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2017 Pivot Vault becomes your one bike cyclocross, gravel drop bar quiver

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2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

The Pivot Vault gets several updates for 2017 to update its looks and compatibility with the latest components and trends, namely bigger tires. The key changes are increased tire clearance up to 700×48 (up front), a switch to flat mount brakes, and an all new fork with 12mm thru axle (down from the original’s 15mm one). These sit atop the original’s BB386EVO, arching top tube and mountain bike inspired geometry. Paint is also updated, with a brighter blue over the full carbon frame.

I rode the prior edition throughout the 2015/16 cyclocross season, even testing it with the Lauf Grit fork, and found it to be a very stable bike, favoring long sweeping corners and high speeds, which lends itself well to their claims that it’s the only drop bar bike you’ll need…

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

The switch to flat mounts not only improve appearances and help future-proof the bike, it also means you can now run a 140mm rotor. Or stick with a 160mm rotor like the original.

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

Internal cable routing also keeps it clean looking. And just plain clean, preventing contamination from gumming up shifting. It’s also electronic shifting compatible, and oversized cable ports make it easy to change things up.

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

The BB386EVO offer the widest, fattest stance for stiffer cranks and better power transfer. It’s set low, with short chainstays, helping to keep it nimble.

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

The new fork uses a full 1.5″ taper with a massive opening through the oversized crown. Throw in a 700×48 for the worst gravel roads, or even a 27.5×2.0 for real back road scrambling. The frame, however, retains its 700×38 max for optimum clearance.

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2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross and gravel road bike

The 2017 Pivot Vault is designed as a race bike, so there’s no rack or fender mounts. It’s available in a single complete build with Shimano Ultegra, FSA Gossamer Pro 46/36 cranks, 3T cockpit, Stan’s Grail wheels & Maxxis Mud Wrestler tires for $3,999. Frameset with FSA headset is $2,399, and it’s begging for a 1x build if you go this route. Available now.

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Dale C
Dale C
7 years ago

Why run all the cables internally, but not the brake hose? I’d think you would want to protect that one the most. Also ruins the clean line of the bike.

90s Klunkers
90s Klunkers
7 years ago
Reply to  Dale C

If you run hydros its way easier to service. No bleeding the line and trying to find a new olive. No DOT fluid dripping into the inside of the frame.

sad
sad
7 years ago
Reply to  90s Klunkers

true a lot of MTBs also do this in fact

TL
TL
7 years ago

I know us tall folks are outliers, but why do so many companies CX offerings stop at a 57.5cm top tube and 170(ish)mm head tube? I know, I know, molds cost a lot and they probably don’t sell as many of them as the smaller sizes so it a ROI thing. Being 6’4″, a bike that size just won’t work for me. Pity, because this would’ve been high on the list.

Dan
Dan
7 years ago
Reply to  TL

Take a look at the Santa Cruz stigmata. It offers a 595 toptubes and a 190mm head tube for us bigger guys . I’m 6’5″ for reference and loving my stig

tank
tank
7 years ago
Reply to  TL

The Trek Boone/Crockett in a 61cm works pretty well for tall guys!

Larry
Larry
7 years ago

Largest size is a 58? Leaving us tall guys out of the fun!

htownrides
7 years ago
Reply to  Larry

short folks (under 50cm sizing) left out equally!

Wes
Wes
7 years ago
Reply to  Larry

I’m 6’4″ with long torso and it fits me well. You will be fine.

Colin M
Colin M
7 years ago

If you guys haven’t figured it out yet Pivot always seems to not cater to really tall folks. . All carbon CX bikes are pretty much the same. Just choose another brand. lol

patrick
patrick
7 years ago

What is the point of massive fork clearance and relatively low frame clearance?? That’s driving me nuts with CX bikes.

strange
strange
7 years ago
Reply to  patrick

Couldn’t agree more with Patrick. If you’re going to make clearance claims, the front and rear need to be able to clear a similar sized tire.

Otherwise it’s sort of pointless.

The BB386 bottom bracket seems sort of pointless on this frame. It’s like they took a BB30 frame and gave it this odd extension sleeve, instead of creating a larger bottom bracket platform to actually leverage the stiffness benefits of having this wider structure.

Dinger
Dinger
7 years ago
Reply to  patrick

It’s because this is a race bike (despite what the headline claims), built around the clearance limitations of road chain rings/derailleurs (notice the front derailleur/rear tire overlap).

Patrick
Patrick
7 years ago
Reply to  Dinger

That’s nonsense. With how wide the bottom bracket is, they easily could have added at least 10mm total of more tire clearance. At least.

ESPECIALLY if it’s a race bike, not having mud build-up back there would be nice. MXP’s are big enough to clog up that area on my CX bike. If they hadn’t done what ‘strange’ pointed out, they could have made much more clearance down there with the same chainstay length.

Joe
Joe
7 years ago

Another tall guy here lamenting the choice to stop at a 58. Boo

tyler
7 years ago

whats the point of a closer caliper mounting footprint again? seems a bit anachronistic.

mudrock
mudrock
7 years ago
Reply to  tyler

I’m a fan of flat mounts vs. post. Lower frame and mold costs, I would imagine, and a cleaner look. Weight diff is probably a wash. I saw one frame with flat mount disc and canti mounts and it was hard to see the mounts that weren’t being used.

typevertigo
typevertigo
7 years ago
Reply to  tyler

My TCX SLR 2 has post mount caliper hardpoints set inside the rear triangle. Access to the caliper mounting bolts can be tight – my torque wrench certainly has a hard time reaching in there while the rear wheel is on. Flat mount is probably a bit better for bolt access since there’s less interference.

I don’t mind Flat Mount, really, but I wish there was backwards compatibility between Flat Mount calipers and Post Mount frames. Doesn’t seem like it’s going to be too hard to make adapters – it’s just that Shimano are a little too aggressive in pushing Flat Mount and too lazy in making things work backwards.

mudrock
mudrock
7 years ago
Reply to  typevertigo

There are adapters to use standard calipers on flat mount frames, as BR said last year, but not the opposite – that’s impossible.

Chris
Chris
7 years ago

LOL. Bikes made for short people only. Fail. 🙁

Jeb
Jeb
7 years ago

Man those new ST-RS505 shifter are homely. And I thought my Force hydraulic levers were ugly.

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