The Mach 429 Trail Mountain Bike Frame is an outspoken Luddite's dream. Pivot designed the frame to incorporate virtually every new speck of tech churned out by the industry in the latest wave of re imagined standards, the shining star of which is definitely a Boost 148 rear hub. So if you're into not being into the latest and greatest, then the Mach 429 Trail should give you reason to smile by letting you lord it retro atop your coil fork and 26in wheels. But if you're into more stiffness, more versatility, and riding the ever advancing wave of off road tech, then the 429 Trail will give you reason to shred. The frame itself begins life with Pivot's hollow core internal molding process for uniform, controlled wall thicknesses and material distribution. This process virtually eliminates inconsistencies and resin pooling, increasing structural integrity while targeting areas for weight loss. The frame has a 67. 5 degree head tube and relatively stubby chainstays, making it slack enough to challenge lines across rock gardens but nimble enough to pick its way through enduro grade terrain all while sticking climbs and roosting berms in the manner that made us fall in love with its immediate predecessor, the 429SL. The 429 Trail's DW Link suspension takes a handful of queues from Pivot's Mach 6 and Phoenix frames, teasing a depth out of the 116mm of travel that feels closer to a proper five inch trail bike. The canny cyclist may spot elements of Pivot's DH clevis and enduro lower linkage in this model, but the completely new upper linkage translates those big hit designs to the traction focused language of a trail bike. By bringing the 429SL's small bump compliance and race worthy trail contact into conversation with the Mach 6's terrain erasing capabilities, the 429 Trail defines the crossroads where XC speed meets fearless, enduro aggression especially when paired with the responsiveness and decreased deflection of the wider, Boost hub standard. The Boost 148...