Hands On Pivot Les Fat
March 7, 2015
This week has brought a perfect combination of things together at
Charleston Bicycle Center: a foot of heavy, wet snow and the Pivot
Les Fat! Ours came stocked with a SRAM X01 drivetrain and immense
Our first impression out of the box is how light the frame is -
wow! And then, as we pass it around, we begin to notice how striking
the paint is on the massive downtube. In all honesty, the downtube
looks like it was molded after a 2 x 4 left over from a building project
at Pivot's headquarters. We slowly realize that there is only blue
paint on the frame, and there's a gorgeously subtle iridescence found
if you gaze into the satin-finish carbon covering the rest of the bike.
Bonus points for creating a beautiful bike, but that's only the
tip of the iceberg with this bike.
Next we put it all together. As we have come to expect, Pivot has
created a top-notch two-wheeler. The craftsmanship and quality are
impeccable - assembling this bad boy was a privilege! The Les Fat
comes stocked with SRAM X01 components and a custom e*thirteen crank,
co-designed to fit the outrageously wide bottom bracket shell. The
brakes are SRAM Guide R four piston hydraulics - sufficient stopping
power, but no unnecessary frills. With the way the bike rides, we
don't think you will want to stop anytime soon. And, because
we know you're all thinking it, we hung it up on the scale: just
26 lbs 11 oz. That's light for a regular mountain bike, and just ridiculous
for a fat bike!
And then there's riding the Les Fat, and we just so happen to
have about a foot of wet snow on the ground. Just taking it through
the empty lot beside the shop is enough to tell that this bike knows
what it's doing riding over snow. Up and down the bank, leaning
into curves, or just goofing off in the snow the Les Fat is at home.
We ran about 2 psi for out test ride, and the tires just seemed to
stick when we stayed on the saddle. We can't help but wonder about
the possibilities with this bike: 26 x 5.0, 27.5+, 29+ wheels and a
RockShox Bluto will all work with this bike, thanks to some crafty
engineering and the patented Swinger rear dropout. Let that soak in
for a minute, and we'll stay busy riding the Les Fat before all
the snow melts off.