Marin Pine Mountain

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32.1, 32 lbs
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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 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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Outdoor Gear Lab

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


User Ratings

87/100 based on 23 ratings
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