Lenz Sport Leviathan

Pro Reviews

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Price: $1725 with DT Swiss upgrade

Frame 5.1 lbs
Bike weight (as tested): 25.8 lbs
BB height (measured): 13.37 inches
Wheelbase (measured): 43.44 inches
Rear shock: DT Swiss HVR 200
Rear travel: 3″

Size
Effective Top Tube
Stand Over
BB Height Head Tube Angle Seat Tube Angle Head Tube
Chainstay
S 22.625 28.375 13.37 70 71.5 3.94 18.2
M 23.125
13.37 70 71.5 4.13 18.2
L 23.875
13.37 70 71.5 4.33 18.2
XL 24.625
13.37 70 71.5 4.72 18.2

 

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Reviews of the Lenz Sport Leviathan:

Rider/Reviewer: Francis Cebedo

Strengths:

  • lightweight frame
  • great climber
  • responsive ride

Weaknesses:

  • suspension travel gets harsh quickly
  • seems to experience pedal bob
  • Swingarm does not seem very robust. It seems thin and small and is held on by a long, small bolt.
  • The rear DT Swiss shock clicks when in stable platform mode. Damping seems hard to control

Overall Impressions:

The Lenz Leviathan is a light weight yet stable bike. Climbing seems to be this bike’s forté. With its light weight and efficient drivetrain, it is easy to pedal the bike up long fire roads and technical singletrack. The steering is not too quick and is easy to control on the steepest ascents.

On very tight singletrack, this was not the most agile steering bike. In the smooth swoopy trails, the Lenz felt right at home. Steep descents and log piles were not a problem at all with this bike.

The 3 inches of travel was a little bit rough. It moved pretty nicely in the first inch of travel. But it quickly ramped up and was quite stiff after that. I wasn’t all that pleased with the DT HVR shock on the bike. Damping was not so easy to control. Also, when the stable platform was cranked up, compressing the shock had an obvious clicking sound.

This bike benefited from a Mike Curiak build treatment. It had incredibly light wheels, a nice 29-tooth middle ring and a Salsa 140 gram flat bar to name a few. These resulted in a bike that weighed in under 26 lbs.

During the first three rides, the bike creaked quite a bit. It turns out that the rear skewer needed to be tightened quite a bit to prevent the rear hub from rubbing against the anodized finish of the frame. It’s a simple fix but worth noting since we didn’t experience this same issue with any other frame.

If you need a race bike, whether short or endurance races, this might be the right bike for you. The Leviathan – complete – is built up to 25.5 lbs only. This 29er seems to climb with ease and it gets around singletrack very well.

Rider/Reviewer: Karl Etzel

Overall Impressions:

The Lenz Leviathan is a light weight yet stable bike. Climbing seems to be this bike’s forté. With its light weight and efficient drivetrain, it is easy to pedal the bike up long fire roads and technical singletrack. The steering is not too quick and is easy to control on the steepest ascents.

Suspension was not very cush – might have been a very tight shock setup, again, did not play with this. A very XC machine for sure from a rear end standpoint. But the very slack HTA (head tube angle) leaves the handling a bit slow for XC. Overall I would say this bike needs a new shock that makes the front & rear end behave in a consistent manner. I think this could be a great bike, but as tested, it was just ok.

I have to comment on component selection – the gearing on the Lenz Sport made all the sense in the world. After riding this bike all the others felt foolishly over-geared in the middle ring (where MC runs a 29 versus the normal 32). Clearly an area where the component manufacturers are behind in addressing this market. I would expect cranksets to ship with a “29er” option in a few years that feature the reduced gearing.

Finish is competent, construction as well. Nothing remarkable one way or the other.

Rider/Reviewer: Ty Brookhart

Strengths:

  • Quick and Light
  • Well balanced
  • Short Wheelbase
  • Light

Weaknesses:

  • Tough to find any

Overall Impressions:

I rode my first Lenz Sport (the Brawler) in 2002 when I was working at a bike shop in Boulder, and it was okay. The Leviathan rocks! I was really blown away by the versatility of this bike. It climbed like a champ and descended like it had 5 inches of travel- no pedal feedback or brake jack here. When I got on the bike I immediately noticed its responsiveness, quick acceleration and overall lightness. The Leviathan kept its wheels on the ground on all kinds of terrain and felt smooth and well balanced in the air. Riding wheelies and short manuals where a cinch on the short wheelbase, yet the front wheel never came off the ground when I was climbing (which it did remarkably well). It handled well in the tight slalom turns and when I stood up to accelerate out of the corners it just took off- no bob.

The bike was a little bit out of its element on bigger and steeper terrain. It just doesn’t have the travel in the rear, nor is the geometry set up for a longer fork to handle really big stuff. I could have ridden this bike all day as it seems stable and somewhat relaxed.

As for the aesthetics, Devin used to make some pretty- I’ll be honest here- funny looking bikes. The Leviathan, on the other hand, is not a bad looker. Its solid matte gray and fluid lines make it so good looking you might just want to take it home to mom, but you might want to hide it from the wife- unless she’s your size. In which case, you might want to join a bicycle swinger’s club.

Rider/Reviewer: Nick Thelen

Overall Impressions:

Threw my leg over, got in the saddle and immediately thought “too dang small”! And right before a super killer downhill. RATS!!

Immediately I notice the Lenz rides differently…it’s FAST…STABLE…and SOLID. Gearing on this bike feels better, suspension is firm but not jumpy, and it tracks like a slot car. Catching small airs at speed and whipping around corners through technical bits of singletrack the Lenz screams “faster!” This bike aches to be flicked, raced and ripped….I couldn’t see myself all day in the saddle on the Lenz…but for those shorter rides (or races) this bike felt good…real good.

 

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click here for MTBR Leviathan product review page

 

A Word From the Manufacturer

The Leviathan 3.0 is a 29″ bike design based off our 26″ XC race bike that I developed back in 1999. The design was refined and refined until I used the basic construction and adapted it to the Leviathan. The major difference is that I changed the concentric pivot of the swingarm. With the raised axle position of the 29″ wheel, the swingarm angle was too steep and caused the wheel to come too close to the seat tube causing clearance issues. The Revelation, and now the Leviathan 3.0, are bike frames that are designed to be as light as I could get it for the purpose of XC racing and all around XC riding. The short travel keeps the bike efficient and very responsive to power input, as well. Our method of construction on this frame has proven to be light, durable and stiff. Applying this design to the 29″ wheel format enabled us to have a full suspension 29″ wheel bike that doesn’t suffer such a big weight penalty that most people associate with big wheels.

The Leviathan 3.0 is best suited for XC and endurance racers or XC riders who want a bike that is really light and easy to climb and ride farther.

The Leviathan also is now available in a 4.0″ version which is still an XC bike but gives you a bit smoother ride. The 4.0 gains about 3 tenths of a pound over the 3.0 but the extra travel makes it a more all around bike for XC riders who aren’t as serious about racing.

Devin Lenz

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