The Trail 429 is Pivot’s 120mm bike with DW-link suspension, the travel range that most riders need and buy. And this category of bikes has become the most exciting arena since the capable and progressive geometries of the big All-Mountain bikes have migrated down to these shorter travel bikes. The promise is lighter weight and quicker and more responsive handling. And in the real-world trails that most of us can access the majority of the time, these are the capable bikes that make even tame trails lively and interesting.

This is where Pivot separates from the pack as they try to deliver the greatest blend of handling, acceleration, and climbing abilities. If you were going to do a 24-hour race like the Breck Epic, this would be a fine choice. Or if you were going on a cross-country road trip with significant climbing and varied terrain, this Pivot will answer the call with enthusiasm.


In order to respond to the modern trail bike needs, Pivot slackened the head angle to 66 degrees, increased the reach to 455mm for a Medium, and introduced a flip-chip to allow fine-tuning of the geometry. The chainstay is at crazy short 432mm with impressive tire clearance. The seat tube is at a fairly conservative 75 degrees, foregoing the aggressive 77-78 degrees on some new bikes today.

The heart of the system is the frame and Pivot went all-in with technology as they dropped 300 grams from the previous version of the Trail 429. Frame weight is 5.9 lbs for a medium including the rear shock and all the robust cable fittings and frame protection that Pivot provides.

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The suspension
In order to wring every drop of potential out of 120mm, Pivot reworked the suspension with a metric, trunnion-mount shock, and a more progressive linkage to enable improved pedaling efficiency and more capability in big hits. The design provides a more bottomless feel and allows for a greater range of tunability. The Trail 429 combines rapid pedaling performance with a plushness that genuinely feels like more travel than the numbers indicate. Is it possible for a bike to be both razor-sharp and butter-smooth?


How does it ride?
I got the opportunity to ride with the Pivot crew near their headquarters in Phoenix, AZ. The Medium bike fit my 5’7” height very well with a 35mm stem for its 455mm reach. I inched the saddle forward a bit on the rails and we took the time to perfect the sag according to Pivot’s handy and all-important sag indicators.

Got on power and we were off in their crazy traction hero winter sand during winter storms. Pedaling the Shimano 12-speed XTR, was a delight on this responsive bike devoid of a single creak or rattle. This has become a Pivot trademark where every bolt and cable is dialed to disappear during the ride. The first few berms and this bike feels different. It is very secure with no wallow or wobble under load. The rear is laterally stiff and the suspension is supportive. It complements me and gives the illusion that I know what I’m doing during fast, tight turns and switchbacks.

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The terrain we rode had constant up and downs and this bike responded well to constant accelerations and power moves. On dips and undulations, it pumped terrain really well as I dropped the long dropper post and the suspension supported me and accelerated the bike forward as I pushed my weight behind the rear axle.

Not a lot of jumps today but the few rocks and roots I hit resulted in a launch that was significant. Such is the promise of a trail bike one is able to extract more play, pop, and shred from even simple terrain. One doesn’t need big features to get off the ground as andy rock, root, dip can become a feature with a bike this active and light.

Even in mid-winter shape and riding a lot of e-mtbs, the Trail 429 succeeded in making me perform well on the first ride. It scooted up hills and I was able to create something with every single berm larger trail elements.


• Refined geometry exemplifies the pinnacle of modern race-to-trail performance​
• New, more progressive dw-link® prioritizes pedaling efficiency yet still rewards riders​
with plush, controlled travel​
• 120mm rear suspension travel featuring a vertical trunnion mounted high-volume air​
shock delivers unprecedented comfort and tunability​
• Flip chip adjustability allows riders to tailor geometry for either spirited all-round​
handling or a more progressive and rowdy demeanor​
• Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing with Pivot’s easy to service and ultra-quiet​
Pivot Cable Port System​
• Fits riders between 4'11" and 6'7” with X-Small to -XLarge size offerings.​
• Pivot’s full carbon frame feature size-specific ride tuning, leading-edge carbon fiber materials, and Pivot's proprietary Hollow Core molding technology to ensure that every rider from 4’10” to 6’1” has a bike that feels perfect and performs at the optimum level for their size​
• Pro and Team builds available with either Fox DPS or Live Valve and 130mm FOX 34 FIT4 Factory fork – OR – our Optional Enduro build featuring a DPX2 rear shock and 140mm FOX 36 Grip 2 Factory series fork.​
• Pivot Tool Dock system compatible with mounts under the top tube and integrated into the underside of the frame.​

Bottom Line:
A Pivot bike is a premium bike and this Trail 429 embodies what this brand is all about. It's not just about the spec, the build or the color palette. The heart of a pivot bike is in suspension kinematics and hanging it on a frame that is the lightest and stiffest that current materials processes can produce. Trail 429 is a lively and responsive bike that will outclimb and outcorner the competition. It is then surrounded by technology that will maximize the end-result of ride performance. Boost 157 rear hubs and the press-fit bb may turn off some riders but they are used since they make a difference. And Pivot is able to solve the real estate problem of 29er wheels, tire clearance, water bottle fit, standover and XS sizing and max dropper height better than anyone else.

They do all this with a frame that weighs 5.9lbs and a complete bike under $6k. And yes, the spec, the build and color palette are dialed as well.



Q&A with Pivot Cycles:

Which size bike should I purchase?

To ensure the best sizing, we recommend that you visit your local Pivot dealer to get a professional fit and refer to our geometry chart to check your measurements. However, we can provide a rough guideline:
X-Small: 4'11" – 5'4" Small: 5'4" – 5’9” Medium: 5'8" – 5'11” Large: 5'10" – 6’2” X-Large: 6'2" +
We suggest that you pick your Trail 429 size based on your riding style. The Trail 429 features trail bike long and low geometry with both shorter seat tube and head tube measurements per size – this geometry means that most riders can go up or down a size and should base their choice on riding-style, reach and stem length preferences. Be sure to also consult our dropper post fit guide when making your selection. You can always reach out to us on Live Chat for additional guidance.

How do I set the sag on my Trail 429?
We make it easy to get the best ride out of your Pivot bike with a simple sag indicator already installed on your bike, and this follow-along video featuring our own Bernard Kerr:
Pivot Cycles & Bernard Kerr: Setting Your Sag


What is the “flip-chip” on the Trail 429 and when would I want to use it?
The flip-chip is a simple way to adjust the geometry on your Trail 429. It allows you to either adjust the geometry for different trail conditions or riding style (using 29” wheels) or can allow for the use of 27.5” wheels with 2.6”-2.8” tires and a 27.5” rear/29” front “reverse mullet” setup as well. The chip comes set up in the lowest BB setting. This is perfect for riding fast, technical and steep terrain. However, if your preference is for a little more crank clearance and slightly quicker handling for tighter terrain with more climbing and/or roots and rocks, you may prefer the higher BB setting. The higher setting will raise the bottom bracket and steepen the head angle by .5° degree giving the bike a faster turn in. The higher setting is also a great starting point for running a 27.5” rear/29” front “mullet” setup. Additionally, if you want to run 27.5” wheels with 2.6”-2.8” tires, you would also need to run the bike in the higher BB setting combined with our 17mm extended headset cup (sold separately). The combination of the higher BB setting and the taller cup allow the smaller diameter wheels to be used while maintaining the same geometry and similar BB height to the bike set up with 29” wheels.

How do I use the flip-chip system?
The Trail 429’s flip-chip geometry adjustment system is super easy to use. Simply loosen using a 6mm hex wrench (these are reversed, so you need to turn the wrench to the right to loosen). Partially back out the bolts – there is no need to completely remove the bolts. Then pull the chips out and rotate them to your desired position, tighten the bolts to 35 Nm and enjoy your bike’s new handling and feel. Please see the geometry chart for the numbers associated with the different settings.

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How wide of a tire can I run on the Trail 429?
The Trail 429 can run 29“ tires up to 2.6“ and Maxxis 27.5′′ tires up to 2.8′′ inches on 40 mm (inner)rims. For other tires in the market, most will fit, but rim width and tire manufacture sizing call-outs and tire inconsistency can result in huge differences among both tire brands and individual tires. We suggest you check the fit with your chosen rim and tire combination to make sure it has proper clearance before riding if you choose to use something that is not our standard specification.

What do I need to know to switch between 29” and 27.5+ wheels?
The 27.5+ wheels with Maxxis 2.8” tires have a slightly smaller diameter than the 29” wheels with 2.4 Minion DHR II’s. This difference results in a lower bottom bracket height when running 27.5+ wheels. To adjust the BB height, the Trail 429 comes with two different lower headset cups. One is our zero-stack version and the other is a 17mm cup. When running the 17mm cup with 27.5+ wheels, the BB height will be similar to that with the 29” wheels using the zero-stack cup. However, it is not mandatory that you use the 17mm cup with the 27.5+ wheels or the zero-stack version with the 29” wheels. Feel free to mix and match as you wish. If you like a lower BB height, you might find that you prefer the zero-stack with 27.5+ wheels. Some riders will just leave the 17mm cup in regardless of wheel size. Complete bikes ordered with 27.5+ wheels or with both wheelsets will come equipped with the taller 17mm cup installed. For 29er bikes, the 17mm cup will be included with the bike but not installed. If you ever intend to try this cup, you need to make sure that you use at least 20mm of headset spacers when you cut the fork so that there will be enough steer tube to be able to go back and forth as you wish. If the fork is pre-cut for the zero-stack cup and additional spacers are not installed, you will not have a long enough fork steer tube to run the 17mm cup option.


What headset do I need for the Trail 429?
The Trail 429 uses a ZS (zero-stack) 44mm top and (zero-stack) 56mm bottom. If you are running the zero-stack option on the bottom (instead of Pivot’s extended cup) then a Chris King Inset 2 is compatible. If you are running the 17mm lower cup, then it needs to be run in conjunction with the Pivot headset. You cannot press another brand of zero-stack headset into the 17mm cup as the 17mm cup is the lower headset cup.

Can I run a water bottle on the Trail 429?
Yes, you can mount a water bottle cage inside the front triangle and put a large water bottle in it on all sizes – even XS. There is also an additional water bottle mount under the base of the downtube for yet another bottle for long ride, pack free hydration.

What size seatpost does the Trail 429 use?
The Trail 429 frame uses a 31.6mm seatpost.
What size seat clamp does the Trail 429 use?
The Trail 429 frame uses a 36.4mm seatpost clamp.
What is the maximum seatpost insertion depth on the Trail 429?

The Trail 429 has short seat tube lengths and deep insertion depths for compatibility with long travel dropper seatposts. Please see the dropper seatpost guide(can be found on the Tech Specs tab) for common dropper post model compatibility. You can check the maximum insertion depth of other seatposts per frame size below:
XS – 180mm
S – 248mm
M – 268mm
L – 289mm
XL – 308mm


Can I mount a chain guide on my Trail 429?
Yes. The Trail 429 features ISCG05 mounts on the frame. Most upper guides on the market will fit.

How large of a rotor will fit on the Trail 429?
The Trail 429 will fit a 180mm rotor without an adaptor. A 203mm rotor with an adaptor will fit.
What travel fork can I use on my Trail 429?
The Trail 429 was designed for either a 130 or 140mm travel fork and we offer complete builds with options in both travel lengths. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Trail 429 is 140mm travel.

What is the eye-to-eye shock length and stroke length on the Trail 429?
The Trail 429’s metric shock has a trunnion style upper mount, 165mm eye to eye length and 45mm stroke.

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How do volume spacers affect the suspension feel?
Larger volume spacers will resist bottoming, allow the bike to ride higher in the stroke, and
generally make the bike feel more “poppy”. If a rider is not getting a full stroke or they feel that
the bike is riding too high in its stroke, even with sag set properly, then they should go to a
smaller volume spacer. DPX2 and LIVE shocks share the same volume spacer sizes and part
numbers. DPS shocks use a different volume spacer to work with that shocks smaller shaft size.

Can I put a coil-over shock on my Trail 429?
You cannot run a coil-over on your Trail 429! The Trail 429 was designed to work with the progressiveness of an air spring. A coil-over shock (even one with separate bottoming control) does not offer the progressive spring curve that the Trail 429 requires. Running a coil-over shock on the Trail 429 will result in hard bottoming and damage to the frame.

What kind of rear derailleur hanger does the Mach 6 use?
The Trail 429 uses the new universal rear derailleur hanger standard developed by SRAM. This
derailleur hanger is compatible with all derailleurs on the market – not just SRAM. We spec this
hanger because it has some clever derailleur saving features and is more likely to be found at
any shop as it becomes more widely adopted.

What bottom bracket is used on the Trail 429?
Pressfit BB92 bottom bracket.


Is the Trail 429 Di2 compatible?
No, the Trail 429 is not Di2 compatible. It has a Di2 battery port and Pivot’s Cable Port System for simple routing, but it is missing the holes in between the front triangle and swingarm. Pivot does not endorse drilling holes in your frame. It is possible to externally route the wire to the rear derailleur, but it will not have the same level of integration as some of our other models.

What rear axle does the Trail 429 use?
The Trail 429 uses an axle for a 157mm rear spacing designed for the new Universal Derailleur
Hanger (UDH) standard. The rear axle supplied with all frames is designed is a Pivot specific
design using a 12mm X 1.0mm thread pitch. SRAM also makes compatible 157mm UDH axles.

What rear hub spacing is used on the Trail 429?
The Trail 429 uses a 157mm rear hub spacing in a configuration called Super Boost Plus 157 (SB+). The rear hub spacing is the standard 157mm spacing available from every hub manufacturer in the world so any 12mm x 157mm hub is compatible with the Trail 429.
Super Boost Plus 157 retains a narrower Q factor and heal clearance while providing for more tire clearance, a stronger frame, and a stronger rear wheel. Super Boost Plus 157 builds on the idea of wider flange spacing pioneered by Boost 148 by spreading the flanges even wider (up to 14mm wider than a 142mm hub) which increases spoke bracing angle resulting in a huge wheel strength increase on 27.5” and 29” trail, enduro, all-mountain, eMTB and trail category wheels. Most hub companies have already adopted the wider spoke flange to their DH 157mm hubs because of the added benefits. So, there is already a wide range of hub brands with optimized 157mm spacing available (even if they don’t specifically call it SB+) some examples include: DT Swiss, Industry 9, Stan’s, Onyx, Chris King, White Industries, Race Face, SUNringlé, Shimano, Stealth, Tune and Hope.


Why is Super Boost Plus 157 the optimal hub spacing for the Trail 429?
  • Short chainstays perfectly complement the Trail 429’s long and low stature allowing you to manual up and over even the gnarliest obstacles while keeping the wheelbase length in check so that you can still clean tight switchbacks and rail corners with confidence and agility like you’ve never experienced before.
  • A massive increase in tire clearance for running up 2.8” X 27.5+ and 2.6” X 29” tires with incredible mud clearance: Who doesn’t like that! You can run your racy 29” X 2.4WT tires in the summer and then step up to something much wider in bad weather to extend your riding season or just plow through the mud on your 29er wheels with confidence knowing that the Trail 429 can handle it all.
  • Increased frame stiffness: A better-performing bike allows you to push the limits even further and the Trail 429 has no weak links. This is the bike that allows you to set new boundaries.
  • Increased wheel stiffness: The Super Boost Plus specific hubs on all our Trail 429 builds increase the hub flange width and provide for more even (better) spoke tension and the results are incredible. On a DT Swiss 29er alloy wheel with a 25mm inner width rim, the Super Boost Plus wheel is 46% stiffer than the same wheel built with a 142mm hub and 30% stiffer than the same wheel built with a Boost 148mm hub. Interestingly, the Super Boost Plus rear wheel and a standard Boost front wheel wind up being very similar in overall stiffness. What this means for the trail rider is that you get more evenly matched strength and stiffness between the front and rear wheels and the most durable wheelset possible.

What cranks will the Trail 429 accept?
The Trail 429 will accept all cranks designed for the Super Boost Plus 157 system. The Super
Boost Plus system is based on several standard cranks in the market. When you purchase your
Trail 429 complete from Pivot, Pro XT/XTR and Race XT level builds will feature a SB+ specific
Race Face Aeffect R or Ride crankset to optimize the chainline. Team XTR builds feature Race
Face Next R crank with SB+ Cinch spindle. SRAM equipped Race and Pro build Trail 429’s from
Pivot come equipped with SRAM DUB SB+ cranks with chainrings and/or spindles optimized for
the 56.5mm Super Boost Plus chain line. Team XX1 builds come equipped with the One Up
Switch Spider and chainring system.

The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect R crank with the Cinch chainring flipped are also
fully compatible with the Super Boost Plus 157 system (although flipped chainrings are not
compatible with Shimano 12 speed systems). One Up (Switch Spider and chainring system) and
Wolf Tooth both offer Super Boost Plus spiders and/or chainrings to make standard SRAM GXP
and DUB cranks Super Boost Plus compatible. One Up information can be found below:
Shimano has also added new Super Boost Plus specific crank options to their lineup.

How much does it weigh?
The Trail 429 medium frame w/ Float DPS weighs approximately 5.9lbs (2.7kg). Our complete, medium, Team XTR build comes in at approximately 26.5lbs (12kg). Pivot bicycles are among the lightest available, but the weight is only one of many factors that make a great bicycle. Other aspects such as frame stiffness, strength, durability, and ride quality are just as important as weight to our engineers when designing our Hollow Core Carbon frames. Instead of comparing grams online, we suggest you visit your local Pivot dealer and see our attention to detail, smart, high-value spec, and class-leading features. Bring a scale if you’d like but take just one demo ride and you’ll feel why Pivot Cycles are the most well-rounded, highest performing bicycles on the market and in many cases, yes, it’s the lightest as well.

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Can I add Live Valve to my Trail 429?
Yes, all Trail 429 frames are fully compatible, and Fox offers a complete preprogrammed system that is specific to the Trail 429. However, the system would need to replace your current Fork and Shock and is far more cost-effective when purchased as part of a Trail 429 complete bike. Please see your authorized Pivot dealer for information.

What is the Geometry?

How much and what is the most affordable model?

The Pivot 429 starts off at a very reasonable $5599 and goes on with 13 higher price points. Race, Pro and Team categories have Shimano and SRAM drivetrain and brake options. Race builds have a Shimano SLX/XT blend ($5,599) or SRAM X01/GX blend with Guide brakes($5,899).

The Pro builds consist of a Shimano XT/XTR blend ($6,699) or a SRAM X01 drivetrain with G2 brakes($7,199).

Team builds use Shimano XTR ($8,899) or SRAM XX1 AXS with G2 brakes ($10,399). Live Valve adds $2300 to the mix and DT carbon wheels add $1300.

Our top recommendation would be the $5599 XT and SLX build, mated with the $1300 carbon wheels for $6999.