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Marin Gestalt X10 gravel bike goes super slack for drop bar MTB’ing, bikepacking

2023 marin gestalt x10 gravel bike
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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.

2023 marin gestalt x10 gravel bike

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.

2023 marin gestalt x10 gravel bike geometry chart

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).

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Bike boy
Bike boy
1 year ago

Looks like a gestalt

Melvin
Melvin
1 year ago

Looks like a Chamois Hagar from a less credible brand.

The MG
The MG
1 year ago
Reply to  Melvin

That’s an odd statement considering Marin has been in business for about 10x longer than Evil. Just sayin’…

Andy Richardson
Andy Richardson
15 days ago
Reply to  The MG

Here here. Evil – arent they one of those pretentious boutique brands? My bike is better than yours etc – got a mate that built an evil – he can be a right arrogant cock at times…..Just saying. I’m all in for the underdog when it comes to most stuff and I think Marin do it brilliantly. I’ve got a 2018 rift zone 3 – yeah it’s a little on the heavy side although a lot of modern full sus trail bikes are getting heavier and heavier but I can still ride just as hard and almost as well as my mates on their ” boutque bikes ” that cost twice the amount and that I absolutely love. I’m seriously looking at buying one of these gestalt X series bikes, they look great for the intended purpose at a great price point. Also with bikes ridden off road they just scratched, dinged, things wear out – the just have a much harder life I think to their pretty boy road bike cousins so surely it’s a better idea to buy something cheaper but still decent quality instead of spending a similar amount to a small family car on lets face it – a bloody push bike just so you can show off to your mates with their common cheaper but just as well perfoming in the right hands type bikes? Anyway rant over.

ChuckHoe
ChuckHoe
1 year ago
Reply to  Melvin

Evil – more reputable than Marin?
In the NW and seen so many Evil broken rear frame assemblies – a known issue.
Keep rocking the bang for the buck Marin.

Edward
Edward
1 year ago
Reply to  Melvin

I have owned a Marin for 15 years. It just keeps getting better. Good bones in the frame to upgrade with time.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
1 year ago

It’s weird and I love it.

Brian
Brian
1 year ago

And it finally has a wide range cassette!

Shimano really missed a trick with GRX given what they were already doing for MTB.

Taylor
Taylor
1 year ago

Hi Tyler,

I am wondering about the tire clearance. On Marin’s website it states, “up to 700Cx45 or 650Bx47 Road Plus tires.” That doesn’t make a ton of sense to me and I see on your post you state it fits  up to 700×50 or 650Bx50. Can you confirm where you got that information?

Thank you

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