Marin Alpine Trail Range Review

Marin Alpine Trail Review

Price:

£1,795.00 - £2,545.00

Finance from:

£89/month (0% APR)

Alloy Frame
150mm Rear travel
160mm Front travel
29" Wheels
Dropper seat post
In frame bottle cage

Discipline:

Enduro / All-Mountain

Weight:

Coming Soon


Another great value bike from Marin. The Alpine Trail is a long travel 29er ready for anything.

Updated: 2nd June 2020

Overview

Who’s dreaming of a new big-wheel, long-travel full suspension enduro bike. You are? Then wake up and feast your eyes on the Alpine Trail platform from Marin, a bunch of riders who know a thing or two about creating fun off-road.

The Alpine Trail is a 160mm front / 150mm rear 29er. It’s a playful bike designed for riders who like to earn their corn riding uphill and gobble it right down their necks on the downhill.

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Frame

Light and strong alloy frames

The Marin Alpine Trail is available in two builds. A much-more-than-entry-level 7 and the upgraded 8. As you’d expect, Marin’s bike designers have the Alpine Trail’s geometry on point. A 65° headtube angle, combined with generous reach figures across each frame size, deliver a confident ride downhill without leaving you wanting when taking on tight turns or switchbacks.

Speaking of which a 76° seat tube angle will put you right over the bottom bracket when you’re in the saddle, great for pedalling efficiency when you’re sweating it up one of those climbs.

Marin's Alpine Trail 7 is a truly affordable 29er with up-to-date geometry

Marin Alpine Trail Geometry(Click to expand)

S

M

L

XL

STACK

615.2

624.3

633.4

642.4

REACH

420

440

465

490

HEADTUBE ANGLE

65°

65°

65°

65°

HEADTUBE LENGTH

90

100

110

120

SEATTUBE ANGLE (EFFECTIVE)

76.41°

76°

75.68°

75.39°

SEATTUBE LENGTH

385

420

450

480

TOPTUBE (EFFECTIVE)

568.76

600.65

626.63

657.4

BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT

342

342

342

342

BOTTOM BRACKET DROP

35

35

35

35

CHAINSTAY

430

430

430

430

WHEELBASE

1175.4

1204.6

1228.9

1258.1

STANDOVER HEIGHT

701

722

743

756

FORK OFFSET

51

51

51

51

SEATPOST DIAMETER

30.9

30.9

30.9

30.9

HANDLEBAR WIDTH

780

780

780

780

STEM LENGTH

35

35

35

35

CRANK LENGTH

170

175

175

175

                

 

                

 

            

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Suspension

150mm Rear and 160mm Front

Cornering will be predictable and playful
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At the heart of both Alpine Trails is Marin’s MultiTrac suspension platform. A single-pivot suspension design, which through its one-piece rocker actuation, delivers smooth suspension feel and arrow-straight bike tracking, at the fraction of the price of a more complex system. Comforting to know when you’re staring down the barrel at a root-ridden, technical section.

And because that rocker has been manufactured in one piece, it’s extremely strong. That means the Alpine Trail doesn’t need a bridge between the seatstays, increasing the bike’s tyre clearance capability. You can fit a 2.6” tyre if you wish.

Marin’s Multitrac suspension is supported up front by the RockShox Yari RC (Alpine Trail 7) and the Fox Performance 36 (Alpine Trail 8). The Yari is a dependable option commended by riders for its ability to soak up the hits, whilst the Fox fork is equally adept at the big stuff. And when it comes to that juddery rooty section, the Fox fork should really shine, working in harmony with the Multitrac suspension to deliver a planted, buttery smooth ride.

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Groupset

Wide-range 1x

The Alpine Trail 7 hands you the keys to the kingdom hall of aggressive trail bikes for less than half of what it used to cost to join the club.
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e*Thirteen, Deity, Vee Tire – brands that might be unfamiliar to some – have been used to good effect on both Alpine Trail Builds.

The 9-46t e*Thirteen cassette on the Alpine Trail 7 laughs in the face of Shimano’s standard 11-40, 11-42, 11-46 mountain bike ratios. This e*Thirteen option, combined with the good-looking 30t FSA Comet chainset up front, offers a 1x11 setup with plenty spin when the going gets tough and enough top-end speed for when the trail tips downwards. Plump for the Alpine Trail 8 and you'll ride away with SRAM's 1x12 Eagle gearing for an even greater range.

Moving over to the Alpine Trail 8 and you’ll spot a 35mm stem and 800mm bar from Deity Components. The 100% rider owned American company tops off the build nicely and ensures your bike will stand out from other stock builds down at the trail park. Deity’s stock has risen dramatically over recent years with the acquisition of maverick riders such as Brendan Fairclough. The Alpine Trail 7's cockpit remains on trend with a stubby 35mm stem, locked into a 780mm bar.

Marin Alpine Trail Component Specifications(Click to expand)

 

Alpine Trail 7

Alpine Trail 8

Frame

Series 4 6061 Aluminum

Series 4 6061 Aluminum

Fork

RockShox Yari RC

Fox 36 Performance

Rear Shock

X-Fusion O2 PRO RXC

Fox Float DPX2

Gearing

Shimano SLX 1x11

SRAM NX Eagle 1x12

Brakes

Tektro Orion 203mm front/180mm rear

TRP Slate T4 203mm front, 180mm rear

Wheelset

Marin 29mm – tubeless compatible

Marin 29mm – tubeless compatible

Tyres

Vee Tire Flow Snap, 29x2.3

Vee Tire Flow Snap, 29x2.3

RRP

£2145

£3095

                

 

                

 

            

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Wheels

Fast rolling 29" wheelset

Both Alpine Trail builds have been specced with Vee Tire’s Flow Snap tyre. Multi-purpose rubber designed to roll well in most conditions offer confident cornering and, according to the team over at PinkBike, “they do a good job of clearing mud”– something you’ll be thankful for if you’re riding your Alpine Trail year round in the UK.

Marin's wheelsets have proven strong and light on various bikes, including the San Quentin hard-hitting hardtail, easy to set up tubeless and running true after serious abuse on the roughest of trails.

It's easy to jump and landings, good or bad, almost always feel composed.
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Best for

Fun, capable and great value

For an aluminium, all-mountain model, the Alpine Trail will give other, more expensive carbon models a run for their money – certainly when it comes to the overall build weight and total price of the bike.

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Marin Alpine Trail range models

Marin Alpine Trail 7 pictured

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