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Pivot Vault Carbon Cross Ultegra Complete Bike - 2016

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Item # PIV001X

'Cross catapult.

Pivot bills the latest Vault Carbon Cross Ultegra Complete Bike as "the perfect Paris-Roubaix" bike, equally suited to road or gravel, the latter of which has become North American's version of Northern France's Napoleonic stones. In our experience, though, the Vault is more at home catapulting onto the 'cross course than grinding out gravel. The Vault can go almost anywhere, but its blend of uncompromising, road-inspired carbon construction, a geometry that's tighter than a typical road or gravel bike, and a built-up drive spine make it ideal for the tight quarters, frequent obstacles, and constant speed changes of cyclocross.

The geometry's story is best told by the chainstays, which are shorter on the newest Vault than on Pivot's previous 'cross/gravel bikes. These not only help to keep the frame nimble and the wheelbase tight, but they also make for more efficient power transfer. The stays complement the titanic BB386EVO for a back end that reduces watts lost to waggle and flex while sprinting out of hairpins or hammering up flyovers. The tapered head tube and oversized steerer crown also contribute to overall stiffness while keeping the Vault glued to lines through ramped-up berms and flowing hardpack. Combined with the lower-than-usual bottom bracket, the head tube also makes for more point-and-click stability for confident trail-blazing through sand pits.

Pivot's hollow core internal molding involves laying-up and compacting the carbon around an internal form, ensuring that the frame doesn't carry any additional material in the form of resin pools or wall thickness inconsistencies. The process makes for greater structural integrity, which our practical side appreciates, and a lighter, stiffer frame, which satisfies our less practical hunger for podium places. The lay-ups are also tuned specifically for each size, allowing Pivot to imbue each size with the same level of eager responsiveness without undue weight gains. Requiring a larger frame no longer comes with the penalty of a noodly, poorly tracking ride.

The Vault is finished with a handful of details that further highlight its ride-anywhere ethos, including the stable braking and line-tracking of thru-axles and a 38mm tire clearance. The 3T cockpit provides a platform for the Shimano drivetrain and TRP's cable-actuated hydraulic calipers. Stan's NoTubes' Grail rims have become standard fare for the self-sponsored 'cross racer because, well, they just work without complaint, adding yet another element of simple, 'cross-focused quality while providing a nice, wide bead to take advantage of the Vault's comically plush tire clearance.

  • An all-terrain race bike for road, gravel, and 'cross
  • Geometry produces stable, intuitive handling
  • Hollow-core internal-molding carbon fiber construction
  • Carbon lay-up is specially targeted to each frame size
  • Front and rear thru axles for stiffness and confidence
  • Big clearance accommodates plush gravel tires
  • Shimano's scrappy, race-ready Ultegra drivetrain

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Vault Carbon
Fork:
Vault Carbon
Headset:
FSA Orbit C40
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Crankset:
FSA Gossamer Pro
Bottom Bracket:
BB386EVO
Cassette:
11 - 28 t Shimano 105 5800
Brakeset:
TRP
Brake Type:
cable-actuated hydraulic disc
Handlebar:
3T Ergonova
Stem:
3T Arx II
Saddle:
Pivot WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
3T Stylus
Wheelset:
[rims] Stan's NoTubes Grail
Hubs:
Stan's Neo
Front Axle:
12 x 100mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Tires:
Maxxis Mud Wrestler
Tire Size:
700 c x 33 mm
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
cyclocross, gravel, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame

sizing chart

Vault size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Pivot Cycles

Geometry Chart

 

Vault
 Seat Tube
(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

XS 50.0cm 52.0cm 53.3cm 37.3cm 12.0cm 71.0 deg 74.5 deg 28.5cm 42.5cm
S 53.5cm 53.8cm 54.9cm 38.1cm 13.5cm 71.5 deg 74.0 deg 28.5cm 42.5cm
M 56.0cm 55.7cm 57.0cm 38.8cm 15.5cm 72.0 deg 73.5 deg 28.5cm 42.5cm
L 58.0cm 57.5cm 58.4cm 39.7cm 17.0cm 72.0 deg 73.0 deg 28.5cm 42.5cm

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Such a rad bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bike is awesome! It is super quick, very nimble, and it makes it so I can climb up the steepest of steeps! The fit was spot on, (Thanks Sean) and The thru axles and carbon frame makes the bike super responsive. The bike has been used as a commuter, some great long rides and entered into a few local cross races. IT has started to become my new favorite bike to take out on the weekend.