Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes riding

Last fall Marin debuted a low-priced 120mm aluminum Hawk Hill mountain bike with 27.5″ wheels and what they call MultiTrac suspension. In English what that actually meant was a full-suspension mountain bike with a faux-bar single pivot design that was at once both super affordable and pretty fun to ride on all types of trails. Well, even after debuting the all new top-end Wolf Ridge this spring with its ride-it-to-believe it 160mm of pedal-able Naild 29er travel, that bike’s price range (there’s a $8600 version!) puts it WAY out of reach for most mountain bikers.

But no worries, the Hawk Hill was a great bike, too. So how could they make it better? Well, Marin has added three new wheel sizes for three more types of rides and riders, all with the same travel. The B-17 hits more loose trail with 27.5+ tires & a bit longer fork; the Rift Zone 29er rolls faster; and the Hawk Hill Jr gets 24″ wheels for the next generation of trail shredders….

B-17, 27.5+ mountain bike

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes B-17 275+ riding
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The new B-17 widens the Hawk Hill out to fit proper plus sized tires into the same 120mm of MultiTrac travel to make for an affordable trail bike ready for tackling rough & loose terrain. It is now the most trail capable bike in the Hawk Hill family with 2.8″ tires on 38mm internal rims.

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes B-17 275+

Marin is really broadening the family, so the squishy Plus bike gets you three spec levels that are the priciest out of the butted aluminum MultiTrac series. Each of the bikes gets a 130mm travel fork, Boost spacing, modern long, low & slack trail riding geometry, internal routing, and a stealth dropper post.

The base B-17 1 starts at $2100 with an NX1 groupset & Shimano M315 brakes. The mid-level $2650 B-17 2 steps up to a Shimano SLX 1×11 & nicer MT500 brakes. Then the top end $3700 B-17 3 bleeds into the premium market with that nice looking titanium-look paint job and a wide GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain & Deore hydraulic brakes.

Rift Zone, 29″ mountain bike

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Rift Zone 29er riding

The 29″ Rift Zone is all new too, taking the same 120mm MultiTrac design and adapting it for more speed with wagon wheels. Designed for all-day epic trail riding the Boost spaced 29er is meant to benefit from better rollover.

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Rift Zone 29er

Three complete builds are also available here – $2650 Rift Zone 3, $1950 Rift Zone 2 & $1550Rift Zone 1 – that each get modern trail geometry, short 435mm chainstays, and 2.3-2.4” tires on 29mm inner width tubeless-ready rims. All of the bikes share the same frame with internal routing and 1x drivetrains, with the top two getting spec’d with dropper posts.

Hawk Hill Jr, 24″ youth mountain bike

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Hawk Hill Jr 24 inch youth kids bike berm

Like the larger siblings in the Hawk Hill family, the new Jr was developed on the same Marin MultiTrac suspension. It still gets 120mm of travel front and back making for a proper trail shredder for young riders, and even what Marin says is modern low, long & slack trail geometry (although we’re not entirely sure what that means for kids.)

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Hawk Hill Jr 24 inch youth kids bike water fountain

Even though the Hawk Hill Jr comes with 24″ wheels with 2.25″ tires (& a QR rear wheel), it is actually a 26″ bike so you can size up the wheels when your little grom outgrows the smaller wheels, and it even has an upgradable rear dropout to a 12×142 thru-axle to match the 15mm thru-axle already on the X-Fusion Velvet RL air fork.

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Butted 6061 aluminum frame, air suspension designed for light riders, tapered headtube, and a 1×10 Shimano drivetrain with a 11-42 cassette & hydro disc brakes. It even has internal routing, even for a dropper post.

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Hawk Hill Jr 24 inch youth kids bike complete

Sounds like a killer kid’s bike to us for $1500.

Hawk Hill, 27.5″ mountain bike

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Hawk Hill 27.5 berm

In 2017 the 27″ Hawk Hill only had a single spec. Well, obviously Marin got a good response out of the bike (see all those bikes above), so they are adding two more builds for 2018.

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Hawk Hill 27.5 convertible old dropout

The 120mm MultiTrac frame seems to be mostly unchanged, but now the three versions get wide 27-29mm internal rims and more build options. (Actually the base model sticks with 2017’s closed convertible 9-12mm dropout that can even be Boosted, while the new versions are Boost 148mm only.)

Marin Hawk Hill family aluminum 120mm MultiTrac full-suspension affordable trail mountain bikes Hawk Hill 27.5 complete

The base $1500 Hawk Hill sticks with the same Deore 1x, but a new $1950 Hawk Hill 2 gets upgraded to an NX1 group, a dropper post & Boost-spaced RockShox suspension at both ends, while the new $2650 Hawk Hill 3 gets the same Boost & dropper with an SLX 1×11 setup, and even higher spec suspension from RockShox.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Some really nice looking bikes from Marin. Unlike those other Naild-designed abominations. I also like the reference to their early 1990’s colour schemes. Given that marin bikes are well priced where I live these are actually bikes I’m interested in buying. Nice price, nice spec, and geometry looks good too.

  2. Once you have designed the BEST PEDALABLE system ever…everything else is taming buyers…make an alu afordable wolf ridge and make no joke-bikes
    …let’s see how many of those so near-good bikes do you sell…
    Take a look at Santa Cruz bikes…only vpp system (forgot mono-pivot years ago)…they are quite near you…(only physically…in selling revenues are galaxies ahead)

      • Especially since SC has A: made single pivots recently, & B: said the only reason they haven’t focused as much on them in the last year or two is sales, not suspension quality. Their designer even wrote a blog entry in 2004 that basically says the main objective of VPP, axle path, doesn’t matter anymore.

  3. I really had high hopes for these bikes. The hawk hill 2 with a 10-42 cassette (XD Driver Hub) and a 28t chainring up front. That would give this bike awesome range. If you want more range GX Eagle is now less than $400 away.

    There is a problem with a build when you can literally build a nicer version of the bike yourself. Grab the hawk hill 1 Then add the following:

    Rockshox Monarch RL
    $234.99

    Shimano SLX RD-M7000
    $49.99

    Shimano SLX M7000 11 Speed Shifter Rear
    $29.49

    Shimano SLX CS-M7000 Cassette 11-46T, 11 Speed
    $59.99

    Shimano Xt/Ultegra CN-HG701 11 SPD Chain Silver, 11 Speed
    $28.99

    This a much nicer setup than the NX equipped Hawk Hill 2 and it will come in about 100 bucks cheaper.

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