Along those lines, there are only four sizes available, from XS-L. Pivot figures that anyone who would need an XL frame would rather be on proportionally sized 29″ […]

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