Marin Pine Mountain 2 Hardtail
While Marin Bikes may have celebrated its 30th birthday this year, it’s by no means over the hill. The company’s latest model is an ode to the past, with a decidedly modern twist.
Named after one of Marin’s original models, the steel 27.5+ Pine Mountain hardtail features classically inspired lines. In its base level trim (Pine Mountain 1) is a fully rigid bike constructed from a 4130 tubeset.
The Pine Mountain 2 on display here at Interbike is finished with a higher end part spec and is built from Columbus Thron. This tubeset is lighter and stronger, which allowed Marin to utilize thinner walls. The frame is brazed and painted with a matte clear coat, making the welds visible.
Out back, they’ve utilized investment cast dropouts, one of the oldest forms of casting. Also built in are rack and fender mounts, which help increase versatility.
Both the front and rear of the frame utilize the new Boost standard, while out back Marin has introduced its own QR rear axle standard. Called the Naild 12-3-9, it utilizes a secondary release lever to quickly disengage the axle. Essentially, you push in the small red tab, pull the entire lever assembly from the 9 o’clock position to the 3 o’clock, rotate to 12 o’clock, and you’re done. It’s less complicated than it sounds.
What’s unique about this new rear axle is that it’s faster to operate than a regular QR, but is keyed, so it can only be installed when correctly seated.
Complete bikes will be available later this year and will come standard with a XT 1×11 kit and SLX Brakes. MSRP is $2,749.