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Contenders for victory want a cross country hardtail that presents every advantage. In a sport where success is measured in half seconds, racers recognize that having the right equipment is essential. The new Pivot LES is a 29er that is also 27.5″+ compatible, that combines incredible efficiency with the smoothness and trail tuning that the world’s best athletes need to outlast and outpace the competition.
Pivot’s cross country designs are the choice of top XC, short track and endurance racers around the world. Rose Grant, (Stan’s/Pivot Racing, 2x US National Marathon Champion), Mike Hall (2014, 2016 Tour Divide Winner and all-time record holder), Taylor Lideen (NUE Series race winner) and Jason English (World Solo 24 Hour Champion) all choose Pivot’s LES. We are proud to support our athletes on the international stage, from Rio to the World Cup to Endurance events around the globe.
For 2016, the LES has dropped over 50 grams. Using leading edge carbon fiber and our proprietary hollow core, internal–mandrel process, the engineers at Pivot have created a frame that offers racers a best-in-class hardtail ride tuned for the drive to the finish line over any terrain. Specific frame features include the oversized box section downtube and bottom bracket area, tapered head tube and meticulously engineered seat and chainstays. Combined, these features offer the best ride feel and significantly reduced athlete fatigue on even the longest courses.
For the best energy transfer possible, we’ve added Boost 110mm front and 148mm rear dropout spacing. Efficiency freaks will love the extra power you can lay down with ultra stiff Boost wheels, and the extra room between hub flanges gives 29” wheels a ride feel and durability that rivals any wheel size, without sacrificing the rollover capabilities of bigger wheels.
The LES becomes a one bike quiver with the race-light version of our patented Swinger II dropout system. This clever bit of Pivot Cycles engineering enables you to run both 29” and 27.5”+ wheelsizes and easily switch between singlespeed and geared drivetrains all while maintaining ideal chainstay length and geometry. When hardtail riders want to let their hair down, 27.5+ is a fun, capable and entertaining alternative to a traditional racing configuration.
Pivot is the industry leader in electronic shifting integration. Universally acclaimed as the most advantageous component option for racers, the incredible gear-selection intelligence of Di2 componentry is perfectly integrated into the LES via the innovative Pivot Cable Port System.
Whether you choose to go the traditional shifting route or opt for Shimano’s game changing system, all of your cables, housing, wires and batteries are neatly tucked away for the ultimate in weather and impact resistance, no matter what set up you choose, now or in the future.
World Cup racers seeking a hardtail option that excels on every kind of terrain love Pivot’s new school racing geometry. The LES maintains every advantage while climbing, and is far more capable on technical trail and while descending and cornering.
The LES is compatible with 100 to 130mm forks to give you a wide range of options when it comes to dialing in for your riding style. Choose a shorter travel fork and a 29”wheel for F1- speeds. When the course calls for fun, 120mm of travel combined with 27.5+ tires is a combination that guarantees smiles.
We’ve designed this full carbon frame with the best in Pivot detailing. The LES is easily 2x compatible with a direct mount front derailleur, and for those who love the simple functionality of 1x systems, remove the mount for an incredibly sleek, clean installation with no evidence of the un-needed hardware.
Other essential details include post mount disc brake mounts for easy set up and weight savings and mounts for 2 water bottles on every frame. The LES is available in 4 sizes – S, M, L, XL – and in two great colors.
The LES is available as a complete bike with a wide range of component level options or as a frame. We’ve carefully selected every part and only spec components we would ride ourselves.
We take quality and workmanship seriously at Pivot, and know that the details are what make a great rider experience. Every Pivot Cycles frame undergoes a 28 step assembly and quality control check to ensure that every ride on the new LES meets your high expectations.
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"I have been racing on hard tails for over four years now and this year is my first season riding a Pivot. The Pivot LES is the fastest bike I've ever ridden. It climbs like a rigid and descends like a downhill bike. I'm 5' 10" and fit perfectly on a medium size frame."
"The Pivot LES is the definition of a race frame to build your dream bike. Being light and stiff make it it super fast up the climbs and out of the corners. Plus they got the design of the frame down to top off a perfectly made xc race bike that still rocks the descents. I am 5'11" with a long inseam and I fit a medium with a setback post comfortably."
"The Pivot LES 29 is the perfect racing hard tail. The slightly slacker head tube angle makes the bike decide as well any xc full suspension out there, but with all the stiffness, efficiency, and price bonuses that a hard tail bring to the table. I am 5' 7" and I fit very comfortably on a size small."
"The bike inspires confidence with every pedal stroke and Pivot's attention to detail make the bike a capable trail and cross country machine. While the bike is a hardtail, the LES 29 is smooth and the geometry spot on for miles of fast and fun riding. I am 5' 7" and I ride a small."
"My Pivot LES 29 has lots of stand over clearance that I believe everyone likes and the reach with the 90 mm stem is perfect. This bike really accelerates because of the stiff bottom bracket but somehow Pivot managed to keep it smooth on the rough trails. The internal cable routing is a nice touch and cable maintenance has proved to be easy with the access panel on the bottom bracket. Normally I ride a medium frame size but on the Pivot I decided to go with the small, I am 5’7 and I made the right choice."
"This is my go-to hardtail; whether for training, racing or long endurance days this bike can take it all in stride. The frame geometry makes a world of difference, and Pivot nailed this one. This is a playful and fun bike that is very laterally stiff and looks killer. I am 5' 11' and I ride a Medium Pivot LES."
"The Pivot LES is by far the best hard tail that I have ever ridden. The frame is incredibly stiff and efficient on the climbs, while extremely absorbent on the descents at the same time. This is the first hard tail that I have ever ridden where it is possible to easily sit down and pedal through slightly downhill technical sections and cruise through them with no problems. This bike is worth a try for every type of rider from DH to road because this bike is pretty much a do it all machine in one surprisingly light and simply elegant design! I am 5' 11" and on a medium frame with 100mm stem and a straight seat post."
"My Pivot LES allows for greater handling than other hardtails. This is due to it's slacker head tube angel and its shorter chain stays. The bike is efficient and stiff while climbing but also very comfortable in rough sections of the trail. It feels like I can take it off anything and not have to worry. I am 5'11 and I ride a size medium."
"The LES 29 is an amazing bike and I’m surprised that other bike companies haven’t tried to do what Pivot has done. Pivot has managed to make a quick handling, trail capable xc bike with a slack head angle so it is stable at high speeds, and confident on downhills. I’m 6’2” and could have gone with either a LG or and XL, but I chose to go with a Large and I’m glad that I did."
"After racing on a few different bike brands, I can say that this Pivot LES is a killer of a bike. Climbs like the best of XC bikes and rips the DH like no other. With the short chain stay and slack head tube this bike corners amazingly! If how the bike rides is not enough, just the looks of this bike will make you want it! I am 5’10” and ride the medium frame and it fits perfectly. The sizing that Pivot provides nails the fit."
TNI built up the LES as a trail bike and logged some hard rides, ultimately deciding that "if you have the budget to invest into a frame or bike, there is no way you will not fall in love with its ride – I can hardly imagine a bike that is more versatile and better designed down to the least little detail."
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MTBR took a singlspeed LES out and claim, "The LES was nimble in corners, accelerated out of the hole with authority, effortlessly soaked up bumps and water bars and blazed downhill with authority. The LES is an ideal blend of the agile nature of a 26-inch bike with the added rolling benefit of a 29er."
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Another great LES 27.5 review, this time from the Lone Star State. Shawn McAfee rode the LES 27.5 hard through some Texas trails and proclaimed, "The Pivot Les 27.5 Carbon is one of the best bikes I have ever ridden. On par with the Niner Jet 9 RDO and the Felt Edict Nine in terms of bikes I am just in awe 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:
Small: 5'5" – 5’9”
Medium: 5'9” – 5’11”
Large: 5’11”– 6’3”
X-Large: 6'3" +
The LES will fit 27.5+ tires in 2.8" with up to 40mm (outside) rims.
The new LES is compatible with both 29 and 27.5+ wheel sizes. On 29” wheels we recommend tires up to 2.3” with (up to) 28mm maximum inner width rims. For 27.5+ wheels you can use tires up to 2.8” X 27.5+ with (up to) 40mm maximum inner width rims. Rim width and tire manufacture sizing call outs and tire inconsistency can result in huge difference among both tire brands and individual tires. We suggest you check the fit with your chosen rim and tire combination to make sure it has proper clearance before riding
The LES was designed for 100mm to 130mm fork travel. 130mm is the maximum travel length to be used on the LES. We use the new FOX 32 Step Cast 100mm fork in all our complete bike builds. This fork is a 29” race specific fork designed for 29” wheels with up to 2.3” tires and is NOT compatible with 27.5+ tires. If you are planning on using 27.5+ tires on your LES, we offer a FOX 34 X 120mm fork option that will allow clearance for 27.5+ tires up to 3” as will as 29” wheels with clearance for up to 2.4” tires.
We use the new FOX 32 Step Cast 100mm fork with a 44mm offset in all of our complete bike builds. For those wanting more than 100mm travel and/or want to use their LES with 27.5+, we offer the FOX 34 120mm fork with a 51mm offset.
Well….We do ship complete LES builds with two wheels for a reason. However, if you have the skills then the bike is capable of being ridden on one wheel for short periods of time. (mostly the rear wheel) We have seen it tested both ways. Most of our riders prefer both wheels on the ground and reserve wheelies for dramatic first place finishes while waving to the hordes of rabid XC fans cheering them on. Please reserve this move for your big wins, as it generally does not end well in the case of the sprint finish. In these cases, we recommend laying the power down and saving the celebrations for the podium (These are not the recommendations of Pivot Cycles but more of an eye witness recounting events that may, or may not have occurred while riding a LES!).
The LES will accept all cranks designed for the BOOST system and compatible with a Press Fit 92mm bottom bracket. BOOST system means that the rear hub spacing is 148mm and the chain-rings have been shifted out approximately 3mm from where a tradition crank designed for a 142mm rear hub would be so that the chainrings will line up properly with the new position of the cassette on the 148mm rear hub.
In some cases you can run a conventional non-BOOST 1X or 2X crank. The Race Face NEXT 1X and other Cinch system 1X cranks are dual compatible between standard 142mm and 148mm Boost rear ends. Some smaller chainring combination 1X (30 and 32T) Shimano XT and XTR 11 will also work. In some cases 2X standard cranks may also work with 24/34, 26/36 and 22/36 combinations. Shimano’s new 11 Speed XTR and XT standard cranks feature both 24/34 and 26/36 chainring options which work perfectly with the LES frame as Shimano’s chainline dimensions already tend to run wider than others in the market. There may be other 2X non- boost cranks available that will work although it is dependent on specific chainline and chainring size. If the chainline is not out far enough, the front derailleur clearance may be tight when shifting into the small ring as the front derailleur mount on the LES is also shifted outwards to accommodate the BOOST design. Additionally, you cannot run cranks designed specifically with a narrower Q Factor such as XTR Race 158mm Q factor crank and the SRAM XX1 156Q crank (In fact, for any SRAM 1X cranks, you need to run their specific BOOST version of the crank).
The LES will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 163mm. You cannot run cranks designed specifically with a narrower Q Factor such as XTR Race 158mm Q factor crank and the SRAM XX1 156Q crank.
The LES uses the Boost 148mm X 12mm hub/wheel spacing. This is a new hub design with wider flanges so you cannot take a current 135mm, 142mm, 150mm, or 157mm hub and change end caps to convert an existing hub.
Yes, the incredible Swinger II dropout makes it easy to switch between geared and singlespeed set ups. The LES comes stock with our Race Kit which features alloy hardware and is set at a fixed location. The LES Swinger II adjustable hardware kit includes all the hardware required to make the system fully adjustable for single speed use or to simply adjust the chainstay length for increased tire and mud clearance.
The LES uses an e-type Shimano side-swing style front derailleur only. Shimano produces the new e-type side-swing front derailleur in Deore and SLX for 10 speed drivetrains and SLX, XT and XTR for 11 speed drivetrains.
The Pivot LES features the 92mm wide bottom bracket shell standard, originally developed in conjunction with Shimano XTR. The Press Fit 92 design is 100% carbon and is an integral part of the frame design. This is a huge benefit as it allows us to optimize the frame stiffness and ride quality. There are no metal inserts or shells bonded into the frame that can creak or fail at the bond line. Also, with the Press Fit 92 bottom brackets, 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. Chainline 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 frame uses a 30.9mm seatpost.
Yes, the Pivot Cable Port System makes this frame internal dropper compatible.
The LES frame uses a 34.9mm or 35mm (as some manufacturers call it) seatpost clamp.
The LES uses a ZS (zero stack) 44mm top and (zero stack) 56mm bottom, or a Chris King Inset 2.
The LES 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 180mm direct mount/ post to post adapter.
A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the "Tech Specs" tab.
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