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The LES hardtail family holds victories in professional races around the world. Now, we are proud to introduce the newest member of this winning team – the new LES 27.5. Following in the footsteps of the LES 29, the LES 27.5 is a hardtail aficionado’s dream machine – an ultra-light chassis with BMX-like handling and the rollover advantage of bigger wheels, all in a snappy, fast-accelerating package to fit a wide range of rider sizes.
The LES 27.5 features Pivot’s race-tested hardtail geometry and 27.5- wheels. With its category defining short chainstays, the LES 27.5 moves over trails with a rare agility not often found in serious racing hardtails. The LES 27.5 is equally at home on a twisting short track course as it is through black-diamond terrain. It’s wickedly fun, hyper-capable and ready for rapid-fire accelerations through rollers, berms and jumps.
For riders from 4’10- to 6’1-, the LES 27.5 is a revelation of optimized geometry, stand-over clearance, weight, and ride tuning. By including sizes Small and Extra-Small in the range, we’ve got a LES model to properly fit every size rider who seeks bigger wheel performance. It’s an added bonus that the more compact frame design of the LES 27.5 makes it possible to build a sub-19.4lb / 8.79kg race bike – an advantage for everyone, but even more important for small riders seeking the best power to weight ratio. The LES 27.5 is a truly ground breaking design that we are excited to bring to a whole new group of Pivot riders.
The lightweight LES 27.5 exceeds previous standards for stiffness and power transfer. We’ve utilized our proprietary hollow core, internal-mandrel process, and a custom layup incorporating new high-modulus carbon fibers to offer a ride-tuned hardtail that transfers your every watt into forward motion.
Specific frame features include the oversized box section downtube and bottom bracket area, tapered head tube and seat and chainstay shaping designed to reduce rider fatigue and trail vibration. This new design incorporates Boost 110mm front and 148mm rear dropout spacing enabling you to take advantage of wider hub spacing for stiffer wheels and the most precise handling and rider input.
The LES 27.5 is offered in sizes to fit a wide range of rider sizes and riding styles. At Pivot, we believe the bike should fit the rider, not the other way around. Our approach to rider-size-specific geometry relies on a balanced fit and adjusted geometry to maintain correct wheelbase length and handling to properly accommodate the proportions of a smaller rider. Our smaller sizes are built with shorter head tubes to create more stand-over height. This enables you to ride in a centered, athletic position with tons of clearance over the top tube – essential to descending and cornering with confidence and speed.
Size-specific carbon molds enable us to use smaller diameters and unique carbon layups for lighter frames while maintaining the same high strength in a more compact frame design. We can give you the same pedaling efficiency and stiffness experience as a rider of any size by engineering specifically for small and extra small frames.
Pivot complete bikes are also designed to intelligently address real-world rider differences, with the option to choose a women’s specific saddle on any size, and shorter cranks on our S and XS sizes.
The LES 27.5 is easily 2x and 1x gearing compatible, via Pivot’s ultra-clean, removable front derailleur mount. For riders that want to run two chainrings, this precisely engineered mount offers the best shifting performance you can get, utilizing Shimano’s new side-swing front derailleur system. For those who love the simple functionality of 1x systems, the removable front derailleur mount offers an incredibly sleek, clean installation with almost no evidence of the un-needed hardware.
The LES 27.5 is available in four sizes to fit riders from 4’11- to 6’1-+ from XS to L. Riders of the XS will be happy to know that the XS frame fits a large waterbottle in the front triangle, with sizes S-L fitting two large waterbottles.
The LES 27.5 offers full Di2 electronic integration and easy, clean internal routing of shifters, brakes and droppers via the Pivot Cable Port system. Other essential details include ultra-quiet, low durometer, rubberized frame protection in all the key places and 160mm rear post mount disc brakes.
Pivot complete bikes are more than the sum of their parts – every single component is selected to give you the best experience on the trail:
Tires: For each of our bikes, we include the best version of every Maxxis tire model for each application – choosing rubber compounds, tubeless and sidewall technologies that are perfect for your specific Pivot.
Cockpit: Custom designed Phoenix Components work as a system to enhance cockpit comfort and control on every Pivot bike. To learn more about how these components enhance the quality of your ride, see here.
Wheels: Wheels: All Pivot bikes include the best wheel technologies available from our partners. The Mach 4 Carbon complete bikes include choices from both DT Swiss and Stan’s, with both high performance carbon and alloy rim options, wide internal rim widths, easy to set up and reliable tubeless systems, and quick engagement hubs for immediate engagement off the line.
Saddle: Pivot bikes feature WTB saddles that are specially made with the best, most durable, memory foam and feature a special hidden cutout for long-ride comfort. The LES 2.75 complete bikes include rider’s choice of either the high performance Volt saddle or the Deva women’s saddle.
We take quality and workmanship seriously at Pivot, and know that the details are what make a great rider experience. Every Pivot Cycles frame undergoes a 28-step assembly and quality control check to ensure that every ride on the LES 27.5 exceeds your expectations.
* The LES 27.5 frame is designed for 27.5- wheels with tires up to 2.6- wide*. However, the FOX 32mm Step-Cast Fork is only designed to accept up to 2.3- tires. If you wish to run 2.6- tires on your LES 27.5, we recommend ordering your bike with our FOX 34mm fork option.