There are some days when the race just demands something a little (or a lot) more rigid. We know that weight matters and that the pursuit of the win is often based on having the lightest, fastest machine possible. We are excited to introduce something different and still uniquely Pivot to our line: A Pivot without a pivot. With the all new full carbon Pivot Les 29er we’ve created a frame that offers the complete package: A balance of frame stiffness, tuned compliance and straight up performance (and we look good doing it too). In addition to the sub 2.5lb frame weight and incredible ride performance, the Les features our all new patent pending switchable Swinger adjustable dropout System.
The Swinger System adds versatility to your bike X2. The included high modulus carbon dropout features our 12 x 142mm through axle design while the optional Swinger adjustable system allows single speed riders the simplicity of a vertical dropout design with quick click indexed adjustable chain tensioning. For single speed riders this is a revelation in simplicity and pure functionality. So, for those wanting to go fast with gears or without, the new Pivot Les offers you the ultimate ultra lightweight go fast tool in a high performance race package like only Pivot can provide. Once again Pivot is “PERFORMANCE REDEFINED” with the all new Pivot Les.
• Pivot exclusive hollow box, high-compression internal molding technology allows for greater compaction and smoother internal walls resulting in a lighter, stronger, highly optimized, ride tuned frame design.
• Included full carbon molded 12mm X 142mm dropouts with replaceable hanger.
• Optional Patent Pending Swinger adjustable dropout system provides quick, consistent, indexed chain adjustments for single speed use along with fast wheel changes and no change in brake adjustments.
• Full internal shift cable routing with under bottom bracket access port design for hassle free installation.
• Tapered 1.5” headtube, Press Fit 92mm wide bottom bracket, and direct mount front derailleur simplify set up and maximize stiffness.
WHAT MOUNTAIN BIKE
“A pricey but fast and technically adept hardtail that maintains that elusive sparkle of fun.”
If you’re looking for a fast, agile and long-legged hardtail you’ve come to the right place.
The biggest selling point of the LES is that, while it’s fast and efficient, it hasn’t lost that sparkle of fun that makes you want to leave work early and take to the trails at speed.
At under 2.5lb the frame measures up well.
The tapered headset and chunky bottom bracket area ooze confidence and strength, while the whole bike feels rock solid.
That 12x142mm bolt-thru rear axle backs this stiffness up, giving the rear end less opportunity to wander.
A real boon for those wishing to go singlespeed is the replaceable rear hangers.
Two bolts each side allow you to change from the 12x142mm-geared version to a singlespeed setup easily.
Indexed chain tensioning means adjustment is a doddle.
Another crucial detail is the port under the bottom bracket, there to help when replacing the internally routed cables.
We specced the 120mm fork, due to the technical riding it was likely to encounter. We loved the longer fork; it really suits the frame.
Ride hard and fast The LES demands to be ridden fast, then faster….the bike just comes to life and pulls you along with it.
It relishes fast tracks and technical singletrack.
With its steep seat angle the bike feels super responsive under acceleration, and climbs superbly with very little flex from that chunky bottom bracket.
It also brings the centre of gravity back slightly to make front wheel lifts easier to pop, which only adds to the fun and agile feel.
Technical climbs are dispensed with such ease we twisted up rocky inclines our supposedly more manoeuvrable 26in hardtails struggle with.
With the wheel tucked in under the saddle, it’s easy to find grip, and the long toptube means plenty of room to move forward into the bike as the gradient gets steeper.
Steep descents are tackled with confidence, aided by the 120mm fork and a relatively slack 69.5-degree head angle. The bike inspires a confidence that it can handle anything you throw at it.
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Pivot LES built with Kinesis IX rigid carbon fork.
The carbon monocoque fork structure offers superb tracking, nicely meshing with the instantly obvious torsional rigidity of the frame.
While carbon structures like this frame and fork are good at absorbing a moderate amount of trail buzz, they’re in need of big tyres to stop rough terrain from becoming unreasonably punishing.
By halfway through the first outing we’d become totally tuned in to the flighty, initially almost nervous, ride personality of the Les and we soon grew to love it.
It flounces, flutters, flirts and squirts along every trail like a beautifully petite but disarmingly muscular ladyboy.
Climbing is just a breeze.
From the purely practical point of view, the Les has two sets of bottle bosses, loads of standover clearance and a direct mount front derailleur with a clamp bracket that you can cover up if you prefer a single ring. Very short chainstays mean the back end feels more like a 26in-wheeled bike when it comes to climbs or carving your way through twitchy singletrack and we love the fact that there is still enough mud room for the biggest tyres.
Putting a fixed blade fork on the Pivot Les is a less clear-cut kettle of fish. It’s a beautifully built frame that’ll appeal to more competitive riders, racers or not, who need to juggle the purist appeal of minimalism with the comfort of being able to slam through stuff harder and faster.
We couldn’t find a single fault in the handling feel and build quality of the Les, and its flirty floaty flow on all the best bits of singletrack was a real joy.
But there’s really no getting away from the fact that what you gain from 22lb of finessed stability on climbs and flowy stuff, you might lose again when the going gets really rough.
There again, for those who choose rigid rather than the more rational 100mm suspension fork, you’ll stand to gain an immense sense of pride... and those Popeye arms