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2021 Marin Alpine Trail E2 E-Bike
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Should we just cut to the chase? If you’re looking for a solid, playful eMTB that won’t break the bank (well by e-bike standards of course), Marin’s Alpine Trail E2, should be at the very top of your shopping list. At $6,299, the alloy-framed, mixed-wheel-size E2 features Shimano’s EP8 drive system, FOX 38 Performance Elite fork with 160mm of travel, DHX2 Performance Elite coil shock for 150mm of travel out back, and Shimano XT/SLX 12-speed drivetrain paired with powerful SLX 4-piston disc brakes. The 630wh battery isn’t the smallest or the biggest, but finds a nice balance of range and weight...
Posted by sspomer on 4/15/2021 8:10am
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2021 Marin El Roy Steel Hardtail
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It's April 1, but this isn't a joke. What has a 480mm reach and a wheelbase that approaches size-large-DH-bike territory, but is made for a rider 5'5" to 5'10"? The punchline probably won't make you laugh, but the ride sure will. The Marin El Roy is one of those freakishly long, slack, steel hardtails and the ride on this limo is considerably more entertaining than any MTB April Fools attempt. Marin is no stranger to the hardtail game when we consider they made their first hardtail over 30 years ago. Even more specifically, they're no stranger to the modern hardtail game. Marin has been...
Posted by sspomer on 3/31/2021 3:33pm
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2020 Marin Rift Zone 2 Bike
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This Marin Rift Zone 2 review is from our $2,000 mountain bike group test, where we tested six full-suspension 29ers head to head. See the full story here. The most modern geometry of $2,000 mountain bike group test with 455mm reach and 65.5-degree head angle Extremely fun and capable on descents and in corners. Well-performing RockShox Deluxe Select Debonair rear shock Grippy, aggressive Vee Snap Flow tires keep the bike composed descending rough terrain but slow the bike down on climbs and through flatter portions of trail. Buy directly through Jenson USA but also have Marin dealer support...
Posted by sspomer on 1/5/2021 12:30pm
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2018 Marin Rift Zone 3 Bike
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The day of the confused bike is upon us. So many bikes and so many brands are trying to force the perfect do-it-all bike down our throats, and the result is a bike that may not actually excel at any one thing. The reality is that many of us aren’t trying to ride everything on a single bike. We have our go-to trail rides that fall within a specific range of conditions. On special occasions, we’ll travel to some place new to ride something different. The Marin Rift Zone 3 is confident in its identity and knows it is not a do-it-all bike. It is a bike who longs to eat up fast, fun, flowy...
Posted by sspomer on 6/24/2019 5:57pm
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