Marin is bringing back Pro level spec on their mountain bike lineup for 2016, which means a full XTR build including hubs, a rarity these days It also gets the BOS suspension.
Shown above, the Attack Trail Pro is their premium Enduro race bike, and it swept the 2015 NA Enduro Tour series under Kyle Warner, Cody Kelley, and Craig Harvey in first, second and third in the overall.
To help you attempt the same, it’s equipped with the BOS Deville RaRe (Race Ready) fork, which gets that brand’s DH fork’s FCV (frequency control valve) that controls the forces coming from the ground versus the rider, letting it soak up the little stuff quickly while still resisting the weight of the rider when pushing it into the corners.
It also gets a different air spring that gets a very different spring curve to put more support early in the stroke, but the compression damping circuit has a different hydraulic piston and shims for quicker response. All three of those features come together to make it a more race-oriented fork that likes hitting things at a higher speed.
The BOS rep said it’ll still work fine for normal riding, it just won’t be quite as plush as their standard Deville.
The KiRK rear shocks were all tuned specifically for the different Marin models, and the high end Pro models get their 3-way system with high/low speed compression, low speed rebound and platform lockout. Travel is 160mm front / 150mm rear.
The Attack Trail gets a carbon Diety bar, Gamut stem, Reverb Stealth and carbon railed WTB High Tail saddle. It’s a Carbon front and rear frame (all Pro models are full carbon), and it’s rolling on 650B wheels. Oops, sorry, 27.5″ wheels. Retail is $9,349.
The Mount Vision Pro gets the BOS Deville front and KiRK 3-Way rear on a beautiful light powder blue frame with orange and black accents. It’s not quite the Gulf Racing blue, but close.
Travel on this one is 140mm on both ends, putting it squarely in the trail/all-mountain category. Cockpit includes a Reverb Stealth and Raceface Atlas stem with SixC carbon bar.
Retail is $9,349.
The Rift Zone Pro trail 29er is the only bike of the three to use something other than BOS on the front. It gets a Fox 34 Kashina-Coated fork with 120mm travel.
It’s shown with a Fox shock here, but production versions will get a BOS Micro rear shock enabling 110mm rear wheel travel.
With so many bike brands either choosing a single-brand wheelset (Mavic, etc.) or taking basic Formula hubs (rebranded or not) and lacing them to myriad rims, it’s almost unheard up to include Shimano’s top-level XTR hubs anymore. But here they are, laced to WTB’s carbon i24 rims on all three of the full suspension bikes.
Retail is $9,349 on this one, too, which includes the Reverb and Race Face Next front end.
There’s one more mountain bike, but it’s best to show this one first.
The Four Corners Elite is a step up from the base model introduced at Sea Otter. Named after a junction in Mill Valley that leads to a lot of great local trails, the Elite model upgrades to a full Columbus Thron steel tubeset…
… and a SRAM Rival 1 group with a 42-tooth chainring that gives you a 1:1 ratio on the biggest cog.
Investment cast dropouts with full rack and fender mounts decorate the raw frame with clear coat. They chose that rather than the metallic charcoal paint on the base model to because it’s a bit lighter, but mainly because it looks bad ass.
It also upgrades to the NAILD dropout system designed by Darrell Voss. The levers use a locking inner lever to prevent unwanted release, but remove with less than half a turn once the lever’s open for a quick but safe wheel removal. That system debuted earlier this summer on Marin’s Gestalt gravel bike.
Given that the Gestalt is their “performance” gravel bike, the Four Corners really falls more into the do-anything adventure/light touring box. It comes with tubeless ready wheels and Schwalbe G-One tires, but can fit up to 29×2.1 tires. Retail is $2,309.
The Pine Mountain Two (aka: deluxe) also steps up from the 27.5+ hardtail they introduced at Sea Otter. Like the FC, it gets the Columbus Thron tubing.
The biggest upgrade from the standard QR-equipped Pine Mountain One is this one’s got Boost spacing with a 12×148 NAILD thru axle. But, tire clearance is the same 27.5 x 3.0. Those dropouts slide through investment cast dropouts with rack mounts.
Up front is a Boost Fox 34 110mm fork.
While the frame isn’t specifically optimized for 29er wheels, they say it could run the larger wheels with something like a 2.2″ tire. Retail is $2,749
Across the entire range, all 2016 mountain bikes get wide range 1×10 or 1×11 groups, no more doubles anywhere in the line. The 1×10 bikes will use a SunRace 11-42 cassette. They’ll all get dropper posts and refined spec, too.