While Pivot is perhaps best known for its high-performance suspension bikes like the new Mach 429SL, it is expanding its lineup into the fat tire realm with the launch of the new LES Fat model.
Because the full-carbon frame uses an arching dropout system like to the one found on the LES hardtail, the LES Fat can accommodate all manner of “fat” tires, from 26×4.8 to 29×3 and the emerging 27.5+ sizes. Because of its adjustability, it can retain an ideal geometry, Pivot says, despite the wide variation in bottom bracket height that the different wheels would normally create. The rider can also adjust the ride characteristics by using it to fine-tine chainstay length from 17.2 inches to 17.76 inches. The rear axle is spaced at 197mm with a 12mm thru axle.
Because the height of the front end can vary as well, Pivot includes an 18mm external headset cup that can be used to adjust the front end height based on wheel choice and rider preference, whether it’s with a RockShox Bluto fork or the stock, full-carbon fork. The press fit bottom bracket has a 15mm smaller Q-factor than most fat bikes, Pivot says, thanks to the special E-Thirteen crankset that is compatible with both single and double-chainring setups.
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The frame uses a similar design as Pivot’s other new mountain bikes, with a smart cable port system that can cleanly fit any type of cable needs, including an internally-routed dropper seatpost. While it may seem to fall at the sporty end of the spectrum, it has three sets of bottle cages and rear rack mounts to handle any adventure.
There are three sizes available and prices start at $2,599 for the frame/fork/headset. A complete bike with Sram XO1 and the carbon fork will set you back $4,699. Pivot says they expect the bikes to begin shipping in about two weeks.
Want to try one for yourself? Chances are the new LES Fat will make an appearance at Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest presented by Pivot Cycles, so we hope you can join us.
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Pivot Cycles is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Chase to their roster of riders. Chase, a master in the world of freeride, is best known for pushing boundaries and for his technical and creative style, both on and off the bike. He has graced the covers of countless magazines, stood atop the most sought after podiums and is now best known for his progressive video projects. As a content producer for both GoPro and Red Bull Media House, Aaron’s videos have been seen on most major TV networks and his You Tube views number well over 100 million. Chase has signed a multi-year deal with Pivot Cycles.
Chase was born and raised in New Hampshire; calling Highland Mountain Bike Park his summer home and spending the remainder of the year at his home in New Jersey at the foothills of Mountain Creek Bike Park.
“This is a new chapter, and I am excited to work with the entire team at Pivot. In order to make the kind of videos I’m known for, I need a full line of top tier bikes and the Pivot Cycles quiver that now lives in my garage is unbelievable. It’s like opening the door and seeing someone put a couple of Lambos in there. I also have to thank my long time friend Dave Weagle of dw-link fame for making the introduction,” said Chase.
“Aaron will bring something truly unique to the Pivot family – his innovative riding style is matched only by his ability to test equipment to its very limits,” said Chris Cocalis, president of Pivot Cycles. “We look forward to seeing Pivot Cycles in Aaron’s incredible Red Bull and GoPro projects and to benefiting from his contributions to our product development process.“
Aaron Chase will be riding the new Pivot Cycles Phoenix Carbon DH as his downhill bike with the Mach 6, Point and M4X models for enduro, dirt jump and slopestyle applications, respectively. Additional bikes will be added to the quiver as the season and events dictate.
Chase will debut his full range of 2015 sponsors, including his Phoenix Carbon DH at the upcoming Manizales Urban Downhill Race in Colombia, where he will be filming the next video in his renowned Red Bull Media House “Through My Eyes Series”.
Keep up with Aaron Chase via Instagram: aaronchase, Twitter: @chaselife and Facebook: aaronchase17. Find Pivot Cycles at pivotcycles.com, Facebook: PivotCycles, Twitter: @PivotCyclesUSA, Instagram: pivot_cyclesusa