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Between Marin’s booth and the Subaru exhibit, vintage bike nerds should have had a great time at Sea Otter. While Sea Otter was celebrating 25 years, Marin was pushing the big 30 going back to the days when Joey Murray was the original product manager for projects like the first Madrone Trail (which was on display). Thirty years later, Marin is once again working with Joe Murray and the brand has a few new bikes in the works like the plus sized Pine Mountain series.

Starting with the Pine Mountain 1, Marin is toeing the waters with a fully rigid plus sized bike, but this is just the beginning…

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Shown in prototype form, the first Pine Mountain will be very close to the bike here including the suspension corrected rigid fork. Expect to see an additional brace across the top of the fork for production as well as side mounts on the legs however. Completely suspension ready, the Pine Mountain 1 will include Schwalbe tires instead of the Vee Tire co rubber pictured and utilized a chromoly frame and fork.

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Running quick releases front and rear, Marin’s first plus sized bike will not use boost standards but a typical 135mm rear and 100mm front. Fitted with a number of additional bosses for three bottle cages, under top tube fittings for frame bags or other accessories, the geometry is suited to aggressive trail riding but the accouterments will lend themselves to getting out into the back country. Fitted with an SLX 1×10 drivetrain with a SunRace 11-42 cassette, the 2016 Pine Mountain 1 will sell for $1100. If you like the looks of that, we’re told we should expect some similar, but higher spec’ed bikes this fall…

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Also in 4130 Chromoly but with much smaller tires, Marin’s new Four Corners should help you travel the globe. The sloping top tube frame includes clearance for up to 45mm tires with fenders, or clearance for 29 x 2.0″ knobby tires if you prefer dirt nomenclature.

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Built with provisions for fenders, racks, a rear stand, and three bottle cages, the Four Corners should leave some room for your Marin Brewing Co. suds. Equipped with short drop bars with a 20 degree outward flare, the Sora 3×9 build will sell for $1100 and will ship later this summer.

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Thirty years ago, this was it – the first Madrone Trail. Technically an ’86, this bike was built with Joe Murray geometry and sold for just $199.

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Moving on in noteworthy-ness, the 1990 Team Marin included Tange Prestige tubing and “Boasts Super Narrow Rims and a full Shimano XT STI group.” Yes, “Super Narrow Rims” used to be a selling feature.

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The Titanium FRS frame from 1993 explored the world of full suspension with an Answer/Manitou rear fork built into the frame.

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The Titanium FRS got a little more sophisticated in 1996, with a rocker suspension and a whopping 5.3″ of rear travel.

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Also in ’96, the Nail Trail rode on a 7000 series double butted aluminum frame with a Shimano STX/STX-RC drivetrain.

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1998 started the Quake series with the 5.0 with its aluminum monocoque frame which eventually led to bikes like the Quake CL7 below. We’ve come a long way in 30 years – who knows what bikes will look like in 2045?

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Both Marin and Kona are two awesome brands from the 90’s, that went through the toilet due to weird new frame decorations… Still, they are kept in high steem, unlike trek or specialized; they still have the brand image almost intact, and they could do great products for a great price, competing with the handbuilt bikes, in a way… Shame they only do it in specific anyversary models, and not with their whole range.

  2. I’ve got a Marin Team with that same wild 90’s paint. I use primarily as my city bike. Kids won’t steel a purple bike.

  3. The new Pine Mountain is a great looking bike & that old Marin logo still looks fantastic! I would imagine it will make a solid 29er as well, with different hoops.

    The article alluded to some higher spec versions due in the Fall. I would love to see one in titanium with a Fox 34 fork… maybe even SS ready?

    I hope these sell well, I agree companies like Marin and Kona should keep a few ‘revised classics’ in their lineup. Simple steel bikes are still great for a lot of people!

    my one nitpick-
    It’s odd to see companies spec a larger cassette than a rear derailleur was designed to handle. Will they include a longer B-limit screw as well, or a One-Up RAD cage? I’ve found 11-42t to be a stretch on 10speed Shimano derailleurs. An 11- 40t works better. It’s nice to see 1x on an $1,100 bike – I just hope it’s not a compromise in shifting performance out of the box.

  4. Single speed version of the Pine Mountain would be nice, as would thru-axles, just for compatibility with other wheels you might have… Looks like a nice bike for the price though.

  5. I am riding my Marin Four Corners from Pueblo,CO to Kansas City, MO as I write (currently in Ordway). Nothing beats the punishment this beast will take. Loaded with all my gear, it weighs in at over 65 lbs. When you need your bike to survive the tough terrain, endure, and get you over the finish line, Marin will pull you through.

  6. Also, please change the cable routing on the Pine Mountain to accommodate full cable housing on the front derailleur. It looks like there’s a cable stop, and since mud is thrown up by the front tire into the down tube, naked cable is totally untenable. The bottom of the downtime is by far the best place for front derailleur, rear derailleur, and chainstay-mounted disc brakes, because it allows you to shoulder the bike and doesn’t interfere with downtube bottle bosses at all. It also looks nicer than any other cable routing out there, save for internal routing, which has its own issues, such as being somewhat challenging to assemble 🙂

    I am really interested in both of these bikes!

  7. I think it’d also be nice to have fully enclosed brake and shifter cable running along the bottom of the Four Corners’ downtube!

  8. @ Jeff- The Pine Mountain fork will have bosses for racks, as well as a cross brace for fender/mudguard mounting. Also a 3rd bottle cage mount on the DT. Just not present on this prototype bike from Sea Otter.

    Glad you like them!!

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