The new carbon short travel Pivot Trail 429 replaces the Mach 429 and although the two bikes look very similar in profile there's a geometry update and, Pivot say, performance improvements as well.
The Trail 429 keeps the 116mm DW link suspension, the 130mm travel forks and the ability to swap between 29er and 27.5" wheels.
The Trail 429 has been reshaped in an attempt to make it even more stable and confident at high speeds and in rough terrain. As a 29er in a size Large the frame gets; shorter chainstays (430mm); a longer reach (460mm); a slacker head angle (67.3 degrees) and a steeper seat angle (74 degrees).
Some of those of figures are marginal, for example, the head angle has only been slackened by 0.5 degrees, others are more notable. The effective seat angle has been upped by 1.2 degrees, although 74 degrees isn't super steep it will be likely to provide a more efficient climber than the previous 72.8 degrees. The reach is also roomier upped by 37mm on the large size bike which is a giant leap. It is worth noting that the seat tube lengths have been shortened so the new medium frame has a seat tube that now sits between the old small a medium frames.
Check out what Pivot have to say in their press release below
From Pivot Press Release
"Pivot’s new Trail 429 retains the versatility of its predecessor—the popular Mach 429 Trail—and introduces an even higher level of stability and control over technical terrain with innovative frame design and progressive geometry.
“We shortened up the bike’s rear end while increasing its reach,” explains Pivot Cycles President and CEO, Chris Cocalis. “The overall wheelbase grew in length, which adds stability, but it’s not so long that it takes away the bike’s versatility. The shorter chainstays actually add to the Trail 429’s ability to quickly accelerate and keep the bike nimble in tight conditions.”
The frame also benefits from many of the same stiffness and strength-enhancing features found on Pivot’s longer-travel models, including a double-wishbone rear triangle, Super Boost Plus rear spacing and ultra-wide suspension linkages and burly bearing assemblies afforded by the 1X specific frame design. The bike boasts 120mm of dw-link™ rear suspension, paired with a 130mm travel Fox 34 fork. The Trail 429 is available in both 29 and 27.5+ options.
“Versatility is what made the original Mach 429 Trail our most popular bike,” says Cocalis. “Our goal here was to retain that awesome range while improving the bike’s descending abilities. People are pushing trail bikes harder and harder. The Trail 429 hits that sweet spot head on.”
Available in six different build options, ranging from £4,749 to £8,249. Colours: “Steel Blue” with sky blue accents and “Crimson” with bright red accents. The Trail 429 is available from UK Pivot dealers today https://www.upgradebikes.co.uk/Catalogue/Pivot/Bikes-and-Frames"
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