Are Marin Bikes Any Good?
Marin is a long-running and well-trusted bicycle brand and one of the first companies to start producing mountain bikes back in the ’80s. Following an acquisition in 2012, Marin has expanded its operations and begun developing a wide range of technologically advanced bicycles including full-carbon frames, enduro bikes, and e-bikes.
Marin builds bikes for all budgets, from entry-level hybrids to competitive mountain bikes worth tens of thousands of dollars. Some of their top-of-the-range bikes are ridden by professional cyclists and often feature in mountain bike competitions around the world.
Where Are Marin Bikes Made?
The Marin bicycle company is based in Marin County, California, an area considered to be the birthplace of mountain biking. The surrounding countryside is dotted with classic offroad biking trails like the Muirwoods, Bolinas Ridge, and Pine Mountain, after which several Marin bike models are named.
Since 1986, Marin bikes designed and built a wide range of bikes in its factory based in Novato, Marin County – several of which have gone on to win awards in various biking competitions. While the bikes are now manufactured in Asia, they are still designed at Marin headquarters in Petaluma, California.
Who Owns Marin Bikes?
In 2012, Marin Bikes was sold to European Investment firm Minestrone in a bid to improve production and innovation and reach broader international markets. The company was founded in 1986 by Robert Buckley and run as a family business for over 25 years.
Mountain Bike Models
San Quentin – Named after one of Marin County’s toughest areas, this hardtail is an aggressive 27.5″ trail bike with three model kits.
Pine Mountain – this new 29″ inch hardtail adventure trail bike with CroMo frame comes in two models and is ideal for bikepacking
Nail Trail – this lightweight, 12-speed, aluminum sport hardtail comes with internal routing and 120mm travel suspension forks.
Bobcat Trail – the Bobcat is a singletrack beast with a lightweight aluminum frame to fit 27.5″ or 29″ wheels.
Bolinas Ridge – a solid mountain bike with disc brakes, 27.5″ or 29″ wheels and fat 2.25″ tires for added comfort and traction
Wildcat Trail WFG – a female-specific bike with short-reach brake levers, aluminum frame, internal routing, disc brakes, and 27.5″ wheels.
Team Marin – this updated 29″ cross country racer features internal routing and a Series 3 aluminum frame built with winning in mind.
Alcatraz – developed in conjunction with Matt Jones, the Alcatraz is Marin’s competitive dirt jump and slopestyle bike with a tapered headtube and horizontal dropouts.
Full Suspension Models
Wolf Ridge – the ultimate all-round mountain bike developed in conjunction with Naild suspension, the Wolf Ridge provides excellent pedaling efficiency without compromising suspension.
Mount Vision – featuring the Naild R3ACT 2-play suspension system, 27.5″ wheels and 150mm front, and rear travel, the Mount Vision is Marin’s newest full-suspension trail bike.
Alpine Trail – Team Marin’s Enduro 29 World Series trail bike featuring its critically-acclaimed MultiTrac suspension system.
Rift Zone – a classic Marin 29’er which has received a 2019 overhaul to meet the current trend of lower and slacker rides, the new Rift Zone uses an adapted MultiTrac system and comes in three models.
Hawk Hill – One of the newer Marin bikes with a frame that inspired the updated Rift Zone, the Hawk Hill has short travel suspension and three models from entry-level to pro.
Hawk Hill Jr – Marin’s lightweight offering for younger riders with adaptable wheel sizes from 24 – 26″
Fitness – the Marin Fitness bike range consists of the Fairfax and Terra Linda, both with comfortable upright positions designed for short weekend rides or work commutes.
Presidio – the Presidio features hydraulic disc brakes and puncture-resistant tires to make a durable commuter bike or entry-level tourer for short weekend excursions.
Muirwoods – this robust urban bike will have you running errands around the city with no trouble, carrying heavy loads, or simply taking the long route home.
San Rafael & San Anselmo – these two dual sport bikes offer disc brakes, aluminum frames, and 700c tires for both commuting or long-distance recreational rides.
Larkspur & Kentfield – these two city and sportbikes feature rack and fender mounts for carrying luggage and upright riding positions to keep you comfortable on long rides.
Stinson – the lightweight aluminum Stinson has adjustable ergonomic handlebars and an elastomer-sprung-saddle with low geometry for ultimate comfort.
Drop Bar Bikes
Headlands – this road bike features a single front ring and short chainstays to fit up to 650Bx47mm tires, making it equally suited for racing bumpy off-road trails or riding flat, tarmac roads.
Gestalt X –this adventurous racing bike is designed to tackle mountain or forest trails while still providing a smooth on-road ride.
Four Corners – with geometry based on biometric fit data, the Four Corners is a multipurpose touring bike that suits people of all sizes from 4’11” to 6’4″.
Nicasio – this lightweight, carbon forked gravel racer is designed to take on any on-road or offroad terrain with comfort and ease.
Lombard – disc brakes, wide 40mmx700c tires, and a bright, reflective aluminum CX frame make the Lombard a sturdy beast in all conditions.
Gestalt – this high-quality road bike features a Series 3 aluminum frame with fender eyelets, disc brakes, and 35mm tire clearance, making it a long-distance road bike adaptable to any weather conditions.
Nail Trail E – the Nail Trail E1 and E2 are two hardtail eMTB bikes that use traditional mountain bike design while giving riders the chance to go longer with less effort.
Pine Mountain E – the powerful Shimano STEPS electric drive unit on this eBike will offer hours of trail riding fun for mountain biking or offroad touring.
San Rafael & San Anselmo – these two dual sport electric bikes are perfect for commuting or short distance touring without the worry of arriving sweaty and exhausted.
Where to Buy Marin Bikes?
Marin bikes are commonly found in independent bicycle shops around the world as well as several large online distributors.
Official Marin website: MarinBikes.com
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