The not-so-minor details
Pivot Mach 429 Trail
Build kit on test.
A light and efficient bike for comfortably cruising trails.
Light and thin wheels.
Pivot price tag.
Like some cruel and twisted tease we were treated to a fleeting ride on the Mach 429 earlier this year, and before we could say “don’t leave me high, don’t leave me dry” it was gone. The months following, probably due to everyone wanting to buy one, securing a proper test was proving quite tricky, we felt dejected, sad and forgotten.
But 2017 is a new season, and look what has turned up – a new one, even better than the old one! Well, not entirely new, it’s the same frame as before, but there are a couple of upgrades to the spec that we thought were lacking in the outgoing version. So now it’s time for us to move on and forget the love that is now lost and look forward to spending proper time on this absolute beauty.
For a more in-depth first impressions piece on the 429 Trail where we go into more detail of the frame construction click through to our article from earlier this year.
What’s the Mach 429 Trail?
Pivot have a few 29ers in their stable, their all-mountain ready Switchblade and the carbon hardtail LES which both accept 27.5” wheels too. Then there are the two 429 series options, with the SL and Trail. The SL is their super-light 100mm travel lean machine, for marathon racers and those looking for absolute efficiency, that frame alone is over $4600. And then the Trail model which we have here which takes a step to the back of the race grid with a more relaxed outlook on the trail. Click here for their full range.
See our review of the Switchblade, Mach 4 Carbon and LES here:
429 SL vs. 429 Trail.
When compared to the SL model, the 429 Trail longer in travel, shorter in reach, shorter in the chainstay length, slacker in the head angle and higher in the bottom bracket. Why? Pivot have designed the 429 Trail to cruise the trails in a comfortable and confident manner and have a bit of fun doing it.
Changes from the last model you say?
Dropper post and wider gear range, excellent! No bike with ‘trail’ in its model description should be without these two things, so were happy to see them on this 2017 spec model. With a KS dropper and Shimano 11-46T mega wide range cassette, this thing is set!
Riding, lots of it. The 429 Trail is motivating us to seek out some super-long trail rides, all-day missions and backcountry days out.