Pivot’s new Les SL hardtail aims to be the weapon of choice for long-distance runners
Designed to be the weapon of choice for Tour Divide competitors as well as cross country and marathon runners, the new Les SL de Pivot features new school geometry and super lightweight carbon dropouts; he has already won a Leadville 100 victory
Pivot’s new race geometry focuses on longer reaches, slacker head angles and shorter stems to be designed to handle the most demanding courses. Up front, there’s a 69.5 degree head angle paired with 410.3mm reach (on a mid-frame), with an effective seat tube angle of 72.5 degrees, so it’s reasonably progressive by the standards of most cross country racing machines.
With a new carbon layer using Hollow Core Molding technology and new carbon dropouts, Pivot has created its lightest frame yet. The brand claims the SLs have top-notch stiffness-to-weight ratio and power transfer, with a claimed weight of 1,045g on a mid-frame.
With ease of maintenance in mind, the Les SL features Pivot’s own cable port system that promises a knock-free ride compatible with all drivetrain and dropper poles.
The 100mm of squish is provided by a 100mm Fox 32 Stepcast, but the frame can be up to 130mm if that’s what you want. The fork is mounted in an integrated headset, which Pivot says helps reduce weight. When it comes to tire clearance, the frame can accommodate up to a 2.3 “tire on 29” wheels.
The bike is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large, and is available in two colors, Blue or Stealth.
Prices start at Â£ 2,300 for the frame only and Â£ 3,900 for the Shimano XT Build. At the top of the range, for Â£ 7,300, the bike comes with Shimano XTR 12-speed and carbon wheels.
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