Trail 429 Carbon 29 Pro XT/XTR Mountain Bike by Pivot
When we hear of a bike that claims the do-it-all trail bike moniker, we usually assume that its either an all-mountain brawler that bobs more than is desired on your favorite uphill, or a beefed-up cross-country rig that can only attempt to gain sufficient traction on high-speed alpine descents, often without success. Understandably, when Pivot announced the Trail 429 Carbon 29 the question of whether this bike was an ascender or a descender quickly arose -- and the answer is yes. Taking inspiration from the esteemed pedaling capabilities of the Mach 429 Trail, the Trail 429 comes in swinging with modernized numbers like a slightly slacker head tube, steeper seat tube, and all-new Super Boost spacing to keep the rear-end tracking predictably on high-speed descents. 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 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. 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, and its done without upping the price from its externally-routed forefather. We've had a sneaking suspicion that Pivot's Super Boost spacing wasn't just for the Switchblade, 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 your wheel, which translates to power, responsiveness, and control w...
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