Pivot Cycles announces new Mach 429 Trail

Combining the Mach 429 SL and the Mach 6, this trail bike is cutting edge

29er All Mountain Trail
The Mach 429 Trail is all new from the ground up and combines the best features of the Mach 429 with the Mach 6.

The Mach 429 Trail is all new from the ground up and combines the best features of the Mach 429 with the Mach 6 (click to enlarge).

We got a look at the all new Pivot Cycles Mach 429 at the Bike Press Camp event in Park City, Utah. Chris Cocalis, Founder of Pivot, explained that he took the best features of the Mach 429 SL and combined that with the hugely popular Mach 6 to create an All Mountain Trail category of bike with enough performance to “make you forget about wheel size”. With 116mm of travel, the DW-link suspension design is matched to a bike with a slack front end and a short rear end to keep the bike nimble and to help avoid the “sluggish” feeling that so many riders complain about when trying to flick a 29er around.

In this highlight video, Chris Cocalis goes over the design and purpose of this new bike.

The Mach 429 Trail uses the new Boost 148 axle spacing in the rear to keep things stiff. The frame is Pivot’s own hollow core, internal, high compression carbon molding construction and the frame weight is 5.9 lbs including shock for a size medium.

For those of you who are curious about the new Plus size wheels, you will be happy to know that the new Mach 429 Trail is 27.5+ compatible. Also on the cutting edge, this bike is the first production bike to use Shimano’s all new side-swing 2X front derailleur system. Of course, there are 1x options available as well.

Shot of rider Spencer Green on the Pivot Mach 429 Trail.

Shot of rider Spencer Green on the Pivot Mach 429 Trail (click to enlarge). Photo by Steve Lloyd

Mach 429 Trail Features
  • Full carbon frame featuring leading edge carbon fiber materials and Pivot’s proprietary hollow core internal molding technology.
  • New 12 x 148mm Boost rear spacing for maximum stiffness and control.
  • Designed to work with forks from 120-130mm in travel.
  • Fox Float DPS shock, performance tuned for the Mach 429 Trail.
  • 29-inch wheels for the fastest laps and superior rollover in technical terrain.
  • 27.5”+ capable!
  • Easy to use mix of external and internal cable routing with Pivot’s internal cable port system.
  • Internal dropper post compatible.
  • Cold forged alloy linkages with Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings.
  • Highly durable rubberized leather downtube and swingarm protection.
  • Pivot’s innovative new mid-travel linkage design.
  • 116mm of renowned dw-link® suspension tuned for trail handling. (truly feels like a 100mm bike when climbing and a 130mm bike when descending)
  • Post mount disc brake mounts for precision and weight savings.
  • PF92 bottom bracket for light weight, durability and ease of maintenance. Co-designed by Pivot Cycles and Shimano, now the industry-leading standard for high-end mountain bikes.
  • New Pivot removable front derailleur mount for a clean frame design with 1X and perfect front shifting with Shimano’s side-swing 2X system.
  • Medium frame weight: 5.9lbs including shock.
  • Available in sizes S, M, L, XL for riders between 5’4″ and 6’7″.
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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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  • Don says:

    Does anyone else think Gregg’s head shot makes him look like a marine biologist?

  • Lumberjake says:

    Dang, I really wish I was rich. This looks like the perfect all around mountain bike yet.
    Just awesome. That guy in the promo is just flying over and leaping stuff I either cannot ride or would have to carefully crawl through on my 29er hardtail.
    Actually, its because of these improvements that I chose a hardtail. I would hate to have a FS only to watch these big improvements every year.
    Five years from today my bike will still be competetive with others. Besides, I look at it this way,I can have thrills from milder terrain…and I just plain couldn’t ride at the level these bikes are capable.

  • Lumberjake says:

    I honestly kinda miss the simpler times like the early 90s when bikes were all the same essentially for all types of riding. Today, there is a specific bike for every discipline. XC, Trail, AM FR, Enduro, DJ, 4X, DH….is there even dual slalom or is it just 4x now?ugh
    In my day,we didn’t have these fancy mumbo jumbo bikes and fancy mumbo jumbo disciplines, it was ALL just mountain biking.

  • eastcoastpally says:

    It’s on now…Boost 148 is moving in.

  • turbodog says:

    LOL. Looks like every other awkward FS 29er being ridden in a promo video. These bikes are perfect for dentists and tourists.

  • st santa clarita says:

    Rode the 2014 mach29 carbon 3 or 4 rides….wow ! Short rear stay. small w/a longer
    stem… I was able to work the bike as 5’8″. wish I had dollars for this new one !

  • st santa clarita says:

    LJ and turbo… moderate suspension enables manageable speed, creating that thrill seeking ride many mountain bikers are looking for… with out killing ourselves. Sure I can pick my slow ass way through stuff w/a hardtail too. 2 diff kinds of fun. relish the past…embrace the present ! anticipate the future.

  • doug says:

    Pivot was ahead of the curve. They started with the wider BB years ago, and now with Boost, this 29er, I’m sure will feel more solid.

  • Gator says:

    This is a great bike, I like it better than the 429sl and the 429c that I had!! The front and rear on this bike feel much more solid, steering is quick this the 51 offset Fox 34 fork. I still would like a steeper seat tube angle!!

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