Pivot MACH 429 Carbon Review

The Pivot MACH 429 Carbon is something pretty special on the trails. Pivot’s DW-link suspension technology keeps this bike feeling solid throughout the trail. More to come about that below.

This bike demo was performed at Erwin Park in McKinney Texas, my home trail which allows me to compare how the bike feels against what I am used to on my own bike. The bike tested was the Pivot MACH 429 Carbon with the XT build which is specced out below.

Spec’s from Pivot’s Website

PriceFrom $4,400 up
FramePivot MACH 429 Carbon
ForkFOX 32, 29", 120mm CTD FIT
Rear ShockFox FLOAT, CTD, Kashima
ShiftersShimano XT
Front DerailleurShimano XT Direct Mount
Rear DerailleurShimano XT 10spd Shadow Plus
BrakesShimano XT
Brake LeversShimano XT
CassetteShimano XT HG81 11-36 10spd
ChainShimano XT, 10spd
Crankset Shimano XT 24/38
Bottom Bracketunknown
WheelsDT Swiss, 29 350 Spline/ 470 Tubeless Ready
TiresKenda Slant 6 2.2

The bike I demoed was the same as listed above except for the tires. My demo bike had a set of Kenda Komando’s 2.2’s on it. The tread is slightly different but overall the ride won’t change much.

How It Rides

The Pivot MACH 429 Carbon as said before is something pretty special.

Pivot has been one of the leaders in suspension design for years with their DW-link technology. They have been recognized as having one of the most stable and fluid suspension designs available.

Between riding the Pivot MACH 6 and this MACH 429 I can attest that they are an incredibly fluid and stable platform. With the MACH 6 I was amazed at how well pedal sag was controlled despite having 6 inches of travel. With the MACH 429, Pivot had the goal of creating a full suspension 29er that rides and handles like a 26″ bike. I won’t say that they succeeded in doing so because the large 29″ wheels are never going to be as nimble as a 26″, but the bike as a whole accelerates quickly and handles as smoothly as any full suspension 29er I’ve ever ridden.

One of the things that stands out to me about the Pivot bikes is their attention to detail. Pivot is a high end brand and their bikes are sure to recognize that. From looking at the incredibly high quality paint schemes on any of their bikes to noticing that each of their bikes comes with a rubberized leather chainstay and down tube protectors to prevent that excellent paint from getting scratched by a dropped train or kicked up rock.

I have been using aftermarket Lizard Skin chainstay protectors for 2 years now to do that, but Pivot has gone that extra mile to add that in right from the start. It also looks much nicer than any aftermarket chainstay protector I’ve ever seen.

Out on the trail the Pivot MACH 429 is a beast and ranks among my favorite full suspensions demoed this year along with the Felt Edict Nine and Niner Jet 9 RDO. The bike is very light and extremely stiff which results in great power transfer from the pedals to the ground. Overall it is a very similar ride to my Giant Anthem 29 except lighter and stiffer.

Pivot Mach 429 Overall Thoughts

The Pivot MACH 429 is an excellent full suspension 29er. It is fast, lightweight and stiff with excellent control over pedal sag when pedaling through flat sections and uphill. While not as race centered as the Felt and not as playful as the Niner, the Pivot MACH 429 is a happy medium in between that would be great for both the racer as well as the weekend enthusiast. I highly recommend it as one of the best full suspension bikes on the market.

I definitely recommend you get to a local dealer or a Pivot demo in your area to test ride one for yourself because your ride may be massively different from mine. There are so many variables that go into the best bike for each individual. You won’t know what’s best for your preferences until you get on a bike and try it, so treat yourself to a fun days demo and get out there to test some bikes.