The Pivot 429c is absolutely my favorite bike I've ever thrown a leg over. It's not for everyone as this bike likes to be ridden fast, but if you want a bike that happy anywhere on the mountain, this is it. I've owned everything from the Jet 9, Tallboy, Tallboy LT, and Superfly 100 and nothing descents like a 429 while still climbing like a goat. It's a smidge heavier than the Jet 9 or the tallboy, but stiffness and geometry make up for its slightly heavier build.
I raced BC Bike Race this summer had good results in XC and great results in the Enduro. After 7 days of the hardest trails on the planet, we couldn't help but head up the lifts for 2 days of park runs. Okay, maybe it wasn't made for park, but it still kept up with the big kids.
Bottom line: This bike like to ride hard and fast. If you're a casual rider with averages less than 10mph, the Tallboy might be your bike. If you want a rigid, lightweight racer, check out the Jet 9. If you want the most fun you can possibly throw a leg over, this is your bike.
***Setup Note: Pivot recommends 30% sag. This gives you a very playful ride but a bit sluggish in quick accelerations and steep climbs. I prefer to run mine between 20-25% and still use all 100mm of travel. It rides like a whole new bike.
This is a factory build from Pivot but I've put together many custom builds on this bike and I'd love to help with either route you choose. Please reach out to me if I can provide our best pricing quote, help with an order, or answer any other questions.
Cheers, Adam D