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Marin El Roy Review

It’s long, slack and low – and all the better for it.

The latest bike to join Marin’s impressive line-up is the El Roy – a 29er steel hardtail designed for the rough and tumble world of downhill, enduro, and bikepark trails that’s still able to handle the tracks back to the top of the hill.

While the Californian brand might have its roots in dry and dusty terrain, the El Roy has clearly been influenced by the UK riding scene.

Five test mules were ridden on a wide range of tracks here in the UK to make sure they were ready for our steep, loose and muddy conditions. This has resulted in some of the frame’s features, as well as its geometry, which, it’s fair to say, is fairly radical.

Marin’s range all take their names from popular spots in and around Marin County, and the El Roy is no different.

Post ride, the team from Marin bike’s HQ likes to take in a burrito and can of IPA, and its favourite lunch spot, El Roy, is also one of the best, apparently! Fittingly, the coordinates of El Roy’s Mexican Grill in Petaluma are detailed on the back of the seat tube.

A Maxxis Assegai keeps the front wheel in check. Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Marin El Roy Frame Details

Marin has built the frame from Series 3 4130 double-butted cromoly, which has been electronically coated inside and out to protect it from corrosion before being painted.

The relatively skinny seatstays have a slight kink in them just above the rear axle, and that rear triangle is completed with investment cast dropouts and a brace for strength.

Photo Cortesy of Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Other than the dropper, all hoses and cables are externally routed, and there’s a set of bosses under the top tube – these can hold either a secondary bottle cage or one of the increasing numbers of tool and spare parts carriers that use a bottle boss standard mount.

The bottom bracket shell takes a threaded BB, while the head tube accepts an integrated drop-in headset.

Marin El Roy Geometry

The El Roy very much uses the long, low and slack formula, with a very long reach, a fairly low BB, short seat tube, and a very slack head angle.

Two sizes will be available: Regular and Grande. There’s relatively little difference between the two sizes, other than the front-end length – the Grande being 30mm longer in its reach/top tube/wheelbase.

Otherwise, the only other differences are an additional 10mm on the seat tube, and the spec list, whereby the Grande gets a 170mm dropper versus the Regular’s 150mm. The bike is built around a 140mm fork with a 44mm offset.

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