Pivot unveiled the new Mach 429 Carbon at this year’s DealerCamp show (James Huang/Future Publishing)

Pivot Cycles have finally unveiled the carbon fiber version of the popular Mach 429
100mm travel, full-suspension 29er that many have long anticipated. While it’s
expectedly lighter and stiffer – by about 110g (0.25lb) and 12 percent respectively – the updated geometry and revised
suspension should make it flat-out faster too.

Pivot have shortened the chain stays by about 8mm (0.3in). They’ve also made the bottom bracket just a
hair lower, tightened up the wheelbase and increased the standover clearance by up to 40mm (1.55in) depending on bike size. 

In addition, Pivot
founder Chris Cocalis told BikeRadar that the new bike’s DW-Link rear suspension will also
feature a slightly shorter rear shock. This will supposedly lend a snappier
feel and better damping control throughout the stroke.

In addition, Pivot
have incorporated internal derailleur cable routing, neatly integrated
dropper post routing, post-mount rear brake tabs, 142x12mm through-axle dropouts,
molded-in ISCG tabs and a direct-mount front derailleur.

Pivot’s loud new Mach 429 Carbon

Frame and shock
pricing is set at US$2,799, while a complete Shimano Deore XT build will set you
back US$5,250. Kits with SRAM’s new XX1 or X0 groups or Shimano’s complete XTR
package will be offered as well. Projected availability is November 2012.

Coming in January 2013 is Pivot’s first 29er carbon hardtail called the Les (get it?). Designed for
use with 100-120mm forks, it’s expectedly light at a claimed weight of 1,150g. But it’s also impressively versatile, with swappable bolt-in dropouts that allow
for geared or singlespeed use.

The geared
dropouts are made of molded carbon fiber while the singlespeed ones are CNC-machined
aluminum. The latter are especially clever, with a built-in, detented tension
adjuster that should not only hold adjustment better than regular
threaded adjusters but also make it easier to keep both sides even –
just count the clicks.

Other features
include internal cable routing with removable housing stops, Pivot’s signature
press-fit bottom bearing cups and an extra-wide shell, a direct-mount front
derailleur (with a nifty anodized aluminum plug for singlespeed setups) and clearance
for tires up to 2.55in wide.

The Pivot Les carbon hardtail is also new for 2013

A bare frame will
retail for US$1,999.

2013 BH road
range gets more aero and less expensive

Highlighting BH’s
2013 road range is an all-new G6 road machine, featuring an aero profile down
tube, seat tube and integrated seat mast, and head tube for reduced drag.

In addition to
supposedly cutting through the wind more efficiently, Cocalis said the G6 is
also a whopping 50 percent stiffer than the old G5, bringing the new bike
closer in line with the current Ultralight flagship. 

The 2013 BH G6 has been designed with aerodynamics in mind

Claimed frame weight is an
impressive sub-900g, too, and the new bike will feature a tapered front
end, an extra-wide BB386 Evo press-fit bottom bracket, and internal cable
routing that’s convertible for mechanical or electronic drivetrains. You also get carbon
dropouts, and a ride quality that Cocalis described as firmer than the
Ultralight but not objectionably so.

Retail price is
set at US$3,299 for the frame, fork, seatmast head and headset. With a Shimano Ultegra group it will be US$4,999, while a new SRAM Red group and Reynolds
Assault carbon clinchers will set you back US$7,499. Projected availability is around August or September 2012.

Speaking of the Ultralight, buyers who have been interested in that featherweight
flagship but balked at the US$3,999 frameset price will appreciate a much cheaper Ultralight RC option. 

A fresh audience may be tempted to the cheaper Ultralight, the Ultralight RC

Built with a less expensive blend
of carbon fiber but the same molds, the new RC gains 150g (but is still just
900g according to BH) while retaining stiffness values within five percent of
the top model and gaining “much more” comfort than the full-blown
Ultralight. Further cost savings will come with an all-carbon fork borrowed
from last year’s G5, which will tack on another 100g.

BH have pegged the
retail price of the Ultralight RC at US$2,299 – a US$1,700 saving over the
standard Ultralight. In fact, a complete Ultralight RC with Shimano Ultegra, at
US$3,999, will cost the same as a bare Ultralight frame while only sacrificing

Time trial riders
and triathletes get a striking new BH for 2013, too, albeit one with a
less-than-creative name. The new BH Aero boasts a completely new frame and
fork, built with various airfoil and truncated airfoil shapes that will
supposedly produce less drag than the current model (wind tunnel
testing hasn’t been done yet).

A prototype of BH’s new Aero frameset on show at DealerCamp

Wind-cheating new
shape aside, BH have done a good job of future-proofing the new Aero.
Incorporated into the design is convertible internal routing for mechanical or
electronic transmissions, and brake mounts for the standard TRP linear-pull arms
or conventional center-mounted calipers. The rear end can also accept Shimano’s
new direct-mount standard.

BH also seem to
have done a good job of factoring in fit considerations – an included carbon
fiber stem can be flipped up or down without affecting how it blends into the
raised top tube behind it. Also featured are 40mm of profiled headset spacers, available stem
lengths of 80-110mm and a conventional 31.8mm bar clamp to provide a wide range
of base bar options. 

If all else fails, the Aero is built with a standard
straight 1 1/8in steerer tube, so buyers can swap in other stems as

Pricing on the
Aero is still to be determined but BH estimate the bike will be available in
January 2013.

Clever BH solution to cyclo-cross disc versus rim brake debate

With rim brake cyclo-cross bikes still sporting the long-standing 130mm rear hub spacing but
disc-equipped bikes largely switching to the 135mm MTB standard,
frame manufacturers have thus far been forced to pick one or another when
cutting molds for new models. 

BH’s new RX Team CX, however, handily avoids the
issue with a cleverly convertible system that works for either type of brake.

Ingeniously, the
RX Team CX is built with swappable dropout inserts that will effectively make
for an adjustable rear hub spacing on the same carbon fiber frame. In addition,
the cantilever post mounts are completely removable, leaving only flush holes
behind that will be concealed with snap-in cosmetic covers. 

BH’s clever RX Team CX cyclo-cross bike can be used with either rim or disc brakes

Even the rear rim
brake housing stop is integrated into the seatpost collar, so disc-equipped
bikes will only have to switch out that one small part.

As with most of
BH’s upper-end frames, the RX Team CX will feature convertible derailleur
cable routing for electronic or mechanical drivetrains, a BB386 Evo bottom
bracket shell and a tapered front end. 

Geometry has also shifted away from the
previous generation’s Euro-style taller bottom bracket and shorter top tube in
favor of a more American-style lower center of gravity and longer reach.

And – hallelujah –
BH will begin shipping the new cyclo-cross models in just two weeks. Bare framesets
will cost US$2,299, a complete Ultegra disc-equipped model will be priced at US$3,499
with NoTubes tubeless wheels, and a rim brake-equipped bike with SRAM Rival
will set you back US$3,199.

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