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The Pivot Shadowcat trail bike is poised to be a genre-blending quiver-killer

The Pivot Shadowcat trail bike is poised to be a genre-blending quiver-killer

Pivot has announced its new trail bike, the Shadowcat, designed with a focus on low weight and versatility across a range of terrain. The carbon…

Wednesday, Mar 02

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Pivot has announced its new trail bike, the Shadowcat, designed with a focus on low weight and versatility across a range of terrain.

The carbon fibre Shadowcat uses 27.5in wheels, bucking the trend towards 29ers, and sports 160mm of suspension travel at the front and 140mm out back.

Starting at $6,199 in the Race XT build, the Shadowcat will replace the Mach 5.5 in Pivot’s range. Long travel, conservative geometry

Pivot has stuck steadfastly with 27.5in wheels on the new Shadowcat, despite a general industry-wide shift towards 29in wheels for most trail and enduro bikes. The result, according to the brand, is a bike that offers a more playful and agile ride than a 29er.

The Shadowcat features a 65.8-degree head tube angle and 76-degree seat tube angle. The reach comes in at 460mm on a size medium. Pivot says that, with the geometry of the bike, it was looking to “meld super-confident handling with lightning-fast reflexes”.

These numbers initially might not sound particularly progressive on paper compared to the Shadowcat’s competition. There has been a shift to more progressive geometry, which translates to efficient yet confident handling on descents while retaining nimble steering, rather than relying on a shorter reach and longer stem.

Comparable bikes from other manufacturers include the Santa Cruz 5010 and Transition Scout .The 5010 features 140mm travel at the front and 130mm at the back, and sports a 65.4-degree head tube angle and a 77.4-degree seat tube angle – figures that are both slacker and steeper respectively than the […]

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