This year at Eurobike, e-bikes were unavoidable. They were everywhere as brands tried to figure out where they fit in terms of sales and global distribution. That meant brands like Marin were cautiously unveiling some new bikes that toed the line of electric mountain biking.

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Calling it “one step beyond a concept,” Marin did have the original test mule on hand while out at Dirt Demo in Las Vegas. Like many of the recent e-MTBs we’ve seen, Marin settled on the Shimano e8000 system as it allows for shorter chainstays and more ‘mountain bike’ like performance.

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The more finished prototype features much cleaner battery integration for the external Shimano battery, and more finished appearance overall.

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures

Called the Nail Trail E, the frame will accept both 27.5+ and 29″ wheels and tires, and features an aggressive 66° head tube angle with either 140mm or 130mm travel forks depending on the wheel size. Originally, we thought both bikes were for Europe only, but it turns out that the purple 27.5″ plus model will be headed stateside, while the orange 29er is indeed for Europe only.

The aluminum frame features Boost spacing, internal cable routing, and even a single bottle cage mount inside the front triangle (which isn’t always possible with e-bikes). Estimated for the Spring or Summer of 2018, complete bikes will likely ship with SRAM EX1 drivetrains and Code brakes.

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures

On the trendy, non-motorized side of things, Marin has a bunch of updates to their Beyond Road line this year including four separate Gestalt models. Shown above is the Gestalt X10 and X11, both with 1x drivetrains (that are 10 and 11 speed respectively). The X10 runs a Series 3 butted aluminum frame with a carbon bladed fork and a SRAM GX/Apex drivetrain, while the X11 upgrades to a Series 4 butted aluminum frame with a NAILD Navit carbon fork with its locking thru axle. It also runs a full SRAM Apex 11 speed drivetrain with hydraulic brakes.

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures

The Gestalt 2 is more of a comfort road bike with a Series 3 aluminum frame, carbon bladed fork, and Shimano Tiagra 2×10 drivetrain with Tektro mechanical disc brakes.

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventures

Moving on to the Nicasio RC, this sleek city machine added sliding dropouts and a Shimano Nexus 8 speed internal gear hub and features custom extruded aluminum fenders along with the double butted 4130 chromoly frame and fork.

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventuresThe Four Corners features a new geometry concept to fit a wider range of people from the given geometry. This results in the smallest two bikes running 650b wheels, while the M, L, and XL frames run 700c. With clearance for up to 2.1″ tires, the Four Corners could be a great tourer no matter what the ride surface brings.

EB17: Marin plugs in with e-MTB prototype for Europe, updates Beyond Road series for gravel, dirt, and bikepacking adventuresFinally, the Cortina comes back as the gravel/CX focused Cortina AX2. The butted Series 4 aluminum frame is matched with the NAILD Navit carbon fork with clearance for 45mm tires. Speced with a full SRAM Apex hydro 1x group, the Cortina would be a good choice for someone looking to split duties between short cross races and longer gravel adventures.

marinbikes.com

7 COMMENTS

  1. I hate having to open a ebike article to read about normal bikes. Since Bike Rumor doesn’t want to put ebikes on a new web sight can Bike Rumor at least separate ebikes out into there own post?

  2. “This year at Eurobike, e-bikes were unavoidable.” Same thing at Sea Otter last year. By far and away the most popular booths were the e-bike booths and the demos. Dirt mopeds/e-bikes will soon be taking over every MTB trail, it’s only a matter of time. And unlike what e-bike defenders will say, most of the riders will be your typical non-disabled/injured regular Joe who just wants more speed. I got passed (on the road) by a fat-tire e-BMX bike the other day going up a mountain road. Dude wasn’t even pedaling, just cruising on his electric moped. Interesting times ahead for the MTB crowd…

  3. Electric motorcycles like these will be the death of bicycles on trails. We are already getting major backlash from hikers and horse people on our trails. Problem is that to them they do not notice the difference. They are way to fast and too easy to hack into full on trail destruction machines. Cyclist are getting the blame. “Bike” rumors should not be supporting these monsters, no matter how much they are getting paid for this. Just setup a separate electric motorcycle site and be done with it.

  4. BikeRumor should create a complaint section and a comment section. So people that are not interested in complaints about eBikes can skip straight to more constructive opinions!

  5. I do not have an ebike, nor want an ebike, nor profit from ebikes in any way. I power my own mountain, road, and gravel bikes. I’ve ridden thousands of miles. With that said,

    There are so many ebike whiners it’s ridiculous……..

    It’s simple people. They make money for the brands. If someone can make money at it, someone will offer it, and there will continue to be coverage. All your whining does nothing when there is money to be made, and with ebikes there is money to be made.

    I highly doubt most ebike owners, will be found on anything but the easier trails. Simply because, they won’t have the skills, won’t want to damage their EXPENSIVE new toy, relative poor handling due to the greater weight and weight distribution. And if by chance they do, one wipeout would probable be enough to send them back.

    As far as access is concerned, mountain bikes have themselves to blame most of the time. Mountain bikes are always are going as fast as possible, carving some sweet new line, hacking a new trail, riding muddy trails, widening trails, etc etc. All that equals risk to others on the trail, damage to the landscape,ecosystems, and erosion. Locally there is a very sensitive and rare habitat on top of a local mountain that is also used for mountain biking. Signs are posted all around this area. What does a local mtb organization do? Ride to this protected area on their mountain bikes, right into the middle of this very sensitive area, take their picture on their bikes, and post it on facebook saying they support preservation. Not an ebike in the bunch. One of the most destructive things they could have done to this particular site. Just freaking stupid and 100% self-inflected!!!

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