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$4,099 - Does Marin's New Alpine Trail Carbon Throw Down the Gauntlet? 13

The Marin Alpine Trail Carbon is sold in shops and kitted with a FOX 38, XT/SLX drivetrain, and Deity bits. What's next, a frame-only? Oh, wait...

$4,099 - Does Marin's New Alpine Trail Carbon Throw Down the Gauntlet?

If you were to draw your ideal mountain bike, it might just look something like the new Alpine Trail Carbon. It’s big-wheeled. It’s big travel. It’s beautiful. And it’s Made For Fun — wherever and however you ride.

 

Highlights

  • High modulus carbon fiber front triangle, alloy rear
  • 29-inch wheels
  • Progressive geometry taken from the popular 2021 Alpine Trail
  • 63.5-degree head tube angle
  • 78-degree seat tube angle
  • 430mm chainstays
  • 480mm reach (size L)
  • Low-slung frame accepts long dropper seatposts
  • 150mm rear, 160mm front suspension travel

The Alpine Trail Carbon is based on the popular Alpine Trail range, replicating the progressive 2021 geometry in an all-new high modulus carbon fiber frame. It is the strongest and stiffest Alpine Trail to date. All the better for corner-smashing, jump sending, trail ripping rides.The Alpine Trail Carbon is capable of pretty much anything. Leaving you to enjoy the ride.

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A replaceable downtube protector helps protect the bike’s good looks from the perils of flying rocks and other trail debris. There’s also an accessory mount under the top tube to help you carry spares for those long days in the saddle.

With the Alpine Trail Carbon, all-mountain has no limits. Let your imagination take you anywhere — tough climbs, fast singletrack, complicated tech, varying gradients, bike park, or even enduro racing. The bike carries itself with grace no matter what you throw at it.

Alpine Trail Geometry

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Using the angles and layout of the 2021 Alpine Trail Aluminum, the Carbon uses proven and progressive geometry for a fun, dependable ride quality.

Alpine Trail Carbon 2

Marin Alpine Trail Carbon 2 - $4,099 USD

Key spec highlights:

  • Fox 38 Performance Elite // DPX2 Performance suspension
  • Shimano XT/SLX 12-speed drivetrain & FSA Gradient crankset
  • Shimano SLX 4-piston brakes
  • Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5-inch tires
  • US MSRP $4099 // Canada MSRP $5499 // UK RRP £3995 // EU 4295€

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Alpine Trail Carbon 1

Marin Alpine Trail Carbon 1 - $3,189 USD

Key spec highlights:

  • RockShox Yari RC // Deluxe Select+ suspension
  • Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain & FSA Comet Heavy Duty crankset
  • Shimano MT420 4-piston brakes
  • Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5-inch tires
  • US MSRP $3189 // Canada MSRP $4199 // UK RRP £3045 // EU 3345€

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Alpine Trail Carbon is available as a frame. It includes rear shock, rear axle, seat collar, and headset. 

Price: $2,099 USD

Both Alpine Trail Carbon models will be available in the first quarter of 2021. Head to MarinBikes.com for more information

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View key specs, compare bikes, and rate the Alpine Trail Carbon in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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BHowell BHowell 12/10/2020 8:00 AM

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i can't say i love this bike,but the colors, the spec, and the price and the geo are all there. Marin did a good job with the DPX (well established durability) and 38 spec. you could buy xt crankset (aftermarket) and still be ahead of many other options.

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Its a good deal, but Giant were going similar with a better spec some years ago.

38 with a dpx2 seem's a little out of ballance, spec it for that price with an X2 and that's a winner.

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Carbon 1 with no piggy shock is pretty meh.

What's the deal with these bikes still that can take long travel droppers yet are only 30.9mm? I'll take the slight weight penalty of a 34.9mm post for more stiffness (although are companies actually making the telescopic part thicker or just the outside diameter which defeats the purpose of a thicker dropper?)

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You do realize that for about $1000 more than the retail price of the frame you get a whole bike? I wouldn't complain about a non-piggyback shock at that price point. Good to get a base price low and let people upgrade what they see fit in future years.

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Agreed. I also wonder how many keyboard warriors actually need a piggyback shock. You either need some really rough or really long dh for it to be necessary. I have to drive nearly an hr to ride any trails like that. I prefer a coil and am much pickier about rear sus setup then fork so I wish more companies would either offer shock upgrades or just give me something cheap to ride when I’m getting my aftermarket shock serviced.

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you actually nailed it. nobody is actually increasing the components stiffness beyond the properties of the thicker tube. they just thicken the tube, so you actually get a heavier dropper without any engineered stiffness

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I'm SUPER pumped on my Alpine Trail 8, with my only complaint is the slight weight penalty of the aluminum frame...so this price point/build looks to be a home run once again from Marin.

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Wow that is insanely good pricing and the geo on the carbon model is right up my alley. Gonna have to try to test one of these

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