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I have an opportunity to trade my 2018 mach 6 for a 2019 trail 429. Mine has a few more upgraded pieces (carbon wheels ) where his is an x01 build. I have demoed the 429 and really liked it. Any input is appreciated.
 

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I'd say its kind of apples and oranges. One is a rock solid 27.5 all mountain bike and the other is a rock solid 29er trail bike. Do you think the Mach6 is too much for your type of riding? Do you have a single bike stable?

Mostly I think this will come down to what you ride on a consistent basis and what your needs are out of a bike. Plenty of people buy a bike for 10% of their riding needs and are over biked on their normal trails, and plenty of people do the inverse of that as well.
 

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My mach 6 is the only bike I own. I have ridden mountain bikes for 20 years but by no means am i an expert. As I get older I have noticed I tend to slow down and not try as much narly stuff as I used too. The machine 6 is more bike than I need but I do like being able to plow down stuff when I need to. I do still find myself looking for a smoother line as well.
 

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If you're regularly riding bike parks or big burly mountain lines, stick with the M6. If you're more of a trail rider and riding more mellow stuff, go with the Trail.

If I were in your shoes, I'd go with the trail.

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I owned both of those bikes. You own the M6, so I'll give you my thoughts on the Trail.

The Trail is good bike, but doesn't really do anything great. That's not a negative, just that it's a good all-arounder. It's a little more nimble than the M6 and has better rollover with the 29 wheels. While it's a good pedaler, I didn't find it any better than the M6 which has a lot more travel. To make it a little more fun to ride, I took the fork to 140mm and liked it much better in that configuration. Over our repeated small bump terrain here, I found the rear harsh until I turned the rebound full fast. That one adjustment changed the whole character of the bike.

The Trail was also the first time I ever understood how people could feel the stiffness in a frame. That bike felt solid and was super fun on runs where you could really pump without a ton of repeated hits. For a 120mm bike it was very forgiving.

I bought the Trail specifically for some of the more XC trails. I wanted a bike that ripped, but could also handle the bonus drops and terrain that they have. The bike handled the features great, but just wasn't as good a pedaler as something like a Yeti 4.5 or Ibis Ripley. When I went back and looked at times on those trails, I was amazed that the Mach6 was actually faster than the Trail. It seems there was just enough chunk on those trails that a little more travel would smooth it out.

At the end of the day, since I have more than one bike I ended up selling the Trail. It always seemed that one of the others was better at the trail I was going to do. If I only had one bike, the Trail would be a great choice. That said, the Mach 6 is better I think. Other than wheel size, I don't really see anywhere that the Mach 6 gives up much to the Trail. And it's nice to have the extra capability when you take a poor line or don't execute a move as well as you thought.
 
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