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Pivot LES 29 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2016

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As common as plaid, button-up shirts on 30 somethings, it's getting harder and harder for a new 29er to standout — especially with an ambitious and fresh 27.5-inch face stealing the limelight. Thankfully, Pivot is preventing 29er's midlife from the ubiquitous office job and a social life of mediocrity with its hardtail, LES 29 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame.

Aside from the flight-ready, jump-specific Point, the LES represents Pivot's first venture onto hardtail mountain bike territory. But, this is far from Pivot's first hula with big hoops and the almighty black fiber. Five years ago, the Mach 429 shook up squishies by mating 29er wheels with DW-Link suspension, and the Mach 5.7 has recently set a new benchmark for what is possible with carbon fiber.

What separates the 5.7 from the carbon masses is Pivot's exclusive hollow-box, high-compression internal molding technology — the same process used to create the LES' signature shapes. And those tasteful curves aren't like the false advertising of a corset. They're the result of extensive frame tuning in order to provide a sub 2.5lb chassis that accelerates with enthusiasm, yet filters body-fatiguing chatter.

Pivot's internal mold technology allows for greater compaction and smoother internal walls to produce a lighter, stronger, and highly optimized frame. The top tube and seatstays are flattened compared to the large down tube. This allows a leaf-spring-like-motion to dampen the LES' ride. This shape, however, is wider along the z-axis, so it won’t flex side to side while sprinting.

Adding color to the ride-quality picture are stout chainstays that have been mated to a 92mm PressFit bottom bracket. This provides excellent response on a geared bike, but better yet, the increased strength also welcomes the demands of single speed riding. And yes, the LES can strip the shinny bits in favor of simplicity with the separately available, Swinger drops.

Making a single speed frame is fairly straight forward, however, there are some ugly gremlins that still torment designers and riders, and they can be compounded on convertible frames like the LES. Luckily, Pivot invested ample research and design in this department. Pivot's Swinger adjustable dropout system is a dutiful approach to the issue of brake interference and chain tension. The design swings around a pivot that's located in front of the upper post mount of the brake -- it's virtual on the non-disc side. The resulting slight arc allows tensioning of the chain with a negligible affect to the LES' geometry.

The system is indexed for simple setup, and it allows vertical-drop ease-of-use when it's time to swap wheels or change a flat. At its minimum setting, the Swinger tension system gives the LES 17.1-inch chainstays. Many manufacturers claim to be packing stubbies outback, but this is one of the shortest lengths that we've come across. That translates into a bike that's eager to pull up over obstacles, bunny hop, and swing around tight switchbacks. At the other end of the geometry playing field is a 69.5-degree head tube that breaks from the traditional steeper angles of twitchy-descending race bikes. Instead, the head tube is tapered for modern 29er suspension, and Pivot recommends a 100 to 120mm fork.

The Pivot LES 29 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Matte Carbon/red, Matte Carbon/blue, and Solar Orange. It uses a 30.9mm seatpost, a direct-mount front derailleur, and a 12x142mm rear axle (included).

Please note that US Pivot dealers are prohibited from shipping Pivot bicycles outside of the United States and US territories.

  • Carbon fiber hollow-box, high compression frame
  • 12x142 rear axle
  • Designed for use with a 100 to 120mm fork

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Bottom Bracket Type:
92 mm PressFit
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Derailleur Pull:
Compatible Components:
Shimano, SRAM
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Rear Axle:
12x142 mm thru-axle
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart


LES 29 Carbon
100mm Travel Fork

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 16in 22.9in 23.96in 15.57in 28.5in 3.85in 69.3o 73o 12.1in 17.1in 42.58in
M 17.75in 23.9in 24.13in 16.29in 29.2in 4in 69.5o 72.5o 12.1in 17.1in 43.27in
L 19in 24.5in 24.83in 16.66in 29.6in 4.75in 69.5o 72.5o 12.1in 17.1in 43.9in
XL 21in 25.5in 25.64in 17.43in 29.7in 5.5in 70o 72.5o 12.1in 17.1in 45.64in

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race made

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a hard tail guy so I can appreciate a really good one and Pivot does it about as good as they get. Stiff enough that it winds up quick even for a 29 er, but still rides very very smooth through the XC loops I did. I rode an X01 set up that was rock solid and even though I rode on some so/so easton wheels it still felt more than capable. I would recommend pairing with some stans or reynolds carbon wheels. If you have questions or want comparisons to others I've ridden or about full builds feel free to email me at

Classy,fast and iconic!

    Tried and true- one of the mtn bike classics. The kit calculator may not show all available options for a custom build and can be a bit tricky in configuring but if we have it on the site we can build it. Often times we have items not listed on the site as well. If you need help in configuring this bike feel free to contact me direct. Im always happy to oblige!

    Wes-Account Manager Bike
    801-736-6396 x 4074

    Avg. ride time: 8h 27m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Unique race Machine

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pivot took a unique path when creating this. Most companies tend to have very aggressive steep head angles on their XC race bikes because this ensures a quick handling bike (Ex: Specialized, Felt = HA 71 Pivot HA 69.5). But Pivot managed to managed to make their 69.5 degree head angle hardtail into the perfect race bike. Short chainstays make the bike corner like a dream in tight corners and switchbacks despite the slack head angle.

    Having such a slack head angle has plenty of upsides, like charging downhills. I found that the Les 29er handles high speed downhills better than any other XC race bike I've ridden to date. It also handles rough stuff better than most. Specifically, charging into rough stuff. I've been able to charge into gnarly rock gardens with more confidence than on my previous bike.

    The only downside in my opinion is the weight. It's by no means a heavy bike, but it also isn't very competitive with light weight hardtails. I think this is because of the removeable/ replaceable dropouts. Had pivot went with a standard dropout this frame would have been a good deal lighter.

    All in all a great bike though.

    Avg. ride time: 7h 43m per week
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    Top of the Line

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had never tried a Hardtail with a slack (69 Degree) head tube angle. I had always used steeper setups and so I was concerned about how tight it would feel. However all my concerns have disappeared. Putting the front wheel out just a little farther makes this bike go downhill like any full suspension xc bike. The rollover is incredible. It doesn't feel like a long bike in the corners though, the super short chain stays keep it feeling nimble. On the climbs it is stiff enough to feel that all your power is keeping the bike going forward and not flexing the frame. Long story short this bike rips.

    Avg. ride time: 4h 59m per week
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    Cream of the Crop

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is probably the best hard tail on the market. With the slacker head tube angle you are not forced into a race oriented cockpit, but a more relaxed geometry which provides additional confidence on the more technical descents. The Swinger Dropout systems that allows for single speed conversion really underscores the bike's versatility. From 100mi races to moonlight Wasatch Crest rides, I couldn't be more satisfied with the Les.

    Cream of the Crop
    Avg. ride time: 3h 11m per week
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    Hands hardtail frame ever

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have purchased and built-up three frames from CC the last 12 months...jet9 rdo, Air9 carbon, and now my Pivot Les....this is hands down the best hardtail I have ever ridden. The frame finish is amazing and every detail has been accounted for. Laterally stiff and vertically compliant! It has more of a slacker feel than other hard tails I have ridden, yet still handles like a XC race machine....the harder I push it, the better the bike gets! The bike is just so balanced. Pivots will now be added to my stable...very impressed.

    Would it be possible to set up a Rohloff Speedhub on this frame? If so, would I be able to use a carbon belt rather than a chain?


    That could be a great setup, but the rear triangle needs a split for installing a belt, and the Rohloff Speedhub needs a quick release frame, not a thru axle model.

    Awesome Service

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the second bike i've gotten from CC and their service has been great both times. The Pivot LES 29 is a sweet bike and they did a nice job on the build.

    Awesome Service

    Thanks for sharing and great bike!

    Is there routing for a dropper post on...

    Is there routing for a dropper post on this frame? Can you plug in a Reverb?

    There is no specific routing for a dropper post on this frame. Not too many people install droppers on hardtail frames but it can be done by trying to zip-tie the cable housing under the top tube where the brake line runs (not recommended though).