Marin Bikes have long been in the bike business and just updated their whole Pavement collection. We have cherry picked some of the standouts and taken a closer look at the allroad bikes from California.
The northern part of California is considered to be the birthplace of mountain biking and therefore it’s not surprising that bikes for dirt and gravel roads have been an integral part of Marin since 1986. The new models will be available in September after Eurobike in Germany. Here you can find the most important facts and the preliminary prices in dollars.
First Look: Marin Cortina AX–the Racer
The Marin Team equipped the Cortina AX with the latest technologies currently available for the gravel bikes. Focusing on the demanding cross and gravel riders, the geometry of the aluminum frame is according to Marin optimized for racing use. The bike comes in both the AX1 and AX2 versions with disc brakes, thru-axle and a carbon fork. With a tire clearance of up to 45 mm and fastening lugs for panniers and fenders, the racer has also a potential for adventure trips.
The AX 1 comes with Shimano Tiagra 1×10 and mechanical Tektro Spyre-C disc brakes. The AX 2 gets a Sram Apex 1×11 and hydraulic disc brakes. Prices in Euro are only available from September. The US retail prices are $ 1599 for the AX1 and $ 2099 for the AX2.
First Look: Marin Four Corners–the Traveller
The Four Corners stays true to its name: with a relaxed geometry, a CroMo steel frame, wide tires and plenty of mounting options for up to 6 bottle cages and bags, it is ready-to-roll for the next adventure. The geometry was once again optimized compared to last year’s model. A special feature is the tire size, which increases with the frame size. The sizes XS and S come with 650b, from size M Marin uses 700C wheel sets. All sizes come with 42 mm wide Resolute tires from WTB. The Four Corners comes with a robust Shimano Sora 3×9 drive and mechanical Tektro disc brakes.
The US price for the Four Corners is $ 1039. A Four Corners Elite version will also be presented at Eurobike, which will come with a Sram Apex 1×11 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes.
First Look: Marin Gestalt–the Versatile
The Marin Gestalt offers a wide range when it comes to groupset options. From 1×10 and 1×11 on the X10 and X11 to the traditional 2×9 on the Gestalt 1 or 2×10 at the Gestalt 2 you can pick your favourite configuration according to your preferences. The aluminum frame has space for 35 mm wide tires and comes with an aluminum fork on the Gestalt 1, with a carbon fork on the Gestalt 2 and X10 and a tapered carbon fork with thru-axle on the top model X11. When it comes to braking, the Marin uses the mechanical Tektro Spyre-C disc brakes. Only the X11 gets hydraulic disc brakes. The Gestalt also comes with tubeless-ready rims.
Prices in Euros will also be available after Eurobike in September. The US prices in dollars: Gestalt 1 $ 1099, Gestalt 2 $ 1299, X10 $ 1249 and the X11 $ 2099.
Marin Bikes offers a wide range of adventure bikes in the lower price segment. We are looking forward to seeing the new models live at Eurobike. More from the Marin Bike collection and more details can be found on the website of Marin Bikes. The new models will be online after Eurobike.
Words: Manuel Buck Photos: Marin Bikes