Six standout models from the Marin 2018 range

Picks from the mountain, road and gravel lines

Marin’s 2018 collection was uncovered early last week, with a line-up that spans everything from gravel grinders and kids’ bikes to highly anticipated full-suspension models. Riders of a certain age will also be excited by the return of one particularly iconic name.

Rather than overload you with each and every model, we’ve sifted through the ranks to present six of the most interesting 2018 models, and here they are:

Marin B-17 3

The 2018 Marin B-17 3 will retail for £2,900
The 2018 Marin B-17 3 will retail for £2,900

Resurrecting a legendary name, the new Marin B-17 is a 120/130mm all-alloy trail bike with plus tyres.

The MultiTrac suspension layout, which is Marin’s take on a faux bar setup, casts the same silhouette as the company’s Hawk Hill and Rift Zone models.

This new bike holds very little to nothing in common with the original Marin B-17
This new bike holds very little to nothing in common with the original Marin B-17

The B-17 3 photographed here is the range topping bike, which for £2,900 packs a SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain, a RockShox Pike RC fork and Deluxe RT Debonair suspension combo as well as Stan’s 38mm internal diameter Major rims.

Plenty of backsweep at the handlebar and super short stems make for almost forward geometry
Plenty of backsweep at the handlebar and super short stems make for almost forward geometry

Three different builds will be sold, starting with an £1,800 bike with a Rockshox Recon fork, Shimano hydraulic discs and a 1x11 setup that’s a mix of SRAM NX and SunRace parts. A halfway house B17 2 model will also be available for £2,300.

Marin Pine Mountain

The 2018 Marin Pine Mountain will retail for £899
The 2018 Marin Pine Mountain will retail for £899

Marin’s back to basics hero remains in the company’s line-up for 2018 and this, the cheapest of three models at £900, remains the purest way to ride.

Dropped stays and double-butted steel
Dropped stays and double-butted steel

Last year’s throwback colourway has been dropped in favour of an equally fetching jerry can green, but the double-butted chromoly tubes that make up the frame and fork appear unchanged for 2018. That means you still get the strange 141x9mm QR rear end and boost spaced quick release fork.

Marin is still insisting on the use of its weird 141x9mm QR axle
Marin is still insisting on the use of its weird 141x9mm QR axle

The 1x10 drivetrain now shifts via a Shimano Deore XT clutch derailleur, and the Schwalbe Nobby Nic plus tyres from last year’s bike have been switched in favour of tubeless-ready Crown Gem 2.8in parts from Vee Tyre.

Marin Wolf Ridge 9

The Wolf Ridge 9 is particularly distinctive thanks to its R3ACT rear end
The Wolf Ridge 9 is particularly distinctive thanks to its R3ACT rear end

The Wolf Ridge and its Polygon sister bike, the Square One, are very much the bikes of the moment right now, pulling in some gushing reviews from various publications.

It’s important to distinguish between the two of these bikes though, because aside from their common R3ACT suspension platform these are two very different bikes.

There are plenty of bold claims that surround the R3ACT suspension system
There are plenty of bold claims that surround the R3ACT suspension system

Rather than the 27.5 wheeled, 180mm chassis of the Polygon, the Marin delivers 160mm of travel above 29in wheels, and unlike the Polygon you’ll actually be able to buy this bike in Europe.

For the considerable sum of £6,350 you get a bike dressed with SRAM’s XO-1 Eagle drivetrain, a Stan’s Flow Mk3 wheelset and Rockshox’ Lyrik RCT3/Monarch R suspension.

That tiny little detail is actually a bleed nipple, used to release air that can build up at the large stanchion tube that the swingarm slides on
That tiny little detail is actually a bleed nipple, used to release air that can build up at the large stanchion tube that the swingarm slides on

We let our part-time suspension nerd and full-time bike slayer Seb Stott on this one for a few hours and he came back with a big old smile on his face. You’ll be able to hear more about that when Seb posts his findings to the site a little later this week.

Marin Nicasio RC

This handsome blue town bike was a standout model at the show
This handsome blue town bike was a standout model at the show

This handsome blue commuter immediately caught our eye among a sea of mountain bikes.

The bike is built around WTB's 47mm wide Horizon tyres
The bike is built around WTB's 47mm wide Horizon tyres

The Nicasio is built around plump 47mm wide WTB horizon tyres that will soak up all but the very worst surfaces, with the skinny steel frame — which of course includes Marin’s signature dropped seatstays — adding a further degree of comfort.

The swept back bars should help to add a degree of comfort
The swept back bars should help to add a degree of comfort

The highly swept-back bars are definitely love/hate, but will work well for some, keeping wrists in a more natural position.

How can you not love colour matched mudguards?
How can you not love colour matched mudguards?

The 7-speed, weatherproof Nexus gear hub should provide years of hassle-free service with the matching alloy mudguards adding further practicality. The bike comes in at a surprisingly affordable £800.

Marin Four Corners touring bike

The Four Corners is Marin's dirt-touring bike
The Four Corners is Marin's dirt-touring bike

The Marin Four Corners is the brand's dedicated dirt-touring bike and uses a comically tall head tube to keep the bars way above the saddle in a chilled out, touring-friendly position.

The bike has a relaxed, touring-friendly stance
The bike has a relaxed, touring-friendly stance

The bike is equipped with a 3x9 Shimano Sora groupset
The bike is equipped with a 3x9 Shimano Sora groupset

Built with a Shimano Sora groupset, Marin was keen to stress that it specced the Four Corners with a triple crankset as the bike is designed with loaded touring in mind, where a diminutive inner ring can be useful when scaling the steepest inclines on a heavy bike.

The head tube is possibly the largest we've ever seen
The head tube is possibly the largest we've ever seen

And if you’re not keen on the little ring, you can always ditch it and adjust the limit screws to suit.

We're total suckers for these throwback, retro-esque decals
We're total suckers for these throwback, retro-esque decals

Smaller sized bikes in the range are built around 650b wheels, with the geometry of the frameset altered to work with the smaller wheels.

While the most curmudgeonly of touring-istas will still prefer rim brakes, this particular bike comes specced with TRP’s Spyre disc brakes, which we’ve had good experiences with in the past. This particular model of the Four Corners comes in at £800. 

Hawk Hill Jr

The Hawk Hill Jr is the brand's shred-ready kids' bike
The Hawk Hill Jr is the brand's shred-ready kids' bike

The Hawk Hill Jr is a new addition to Marin’s range and is a full-suspension, shred-ready kids' bike that is designed to ‘grow’ with rad groms as they do.

The X-Fusion fork will take either a 24 or 26 wheel
The X-Fusion fork will take either a 24 or 26 wheel

With this in mind, Marin has designed the bike to be ripe for upgrades, with routing for an internal dropper post, swappable dropouts that allow you to run a bolt-thru 12x148 rear wheel and the ability to move up from the stock 24” wheels to 26”.

The bike is built around a 1x Shimano Deore drivetrain
The bike is built around a 1x Shimano Deore drivetrain

The stock build is no joke though, with a 1x Shimano Deore drivetrain, hydraulic brakes and a proper Hollowtech-style crankset. 

If you're in the market for a sweet shredster for you little one, you can have the Hawk Hill Jr for a cool £1,350. 

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
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