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    Can you put a larger fork on the 429

    I was wondering if you could put a 140, 150, or 160mm fork on the 429? Its a sweet bike, but I would like a bit more squish up front. What do you think?

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    I started riding my new 429c with a 150mm Fox 34 (by accident, I thought it was set at 140mm). It didn't rail like the 120mm demo 429c I rode before purchasing, so I dropped my fork to 130mm. Now the bike is much quicker in the corners and it's easier to keep the front end down on steep climbs. Overall, I think the bike can easily handle more than the 125mm Pivot rates as the maximum fork travel. But I wouldn't go for more than 140mm, it diminishes some of the performance that makes the 429c great.

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    I wonder how a Talas 120/140 would do?

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    I have a 429 and currently have a 32/120 upfront. I think a Float 34 with travel between 130 - 125 would work really well and would not adversely impact the handling of the bike. I am wondering can a 34 float be set at 125 mm of travel?

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    When shopping for a new bike a few months back, I had a Fox Talas 34 left over from a previous 29er. Early on I was dead set on a Mach 429 AL as I liked the ride and the build quality was top notch. But when I called Pivot CS and mentioned the fork I planned to use, I was specifically told NOT to do it as the 34mm stanchions could stress the headtube more than the frame was designed for and COULD (not necessarily would) lead to premature frame failure. Props to Pvot for being upfront about it, so I went with a different brand. But if the new Mach 6 were to come out in a 29er version, I would probably become sick with Upgrade-itis. Thankfully, its a 650b instead.....

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    Not sure if there should be a difference in terms of warranty between the aluminum and carbon versions of the 429, but Pivot CS told me as late as April of this year that the 34 was okay on the 429C. I have mine set at 130mm and feel like it really complements the frame's stiffness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaredbadams View Post
    Not sure if there should be a difference in terms of warranty between the aluminum and carbon versions of the 429, but Pivot CS told me as late as April of this year that the 34 was okay on the 429C. I have mine set at 130mm and feel like it really complements the frame's stiffness.
    This frame is incredibly stiff. The only thing I can fill flex is the 32 Float. I completely agree the 34 will complement the frame's stiffness.

    In regards to your 34/130 -do you find that it pushes or wanders on steep climbs. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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    Nope. I'm running a lower rise bar to bring the front end height down and feel like it tracks very well when climbing.

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