Marin Bikes has some flash new bikes coming out in 2014 and was giving previews of four of them at the Sea Otter. The graphics are a secret to be unveiled, with the rest of the line, in August, but apart from that, these were pretty much final models.
Of the three mountain bikes and one ‘cross bike on show, we started our tour with the new Attack Trail.
The Attack Trail comes with 27.5in wheels (are you getting the idea that there’s a bit of a theme for this year’s Sea Otter) and weighs in at 27.2lbs. It’s a carbon framed 150 bike with a 160mm fork and a 66.5° head angle. It’s what Marin will be pitching as its enduro/trail fun bike. The suspension is now ‘Quad 3’. There’s a clever, modular BB face which comes with double or triple chain keepers depending on your setup, or ISCG. There are two different derailleur hangers too: traditional and one for Shimano direct mount. There are hidden cables with moulded inserts for ease of installation and we’ll see more on it on August 1st.
Marin Mount Vision
Marin’s flagship XC bike, the Mount Vision has been transformed into a 140/140mm 27.5in machine. It has a steeper 67° head angle than the Attack Trail and this model weighs in at 25lbs, complete with carbon wheels. There’s no chainstay pivot, instead relying on the flex of the carbon. The cables can run either internally or externally on this frame. The idea being that on a multi-day event, you might want to replace the cables and this helps with the speed of that.
Marin Rocky Ridge
Third bike in the new line is the Rocky Ridge hardtail, back after a few years absence. It too gains 27.5in wheels and a 130mm fork. It has an alloy frame and Marin is pitching it as a fun, hooligan bike that the UK riders might like. The slack seat tube angle still keeps the riding position normal-feeling when fully up, but then helps the saddle get out of the way when lowered. There’s an E-type front mech, which should help you fit 1x chain devices if you so wish.
Finally, here’s the Cortina XC bike, with a 900g carbon frame, 700C wheels and it can be run with either cable or hydraulic disk brakes. And cable or Di2 electric shifting. Whether that implies that there’s Di2 AND hydraulic shifting in the future, Marin wouldn’t say.