Pivot’s newest bike, the Trail 429, is replacing the Mach 429 Trail. Despite ‘mach’ no longer being in the name, the new bike should help riders reach mach speed easier than its predecessor. Most of that mach-speed prowess comes from geometry updates. The rear travel of the Trail 429 only grew 4 millimeters, from 116 to 120, and the fork is still a 130-millimeter Fox 34. Based on those numbers, you should already have a pretty good idea of what part of the market the Trail 429 is going for--versatile trail riding, a.k.a ‘category defying.’ Has that term ever been used before?
As for the frame of the new bike, the chainstays are shorter--by a lot--430 millimeters, down from 443. The reach has grown from 423 millimeters for a Large to 460. The head angle slackened from 67.5 to 67.3 degrees, and the seat angle has moved up from 72.8 degrees to an even 74. All of those measurements are from the Trail 429 in its 29er setting, but it’s also available as a 27.5-plus bike. All those changes also made the wheelbase grow from 1,155 millimeters to 1,187 millimeters for a size Large.
Separate from the geometry, the new Trail 429 also received Pivot’s Super Boost Plus treatment, with rear-hub spacing of 157 millimeters. To compliment the stiffer and wider rear-end, the suspension linkages have been made wider and will all be using bearings.
All these updates tell a story of a something for the Joe Sixpack mountain-biker. The Trail 429 has caught up with modern geometry for a do-everything bike and it has the travel to match. We will hold off from making any judgments until we actually have a chance to ride one though. The bike is available as a complete bike in six different builds, ranging from $4,700 to $8,700 and is available now. Contact you local Pivot dealer to get your hands on one.
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