Marin 2015 mountain bike highlights

Cheaper complete builds and frameset options, plus the new Rift Zone 29er

Next year's bikes are emerging from all the major brands at the moment and Marin is the latest to reveal its full 2015 lineup.

Here are the highlights from the company's forthcoming mountain bike range.

Mount Vision

The 2015 Mount Vision frame is almost identical to last year's model – the 140mm travel 650b trail bike has only had slight revisions to its shock tune and its finish.

The Mount Vision still uses the IsoTrac suspension system, essentially a linkage activated single pivot design with a twist, literally. The system relies on flex built into the rear triangle to allow rotational movement at the rear axle. It mimics the action of a multi-link bike but also saves weight.

The 2015 Mount Vision XM Pro frameset will retail for £2,200

For 2015, Marin has revised the damping on the shocks used on its Mount Vision frames. The chainstay protector has also been redesigned to provide more coverage and some tweaks have been made to improve the internal cable routing. The Mount Vision range now includes five models ranging from the £1,500 all-alloy XM5 to the range-topping £4,500 XM9.

The Mount Vision is also available as a frameset for the first time. It'll set you back £2,200 with a Fox Float X-CTD shock and comes in its own very orange colourscheme.

Mount Vision XM9

£4,500

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float Factory CTD BV Kashima shock
  • Fox 32 Float Factory CTD Kashima fork
  • SRAM X01 transmission
  • Easton Haven 27.5 UST wheelset
  • SRAM Guide brakes
  • KS LEV Integra dropper with Fizik Tundra MG saddle

Mount Vision XM8

£3,500

  • Alloy/carbon frame
  • Fox Float CTD shock
  • Fox 32 Float Factory CTD Kashima fork
  • Shimano XT 2x10 transmission
  • Easton Vice XLT 27.5 UST wheelset
  • Shimano Deore XT brakes
  • KS LEV Integra dropper with Fizik Tundra MG saddle

Mount Vision XM7

£2,500

  • Alloy frame
  • RockShox Monarch RL shock
  • RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air fork
  • Shimano SLX 2x10 transmission
  • Mavic XM421 rims on own-brand hubs
  • Shimano M615 brakes
  • KS dropzone with Fizik Nisene saddle

Mount Vision XM6

£2,000

  • Alloy frame
  • RockShox Monarch RL shock
  • RockShox Sektor Silver TK Solo Air fork
  • Shimano Deore 2x10 transmission
  • Shimano M445 brakes
  • Alex DP21 rims on own-brand hubs

Mount Vision XM5

£1,500

  • Alloy frame
  • X-Fusion 02 RL shock
  • SR Suntour Epixonfork
  • Shimano Alivio 3x9 transmission
  • Tektro Auriga brakes
  • Alex DP21 rims on own-brand hubs

Rift Zone

Marin has introduced an all-new Rift Zone for 2015. Its rear supension has increased to 110mm, and the frame has moved away from Quad Link suspension to the simpler and lighter IsoTrac design. The geometry has been relaxed too – the head angle is now 69.5 degrees with the supplied 120mm travel fork and the chainstays are capped at 440mm (17.32in) in length.

Like the Mount Vision, the Rift Zone will be offered in five builds, starting at £1,500. A full carbon frameset will also be sold for £2,200.

Rift Zone 9

£4,500

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float Performance CTD BC shock
  • SRAM X01 transmission
  • Easton Haven 29er wheelset
  • SRAM Guide brakes
  • KS LEV Integra dropper with Fizik Tundra MG saddle

Rift Zone 8

£3,500

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float Performance CTD BC shock
  • Shimano XT 2x10 transmission
  • Mavic CrossRoc 29er wheelset
  • Shimano XT brakes
  • KS LEV Integra dropper with Fizik Tundra MG saddle

Rift Zone 7

£2,500

  • Alloy frame
  • RockShox Monarch RL shock
  • RockShox Reba RL Fork
  • Shimano SLX 2x10 transmission
  • Mavic XM421 tubeless-ready 29er wheelset
  • Shimano M615 brakes
  • KS Dropzone with Fizik Nisene saddle

Rift Zone 6

£2,000

  • Alloy frame
  • RockShox Monarch RL shock
  • RockShox Recon Silver Air
  • Shimano Deore 2x10 transmission
  • Shimano M445 brakes
  • Mavic XM421 tubeless-ready 29er wheelset

Rift Zone 5

£1,500

  • Alloy frame
  • X-Fusion 02 RL Shock
  • SR Suntour Epixon 29er
  • Shimano Alivio 3x9 transmission
  • Tektro Auriga brakes
  • Alex DP21 rims on own-brand hubs

Attack Trail

The 150mm travel Attack Trail returns with very few changes for 2015.  The frame sticks with Marin’s QUAD 3 linkage and there are no alterations to sizing or geometry.

The range starts at £2,000 with the alloy framed Attack Trail XT7, drop an extra £500 at the till and there’s the XT8, a bike that we think should prove popular in the UK thanks to its tasty spec sheet.

The range topping £4,500 XT9 gets a full carbon frame, SRAM's X01 drivetrain and a DT Swiss M1700 wheelset. The carbon Attack Trail frameset will also be sold individually for £2,200.

Attack Trail XT9

£4,500

  • Carbon frame
  • RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 shock
  • RockShox Pike RC fork
  • SRAM X01 transmission
  • DT Swiss M1700 27.5 wheelset
  • SRAM Guide brakes
  • KS Lev Integra dropper with WTB Volt Race saddle

Attack Trail XT8

£2,500

  • Alloy frame
  • RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 shock
  • RockShox Pike RC fork
  • SRAM X7 2x10 transmission
  • Mavic XM423 tubeless-ready rims on unbranded hubs
  • Shimano SLX brakes
  • KS dropzone dropper post with WTB Volt Race saddle

Attack Trail XT7

£2,000

  • Alloy frame
  • RockShox Monarch RL shock
  • SR Suntour Auron LO-RC Air fork
  • Shimano Deore 2x10 transmission
  • Shimano M615 brakes
  • Alex MD23 rims on Marin hubs

US pricing for these ranges is TBC.

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