Trail 429 V2

Crazy Fast Meets Ridiculously Capable

There’s a dizzying range of bikes out there these days—XC, trail, all-mountain, enduro....What if you just want a bike that rips on nearly every trail? This is that bike. The Trail 429 is brilliant just about everywhere. It accelerates and climbs like a cross-country bike yet more than holds its own on tough terrain. We took the original Mach 429 Trail, completely reshaped the chassis and gave the bike a truly progressive geometry. The Trail 429 is even more capable on technical terrain than its predecessor yet doesn’t sacrifice a thing in the quick and nimble departments. Effortless handling, incredible power transfer and blazing acceleration are what set the Trail 429 apart from so many other trail bikes.

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Wheel Size
29" or 27.5"+

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Lightweight, Capable and Perfectly Balanced

The best trail bikes are neither whippy nor overbuilt. They are, in a word, balanced. We sweat the details—painstakingly developing the precise mix of resins, composite fibers, lay-orientation and frame shaping to create a chassis with the perfect blend of strength and stiffness. 

We’ve also given the Trail 429 many of the same strength and stiffness-enhancing features that you’ll find on our gravity-oriented bikes, including a double-wishbone rear triangle, Super Boost Plus rear axle spacing, ultra-wide suspension linkages and burly bearing assemblies. With the Trail 429, we’ve upped the ante on downhill performance without any loss in versatility.


Tuned for the Trail

Dave Weagle’s dw-link™ design is renowned for providing great traction and downhill control without adding energy-sucking suspension bob or “squat”—that’s also why it’s the heart of the Trail 429.

We’ve paired that class-leading dw-link® suspension with custom-tuned Fox Float DPS (Dual Piston System) that give the Trail 429 120 millimeters of smooth and controlled rear suspension. The metric-sized Fox DPS shock features an extremely positive “firm” position that makes easy work of long fire-road climbs. To match the Trail 429's deep-feeling rear suspension, we’ve equipped each model with a 130mm Fox 34 suspension fork.


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Geometry & Sizing

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Full carbon frame featuring leading-edge materials and Pivot’s proprietary, hollow core, internal molding technology

120mm of smooth-yet-efficient dw-link® suspension, tuned for trail handling

Compatible with both 29 and 27.5+ wheel sizes

Class-leading mud and tire clearance

Ultra-short, 430mm (16.9”) chainstays make easy work of the tightest trails

Long-and-low geometry for a confident, stable stance

Metric-sized Fox Float DPS and DPx2 shock options

Designed to work with 130 to 140mm-travel forks

Fits riders between 4'11" and 6'7"

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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" – 5’8”

Medium: 5'7" – 5'10”

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 a 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.

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:

Variables in frame size, discrepancies in scale calibrations, and method of weighing (with or without pedals and such) all lead to inaccurate comparisons, so we choose not to publish our bike weights. 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 and aluminum 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.

Yes, the Trail 429 will fit 27.5+ tires in 3.0" (Maxxis) with up to 40mm (inner) rims.

The 27.5+ wheels with Maxxis Rekon 2.8” tires have a slightly smaller diameter than the 29” wheels with Maxxis 2.4” Minion DHR II’s and 2.4” Rekons. This difference results in a lower bottom bracket height when running 27.5+ wheels. To adjust the BB height, the Trail 429 is set up with two different lower headset cups: 29ers come with a zero-stack version and 27.5+ are built with a 17mm cup. When running the 17mm cup with 27.5+ wheels, the BB height is 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 wheels size. Zero stack and 17mm lower headset cups are available for purchase through your Pivot dealer. Complete bikes ordered with both wheelsets will come equipped with the taller 17mm cup installed and include the optional zero stack cup. If you install the zero stack cup and ever intend to use the 17mm 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. 

It is not Boost 148mm. The Trail 429 uses a 157mm rear hub spacing in a configuration called Super Boost Plus 157. The rear hub spacing is the standard 157mm spacing available from every hub manufacturer in the world so any 157mm X 12mm hub is compatible with the Trail 429. Super Boost Plus 157 builds on the idea of wider flange spacing pioneered by Boost 148. Super Boost Plus spreads the flanges even wider (up to 14mm wider than a 142mm hub) and increases wheel stiffness substantially, which is a huge benefit on 29” enduro and 27.5+ wheels. Although any 12mm X 157mm hub can be used, the special Super Boost Plus versions developed with Pivot, DT Swiss, Industry 9, and Reynolds makes for a highly optimized 29er enduro and 27.5+ wheel combinations that take wheel performance to another level. SRAM also offers a similar concept 157mm hub in their standard XO line. Super Boost Plus Hub flange spacing is also available on wheels from Stan’s and hubs from Onyx. Most hub companies are adopting the Super Boost wider flange spacing to their 157mm hubs so if you have a particular brand of hub that you are looking at, its best to check with the manufacturer as to what they are running.

Super Boost Plus 157 uses the existing chainline developed for DH bikes but uses standard trailbike BB widths and crank combinations to take 29” and Plus bike performance to the next level. The current Boost 148 standard moves the drivetrain out 3mm (providing 6mm more tire clearance) which is perfect for XC, and 27.5” enduro bikes, but it did not go far enough to meet the rapidly evolving 29” trail and 27.5+ bike needs. Super Boost Plus 157 takes the concept further and optimizes it for 29” trail and Plus bikes by moving the drivetrain out a full 6mm (with a 12mm tire clearance gain) while maintaining the same Q factor (crank width) and heel clearance of our Boost 148 equipped bikes. Super Boost Plus 157 is a highly optimized combination of existing standards and technologies with a totally ridiculous (but highly descriptive) name. The Super Boost Plus 157 idea has enabled us to build the Trail 429 with a level of performance previously unattainable with any other 29” or 27.5” Plus trail bike in the market.

* Ultra Short 16.9” chainstays perfectly complements 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 3.0” 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 then 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.

Pivot uses a 1.5 thread pitch on the rear thru axle. Most Shimano compatible axle should work as well if you somehow manage to lose your Pivot or DT Swiss rear axle and need something compatible to keep you going.

The Trail 429 will accept all cranks designed for the Super Boost Plus (SB+) system and compatible with a press fit 92mm bottom bracket. The SB+ system is based on several standard cranks in the market. When you purchase your Trail 29 complete from Pivot, 1X PRO XT/XTR and 1X RACE XT level builds will feature a custom spindle Race Face Aeffect SL crankset to optimize chainline. TEAM XTR1X builds feature a special Race Face Cinch spindle. SRAM equipped Trail 429’s from Pivot come equipped with SRAM cranks with chainrings and/or spindles optimized for the 56.5mm SB+ chain line.

The standard Race Face Turbine and Aeffect SL 1X cranks with the Cinch chainring flipped is also fully compatible with the SB+ 157 system (although the chainline will be approximately 1mm outboard compared to the custom configurations provided with our complete bike offerings). One Up (Switch Spider and chainring system) and Wolf Tooth both offer SB+ spiders and/or chainrings to make standard SRAM GXP and DUB standard SB+ compatible.  One Up information can be found at:  SRAM has also added some new SB+ specific crank options to their lineup.  

Additionally, most current DH cranks are compatible, although spacers will need to be used and you would not have the low Q factor (crank width) benefits of SB+. The Trail 429 will accept cranks with a standard Q factor measurement as low as 168mm and featuring a 56-57mm chainline. Several other crank manufacturers are working on compatible designs that will be available in the market in the very near future.




Pressfit BB92

XS - 260mm

S - 290mm

M - 335mm

L - 350mm

XL - 390mm

*Please check seat post measurements carefully before installing the post.


No, the Trail 429 is only 1x drivetrain compatible. To achieve the stiffness goals that make this a class leading trail bike we designed a new wider lower link – almost a full inch leaving no room for a front derailleur. Our build kits offer gearing with enough range for most riders. Wider ratio options are available in the aftermarket for those who need more.

Yes. The Trail 429 features ISCG05 mounts on the frame. Most upper guides on the market will fit.

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.

Yes, you can mount a water bottle cage inside the front triangle and put a large water bottle in it on all sizes - even the XS. There is also an additional water bottle cage mount under the base of the downtube for a second bottle for long rides and pack free hydration.

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.

The Trail 429 will fit a 180mm rotor without an adapter. A 203mm rotor with an adapter will barely fit. However, we don’t recommend this as variations in disc brake mount placement between hub brands and any run out in the rotor could cause contact and possible damage to the frame. 

The Trail 429 was designed for a 130-140mm travel fork. We use a 130mm fork in all our complete bike builds. The maximum travel length that can be used on the Trail 429 is 140mm travel.


The Trail 429 can run 29" tires up to 2.6" and Maxxis 27.5" tires up to 3.0" on 40mm (inner width) rims. For other tires in the market, most will fit. However, tire manufacturer sizing call outs and tire inconsistencies can result in a huge difference 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 other than our standard specification.

Eye-to-eye: 190mm

Stroke: 45mm

*the Trail 429 uses a metric shock

The Trail 429 shock uses M8 through bolt hardware on both the front and rear. Shock spacer dimensions are 22mm wide front and rear. We typically run light to medium valving on the compression side (depending on rider weight) and medium rebound damping.

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.

Yes and no. We do love being the topic of conversation but the realize is that Super Boost Plus will make you a better rider. When you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, you'll think: "I'm good enough. I'm strong enough. And gosh darn it, people like me!" You and your Trail 429 will be able to manual for DAYS and you will look amazing while doing it. That leads to more confidence and a confident person is a happy person. Happy people tend to do nice things for other and happy people that ride the Pivot Trail 429 with Super Boost Plus are the happiest people on the trail. So, that my friends, is how Super Boost Plus will make you a better person.

A detailed PDF of the torque specs can be found under the "Tech Specs" tab.