Marin Alpine Trail 7 - PinkBike Review
Marin's Alpine Trail 7 is a truly affordable 29er with up-to-date geometry, 150 millimeters of wheel travel in the back and a 160-millimeter fork. That's right. For less than $3,000 USD you can own a bike that approaches the features and performance of the big-wheel dream-bikes Pinkbike has been flaunting for two years running.
The Trail 7 feels very deliberate under saddle. There is enough firmness built into the suspension to climb steep pitches without soft pedaling. That's a good thing, because the Marin weighs almost 33 pounds, and a measure of that heft in its wheels and tires. No, it doesn't accelerate with anything that resembles spunk, but it's gearing is low enough to find a good zone, and it's surprisingly efficient as long as you keep the power steady. I always made it to the summit with enough left to keep my downhill game sharp.
Half of my time aboard the Marin was a celebration of moist hero dirt which led me to the dangerous conclusion that the bike could do not wrong in the turns. If I had stopped and written the review then, I probably would have raved about the tenacity of its Vee Flow Snap tires... the evil rubber daemons who made repeated attempts to murder me after the trails dried up a month later. How could a front wheel, shod with such a capable looking tread push so badly when pressed into a turn? How could such manly looking edging blocks awkwardly slip down off-camber sections that worn out Minions could dance on?
+ Good climber for a 33-pound, 150mm bike
+ Solid, we-can-do-this handling
+ Contemporary geometry
- Tires miss the mark
- Restricted seatpost insertion depth
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