Arizona-based Pivot Cycles is better known for its mountain bikes than its single dropped bar offering. But it says that the Vault is good for anything – not just cyclocross and gravel riding but road use too.
“Dropbar bikes are evolving as fast as are mountain bikes,” said Pivot Cycles’ President and CEO Chris Cocalis. “…The Vault is the only bike that most road riders really need. We are excited to dispel myths about what makes a great cyclocross, road racing or gravel bike by offering one truly exceptional machine that excels in every field.”
At the Vault’s heart is a carbon frame with internal cable routing, electronic drivetrain compatibility, a wide BB386EVO bottom bracket and a new tapered carbon fork with internal hose routing. There are 12mm thru-axles front and rear with the 142mm rear spacing which is now the norm for disc braked road bikes.
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The frame is designed with a low bottom bracket and shorter chainstays for a more stable, sharper ride. Pivot says it’s also got tube sections designed for comfortable shouldering. There are also two bottle cage mounts to carry fluids on longer excursions.
Pivot also says that there’s enough clearance in the new fork to fit a 48mm tyre, although the bike is sold with 33mm Maxxis Mud Wrestlers. They are mounted on Stan’s Grail wheels with Stan’s Neo hubs, which are extra wide to support wider tyres and – as you would expect – tubeless ready.
Shifting is provided by Shimano Ultegra with a cyclocross oriented FSA Gossamer Pro 46/36 chainset and 11-28 cassette. Brakes are Shimano’s flat mount CX505 hydraulics with 160mm rotors.
Finishing kit comes from 3T, with an Ergonova bar, Arx II stem and Stilo seatpost, finished off with a Pivot saddle. Here’s Pivot’s video of the Vault being put through its paces.
The Vault will be available in sizes XS to L (50 to 58cm) with size specific carbon layup. UK importer Upgrade Bikes sells the Vault as a frameset and build kit, with the 2016 model priced at £1800 each for the frame and Ultegra build kit. Dollar price for the 2017 Vault sold as a complete bike is $3199. For 2017 it comes in light blue only. More details on Pivot’s website.