For their 30th anniversary, Marin launched the Pine Mountain 2 hardtail, a plus sized model that paid homage to the brand’s past, but incorporated modern amenities. That mix proved to be so popular that Marin has attempted to distill the same formula into more affordable price points.
Their new Pine Mountain 1 is tubeless ready 27.5+ CroMo hardtail that blends an aggressive trail geometry with a wide range 1×11 drivetrain, smartly spec’d value oriented components, and front suspension for $1299.
For model year 2017, this bike will sit between the $2749 Pine Mountain 2, which uses Columbus Thron tubing, and the sub one thousand dollar full rigid Pine Mountain. For a more in depth overview of those models, please check out our Interbike coverage here.
Aside from the obvious value and clean lines of the new Pine Mountain 1, what took me by surprise was Marin’s use of the new 141x9mm hub standard. This was the first time I’d ever heard of this “standard.” For the complete rundown on the how and why, Mtbr reached out to Marin mountain bike product manager Mathew Cipes to learn more.
While I hate new standards as much as the next rider, Cipes has some solid reasons why the this new 141x9mm rear end will improve the performance of new entry level and intermediate bikes in the near future.