Just looked that up and can say I want one! Funny as I was thinking of demoing a 429 for the shed. It probably depends on what trails you gravitate to, for the downhill the switchblade may be better, but everything else the 429 could be the ticket. A-1 has demoes (not sure if they have both, they definitely have a M 429). If I do end up demoing I'll post something up but for your purposes it may not be too soon.
Thanks for the input. Have spent a little time on SB and a regular T429. Both are solid bikes with a lot of reviews out there. Just not a lot of reviews or personal accounts of experience with the enduro build.
I am truly and XL size and finding suitable demos as you recommend is tough.
The switchblade is a more legit enduro/AM bike, but I'm not yet sold on the new shock placement versus previous Pivot models. The switchblade can be tuned or setup to a wider range of usage scenarios, IMO. And it climbs just fine. That's what I'd probably choose.
I test road the switblade in Pisgah. Great bike! The higher BB made peddling through chunk much better than the previous model. IMHO it peddles better than the Ripmo. And is versatile. You can do a light build for all day riding, or coil for big days. I'd pick the beefed up 429 trail if you mostly ride moderate trails and only hit the trails you mentioned occasionally. Or you really like picking your lines. Nothing wrong with that either.
A forum community dedicated to Mountain Bike owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about bike parts, components, deals, performance, modifications, classifieds, trails, troubleshooting, maintenance, and more!