Fresh Wheels: 2019 Pivot Trail 429


Pivot’s most popular bike is now all-new for 2019. In a continued trend towards, longer, lower and slacker, the new Trail 429 delivers all that as well as a steeper seat tube for optimal climbing. Additionally, it receives Super Boost Plus rear spacing (157x12mm) and will be available in both 29 and 27.5+ variants.

Looking over the specs, the Trail 429 really nails the sweet spot between XC and Enduro with an amount of travel that we’d all be happy riding day-in and day-out. We’re talking 120mm rear and 130mm front travel, which is Goldilocks in our book.

2019 Pivot Mach 429 Trail 27.5+

Trail 429 shown in Crimson with 27.5+ build.

2019 Pivot Mach 429 Trail 29er

Trail 429 shown in Steel Blue in 29er build.

Every Pivot we’ve ridden has been an absolute delight (most recently the Pivot Mach 4 Carbon) and without question, the new Trail 429 will continue that trend. DW-Link suspension designs remain the pinnacle of the suspension world for a reason and Pivot has mastered the craft.

Pivot’s founder and CEO, Chris Cocalis had this to say about the new Trail 429:

“We shortened up the bike’s rear end while increasing its reach. The overall wheelbase grew in length, which adds stability, but it’s not so long that it takes away from the bike’s versatility. the shorter chain stays actually add to the Trail 429’s ability to quickly accelerate and keep the bike nimble in tight conditions.”

“Versatility is what made the original Mach 429 Trail our most popular bike. 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 429 Trail hits that sweet spot.”

The all-new Trail 429 is available in crimson or steel blue with builds ranging from $4699 to $8699.

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    • I haven’t ridden that one, but I’m a 29er fan, so I’d always choose the wagon wheels over 27.5’s every time. Very similar bikes though. It will be a touch heavier as well and has more travel. For me, the Trail 429 (on paper) is about as perfect of a do-it-all bike as they come.

  1. Thank Jason – looks like a pretty sweet fit for me (or Evil Following MB). Rode the 5.5 in Moab – really fun ride.

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