Marin Alpine Trail 8 - Australian Mountain Bike Magazine Review
The Alpine Trail is Marin's new weapon of choice for riders looking for a 29er with big travel on an alloy frame and a carefully selected spec list. You can read the Australian Mountain Bike Magazine unboxing experience below and get a feel of what this bike truly represents for riders.
Marin's Alpine Trail 8 is getting praise around the globe as a big-wheeled, big-travel mountain bike that comes with a spec that ticks the boxes on an alloy frame that is built to go the distance and not crush your wallet.
The Alpine Trail 8 has 29" wheels, sporting 160mm travel up front and 150mm out the back. The geometry is pretty long, with a 465mm reach on a large. The head angle is 65 degrees across all 4 sizes from Small to XL, and the seat tube is around 76 degrees, with small variances between the sizes. Fork offset is 51mm.
Thanks to Boost spacing the chainstays are a short 430mm - which on a long travel alloy 29er with 2.6" tyres is pretty damn good. The BB is threaded and has ISCG mounts for getting fully hectic.
As far as spec goes, the bike is driven by a SRAM NX Eagle groupset. But, it does have the XG 1275 cassette which means you get the full 10-50t range, not like with the 11-50t NX Eagle cassette.
For stopping, the Alpine Trail 8 is slowed down with TRP Slate 4-pot brakes on a 203/180mm rotor combination. The TRP Slate brakes are often overlooked but offer a lot of braking power and lever adjustment.
All up, the spec is a mix of parts which are typically warmly received by mountain bikers. From Fox suspension to a SRAM Eagle group set, 4-pot brakes, rims that have a 29mm internal width, 2.6" tyres, Deity cockpit and a reliable KS dropper.
The suspension is handled by a Fox Float 36 Performance with 160mm travel up the front, and a DPX2 out the back. Unless you want a coil spring, I can't think anyone is going to grumble with this spec on the Alpine Trail.
The 2.6" Vee Tires are tubeless ready, and a quick look to see an alloy black valve and a shake to hear liquid let me know that they came setup ready to ride from BIcycles Online.
The Alpine Trail platform really ticks the boxes for a long travel 29er in terms of geometry and features, and the MultiTrac suspension means they can have a long-travel system that pedals well too. Doing this in alloy brings the bike to a wider audience.
Available in Australia5 April 2019When’s this Marin Alpine Trail 8 coming to Australia? How much?
We are expecting the first batch to arrive late May, early June.