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Vault V3

The Pivot Vault is a competition-ready cyclocross machine that eagerly doubles as your all-season stage racer. Whether you plan to throw down in gravel events, the local crit series or if your favorite race is the one against sundown – when your rides include every possibility – the Vault’s go-anywhere, do-anything personality means that you can pare your quiver of drop-bar bikes down to just this one perfect ride.

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PIVOT CARBON

The Pivot Vault features leading-edge materials and our proprietary hollow-core, internal-molding process. This coveted production technology enables us to create an ultra-lightweight frame with the most efficient power transfer. Size specific carbon layups mean that every rider has the same high quality experience. Our precision ride tuning combined with the latest through-axle technology and direct mount disc brake design delivers handling precision and braking performance at a whole new level. The ability to modulate your speed, to corner at exactly the right velocity, and to go exactly where you point the bike with supreme confidence allows the speed to come easily and the grins to be permanent.

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CABLE PORT SYSTEM

No more fishing for cables, no more rattles due to loose housing – our future-proof internal system offers huge access ports for fast assembly, universal housing clamps that keep your Pivot quiet, full Shimano Di2 integration, and future-proof compatibility with all gearing and dropper configurations.

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NEW-SCHOOL GEOMETRY

As masters of off-road design, Pivot’s engineers are happy to upend old myths about what makes the best cyclocross bike. Pivot’s next generation drop bar geometry features a lower bottom bracket height, shorter chainstays and increased room for bigger tires. You see the benefit of these features through incredible cornering, great clearance for pedaling and obstacles and the stability you need for those tricky off-camber sections. Shouldering is a snap with the comfortable frame shapes.

In addition, this new-school geometry approach means that the finished result also rivals the best of the best on pavement and in high speed groups. The Vault offers predictable handling, precision cornering and descending and point and shoot acceleration when you step on the pedals.

Finally, when conditions get rough, the Vault’s unmatched versatility and a high-performance fun factor make it the first choice for exploring on road surfaces that you never felt comfortable going on with an asphalt-only racing bike.

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Quality Craftsmanship

We strive to build the best-performing cycling products in the world.

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Geometry & Sizing

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Disc brake compatible with 140-160mm rotors

2 bottle cage mounts

Available as a complete bike or as a frame/fork/headset

Sizes XS, S, M, L for riders between 5'3" and 6'3"

Thru-axle, disc brake frame design rivals the best road racing bikes for sprinting and climbing efficiency.

Next-generation cross/gravel/road geometry – works for any road surface.

Internal cable routing is compatible with both Di2 and traditional, mechanical shifting systems.

BB386EVO bottom bracket substantially increases torsional rigidity, strength and power transfer, while providing increased rear tire clearance.

1.5” tapered steerer carbon fork with 12mm thru axle, increased tire clearance and Shimano’s flat disc mount.

Oversized fork crown optimizes stiffness, increases steering precision and eliminates brake chatter on rough surfaces.

Full carbon frame featuring proprietary hollow core internal molding technology for ideal weight, strength and stiffness.

Optimized layup structure with ideal top tube and stay shaping for comfort and power output on long rides, rough roads and epic adventures.

To ensure the best sizing, we recommend that you visit your local Pivot dealer to get a professional fit and refer to our geometry chart to check your measurements. However, we can provide a rough guideline: 

X-Small: 5'3" – 5’7”
Small: 5'6" – 5’9”
Medium: 5'8” – 5’11”
Large: 5'11” – 6’3”

Selecting larger or smaller tire size options will affect standover height. Numbers listed are with the stock Maxxis Rambler tires. 

X-Small: 748mm / 29.44"
Small: 774mm / 30.47"
Medium: 796mm / 31.33"
Large: 813mm / 32.00"

The Vault frame features the BB386EVO bottom bracket system (designed by our own Chris Cocalis). This maximum size BB greatly increases torsional rigidity and strength and improves power transfer for a more efficient ride while also providing for more tire clearance to clear the widest rims on the market.

Any 24mm spindle cranks from Shimano or SRAM are fully compatible with the proper 30mm BB conversion. The system is also compatible with Campy and of course 386EVO specific cranks from Rotor and FSA (BB30 specific cranks are not compatible with the 386EVO system)

Any press fit 30 cups can be used with the 386Evo system.

The Vault will accept standard road cranks from all major manufacturers where Q factor measurements are generally standardized.

Pivot uses a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle.

The Vault features 12x142mm thru axle spacing in the rear and the front hub/wheel spacing is 100mm with a 12mm thru axle.

The Vault is a disc brake only bike and can be used with any road specific hydraulic or mechanical disc brake on the market that is compatible with Shimano’s flat mount standard. There are options in the market to adapt post mount style calipers to work on the flat mount standard.

The Vault will work with 140-160mm rotors on the front and rear.

On the front, Shimano’s flat mount brakes come with a plate that is reversible for either a 140mm or 160mm rotor. No additional brake adapter is required. The rear also uses Shimano’s new direct mount standard. With the new Shimano direct mount rear caliper, and a 140mm rear rotor, there is no adaptor required. With the new Shimano direct mount rear caliper, and a 160mm rear rotor, the correct adaptor is available from Shimano. For any standard post mount calipers from Shimano, SRAM, TRP, Hayes, etc. you will need the specific adaptor to go from the Shimano direct mount to the post mount standard. Currently, both Shimano and TRP offer these for 160mm rotors and 140mm rotors. The rear mount is designed to use 20mm long mounting hardware.

The fork offset on the Vault is 45mm.

The Vault frame uses a 31.6mm seatpost.

The Vault frame uses a 34.9mm or 35mm (as some manufacturers call it) seatpost clamp.

Yes, although there is not dropper specific routing on this model. However, any dropper post with external routing can be used on this frame.

You will require a 34.9mm clamp-on road or cyclocross specific front derailleur (Shimano calls this size an “L”). Routing is bottom pull. You can also use a braze-on style F/D with a 34.9mm adaptor clamp.

For the Vault, we use an integrated style headset. The upper bearing measures 1-1/8" with 45°/45° ACB & has an OD of 41.8mm. The lower bearing measures 1-1/2" with 45°/45° ACB & has an OD of 51.9mm.

Variables in frame size, discrepancies in scale calibrations, and method of weighing (with or without pedals and such) all lead to inaccurate comparisons, so we choose not to publish our bike weights. Pivot bicycles are among the lightest available, but the weight is only one of many factors that make a great bicycle. Other aspects such as frame stiffness, strength, durability, and ride quality are just as important as weight to our engineers when designing our Hollow Core Carbon and aluminum frames. Instead of comparing grams online, we suggest you visit your local Pivot dealer and see our attention to detail, smart, high value spec, and class leading features. Bring a scale if you’d like, but take just one demo ride and you’ll feel why Pivot Cycles are the most well-rounded, highest performing bicycles on the market and in many cases, yes, it’s the lightest as well.

The Vault can run all standard 700C X 33C cyclocross tires on the market and, depending on rim width and tire specification, can fit up to 38C tires. For reference, one of the largest tires we have come across for the category is the Clement X’PLOR MSO that’s called out as a 40C tire. It clears the frame by about 1mm or less on each side. We would not recommend this tire as any grit or debris on the tire would cause rubbing. The new Vault fork can accommodate tires up to 700C X 48C.

In order to run Di2 shifting on your Vault, you will need to order the external battery that is mounted on the underside of the downtube. All Di2 cable routing is internal and the Shimano disc brakes that come in the standard Vault build kit are fully compatible with Shimano Di2 set ups. You may also be able to utilize Shimano’s seat post battery provided that your seatpost design can accept this style battery. However, we prefer the external battery as the weight is kept in the lowest point possible and the battery can be easily removed for charging.