2015 Marin Mountain Bikes Preview – New Linkage Yields Lighter Frames
For 2015, the big news on the mountain side is that Marin has largely moved from their Quad Link 3.0 suspension platform to the lighter weight IsoTrack system for some models. This design utilizes flexible seatstays to eliminate pivots and bearings at the rear axle, which helps reduce weight and maximize stiffness.
Essentially a linkage driven single pivot, Marin explains that the revised suspension platform is not quite as progressive as the outgoing Quad Link, but that a new shock tune that has been optimized for the IsoTrack leverage rate ensures solid pedaling performance and mid to late stroke progressiveness.
In other big news, Marin will now be offering framesets alongside complete bikes. The 140mm Mount Vision XM Pro frame now utilizes the IsoTrack suspension platform and comes equipped with a custom tuned Float X shock. UK Pricing for the carbon goodness is £2,200.
Prices for the aluminum models start for as little as £1,500 and £3,500 for carbon. We’ve reached out for U.S. pricing and haven’t heard back.The 150mm travel Attack Trail is a 27.5″ enduro bike that retains the Quad Link design and received only graphical updates for 2015. Completes pair a 160mm fork with the bikes slack head tube and short stays.
Alloy completes start at £2,000, while carbon models top out at £4,500. The carbon frame-only option retails for £2,200.
The Rift Zone 9 has been in the Marin line up for a number of years, but was entirely revised for 2015. We got our first look at the updated model this year at Sea Otter.
Prices start at £1,500 for an aluminum complete and top out at £4,500 for carbon. The XX1 and Rockshox equipped complete build we drooled over at Sea Otter weighed a touch more than 25 lbs.