Trail 429 Carbon 29 Pro X01 Eagle Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike
With all of the specialization of mountain bikes, hell all bikes these days for that matter, it's refreshing that there're some bikes that simply are defining examples of a discipline and aren't necessarily pigeon holed into a certain category. For off-road trails we can think of no better example of a "mountain bike" than the Trail 429 Carbon 29 Pro X01 Eagle Reynolds Complete Mountain Bike from Pivot. It certainly possesses the slacker, longer, and lower treatment required for the modern mountain biker, offering descending confidence and high-speed stability, but doesn't neglect the pedaling and climbing efficiency that comes from a refined suspension platform, steeper seat tube angle, lightweight and stiff carbon frame, and momentum carrying 29-inch wheels to get you there. It's simply a bike that we wouldn't hesitate taking on 95% of the trails that we ride, yet we feel like it wouldn't get outpaced by some of the cross-country whippets on the market when toeing a start line. In short, it’s a bike that punches well above its weight and is extremely capable on the trail in a myriad of geographical locations, while efficient enough to tackle an endurance event or a week-long mountain bike stage race.
Perhaps the most natural place to start when diving into the new Trail is with its completely updated frame that gives the bike its progressive geometry. Unlike the swooping top and down tubes we saw on the Mach 429 Trail, the Trail 429 is a bit more direct, with an angular approach that brings the bike into the modern Pivot era with clean lines, a slacker head tube to provide confidence and composure on steep lines complete with water bar steps, slippery roots, and loose chunky rocks, and a steep seat tube that keeps you in an attack position up steep, punchy switchbacks or endless fire road grunts. On top of this new geometry, the Trail also sees a feature we've been longing for over the past generations: internal cable routing. This makes for a cleaner setup with cables that are neatly tucked away for further appreciation of those new tube shapes and protection from errant trail debris.
We've had a sneaking suspicion that Pivot's Super Boost spacing wasn't just for the Switchblade and future models, especially 29ers would benefit too, and the new Trail confirms it with a stretched out rear hub that boasts a whopping 157mm width. This wide hub means a few things: first, it allows for a stiffer bracing angle when lacing up the wheel, which translates to better power transmission, and improved responsiveness out on the singletrack. It's been said that the improved lateral stiffness is equivalent to upgrading from aluminum rims to carbon, so naturally, this is taken up several notched when paired with the included Reynolds carbon hoops. Next up, those quick engaging I9 hubs with wider spacing and flanges offers extra room between the stays for loftier tires in 29er form, up to 2.6-inches, and better clearance if you decide to toss in a pair of 27.5+ hoops that keep you floating through moon dust and kitty litter come mid-summer. Finally, the wider hub enables the rear wheel to be tucked up close to the seat tube, which allows Pivot to shorten the chainstays for a snappy pedaling responsive, along with intuitive and nimble handling for dicing through twisted technical trails full gas. This translates to a ride that's confidence is (ahem) boosted through downhill sections, without sacrificing uphill versatility. Super Boost Plus spacing conspires with the wide PF92 bottom bracket and Pivot's first 1x specific design to accommodate a wider pivot placement for longer life of the suspension's bearings and stiffer pivots and triangles.
The new Trail 429 carries on with the pivotal DW-link suspension design that you've seen on the 429 of the past, boosting traction, and keeping 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, terrain devouring suspension. The Trail's DW-Link suspension owes its capabilities to a handful of cues taken from its EWS Mach 6 and DH World Cup Phoenix, and even at just 120mm travel, it'll conquer lines that you'd previously only charge down on a 6-inch enduro rig.
Balancing the build with materials that can handle the terrain, the Trail 429 is crafted from a painstakingly precise mix of composite fibers and resins, then meticulously laid to create a frame that finds the happy medium of strength, stiffness, and weight. The tubing benefits from Pivot's hollow-core internal molding process for uniform, controlled wall thickness and material distribution. This process virtually eliminates inconsistencies and resin pooling, increasing structural integrity while targeting areas for weight loss.
- Pivot's trail machine with a climbing and descending prowess
- 4.7in of DW-Link travel feels bottomless yet supportive
- 29in wheels offer momentum carrying roll over on chunky trails
- Slacker and longer for descending confidence and a roomier cockpit
- Carbon frame with Super BOOST Plus rear axle for stiffness
- Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro 29 carbon wheels are light and responsive
- SRAM Eagle X01 drivetrain provides precise shifts and a massive range
- Clears wide trail 29 x 2.6in or plus-sized 27.5 x 3.0in tires