Why We Like The Trail 429 Pro XT/XTR Enduro 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, it only makes sense that Pivot offers a more aggressive build kit for riders looking to push the envelope even further, allowing us to riding chunky lines at speeds we never though possible on a 120mm travel bike. It's called the Enduro kit, and it comes with a 140mm Fox 36 and a custom-tuned DPX2 rear shock. The burlier suspension and 10mm extra travel help soften the bike's leading edge while slackening the head tube another 0.5-degrees, ultimately providing a more capable platform that sits nicely between the standard Trail 429 and the longer-travel Switchblade.
Perhaps the most natural place to start when diving into the new Trail is with its completely reshaped frame that gives the bike its progressive geometry. Unlike the smooth swooping top and down tubes we saw on the Mach 429 Trail, the Trail 429 is a bit more direct, with a more angular approach that brings the bike into the cutting edge with clean lines, a slacker head tube to instill confidence and composure on steep lines packed with chunky granite, and a steep seat tube that keeps you dialed in the cockpit when you push your way up punchy switchbacks laced with root lattices.
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. The Trail's DW-Link suspension owes its capabilities to a handful of cues taken from the Switchblade, teasing a virtual depth out of the 120mm travel to conquer lines that you'd previously only charge down on a proper 6-inch trail sled.
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
- DW-Link suspension offers best-in-class pedaling performance
- 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