As common as plaid, button-up shirts on 30 somethings, it's getting harder and harder for a new 29er to standout -- especially with an ambitious and fresh 27. 5-inch face stealing the limelight. Thankfully, Pivot is preventing 29er's midlife from the ubiquitous office job and a social life of mediocrity with its hardtail, LES 29 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame. Aside from the flight-ready, jump-specific Point, the LES represents Pivot's first venture onto hardtail mountain bike territory. But, this is far from Pivot's first hula with big hoops and the almighty black fiber. Five years ago, the Mach 429 shook up squishies by mating 29er wheels with DW-Link suspension, and the Mach 5. 7 has recently set a new benchmark for what is possible with carbon fiber. What separates the 5. 7 from the carbon masses is Pivot's exclusive hollow-box, high-compression internal molding technology -- the same process used to create the LES' signature shapes. And those tasteful curves aren't like the false advertising of a corset. They're the result of extensive frame tuning in order to provide a sub 2. 5lb chassis that accelerates with enthusiasm, yet filters body-fatiguing chatter. Pivot's internal mold technology allows for greater compaction and smoother internal walls to produce a lighter, stronger, and highly optimized frame. The top tube and seatstays are flattened compared to the large down tube. This allows a leaf-spring-like-motion to dampen the LES' ride. This shape, however, is wider along the z-axis, so it won't flex side to side while sprinting. Adding color to the ride-quality picture are stout chainstays that have been mated to a 92mm PressFit bottom bracket. This provides excellent response on a geared bike, but better yet, the increased strength also welcomes the demands of single speed riding. And yes, the LES can strip the shinny bits in favor of simplicity with the separately available, Swinger drops. Making a single speed frame is fairly straight forward, however,...