For those who’ve been taking note of Pivot’s newest bikes, you might need seen this coming. First, it was the Switchblade. Then the Mach 6. Now, it’s the Path 429’s flip for a pointy new body with up to date efficiency.
Like the 2 fashions earlier than it, the Path 429 strikes to Pivot’s new dw-link suspension structure with a vertical trunnion mounted rear shock. Apart from trying good, the brand new vertical shock place permits for a extra compact and therefor, lighter and stiffer body design in addition to improved integration of Fox Reside Valve, higher standover top, and elevated room for water bottles.
Flip Chip for flipping wheel sizes
Nonetheless operating 120mm of rear journey, the extra progressive dw-link suspension linkage features a flip chip on the higher pivot for “Low and Decrease” settings. The bike comes inventory within the Lowest setting at 340mm, and flipping the chip raises the BB top to 347mm.
This enables so that you can tune the experience of the inventory parts, nevertheless it additionally supplies some choices when it comes to wheel and tire packages that you could run.
Identical to the earlier Path 429, the brand new mannequin makes use of a Tremendous Increase Plus 157 x 12mm rear hub. That’s an vital element when discussing wheel and tire choices for the brand new body as a result of Pivot claims it permits them to maintain the chainstays at 430mm with loads of room for giant quantity tires.
With the inventory 29″ wheels, you’ll be able to match as much as a 2.6″ vast tire. There’s much more room for 27.5″ tires, with these maxing out at 2.8″ on 40mm rims. If you wish to run 27.5+ wheels and tires on the Path 429, Pivot recommends use of their +17mm decrease headset cup which raises the entrance finish of the bike and retains the BB top much like that of the 29″ wheel construct with the Zero-stack decrease headset cup.
Mixed with the completely different flip chip settings, you may get the suitable geometry for 29rr/29ft, 27.5rr/29ft, and 27.5+rr/27.5+ft. As standard, there are quite a lot of methods that you could arrange your Pivot to make it the bike of your desires.
Enduro Suspension Choice?
Though the suspension journey on the rear of the bike is simply 120mm, Pivot claims that the bike is way extra succesful than that quantity would counsel – and our expertise with Pivots leads us to consider that (we haven’t had an opportunity to experience this one but).
In consequence, Pivot provides the usual Professional and Staff builds with a 130mm Fox 34 fork mated to a Fox DPS or Reside Valve rear shock providing 120mm of journey. For people who need to get a bit extra rowdy, there’s additionally an non-obligatory Enduro construct which bumps as much as a 140mm Fox 36 fork with a Fox DPX2 rear shock dealing with the 120mm of journey.
Room for equipment
Each of these shock choices nonetheless provide loads of room for a water bottle contained in the entrance triangle in addition to the Pivot Software Dock System mount beneath the highest tube. An extra bottle cage is positioned on the underside of the down tube for giant days on the bike.
Pivot cites continued evolution of their proprietary Hole Core carbon molding tech as the explanation the brand new Path 429 is ready to clock in at close to XC weight with All Mountain stage body stiffness. In line with Pivot, a Path 429 medium body w/ Float DPS weighs roughly 5.9lbs (2.7kg), with an entire medium, Staff XTR construct weighing roughly 26.5lbs (12kg).
You’re additionally getting size-specific experience tuning via modifications in carbon layup to make sure that the XS provides the identical traits of the XL.
At this level, you sort of know what to anticipate from a Pivot – in a great way. The Pivot Cable Port System makes inside routing simple and quiet. Molded rubber body guards once more assist preserve issues quiet and shield the body from harm. A PF92 backside bracket remains to be there, with ISCG 05 mounting tabs for chainguides. There’s loads of room for lengthy dropper posts in 31.6mm diameter, and the body can help as much as 200mm brake rotors with the right adapter.
Pricing & Availability
All that’s left is to select a shade and a construct – which can take awhile. The colour alternative is fairly simple, you get Pacific Blue or Metallic Silver. It’s the construct the place a ton of choices might make it a troublesome alternative. There are six inventory full bike configurations starting from $5,599 to $12,499, together with choices for the Enduro suspension, carbon wheel upgrades, and the Fox Reside Valve improve. It’s also possible to decide up a body with the right carbon cranks for $3,949. The bikes can be found now in all sizes from key Pivot sellers worldwide.