Marin Pine Mountain

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Pine Mountain. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • The Pine Mountain is littered with bosses and eyelets - for racks and bottles galore.
  • Many riders found the Pine Mountain to be a good value buy.
  • SRAM GX gears shift well and keep the chain from slapping. Reviewers said the 10-speed cassette offered plenty of range.
  • Owners loved the steel tubing, saying it was comfortable, robust, light, stiff and soaked up bumps.
  • Connoisseurs enjoyed the retro simplicity of the Pine Mountain.
  • Shimano M445 Hydraulic brakes proved dependable for trail-riders.
  • Looks, detailing and color options were described as considered and attractive.
  • The Pine Mountain easily handled snowy conditions, with fat 3.0 tires
  • Components were considered good quality and value.
  • External cabling was easy to repair, especially when travelling.
  • This steed served owners very well as a bikepacking bike.
  • Owners found that this rig climbed well, despite its weight.

7 reasons not to buy

  • With its massive plus-size tires, this is a somewhat heavy bike.
  • Trail-riders found the Pine Mountain to be a bit more nervous on the descents.
  • Quick-release wheels detracted from handling accuracy for some, who would’ve preferred thru-axles.
  • There is no dropper-post on the Pine Mountain 1s and 2s.
  • Compared to a suspension rig, it was less confidence in loose conditions.
  • Some owners felt that the top-tube should be longer for trail applications.
  • One expert noticed rubbing from the front disc when the bike was really pressured.

Bottom line

This was a new kind of bike for many owners and reviewers, who found it lively, simple and immensely fun. Rigid models do require a more focused riding style (than front shocks), when tackling rough and technical terrain. Then again, the rigidity allows for long bikepacking and touring travails. Compared with the competition, it’s a cut-price option. With this supple steel chassis, you’ll be soaking up the bumps and sunshine all day.

Expert Reviews

72/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews

Marin Pine Mountain 1 Review

Here, the easy riding nature of the big-volume rubber means less-technical trails can be covered in comfort and efficiency.

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Marin Pine Mountain 1 2018 Review

A functional and utilitarian bike that is best for the rider who isn’t pushing their limits.

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Test: Marin Pine Mountain – 27.5+

Ride, brakes, selection of tires and above all a skillfully composed cockpit. Here everything plays as it should!

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Fahrräder im Vergleich: Dicke Dinger (Bicycles in Comparison: Fat Things)

The new 27.5 Plus tire format promises more comfort, traction and driving safety. Especially, hardtails should benefit from the extra width.

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Ride Alongside

27.5+ Steel Hardtail Review: Marin Pine Mountain 2

650b+ Test – Where It Works (& Doesn’t)

Tough Boy… Marin Pine Mountain Steel Bike With E-Bike Kit In Test


Test Ride Review: Marin Pine Mountain 27.5+

After four days in Moab including double-digit mileage on my own rig and eight different demo bikes … I can still say that my moments of greatest joy were spent on the Pine Mountain.

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Andrew Welch

Marin Pine Mountain Owner Long Term Review

Overall; a good, strong, solid bike but somewhat rudimentary.

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Marin Pine Mountain 2 Review: In With the Old

If you are on the hunt for a future proof trail bike that will double as a fine bikepacking rig, the PM2 should definitely make your list.

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The Dropper Post

Marin Pine Mountain 2: Long Term Review

With elegant steel tubing and vintage-inspired cues, Marin’s Pine Mountain 2 is a capable trail ripper built for bikepacking adventures.

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Gear Junkie

Do-All Hardtail: 2018 Marin Pine Mountain 2 Review

The Pine Mountain 2 represents the best of what the material can do. The subtle undertones in the ride quality speak to the rich history of Marin, but it still feels modern and relevant.

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Gear Patrol

Review: A Killer Mountain Bike That Does Everything, Affordably

Don’t let it’s straightforward design, classic look and sturdy tubeset fool you: The Pine Mountain 2 is an all­-trail beast that can truly ride anywhere.

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Marin Pine Mountain 2 Long Term Review

In most situations, I’m faster on a 30lb hard tail with 3″ tires than my other bikes. And frankly, I’m still trying to wrap my head around that fact.

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On Review: Marin Pine Mountain 2

If the terrain is rolling, the weight doesn’t have much of an impact, but you can bet your ass you’ll feel it on the climbs.

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Marin’s Pine Mountain Plus Bike is One for the Purists

Rigid, retro-inspired and well priced.

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Test Marin Pine Mountain 3D

Товарищеский Обзор #1. Велосипед Marin Pine Mountain

Test: Marin Pine Mountain 1 – A Plus Return to MTB Roots

All in all – it is a successful and extremely playful bike, which also impresses in terms of geometry and driveability, even within the hardcore-hardtail category.

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User Ratings

87/100 based on 23 ratings
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