Pivot Releases Their
First Hardtail Ė The full-carbon Pivot Les
Written by: Shannon Boffeli
Pivot Cycles released perhaps the most ground-breaking bike
of this yearís Dealer Camp. The first-ever pivotless Pivot. And what name would
be more fitting for this newest addition to the Pivot line than the Les.
While the all-carbon, 29er hardtail, Pivot Les may be different
than all the other ducklings it is anything but ugly. The Pivot Les has the soul of a Pivot and all
the refinements you would expect from a Chris Cocalis designed bike. While never shying away from it's personality as a full-fledged cross country race machine, it maintains the
fun factor handling characteristics the Pivot brand is built on.
With a slightly lax headtube angle at 69.5 degrees and a
tapered 1.5Ē integrated headtube, the Les breaks the mold of other twitchy-descending
race bikes. The Les also sports one of the shortest chainstays found in 29-inch
bikes. The short chainstay provides a quick handling bike with a shorter
turning radius and increased stiffness in the rearend. Cocalis went a step
further to increase stiffness around the bottom bracket, a 92mm bottom bracket shell provides a wider base at the downtube/seattube junction making it possible to
increase stiffness while using thinner, lighter carbon fiber.
Pivot uses itís exclusive hollow box, high-compression
internal molding process, which allows for high compaction of the carbon fiber
frame creating a lighter, stronger, ride-tuned frame design.
Of all the unique features on the 2013 Les the patent
pending Swinger dropouts are the most innovative. The Swinger system comes
stock on every Les frame and allows a rider to exchange traditional vertical
dropouts for geared riding with quick click indexed adjustable dropouts for
singlespeed bikes. In minutes riders can swap between geared and singlespeed
riding with nothing more than an allen wrench.
The Les runs a 12mm x 142mm thru axle dropout.
With a reported frame weight around 1130 grams the Les is a
pure cross country race machine but with the refinements of the folks at Pivot
and innovative president Chris Cocalis the Les maintains the stout handling
characteristics and undeniable fun factor of any Pivot bike.
To learn more about the Les or all the bikes in Pivotís line