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Pivot Cycles Launches the All-New Shadowcat 5

The Shadowcat is a totally new breed of feline; a blazing fast, hyper-capable trail bike that pegs the fun-meter for riders of every stripe.

Shadowcat? Yes, Shadowcat. Lithe, agile, sharp, fast and fun, the Shadowcat is a trail-carving expression of blazing speed and feline creative mayhem. Pivot’s latest offering capitalizes on the acceleration and responsiveness of 27.5” wheels and acclaimed dw-link suspension to bring to life a bike that offers transformative capability for riders of every stripe, delivering inspiration and confidence to beginners and at the same time giving pros the creative weaponry they need to push their riding to the next level.


  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • 160mm fork travel // 140mm rear wheel travel
  • DW-link suspension design
  • Full carbon frame
  • 148mm Boost rear spacing
  • FOX Live Valve integration
  • UDH compatible
  • On-the-bike tool integration
  • Headtube angle: 65.8-degrees
  • Effective seat angle
: 76-degrees
  • 430mm chainstay
  • Sizes: X-small, small, medium, large 

  • Fits riders between 4'10"(147cm) to 6'3" (190cm)
  • Available in six build configurations and two colorways
  • MSRP: $6,199 - $13,599 USD 



A new frame that weighs less than our impressively light Trail 429 frame. Heck, the Shadowcat’s carbon front and rear triangle weigh only 45 grams more than our featherlight Mach 4SL. We’re replacing the beloved Mach 5.5 with a 140mm ripper of a bike that weighs less than a lot of dedicated XC machines. Super-low standover; small kittens and playful cats rejoice!


Seriously, it’s as if people have forgotten just how awesome 27.5” wheels can be. Shadowcat is here to remind everyone of that awesomeness. Big wheels may roll beautifully, but if you really want to get rowdy, 27.5” is where it’s at.


Light, tight, and laser focused. Fox DPS shock, 160mm 36 fork. Ridiculously light wheels shod with aggressive, fast rolling Maxxis Dissector tires. Instant acceleration, eye-blink direction changes. Balanced, agile, the entire bike designed to deliver unbelievable responsiveness.


Incredibly capable dw-link suspension kinematics allow 140mm of travel to pedal with more snap and climb faster than many 120mm bikes. Serious lightweight. Cheetah chasing down an antelope acceleration. The soul of a trail shredder with the legs of Usain Bolt.


Progressive geometry melds super-confident handling with lightning-fast reflexes. A hyper-responsive lightweight with enough travel and refinement to easily swallow huge moves in big terrain. Wheel size perfectly mated to shock tune, delivering incredible responsiveness uphill, downhill, and in the air. One word perfectly sums up the design goal of the Shadowcat: FUN.

“Our goal with the Shadowcat was to build the best bike for having fun,” says Chris Cocalis, founder and CEO of Pivot. “The combination of ultra-lightweight, suspension tuning and geometry results in a bike that has an incredibly poppy and fast feeling. From the beginning, the goal was to build a very nimble, ultralight trailbike. The Shadowcat is a super-capable rocket ship that just puts a huge smile on your face wherever you ride it.”

DW-Link Suspension

  • 140mm of supple rear travel matched with the pedal efficient dw-link suspension platform
  • Equipped with a 44mm offset 160mm travel Fox 36 FIT4 Factory and Performance Series forks
  • Patented position-sensitive anti-squat eliminates pedal bob during hard pedaling efforts
  • Improved traction and versatility in a variety of conditions
  • Superior pedaling performance without sacrificing braking or suspension feel

XC-Oriented Details

  • Integrated headset cup saves weight and ensures easy services
  • Designed with Boost 148mm rear spacing, ensuring the focus on lightweight performance

Vertical Shock Layout

  • Allows a more compact frame design – stiffer, lighter, uses less material
  • Better Fox Live integration
  • Progressive shock rate optimized for air shocks
  • Excellent water bottle clearance – large bottle fits on all sizes
  • Incredibly low stand-over height

Proprietary Ride Tuning 

  • Fits riders 4’10” to 6’3” with size range X-Small through Large
  • Independent strength to weight analysis for each frame achieves consistent performance metrics
  • Custom-tuned carbon scales stiffness across all sizes, ensuring optimal ride characteristics for all rider profiles

Versatile, Dialed-in Build Options

  • No compromises build options allow all riders to select exactly the spec to complement personal riding style
  • Race builds available with Fox Performance level suspension
  • Pro and Team builds available with Fox Factory level suspension with Live Valve option
  • 31.6 mm seatpost diameter and UDH compatible with Pivot’s proprietary internal cable routing system

Shadowcat XX1 AXS / Live Valve Team Build - $13,599 USD

Race Builds
Pro Builds
Pro Builds
Team Builds
Team Builds

Pivot Dock Tool System 

  • Pivot exclusive on-the-bike tool system created in collaboration with Topeak
  • Unweight hydration packs by strategically locating essential repair items under either the top tube or BB
  • Available as Dock Mountainbox, Dock Ninja CO2, Dock Ninja Toolbox T16+ or Dock Ninja Tool Box Mini 20 Pro

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