Pivot LES 27.5

Pivot LES 27.5 Womens Mountain Bike

The Pivot LES 27.5 is an ultra-light carbon hardtail. Pivot touts complete LES builds under 19.4lbs (8.79kg), which if you ask me, is a big bonus if you are a smaller rider since you’ll have to push LESs weight. To keep the LES light, it is fitted with the Fox 32 Stepcast fork, Fox’s lightest XC fork ever.  Pivot has always paid special attention to their extra-small and small frame designs so riders as short as 4’10” can ride a high-performance cross-country racing machine. While the Pivot LES is not a typical women’s mountain bike, a simple swap for a women’s saddle may be the only women’s-specific feature that needs to be added. But the Pivot LES isn’t just for women or small riders–29er and fat versions of the LES are also available.

Key Specs:

  • Category: XC
  • Travel: 100mm front
  • Wheel Size: 27.5″
  • Smallest Frame Size: XS (4’10” – 5’5″)
  • Standover: 25.50″ (647mm)
  • Reach: 15.13″ (384mm)
  • Frame Material: Carbon fiber
  • Price: $3,699

Key Components:

  • Fork: Fox 32 Performance Stepcast 27.5″
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT 1×11
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX M7000
  • Seatpost: Phoenix Race Aluminum
  • Wheelset: Sun Ringle Charger Comp
  • Saddle: Phoenix WTB Volt Race
# Comments

  • Leah Barber

    Hiya Rowdy_Burns, funny you should ask – I was actually concurrently working on a women’s budget mountain bike list when I was researching these bikes and I planned to include the Norco Charger – so defintely worth a test ride. If she doesn’t mind pushing a little extra weight, I’d try a 27.5+ hardtail like the Trek Roscoe 8 (1×11, 120mm Judy, dropper, and 2.8″ tires) or Diamondback Rely 2 27.5+ (similar build). Happy riding!

  • mongwolf

    Thanks Leah for the nice list. I’m taking notes for my daughters-in-law (or as we prefer to say daughters-in-love). My wife is also starting to make some comments of wanting to start riding. So that might mean three bike purchases in the coming year or so. As such, I may buy used to get them all started. It seems the older models of the Ibis Mojo (HD or otherwise) might be good for gals because of the shorter cockpit. Do you have any other favorites from over the years?

    • Leah Barber

      Hi mongwolf, im so happy to hear about all these women in your life getting into mountain biking! thats awesome! used bikes are a great (smart!) way to start, women’s specific bikes will probably be harder to find resale or on ebay though. ive always been a fan of santa cruz, though i did have to do some minor mods to get the reach right. while i have not ridden all the bikes on this list, ive never ridden a bike that has fit me “off the rack” better than my old trek wsd. hopefully you can help them get to some shops/demo days to try a few on for size, “just looking” at shops is part of the fun right? happy shopping!

  • mongwolf

    Thanks to tips Leah. I knew nothing about the Trek wsd. And I have always seemed to gravitate towards Santa Cruz bikes simply because they use a threaded BB. All the gals are fairly short 5’3 – 5’4″. Yes, hopefully, we can have some fun together shopping and test riding. I may try to make the purchases as gifts for birthdays and Christmas together.

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