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Pivot Les 27.5 Carbon XT Complete Mountain Bike - 2014

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The 29er fans among us will be loathe to admit it, but 27.5-inch wheels have proven that they're not just a fad. In fact, already with a string of elite level XC victories this year, there's a strong case to be made that the mid-sized wheels are the fastest option on dirt. So if you're considering smaller wheels for both their reduced weight and improved handling, the Pivot LES 27.5 Carbon XT Complete Mountain Bike makes the decision a little easier. 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 Shimano brakes and drivetrain. The Shimano XT brakes were an obvious choice, as they combine fantastic stopping power with a relatively light overall weight. The drivetrain consists of XT shifters, a HG81 11-36t cassette, a 24/38t XT crankset, a XT direct-mount front derailleur, and a XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur. 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 Afterburner stem, handlebar, and seatpost, while the rest of it is rounded out by a Pivot WTB Volt Race saddle and Pivot lock-on grips. Lastly, the LES rolls on a DT Swiss 275 Spline M1700 tubeless-ready wheelset that's been wrapped in Kenda Karma 2.0 tires.

The Pivot LES 27.5 Carbon XT 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.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
monocoque carbon fiber
Suspension:
hardtail
Fork:
FOX 32 FLOAT 27.5 FIT CTD Trail Adjust Kashima
Front Travel:
100 mm
Headset:
Pivot
Shifters:
Shimano Deore XT
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur:
XT 10-speed Shadow Plus
Crankset:
24/38 t Shimano Deore XT
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano
Cassette:
11-36 t Shimano HG81
Chain:
Shimano XT
Handlebar:
FSA Afterburner
Grips:
Pivot lock-on
Stem:
FSA Afterburner
Saddle:
Pivot WTB Volt Race
Seatpost:
FSA Afterburner
Wheelset:
DT Swiss M1700
Tires:
Kenda Karma
Tire Size:
27.5 x 2.0 in
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame

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Geometry chart

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Geometry Chart

 

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Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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sweet race bike

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I had a chance to ride this bike at Outerbike this year. The LES 27.5 was a really fast,stiff hard tail that would make an awesome race bike.I found it to be very agile and responsive and felt I could really lay down power without sacrificing stability. The 27.5 tire size was nice too as it did provide a little suspension for the rocky areas while being able to carve out lines off the trail like a 26''r. Fun for sure!

sweet race bike