In 2014 Marin saw a bit of a renaissance, dropping the Ron Hill trackster and mapboard image in favour of something with a little bit more Gnar.
For 2015 we see a tweaked range building on the strengths of last years models.
The 150mm 650b carbon Attack Trail XM9 seems a pretty sorted package, with Pike, Monarch Debonair, Xo1 and a DT Swiss wheelset, as it should for it’s £4500 asking price.
Two lower price points are available with the £2500 alloy framed X7 2×10, Pike and Monarch XT8 and at £2000 the XT7 which gets a Shimano Deore 2×10, Suntour Auron and Monarch RL package.
If you prefer to build your own it’s also available as a frameset option which comes with a Float X CTD for £2200.
The 140mm Mount Vision sees changes for 2015 which revolve around a revised damping platform, to refine the IsoTrac suspension system; which uses flex in the rear carbon triangle to allow movement. The rear chainstay protectors have also seen some refinement to allow better chain clearance. The XM9 again has a XO1 1×11 drivetrain matched to Fox 32 and Float Factory CTD Kashima fork and shock.
If you’re after building it up yourself the carbon frameset is available with a Float X CTD for £2200
AT XM7 level the alloy framed Mount Vision is £2500
And at XM5 level £1500 gets you an alloy framed 3×9, Suntour Epixon fork and X Fusion 02 RL shock.
The Rocky Ridge is planted firmly in hardtail hooligan territory. Here’s the 7.4 which will set you back £1400.
If covering ground is more your thing the 29er Indian Fire Trail range introduces a line of 29er hardtails, the 9.8 will set you back £1900.
Or for a bit of mile eating bounce there’s the Rift Zone, a 120mm/110mm 29er full suss available at five price points from £1500 to £4500 with the top two getting carbon frames.
The Nial Trail 7.6; £1000 of nicely specced ‘getting started’ hardtail.
The Lombard is an “adventure bike”, ideal for commuting and coming in at £800 well within the Cycle to Work scheme.
Particularly neat are the reflective decals which work well with the matt finish.