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Pivot LES 27.5 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike $0.00
Until recently, it looked as though 29-inch wheels were the only choice for cross country racing. However, with the widespread acceptance of 27.5-inch wheels, a reevaluation of wheel size was forced to occur, and the mid-sized wheels have now proven their mettle at the highest levels of competion. So, if you're considering smaller wheels for their reduced weight and improved handling, the Pivot LES 27.5 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike should be enough to sway your decision. Using the accumulated knowledge from Pivot's extensive composites program, the LES boasts a smooth ride and responsive handling that'll put smiles on the faces of pro racers and enthusiasts alike.
And while Pivot may be best known for its full-suspension bikes, don't think for a second that the knowhow from its extensive suspension lineup doesn't translate into top tier hardtail frames as well. Stiffness in the right places is key, as seen in the 12x142mm thru-axle and massive tapered head tube. The BB92 bottom bracket shell allows for the widest possible shell, both saving weight and improving stiffness over a standard 73mm threaded shell. Details like custom molded stay guards and an impact resistant down tube guard clearly illustrate that Pivot wasn't willing to cut corners on the way to a pro-level race bike.
Pivot's extensive experience working in carbon fiber is on full display with the LES. The most significant example of this is the hardest to see, namely the fully compacted carbon fiber that's used in the frame. By optimizing the compaction, Pivot removes any unnecessary epoxy, which minimizes weight and optimizes strength. The tube forming is of particular importance, because it dictates the ride quality of the frame. Accordingly, areas like the chainstays and down tube, where stiffness is paramount, have been built as large as possible in order to fight deflection. However, the seatstays have been flattened and feature a slight bow, which allows them to bend under load, smoothing out the ride. Basically, Pivot made sure to sweat the small stuff so that your bike rides beautifully over rough terrain, while remaining stiff when you get on the pedals.
The build kit starts with SRAM brakes and drivetrain. The X0 Trail brakes are an obvious choice, as the four piston calipers provide fantastic power that's remarkably easy to control. The drivetrain consists of X01 11-speed shifters, a 10-42t cassette, a 30t X-1 GXP crankset, and a X01 Type 2 rear derailleur. The combination of the Type 2 derailleur and narrow-wide tooth profiles on the chainring make a chain guide unnecessary, thereby reducing both weight and drag. Suspension duties are handled by a 100mm FOX 32 FIT CTD Kashima fork. The Kashima coating reduces drag, so the sealed FIT damper is able to do the best possible job of smoothing out rough trails. The CTD adjustment scheme takes the guesswork out of achieving an ideal suspension setup, especially when you're making adjustments on the fly. The cockpit is comprised of an FSA SL-K stem, a SL-K Carbon seatpost, and Pivot's own Phoenix carbon handlebar. the LES rolls on a DT Swiss 350 Spline One tubeless wheelset that's been wrapped in Kenda Karma 2.0 tires.
The Pivot LES 27.5 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Green, Matte Black/red/white, and Matte Black/blue.
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Light and fast!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my second season on the LES 27.5 and I love it. I am 5'2" and 110 lbs and got an XS frame that fits me perfectly. It's light, fast, and still stable on the downhills. The full bike build with XO1 performs very well. I feel comfortable taking this bike everywhere from road rides to dirt jump parks. So I've definitely given my bike a beating but it's nothing it can't handle. In short the LES 27.5 shreds!
I am a hard tail guy so I can appreciate a really good one and Pivot does it about as good as they get. It is stiff and gets up to speed super fast but is still very compliant and I felt great riding 3.5 hours, other than tired legs. The X01 set up is rock solid and even though I happen to ride this bike on some so/so cheap easton wheels it still felt more than capable. I would recommend pairing with some reynolds carbon wheels although the DT swiss are not bad. If you have questions or want comparisons to others I've ridden feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pivot LES 27.5, Medium
First of all this was my second Pivot purchase for 2015. The 1st Pivot was a Mach 4 and I really liked it, but this is a full suspension bike and I had been riding a hardtail for the last 5-6 years and I found myself missing having a hardtail bike to ride. With that said, if you can only have one bike, then I recommend the Mach 4, but if you like to chance up your ride based on the trail selection for the day or just how you feel, I highly recommend the Pivot LES. After installing XTR pedals mine weighed 22 lbs. I am 5ft. & 7inches tall and I changed out the stock 90mm stem for a 100mm stem, so eye the sizing chart closely because it would have put me on a small frame. I am very happy with the LES. It is the most fun bike I have ever ridden. It climbs and corners great. I was leery of the single chain ring setup, but now that I have ridden it a few times I think it is perfect for the LES. There is plenty of gearing for climbing and doesn't max out on the high end until approximately 23 mph. I am not a pro rider, nor do I race. I am 63 years young and have been an avid cyclist for about 26 years.
Pivot LES shreds!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'd been riding and racing a 29er all last season and so was weary of going down to 27.5 this season. Honestly, when I first got my Pivot, I couldn't tell the difference between wheel sizes. If anything, the 29er seems to roll slightly better on long, gradual climbs, but once again, I couldn't tell much of a difference between wheel size, at least on the uphill. I'm only 5'2", so I think the bike fit my body size much better than my 29er. Above all, the bike is smooth and fast on the downhill. The bike handling is great. It has a slacker geometry than my old bike and the fork is AWESOME for riding all types of terrain. It's a light bike that's great for fun rides and XC races.