Full squish may be a lot of fun, but sometimes picking your lines meticulously through chunky rocks, or powering up singletrack on a hard tail is just more rewarding. Pivot's LES has been a bike of choice for many of us when seeking XC endeavors, and the newest iteration of the LES 29 is no different. The 2018 Pivot LES 29 has a lightweight body with new-school XC geometry that begs to speed over countless miles of singletrack when built up 29er, and its 27. 5+ capabilities let it blur the lines when paired with a bigger fork, bringing out smiles through the chunder and swooping banked turns. It shares the same geometry as the 2017 model, which saw welcome updates from previous model years thanks to tweaked geometry, and updated carbon the shaved weight off for a racier feeling bike that's ready for the trail. All told, the latest model is a claimed 50g lighter than the previous LES. This weight loss is largely attributed to updated carbon fiber construction, with hollow core construction featuring an internal-mandrel process, but the new Swinger II dropout system also had something to do with the weight savings, as it's lighter than the original Swinger. Lower weight may sometimes pair its self with less efficiency, however the Swinger II interface is actually stiffer, which is most likely caused by the stretched out rear hub that was updated to Boost 148mm rear axle spacing. Like its heavier predecessor, the latest LES is built with the ultimate goal of finding the balance of comfort and efficiency -- the holy grail of trail-tuning a frame While the frame's carbon construction is notable, the key difference between LES 29 generations is the Swinger II dropout system. As opposed to the pervious LES 29er, who's Swinger design was a reach to keep pure 29ers relevant in a world that's heavily coated with 27. 5 wheels, the Swinger II design incorporates mid-sized wheels by allowing the frame to swap between 29 and 27. 5+ wheelsets. It also still allows you to swap ...
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