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PivotTrail 429
Pro XT/XTR Mountain Bike


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Why We Like The Trail 429 Pro XT/XTR Mountain Bike

Blurring the lines between, trail, cross country, and enduro, the Trail 429 Pro XT/XTR Mountain Bike keeps on surprising us with its adaptability. Modeled after its world-cup winning and cross-country driven Mach 4 SL, the frame redesign drops 300g off a size large frame compared to the previous generation of Trail 429. We don’t want to get caught in a trap of "climbs like a goat, descends like a demon" cliches, but with the new 429, it's hard to describe the feeling in a simpler way.

Geometry is covered with the new 429, and the longer, slacker, and steeper treatment we see on bikes nowadays hits home with Pivot’s new ride. Already over a degree slacker than its predecessor, the Trail 429 can be slacked out even further with the integrated flip-chip. The seat-tube is also half a degree steeper than the previous model, and for us out here in the mountains or down in the desert, we couldn’t be more thankful. The steep seat angle allows us to pedal hard up steep gradients without getting out of the saddle, and the DW link works overtime to make sure every watt is transferred onto the dirt.

New to the 429 is a vertical DW link, and with the FOX Live Valve-ready frame this bike is dedicated to the ascents as much as the descents. Even with 120mm travel rear and 130mm front suspension set-up, this bike is efficient. We’re half tempted to throw some XC-specific tires on here and snag some up and downhill KOMS on our local cross-country loops. And we can certainly do that, but with this bike being equipped with knobby 2.4in Maxxis tires, it begs to smash down descents at wide-open speeds.

Pivot’s new frame technology sticks with their esteemed hollow-carbon layup, but like the new Switchblade, now offers a unique layup for each frame size. For instance, a size small frame is no longer just a carbon copy of a size extra-large, as the tubes use less material to compensate for the added stiffness of naturally shorter tube lengths. Likewise, on an XL frame with longer tube lengths, the frame is beefed up to maintain an appropriate level of stiffness. This proprietary tech means our smaller friends don’t complain about a stiff and harsh ride, and our larger friends don’t complain about too much frame flex or the bike feeling ‘noodly’.

*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.

  • Pivot's short-travel 29er lives for spirited trail riding
  • DW-Link travel provides a bottomless feel yet climbs efficiently
  • 29in wheels offer the best possible rolling efficiency
  • Flip-chip can make the bike more downhill ready
  • Carbon frame with Super BOOST Plus rear axle for a responsive ride
  • Live-valve ready frame is a next-level suspension upgrade
  • Shimano XT/XTR drivetrain has a gear for every situation
  • FOX Factory suspension offers top-of-the-line performance
  • Room for a full-size water bottle on all frame sizes

Tech Specs
Frame MaterialPivot hollow-core carbon
Rear ShockFOX Float Factory DPS
Rear Travel120mm
ForkFox Factory 34 GRIP2
Front Travel130mm
HeadsetPivot precision sealed cartridge
ShiftersShimano XT M8100 ISPEC EV
Rear DerailleurShimano XTR M9100 SGS
CranksetRace Face Aeffect R
Chainring Sizes32t
Crank Arm Length[x-small, small] 170mm, [medium, large, x-large] 175mm
Bottom BracketRace Face
CassetteShimano XT M8100
Cassette Range10 - 51t
ChainShimano CN-M8100
BrakesetShimano XT M8120
Brake Type4-piston hydraulic disc
Rotors180mm Shimano XT CenterLock
HandlebarPivot Phoenix Team Low Rise Carbon
Handlebar Width780mm
GripsPivot Phoenix Factory lock-on
StemPivot Phoenix Team Enduro/Trail
Stem Length[x-small, small] 45mm, [medium, large, x-large] 55mm
SaddlePhoenix WTB Volt Pro, medium width
SeatpostFox Transfer Factory, [x-small] 100mm, [small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large] 175mm, [x-large] 200mm
Seatpost Length[x-small] 100mm, [small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large] 175mm, [x-large] 200mm
Wheelset[rims] DT Swiss XM1700, 30mm
HubsDT Swiss 350, 36t star ratchet
Front Axle15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle12 x 157mm Super Boost
Tire Clearance29 x 2.6in, 27.5 x 2.8in
TiresMaxxis Dissector WT TR 3C EXO MaxxTerra
Tire Size29 x 2.4in
Pedalsnot included
Extrasdowntube protector, chainstay protector
Manufacturer Warranty[frame] 10 years


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[medium] 29lb

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Awesome Well-Designed Trail Bike

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 7"
155 lbs

The Pivot Trail 429 is everything you could want in a trail bike. It is nimble and responsive where you need it going uphill and let's loose with great travel on the downhill. The front fork angle hits it just right for tackling big (and small) obstacles, corners extremely well, and the seat angle is perfect for everything on the trail. Although it doesn't quite handle big drops as well as my Evil The Following, the difference is only marginal. The front Fox 34 fork is quite fantastic. I agree with other reviews that the rear suspension feels appropriately sturdy in the locked position, doesn't bottom out in the open position, and has a very comfortable middle option. It is an aggressive bike that feels comfortable with either a casual ride or tackling black trails here in Colorado. It's also designed well to place 1-2 water bottles or other small bags. I haven't used the flip chip yet, so not sure how much that would change the handling. Backcountry did an awesome job with the build and components. Other than the slightly expensive price tag, I really don't have any complaints!