Pivot Vault Gravel Bike Review: with Shimano GRX Di2 & More!

“Unlike our bikes, culture cannot be engineered: it grows from within. When Chris Cocalis founded Pivot Cycles in 2007, he had a vision for a company committed to designing and building the world’s best-performing bicycles. Engineers, designers, athletes, industry veterans, and storytellers joined him one by one.” – Pivot Cycles

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JOM aboard the Vault, somewhere in Montana

“We are charging into 2020 on the high of an incredible year where we’ve updated numerous models and launched five new bikes that we are really excited about. Each one of these new Pivot models represents the latest in engineering, technology, and innovation. We are always pushing to deliver not only best in class performance, but also another level of versatility, allowing riders to push their limits like never before.”

pivot vault gravel bike review

Historically, Pivot has been known as a company that produces mountain bikes. Around 2016, they launched generation one of the Pivot Vault at the now-defunct Interbike show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company took lessons and experiences learned from Vault V1, and made a vast array of improvements including “new school geometry”. Vault V2 was unveiled sans a great deal of fanfare at the 2019 Dirty Kanza expo.

pivot vault gravel bike review

“Unrivaled Gravel Speed, Uncompromising Versatility”

“Bring speed and versatility to your gravel quest with the all-new Pivot Vault. Massive tire clearance, pro-caliber power transfer, and ride-tuned frame compliance come together for the fastest thing to ever hit backcountry roads.”

pivot vault gravel bike review
Climbing mountains in Montana

“Patent pending ISO FLEX technology allows you to fine-tune your ride and comfortably lay down the watts over the roughest washboard. Say “Hello” to the new realm of the multi-dimensional drop bar road bike. Say “Hello” to the all-new Pivot Vault.”

pivot vault gravel bike review

In this video, JOM of Gravel Cyclist rides and reviews the versatile Pivot Cycles Vault, a bike that has roots deep into mountain biking. The bike has been put through a gamut of trials since August of 2019, so you can rest assured this isn’t a short term, paid-promotion parking-lot review. From the amazing landscapes of Montana to the South Eastern United States, this bike has climbed, descended and rolled along on all manner of gravelly terrain.

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Pivot Cycles Vault Video Review

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  1. Avatar Tom

    I’ve had mine for 3 weeks and it’s just fantastic. Handling on twisty descents is spot on, climbing is fast and comfort wise it’s easily the plushest ride I have.

  2. Avatar RDM

    Tom – JOM Would you say the comforts balanced across the bike… ?? There are a few bikes out there that have plush rear ends but the front ends rock hard…

    • Avatar Tom

      I would say yes, it feels like a single unit if you know what I mean.

      • JOM JOM

        I am certain you will be happy with how the bike rides, front and rear. My previous answer was a little too succinct. Oops.

  3. Avatar George

    Jom, I am thinking of running a XTR CS-M9001 11-40 cassette with a 2x GRX Di2 build on my Kinesis RTD frameset. Is the XTR cassette compatible, and what chain would you recommend?

  4. Avatar GEORGE

    And would the GRX 815 Di2 derailleur be compatible with all that? More relevantly, have you tried this setup and found it to work?

    • JOM JOM

      The 815 GRX Di2 rear derailleur is what is on the bike. It is a full GRX Di2 setup as I pointed out in the video.

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