Pivot Les 29 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike $5,249.00
It'd be hard to get any more cross-country than a Les 29 Carbon X01 with SRAM, FOX, and DT teaming up to keep things light and fast. And, while the Complete Mountain Bike build is a contributing factor to this, Pivot's extensive research, design, and exclusive technology is the primary reason.
First off, it weighs less than 2.5lbs. That's light, and it wouldn't be possible without Pivot's hollow-box, high-compression internal molding technology -- the same process that's used to create the Les' signature shape. This allows for greater compaction and smoother internal walls in order to produce a lighter, stronger, and highly optimized frame. The top tube and seatstays are flattened compared to the large down tube, creating a leaf-spring-like-motion to dampen the ride. This shape, however, is wider along the Z-axis, so it won't flex side-to-side while sprinting.
Adding to the ride quality are stout chainstays that have been mated to a 92mm PressFit bottom bracket. It's here that you'll find SRAM's X01 GXP with a 30t ring that spins a 10-42t X01 cassette. These ratios perfectly match the larger diameter wheels while optimizing clearance for log crossings. On the opposite end of the chainstays, you'll find Pivot's Swinger adjustable dropout system with a 12x142mm thru-axle tying everything together.
The Swinger dropout allows you to lengthen the Les' short, 17.1-inch chainstays in order to adjust handling characteristics. Or, if you've the gumption, to drop the gears for a single-speed setup. At the front end of the Les, a tapered head tube is graced with FOX's 32 FLOAT 29 FIT CTD Trail Adjust with Kashima. This gives the Les a 69.5 degree head tube angle -- a welcome break from the steep, traditional angles of race bikes.
Steering that fork is an FSA SL-K stem and Phoenix 740mm-wide handlebar, on which you'll find an X01 shifter controlling an X01 11-speed Type 2 derailleur for precise gear changes and reliable performance. This Les 29 Carbon rides on DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to XR XD tubeless rims that have been wrapped in Kenda Slant 6 2.2in wide rubber. Stopping those wheels is a set of Sram X0 Trail hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors. Finishing the Complete Bike build is an FSA SL-K carbon post and WTB Volt Race saddle.
The Pivot LES 29 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Matte Carbon/red, Matte Carbon/blue, and Solar Orange.
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I had the opportunity to ride this bike recently and have great initial impressions.The bike was very compliant on the rough trails of Moab due to the oversize down tube and chain stays and the oval shaped top tube and seat stays. The swinger dropout system is also a nice feature making it easy to set up single speed. The bike was also very light making it extremely agile on the trail. Great all around hard tail for sure. A Pivot without a Pivot!