Announced: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 SL Carbon

Pivot unveils the new half-pound lighter Mach 429SL Carbon with Shimano Di2 compatibility.

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Pivot Cycles Mach 429 SL Carbon

In its ever evolving line of bikes, Pivot Cycles has just announced their newest mountain bike, the Mach 429 SL Carbon. Pivot claims a half pound of weight savings over the previous model and performance for the climbs as well as the downhills. The 226 gram weight savings is achieved by their carbon materials and processes. Lightweight, stiffness and power transfer were all priorities when developing this bike. In addition, the Mach 429 SL Carbon is also fully Di2 integrated via their Pivot Cable Port System which helps make internal routing easier to install and maintain. There are large, easy to access ports and interchangeable covers for clean installation of wires, batteries and cables.

The Mach 429 SL carbon features dw-link suspension, like all of Pivot’s full suspension bikes. The Fox Float Factory shock is tuned specifically for the Mach 429 SL carbon. Pivot says, “World Cup level efficiency is provided by dw-link®’s anti-squat characteristics, instant acceleration and unparalleled climbing traction. Downhill, the 100mm of dw-link® suspension performs like a longer travel bike.”

Pivot - Mach 429 SL Carbon - action shot

The previous aluminum framed Mach 429 was always a favorite among Mtbr reader and we expect this new lightweight carbon version to continue in the same vein. Pivot’s other full suspension cross country/trail bike (the Mach 4 Carbon) rolls on 27.5″ wheels and has 115mm of travel, so it is good to see that Pivot hasn’t completely forsaken the 29er riders out there. More choices for mountain bikers is a good thing.

Pivot Mach 429 SL Carbon features:

  • 1/2lb (226g) weight savings: Frame weight from 5.3lbs (2.4Kg) and sub 23lb (10.4kg) complete.
  • 100mm of dw-link® suspension
  • Full carbon frame featuring proprietary hollow core internal molding technology
  • 29 inch wheels for the fastest laps and best rollover
  • Full length internal cable routing and Shimano Di2 integration via Pivot’s exclusive, easy-to-maintain Cable Port System
  • Internal dropper post compatible
  • Cold forged alloy linkages with Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings
  • Fox Float Kashima Factory shock, performance tuned for the Mach 429SL
  • Frame weights from 5.2lbs
  • Highly durable rubberized leather downtube and swingarm protection

The Mach 429SL Carbon frame comes in 3 graphics (natural carbon/green, natural carbon/red, natural carbon/blue) and 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL). Frame only is available for $2,999 and it is available in a wide range of build kits starting at $4599 (XT/SLX) up to $8,849 (with XTR 2x and Reynolds carbon wheels) or the top-of-the-line $10,400 build (with XTR Di2 and Reynolds carbon wheels).

Mach 429 SL C - suspension design

For more information visit: www.pivotcycles.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Tony Lapinskas says:

    I love my 31 lb Voodoo Canzo but at age 70, I don’t race up the trails in Pisgah,Dupont and Bent Creek, I trudge and I don’t shred the downhills, it’s more like a sashay. If Pivot had just one ounce of compassion for an old mountain biker, they’d send me one of these beauties FOC and let me live out my remaining days in a blaze of carbon glory.
    Just saying.

  • Bahjet Yousif says:

    When I win

  • Ari says:

    Going to demo some this weekend.

  • Duane says:

    If only I had $5,000 laying around!!

  • Gator says:

    Mine is on the way!!

  • Willie Davis says:

    Call me crazy, but no bike should cost 11k. All the carbon technology is in China/Taiwan. How many of these high end bikes are sold to citizens of the countries they were manufactured in? We are not driving down cost to the American consumer by having this level of bike manufactured in Asia, we are just cutting Asia in on a huge piece of the action.

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