Pivot launches the new Les SL Lightweight XC hardtail

After a weekend filled with all things downhill biking, it’s time to move on to the other side of the sport, the side with significantly less suspension travel and a focus on gram reduction as far as possible. Meet the SL V2, Pivot’s latest entry into the XC world.

This new cross-country hardtail has a claimed frame weight of just 800 grams for a size medium, making it one of the lightest production frames on the market. It’s not the Lightest – Mondraker’s Podium weighs 775 grams for a size medium, and Specialized’s Epic HT frame weighs 790 grams, but the Les SL is definitely in the same featherweight bracket. According to Pivot, a complete Team XTR build weighs around 20 pounds (9.1 kg).

The frame has room for two water bottles inside the front triangle, and there are bolts under the top tube for a tube or tool holder, plus another set of bolts under the tube diagonal. There are no dropper posts to be seen on the spec sheet, but the frame of the Les SL was designed to accommodate one, as long as it is 27.2mm in diameter.

GEOMETRY

Along with cutting every gram they could find, Pivot also updated the geometry of the Les SL. Updates include a longer reach (a large size is now 460mm, up from 423mm) and a slacker 68.5 degree head angle. The seat tube angle has also been steepened and now measures 74.5 degrees, up from 72.5 degrees previously. The new numbers still fall squarely into the XC realm—this isn’t a hardcore hardtail, nor is it meant to be. Instead, it’s designed to go as fast as possible, as efficiently as possible.
Prices for complete bikes range from US$4,999 for the Race XT model to $9,799 for the Team XX1 AXS.

More information: pivotcycles.fr

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