The heavily updated Marin Gestalt X10 goes full trail adventure with downcountry mountain bike inspired geometry and lots of mounts. Not all the mounts, but plenty for off grid bikepacking adventures.
Using a similar 67.5º head angle as XC mountain bikes, plus a really low 80mm BB drop, the bike is designed to carve through singletrack. Drop bars and a 425mm chainstay length make it comfortable for the long hauls, and the latter combine with a long-ish wheelbase to give it great loaded stability.
The profile reminds us of a more colorful Evil Chamois Hagar, but the Marin Gestalt X10 gets an shapely 6061 alloy frame rather than carbon…and a few more mounts.
Fender and rack attachments at the rear join front mounts plus 3-bolt “anything cage” mounts on the fork legs. It’ll fit two bottle cages inside the front triangle, and about the only thing it’s missing are top tube bag mounts.
All frame sizes get 50mm stems and 27.2 seatposts with dropper post routing (it comes with a rigid alloy post). Small and Medium use 170mm crank arms, Large and XL get 175mm cranks, all with a 42-tooth narrow-wide chainring. It ships with 700c wheels and 44mm tires, but will fit up to 700×50 or 650Bx50 (which is bigger than the standard Gestalt models).
Marin stays true to their affordable fun mantra with a $1,549 price point. For that you get a MicroShift Advent-X 10-speed 11-51 wide range group, carbon fork, Marin alloy wheels and cockpit, and Vee tires. Tektro dual-piston mechanical disc brakes provide solid stopping power for an unloaded bike (serious bikepackers may want to consider an upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes if riding with a heavy load).