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Trail 429 Carbon 27.5+ Race XT Mountain Bike
The Trail 429 checks off all the major boxes for contemporary race machines. Slacker? Yep. Longer? Mm-hmm. Pedals like a bike with an inch less travel? Oh yeah. It draws obvious parallels from the iconic performance offered by the Mach 429 Trail, building upon the previous model's strengths and updating a few things to make it all the more confident and capable as you plow through chunder, lean into berms at high speeds, and plunge into rocky descents. One of biggest changes with the new model is the ability to run either 29-inch or 27.5+ wheel sizes, so you can really optimize your trail riding set-up to your particular terrain and individual riding style. This particular build features 27.5+ wheels rolling on 2.8-inch Maxxis Rekon Tires for voluminous support and massive grip where you'd previously struggle to find ample traction, such as loose dirt, sandy sections, and rock-strewn trails.
Perhaps the most natural place to start when diving into the new Trail 429 is with its completely reshaped frame that gives the bike its progressive geometry. Unlike the smooth swooping top and down tubes we saw on the Mach 429 Trail, the Trail 429 is a bit more direct, with a more angular approach that brings the bike into the cutting edge with clean lines, a slacker head tube to instill confidence and composure on steep lines packed with chunky granite, and a steep seat tube that keeps you dialed in the cockpit when you push your way up punchy switchbacks laced with root lattices. On top of this new geometry, the Trail also sees a feature we've been longing for over the past generations: internal cable routing. This makes for a cleaner setup with cables that are neatly tucked away, and its done without upping the price from its externally-routed forefather.
We've had a sneaking suspicion that Pivot's Super Boost spacing wasn't just for the Switchblade, and the new Trail confirms it with a stretched out rear hub that boasts a whopping 157mm width. This wide hub means a few things: first, it allows for a stiffer bracing angle when lacing up your wheel, which translates to power, responsiveness, and control when you book it into a blind corner and are met with particularly chunky sections you weren't expecting. Next, the wide hub offers extra room for loftier tires in 29er form, and better clearance if you decide to toss in a pair of 27.5+ hoops that keep you floating through loose dust come mid-summer. Finally, the wider hub carries through to wider stays that enable the rear wheel to be tucked up closer to the seat tube, which allows Pivot to shorten the chainstays for snappy, responsive power as soon as you put your power to the pedal, along with light and nimble handling when you cook it into twisted technical trails. This translates to a ride that's confidence is (ahem) boosted through downhill sections, without jeopardizing the uphill versatility.
The wide PF92 bottom bracket anchors the stiff Super Boost axles, accommodating wider pivot placement for longer life in the suspension's bearings and a stiffer rear triangle. We suspect that the PF92/Super Boost 157mm collaboration is also responsible for the room to slam the rear wheel up and shorten the chainstays, making for even more power-transferring efficiency and the nimbleness described above.
The new Trail 429 carries on with the pivotal DW-link suspension design that you've seen on the 429 Trails of the past, keeping your traction locked in, and squat at a minimum â€” but with a touch of extra travel, moving the 116-millimeters of years past to a full 120 millimeters of smooth, custom-tuned suspension. The Trail's DW-Link suspension owes its capabilities to a handful of cues taken from the Mach 6 and Phoenix, teasing a virtual depth out of the 120 millimeters of travel to conquer lines that you'd previously only charge down on a proper 5-inch trail sled. The canny cyclist may spot elements of Pivot's DH clevis and enduro lower linkage in this model, but the new upper linkage translates those big-hit designs to the traction-focused language of a trail bike.
Balancing the build with materials that can handle the terrain, the Trail 429 is crafted from a painstakingly precise mix of composite fibers and resin, then meticulously laid to create a frame that finds the happy medium of strength, stiffness, and weight. The chassis itself benefits from Pivot's hollow-core internal molding process for uniform, controlled wall thicknesses and material distribution. This process virtually eliminates inconsistencies and resin pooling, increasing structural integrity while targeting areas for weight loss.
- A trail bike that thrives going up and coming down
- 4.5in of DW-Link suspension feels bottomless but stays responsive
- Geometry sits on the slack side of moderate to clean bigger lines
- Carbon construction and super boost hub provide a responsive ride
- External cable routing reduces cost and simplifies maintenance
- Curated blend of Shimano components provide reliable durability
- Item #PIV1WV4
- Frame Material
- carbon fiber
- Rear Shock
- Fox Performance Float DPS
- Rear Travel
- Fox Performance 34 GRIP, 51mm offset
- Front Travel
- Pivot Semi-Sealed Cartridge
- Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed
- Rear Derailleur
- Shimano XT M8100 SGS 12-speed
- ISCG Tabs
- Race Face Ride
- Chainring Sizes
- Bottom Bracket Type
- Shimano SLX M7100
- Cassette Range
- 10 - 51t
- Shimano CN-M7100 12-speed
- Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston
- Brake Type
- hydraulic disc
- 180mm Shimano SLX 6-bolt
- Phoenix Race Low Rise Aluminum
- Handlebar Rise
- Phoenix Factory Lock-On
- Handlebar Width
- Phoneix Team Enduro/Trail
- Stem Length
- [x-small] 35mm, [small] 45mm, [medium - x-large] 55mm
- Phoenix WTB Race Vigo
- Fox Performance Transfer Dropper
- Seat Collar
- DT Swiss M1700, 40mm
- DT Swiss 350, 36t star ratchet
- Front Axle
- 15 x 110mm Boost
- Rear Axle
- 12 x 157mm Super Boost Plus
- Maxxis Rekon TR, 3C, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, Silkshield
- Tire Size
- 27.5 x 2.8in
- not included
- downtube protector, lower link protector, chainstay protector
- Recommended Use
- Manufacturer Warranty
- [frame] 10 years
What do you think about this product?
July 18, 2020
It says XT, but most of the build is SLX
- Size Bought
- 5` 8"
- 180 lbs
I have this bike on order but just noticed that the "XT" build on the title is actually mostly SLX components, in other words, a level down. So basically I'm overpaying expecting an XT equipped bike but only 20% of the components are XT level. XT is supposed to be comparable to the SRAM GX build. My fault for not noticing it but having an "XT build" on the description is deceiving on Pivot's part. For example, when you read XT build on most other top-tier bike brands you know what you are getting. There's a big difference between the SLX shifter this comes with and the XT that allows you to shift two gears at a time or the SLX brakes vs the XT brakes to name a few. I've been waiting for this bike for several weeks and with the shortage of good bikes because of COVID, I'm not sure if I'm going to cancel this order and start the search process all over again or just keep it when it comes but I'm not happy about it.
August 3, 2020
SLX is an excellent component group. I wouldn’t worry about it one bit. You can always upgrade.