First Look: Pivot’s New LES 27.5 Hardtail and Vault Cyclocross Bike

Pivot LES 275 XX1 Blue side

In addition to the new Mach6, Pivot is bringing another 27.5 bike to life as a 650b version of their carbon LES 29er. Combined with the Firebird 27.5, Pivot now has three options for the middle wheel size.

In addition to the mountain bikes, Pivot is also making their foray into the world of cyclocross with the introduction of the Vault CX bike. The carbon frame and fork will be available soon meaning you can get yours covered in mud and dirt this coming cross season.

Pivot LES 275 XTPRO Red side Pivot LES 275 GREEN side

Like other carbon Pivots, the LEX 27.5 uses their Hollow Box High compression molding system to create a lighter frame with less excess resin and better compaction of the tube walls. Like the LES 29, the 27.5 runs full internal shift cable routing with an access port under the bottom bracket for ease of installation. geo

Also new for the 27.5 LES is the introduction of an XS size with the sizes ranging up to Large. Riders looking for a 21″ frame will have to size up to the 29er which runs S-XL.

Pivot LES 275 dropout 2 Pivot LES 275 dropout

The 27.5 LES has a dedicated, geared, thru axle 142×12 dropout – so no single speed options like the 29er. To keep the ride lively and quick, the 27.5 is built with short 426mm (16.77″) chainstays.

Pivot CX Vault GREEN side

Now for something that is definitely not 650b, the all new Pivot Vault CX bike. The carbon crosser features the same carbon technology as the LES 27.5 built into a frame with “new school” cross geometry for a race tuned CX bike that Pivot claims is also competent for gravel races.

The frame is built around a tapered headtube and BB386 bottom bracket that allows for clearance of wider rims and tires and efficient power transfer. The Vault is both disc and cantilever compatible with hidden, plugged canti bosses for a clean look when running discs. The rear end of the bike has carbon dropouts with and aluminum spacer system allowing the use of 130 or 135mm rear wheels, and runs post mount discs inside the rear triangle. Shift cables are routed internally and the frame is Di2 compatible, with the rear brake cable routed along the down tube for a clean top tube for shouldering. The frame includes an oversized full carbon tapered fork with a 1.5 lower that is chatter free even with canti brakes.

Pivot Vault Geo

The vault will be offered in XS-L (50-58cm) frames the have a 285mm BB height and 425mm chainstay length.

 

Comments

Mindless - 07/24/13 - 1:34pm

There plastic supplier had more molds around?

Adam - 07/24/13 - 2:59pm

Actually, I interviewed at Pivot while they were then bringing in BH. Chris Cocalis and his team were the driving force behind the resurgence of the BH brand developing new molds from the ground up. While I didn’t get the job and I now own my own bicycle business I have no reason to defend them other than the fact that you obviously don’t have any logical base to make such a claim. I can guarantee that these are not open molds, that’s not Chris’ or the Pivot way.

grammarguy - 07/24/13 - 3:14pm

Some people need to get their there, they’re, and theirs straight

Will - 07/24/13 - 3:33pm

Yawn.
Apparently the ‘cross bike is just BH’s with Pivot stickers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice bike, just not my thing.

Hahaha - 07/24/13 - 4:20pm

Hahaha I’m with “grammarguy”! I was thinking the exact same thing about the OP’s “there, their, and they’re”! And let’s be honest here, Chris Cocalis has always been a class act and his own man when it comes to bicycle design. Whether borrowed or not it will be a sweet bike and CX is the fastest growing segment of the cycling industry.

a different Mike - 07/24/13 - 4:45pm

I for one will defend Mindless’ use of “There”. I believe he is simply pointing out the location of the factory that currently has a surplus of molds. I can only assume Mindless is typing with one hand while pointing at the factory with the other.

Joey Brown - 07/24/13 - 11:35pm

Since Chris designed the BH cross bike, I see no reason why he shouldn’t use his own design. FYI – BH will have not have a cross bike available for the 2014 model year. Exclusive hollow box, high compression internal molding allows for greater compaction and smoother internal walls. The results are, frames come out of the molds need little to no finishing. This technology is exclusive to Pivot and BH. Great riding bikes!

emike - 07/25/13 - 11:14am

Les 27.5 frame weight?

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