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Now you can have that big wheel performance in an even more nimble package. The LES 27.5’s compact frame design takes our affinity for lightweight performance to a whole new level while opening up the big wheel category to a much wider range of riders. Some have described the new LES 27.5 as almost BMX like due to its next generation XC geometry that can dissect the tightest race courses with scalpel like precision while handling technical descents, rollers, berms and jumps like no XC hard-tail ever made. The magic combination of Pivot’s ultra lightweight ride tuned composite chassis, 27.5” wheels, progressive geometry, and ultra-short 16.77”(42.6mm) chainstays makes for a bike that is as equally comfortable taking the XC or Endurance race win as it is shredding jump filled singletrack.
For smaller riders, the LES 27.5 is a revelation. With the small and X-small frame size optimized for shorter riders, there is a LES model to properly fi t every size rider with bigger wheels. It’s an added bonus that the more compact frame design of the LES 27.5 enables riders to build sub 20lb race bikes as well. Now you can own, ride and race the most highly optimized hardtail ever created with geometry, stand over clearance, weight, and ride tuning perfected for the smaller rider. The LES 27.5 is a truly ground breaking design that we are excited to bring to a whole new legion of Pivot riders.
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"I have the Pivot LES 27.5 and I have never had a bike that handles better downhill and around corners. I was wary at first of switching from the 29er I had last year but the climbing feels just as fast. The Pivot shreds! I am 5'2" and ride an XS."
Enduro Magazine chose a LES 27.5 as a long-term test bike and gives us their full report of the bike after logging in some miles. "From the very first corner, it quickly becomes clear that the LES 27.5 is a bike that's built for the turns. With a low centre of gravity and the short back end, we found the LES could carve corners better than Jamie Oliver could carve a...
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"I think the fact that I rode the Pivot LES 27.5 until I was lost and was then in no hurry to find my way back, is a testament to how much fun this bike is and how easily the power is transferred."
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"Our Pivot LES 27.5 frame will be the perfect test bed to evaluate those parts in the high-speed race scenarios that this lime green weapon is clearly capable of."
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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: 4'10" – 5’5”
Small: 5'5” – 5’9”
Medium: 5'9” – 5’11”
Large: 5'11” – 6’2”
Pivot is the first frame manufacturer to feature the 92mm wide bottom bracket shell standard, originally developed in conjunction with Shimano XTR. With the press fit 92 system, there are no external washers or threads in the shell. The bearings are housed in light composite resin cups with a full sealed sleeve to keep out the elements. This design allows for easy crank installation, with no frame facing or special spacers required. Chain line is perfectly optimized and as an added advantage, the bearings are extremely easy to replace. Another bonus is that the XTR version includes a 3 year warranty from Shimano. The system works with Shimano, FSA and Race Face cranks (all compatible with the Shimano cup design) as well as the SRAM GXP system for which SRAM offers both standard and ceramic versions. In addition, Enduro and several other aftermarket companies offer both replacement bottom brackets and bearings to support every major crank brand.
We use a Press Fit 92 BB (sometimes called PF92 or BB92) design. Almost every crank and BB manufacturer offers a bottom bracket that is compatible with the Press Fit 92 system.
The LES 275 will accept cranks with a Q factor measurement as low as 156mm (Such as the narrower option in the SRAM XX1 or the new XTR Race crank). Of course, anything greater than 156mm will work as well. Most standard MTB Q factor measurements are at 163mm.
The LES 27.5 uses the 142mm X 12mm hub/wheel spacing. Our custom 12mm DT Swiss axle is included with the frame. The axle is based off of Shimano’s 12mm through axle specifications for length and thread pitch so if you were ever to lose your axle, a Shimano or Shimano compatible axle will work properly as well.
The LES 275 frame uses a 30.9mm seatpost.
The LES 275 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.
The LES 275 uses a DM (direct mount) style front derailleur. You can use a SRAM direct mount top pull X-9 or XO version for any 2X system. The SRAM top pull is best if you are running a 10 speed rear cassette and a large front chainring smaller then a 38 tooth. If you are running a 2X or 3X Shimano system with 10 speed rear cassette then use a Shimano direct mount FD. You will need to look at Shimano’s technical specifications in order to source the correct Shimano top pull DM front derailleur for the front chainring combination you are using.
The LES 275 uses a ZS (zero stack) 44mm top and (zero stack) 56mm bottom, or a Chris King Inset 2.
We use the Maxxis Ikon 2.2 in our complete bike builds. However, the LES 275 is designed to easily accept most 2.3 tires in the market. For instance, a Maxxis High-Roller II 2.3 fits with clearance. For 2.35 tires in the market, some may fit, but rim width and tire manufacture sizing call outs and tire inconsistency can result in huge difference among both tire brands and individual tires. For anything beyond a 2.3, we suggest you check the fit with your chosen rim and tire combination to make sure it has proper clearance before riding.
The LES 275 will clear either a 160mm or 180mm rotor.
No brake adapter is needed for a 160mm rotor. However, many manufacturers make adapters for larger rotor sizes, in which case you would need a 160mm direct mount/ post to post adapter.
The LES was designed for either a 100mm or 120mm fork. We use a 100mm fork in all our complete bike builds (although for special orders you can request a 120mm). The maximum travel length that can be used on the LES 275 is 120mm travel.
We use a Fox 100mm, 32 forks with a 44mm offset in all our complete bike builds. The 120mm travel special order option also features 44mm offset.
A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the "Tech Specs" tab.
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