First Look: Marin Reborn - 2014 Mount Vision and Attack Trail 6

<b>For 2014, Marin is back in a big way. Leading the charge are two fresh rides that not only look good, they're up to date and poised to perform well, too. This sub-26 pound package is the Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro.</b>

<b>The Mount Vision's full carbon frame sports 140mm of travel and 27.5-inch wheels.</b>

<b>In an effort to reduce weight, Marin developed IsoTrac - a new suspension system that replaces heavy pivot bearings with continuous-fiber carbon-monocoque flex points.</b>

<b>Compared to Quad-Link, Marin's other suspension design, IsoTrac eliminates the lower link and one pivot.</b>

<b>The Mount Vision has a 67.5-degree head angle, 17.1-inch chainstays, and 13-inch BB height.</b>

<b>An internally routed Reverb Stealth cleans the package up nicely.</b>

<b>Avid's X0 Trail brakes are mounted to Easton's Haven stem and carbon bar.</b>

<b>Formula Engineering's wheels keep weight low with a 22mm width and carbon hoops. Tubeless 2.35-inch Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evolution tires complete the package.</b>

<b>Suspension duties are handled by FOX's Factory 32 CTD Float fork and custom tuned Float X rear shock.</b>

<b>SRAM's XX1 drivetrain is hard to beat.</b>

<b>Little touches abound, like this rubber seal on the seat clamp to keep out water.</b>

<b>A modular BB interface allows the use of an ISCG-05 tabs or a chain drop backplate for either a double or triple crankset.</b>

<b>Flex stays? That's right.</b>

<b>Less hardware = less weight.</b>

<b>The flex occurs in the seatstays, not far from the 12x142mm rear axle.</b>

<b>Carbon-fiber seatstays isolate deflection to a specific area and eliminate an extra pivot point, reducing weight.</b>

<b>The stays see 3.5 degrees of deflection every time the suspension is fully cycled.</b>

<b>All this talk of flex may have you thinking the bike has a noodly rear end. Thanks to this box section chainstay yoke behind the bb, that's not the case according to Marin.</b>

<b>The frame's front end uses one piece monocoque carbon fiber construction.</b>

<b>Out back, the rear triangle is molded using two pieces.</b>

<b>So who's the ideal rider for the Mount Vision?</b>

<b>With 140mm of travel, the decision may come down to suspension characteristics. While IsoTrac provides a progressive leverage ratio, it's not as progressive as the Quad-Link system. That's where Marin's other new ride comes into play.</b>

<b>IsoTrack vs Quad-Link... Now in it's third version, Quad-Link uses two short links to create an Instantaneous Pivot Center. Marin says the design effectively separates pedal and brake forces from terrain inputs.</b>

<b>Following a one year hiatus, the Attack Trail is now back in Marin's lineup.</b>

<b>As you'd expect, it sports the 27.5-inch wheel size. A 66.5-degree head angle means it's ready for business.</b>

<b>The bike's 150mm rear travel is directed to the FOX Float X CTD shock via the Quad-Link design, while the front sees 160-130mm via the RockShox Pike RCT3 fork.</b>

<b>At the high end, the Attack Trail features a smart mix of e*thirteen, SRAM, Schwalbe, RockShox, FOX and Easton components.</b>

<b>For 2014, it's a 2X affair on Attack Trail.</b>

<b>A direct mount front derailleur mount is common to both bikes.</b>

<b>Internally routed cables keep things tidy.</b>

<b>If you'd prefer to go external with your cables, they can be routed through the custom-molded FRS Rock Shield that also protects the frame from impacts.</b>

<b>Additional optional cable mounts follow the underside of the top tube.</b>

<b>New for 2014, the bikes use sealed cartridge Enduro linkage bearings that feature a lifetime warranty.</b>

<b>At 27.7 pounds, the Attack Trail is ready to rip.</b>

<b>So what's next for Marin? Keep your eyes peeled. Visit <u><a href="" target="_blank"></a></u> for more details.</b>

Born in Marin County, California in 1986, Marin Bikes has a long and rich history in the mountain bike world. Over the years they've produced many rides as iconic as the trails in their backyard. In recent years, however, they've fallen off the radar of many riders. That's all set to change, though, with the introduction of several new bikes and a rebranding. In this slideshow, we chat with Product Manager Jason Faircloth while we take a closer look at the new Mount Vision and Attack Trail models, both of which grabbed our attention and are helping to put them back on track.

With 140mm of travel, the Mount Vision line features 27.5-inch wheels and a do-it-all attitude. Notable features include a full carbon frame, lightweight build, simplified IsoTrac suspension system, flex stays, internal routing, and Enduro linkage bearings with a lifetime warranty.

For those looking for a little more cushion, the new Attack Trail is ready to get aggressive with its 150-160mm travel, relatively slack geometry, short chainstays, smart component selections, and 27.5-inch wheels.

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  • cliff.hardle

    3/13/2014 8:25 PM

    It's a Giant Reign with 27.5" wheels. very similar suspension and geos.

  • bturman

    3/13/2014 8:54 PM

    While it may "look" similar, it's far from the same.

  • cliff.hardle

    3/14/2014 8:17 AM

    How would you say it compares?

  • rollingrevolution

    11/19/2013 8:41 PM

    Similar to the SB-95c st/tt junction. Makes you want to drill a big hole in it.

  • Crohnsy

    11/19/2013 7:57 PM

    What's with that seat tube/top tube junction?

  • gazelle11

    11/19/2013 3:22 PM

    seems like a robot..