Trail 429 Carbon 29 Enduro Pro XT/XTR Mountain Bike
When we first threw a leg over the Trail 429, we were blown away by its ability to climb and accelerate like a cross-country race bike, then turn around and handle black diamond descents with a level of confidence that surpasses that of its longer travel competitors. Considering the bike's impressive capability, some of us found ourselves dreaming of a more aggressive build kit that could push the envelope even further, and exceed the demands of today's progressive trail riders. Pivot apparently felt the same way, which is why they've brought us the Limited Edition Trail 429 Enduro. Equipped with a 140mm travel Fox 36 fork up front, a custom-tuned DPX2 rear shock, burly carbon wheels from Reynolds, and a trusty Shimano XT/XTR drivetrain, this bike is built to hit the trails with newfound haste and conquer lines you never thought possible on a short-travel trail bike.
Being that the frame is the same as the standard Trail 429, the Enduro kit retains Pivot's stretched out rear hub that boasts a whopping 157mm width—a detail we welcome with open arms on a bike of this caliber. This wide hub means a few things: first, it allows for a stiffer bracing angle when lacing up your wheel, which translates to power, responsiveness, and control when you book it into a blind corner and are met with particularly chunky sections you weren't expecting. Next, the wide hub offers extra room for loftier tires in 29er form, and better clearance if you decide to toss in a pair of 27.5+ hoops that keep you floating through loose dust come mid-summer. Finally, the wider hub carries through to wider stays that enable the rear wheel to be tucked up closer to the seat tube, which allows Pivot to shorten the chainstays for snappy, responsive power as soon as you put your power to the pedal, along with light and nimble handling when you cook it into twisted technical trails. This translates to a ride that's confidence is (ahem) boosted through downhill sections, without jeopardizing the uphill versatility.
The wide PF92 bottom bracket anchors the stiff Super Boost axles, accommodating wider pivot placement for longer life in the suspension's bearings and a stiffer rear triangle. We suspect that the PF92/Super Boost 157mm collaboration is also responsible for the room to slam the rear wheel up and shorten the chainstays, making for even more power-transferring efficiency and the nimbleness described above.
The new Trail 429 carries on with the pivotal DW-link suspension design that you've seen on the 429 Trails of the past, keeping your traction locked in, and squat at a minimum — but with a touch of extra travel, moving the 116-millimeters of years past to a full 120-millimeters of smooth, custom-tuned suspension. The Trail's DW-Link suspension owes its capabilities to a handful of cues taken from the Mach 6 and Phoenix, teasing a virtual depth out of the 120mm travel to conquer lines that you'd previously only charge down on a proper 5-inch trail sled. The canny cyclist may spot elements of Pivot's DH clevis and enduro lower linkage in this model, but the new upper linkage translates those big-hit designs to the traction-focused language of a trail bike.
Balancing the build with materials that can handle the terrain, the Trail 429 is crafted from a painstakingly precise mix of composite fibers and resin, then meticulously laid to create a frame that finds the happy medium of strength, stiffness, and weight. The chassis itself benefits from Pivot's hollow-core internal molding process for uniform, controlled wall thicknesses and material distribution. This process virtually eliminates inconsistencies and resin pooling, increasing structural integrity while targeting areas for weight loss.
- Pivot's premier trail bike equipped with an enduro-ready build kit
- 140mm Fox 36 fork increases travel and boosts front-end stiffness
- Fox DPX2 shock improves the bike's descending capability
- Longer travel fork slackens the head angle for better stability
- Carbon frame with Super BOOST spacing offers a responsive ride
- Reynolds carbon wheels are built to handle some serious abuse
- XT/XTR drivetrain offers crisp shifting and legendary reliability
- Frame clears wide trail 29 x 2.6in and plus-sized 27.5 x 3.0in tires