New Pivot Cycles LES Hardtail Launched

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The new LES, in Small to XL sizes, under a fast rider near you soon.

Pivot Cycles has used the Sea Otter Classic race this weekend to launch its new 2016 LES hardtail. Designed as a fast race, training and XC-hooning hardtail, it’s an evolution of the bike that Mike Hall used to race the Tour Divide in 2013 in a bonkers-quick time.

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The LES allows for very neat cable routing (or wires if that’s your thing)
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Boost back end. Get used to it, we’re sorry to say. You can’t move for it here.

For this year, the bare frame has dropped 50g and Pivot reckons that geared bike builds under 20lbs are definitely do-able. Like the Pivot Mach4 (as reviewed in the next issue of Singletrack Magazine) the LES is pretty future-proof with swappable cable ports for either gear cables or Di2 wires. There’s also the same battery hatch on the downtube that will fit a Di2 battery inside.

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The neat battery port and press-fit BB shell. Scratches, model’s own.

Out back, as they say in Australia, things get interesting with Pivot’s Swinger II dropouts. These can either be set solid with a chip that fills the arc of the adjustable dropout for solid wheel engagement when racing, or a smaller chip swap allows for the chainstay length to be varied to either suit rider preferences or to tension a singlespeed setup. The rear end is now Boost 148mm and the bike is designed for 29in wheels or 27.5+

UK prices remain unchanged at £1600 frame only. Medium and Large frames available to order now through your shop (via distributor Upgrade Bikes). Other sizes expected 4-6 weeks. We hear that team Pivot-Boompods racing will be running a few, and you’ll see the ever-charismatic Rory Hitchens racing one in 27Plus guise at Mountain Mayhem in June…

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The Swinger II dropouts allow for that chain tension adjustment

And now, an inspirational video, of course…


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    Mmmm, that’s a nice looking bicycle.

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