Earlier this year when Pivot Cycles revamped the company’s flagship cross-country race bike, the LES SL was no longer sporting the company’s signature Swinger II dropout system.
Many A select few (including myself) speculated where to turn for a high-end carbon singlespeed that offered sliding-dropouts, modern hardtail geometry and the ability to run a proper dropper post.
Today, Pivot Cycles announces, the all-new Pivot LES Singlespeed. The LES Singlespeed carries over all the fancy new updates introduced on the LES SL but with Swinger II dropouts instead of the feathery light fixed carbon dropouts. Want to give it a try but are not ready to fully committed to the singlespeed life, the LES Singlespeed can be easily transformed in a geared bike with the addition of a derailleur hanger.
- Ultra-light, size-specific optimized—full Hollow Core Carbon frame featuring leading-edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot’s proprietary molding technology for a high stiffness to weight ratio
- Swinger II dropout system for adjustable chain tension without geometry compromises
- Frame weight (size small) is 2.96 lb. (1345.6g)
- Integrated headset for a lighter frame and lighter overall system weight
- New-school hardtail racing geometry
- Optimized Pivot Cable Port System for hassle-free, full-length, internal cable and hose routing
Pro Build Kit:
- Fox Factory Step-Cast 32 – 100mm travel with 44mm offset
- Shimano XT M8100 2-Piston hydraulic stoppers
- Race Face Aeffect R crankset with 32T chainring
- Stan’s Crest Mk3 29″ wheelset
- Wolftooth Components Aluminum 18T cog
- Maxxis Ardent Race 29×2.35 TR, 3C, EXO, Maxxspeed 120 TPI tires
- Pivot Phoenix branded cockpit
- Price: $4,700
The Pivot LES set up as a singlespeed is a popular bike here in Appalachia. The Swinger II dropout system is among some of the easiest and most reliable I have used. The frame is designed around 100-130 mm travel forks, accepts 30.9 mm internally routed droppers and fits 27.5×2.8 tires. I have even been able to fit a few 29×2.6 rim/tire combo’s in the stays with proper clearance in the prior generation LES.
As an advocate of the singlespeed life, this bike is one of my favorites. The stock 32×18 gearing on the LES Singlespeed seems a bit tall for long climbs or punchy areas so I would suggest starting with 32×20 to get a feel for it.
We don’t all have tree trunks for legs like Quadsworth so in my experience, I run 32×19 which has served my average stature well from the Shenandoah 100 mile endurance race to The Trans-Sylvania Epic 5-day stage race. From someone who has never stepped on the top of the podium, spin to win.
We should be getting our hands on the new Pivot LES Singlespeed so keep your eyes peeled in 2020 for an in-depth review. In the meantime, you can check out our review of the prior generation LES here.