Fresh Product: Pivot Mach 429 Trail

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Pivot have taken their 29er dually and given it a touch of new-school trail radness, and it looks pretty damn fine. It boasts a whole new frame, and could unite big wheel fans and fun-loving trail shredders.

The greatest trail bikes do everything well, no matter what or where you ride, and Pivot’s new Mach 429 Trail raises the bar for amazing bikes even higher. Our goal when designing the Mach 429 Trail was to create a new category of trail bike – one that takes advantage of the best features of 29 and yet maintains the performance characteristics that make you forget about wheel size and, instead, translate to the “best-ride-ever,” every time you ride. – Pivot.

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The 429 Trail uses a 116mm travel DW-Link suspension design, and is aimed to accompany a 130mm fork. A whole new mid-travel linkage design has been developed for this bike. 

The 429 Trail marks the introduction of Pivot’s new mid-travel trail linkage design, specifically for trail bikes. With major influences from the clevis design of the Phoenix DH Carbon and Mach 6 Carbon, the 429 Trail utilises an entirely new upper linkage to provide the same ultra-precise control and bottomless feel of our longer travel dw-link™ designs in a more compact, lighter package for trail applications. – Pivot

We’re over the moon to see an updated cable routing system. The external rear brake and gear cables now travel down the underside of the downtube for cost saving and ease of access, not past the rear shock as seen on current Pivots (tricky to prevent nasty cable rub). A new front derailleur mounting system that if removed is hardly visible at all, very tidy!

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The new wider Boost hubs front and back gave the designers to bring the rear end length to a tight 440mm, retain good tyre clearance, and add stiffness to the 29″ wheels.

Additionally, we’ve designed this full carbon frame with value in mind – building on our years of composite layup and construction experience – we’ve maintained the highest levels of stiffness and strength to weight, while making focused changes to keep the costs down and the technical advantages high, such as strategic, easy-to-service external routing combined with key features of the Pivot Cable Port System – including ports for use with an internal dropper post and clean cable/housing routing through the chainstays. – Pivot

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The xc race focussed Pivot 429 SL remains (100mm travel rear, 100/120 fork) as their leanest and sharpest dually, but the 429 Trail takes a small but considered step in the direction of the trail rider that appreciates the speed and confidence of a 29″ wheel, but still likes to chuck it about all in the name of a good time.

Frame prices will start at around $3599, and complete bikes from $5500.

We’ll be on the case to score a test ride as soon as possible, sit tight.

Visit www.jetblackproducts.com for how you can get your hands on one.


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