Four Marin prototypes spotted - Sea Otter 2013

Three 650B mountain bikes and a carbon CX in the works

At this year's Sea Otter Classic, Marin had four prototypes dressed in black with decals that read “08.01.2013”, a reference to the expected debut of the new bikes. Three of the four new bikes are carbon and all reflect one of two current trends: 650B wheels or disc brakes for cyclocross.

Attack Trail is back

After a brief hiatus the Attack Trail is back in the Marin line, now with 650B wheels and a full carbon frame. “We really think this is the sweat spot for this wheelsize," said Marin product manager Mark Vanek.

The Attack trail uses Marin’s Quad Link suspension design, which uses a pair of short links to control the movement of the rear suspension. It has 150mm of rear suspension travel and is compatible with 150mm-160mm forks.

The carbon frame features internal routing for the rear brake, front and rear derailleurs, and a dropper seatpost, all of which tuck cleanly into the frame on the left side of the head tube. The production bike will have a down tube protector with channels molded into the guard that will also for external cable routing as well. The frame’s 66-degree head tube angle places this bike on the slacker end of the 150mm-travel spectrum.

The attack trail is back in the marin line for 2014, now with 650b wheels:
The claimed weight of the Attack Trail is 27.25lb/12.4kg

The frame has a 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell and uses an interchangeable chain guide system for use with various 1x or 2x chain guide options.

The mount vision and the attack trail share the same modular chain guide system, which uses three plates for various 1x and 2x drivetrains:
The frame will come with three different mounting plates for chain guides

Mount Vision now in 650B

Like the Attack Trail, the Mount Vision also gets 650B wheels and a full carbon frame. It sports 140mm of front and rear suspension. Although the difference in rear wheel travel is only 10mm, the Mount Vision and the Attack Trail have very different personalities.

The mount vision is a lightweight trail bike with 140mm of travel:
Like the Attack Trail, the Mount Vision is now a 650B bike

Where the Attack Trail is an aggressive all-mountain/enduro bike, the Mount Vision is positioned as a lightweight, performance-oriented trail bike. It has a 67.5-degree head angle and a simplified suspension design that Marin calls Iso Track, which is a straightforward single-pivot design with a rocker link driving the shock. According to Vanek, the primary motivation for moving to a simplified suspension design to save weight, bringing the complete Mount Vision prototype down to a claimed 25lb/11.34kg.

The same clean routing through the head tube:

Like the Attack Trail, the Mount Vision has a smart-looking integrated housing port on the head tube, a threaded bottom bracket and uses the same modular chain guide system.

Rocky Ridge trail hardtail

The third new mountain bike in the Marin line is a long-travel 650B hardtail with an aluminum frame. Unlike the two new carbon bikes, the Rocky Ridge has external routing for all the cables, save for the dropper seatpost, which is routed through the down tube. 

The rocky ridge is a new aggressive hardtail with 650b wheels:
The Rocky Ridge is a 130mm travel hardtail with a 67.5-degree head tube angle

Carbon Cortina

Marin introduced the disc-equipped Cortina in aluminum last year. For 2014 there will be two carbon builds as well. 

This year the cortina is also available in carbon:
The carbon Cortina will be offered in two build kits

The carbon Cortina is constructed using the same methods as Marin’s carbon road and hardtail mountain bikes: individual tubes are formed over mandrels and then mitered and wrapped. Marin claims this method allows the engineers to fine tune the ride characteristics of each tube.

The cables are routed through the top of the downtube:

It uses a Press Fit 30 bottom bracket, and internal cable routing along the top of the down tube that allows the user to select between ports for Shimano Di2 (shown), internal routing with housing, or internal routing without housing.

The rear brake caliper is mounted to the chainstay. While many disc-equipped road and cyclocross frames are made to take either a 140mm or 160mm rear rotor, the Cortina is designed specifically for a 160mm rear disc. Rear dropout spacing is set at 135mm.

Vanek expects the top-end build to be sub 18lb/8.2kg.

Pricing is yet to be determined for the four new bikes. Finished models will debut August 1, with availability expected to be shortly thereafter.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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