Big wheels equal big speed. Marin's 29er series has a bike to suit every rider. From the race-bred carbon CXR 29er, to the classic steel Pine Mountain, every Marin 29er is designed to elevate your ride. Combining Marin's proprietary 29er geometry with the inherent qualities of larger 29 wheels, every bike offers a stable ride that rolls over roots, rails through corners and rips up climbs.
Shift Lever: Shimano SLX, 2 Way Release, 10-Speed
Brake Levers: Formula RX Hydraulic with Reach Adjust
Bottom Bracket: Shimano with HollowTech II Arms, Big Pipe Billet Integrated with Crankset
Chain: Shimano HG74, 10-Speed
Tires: Continental Race King, 29” x 2.2" with Folding Kevlar Bead
Strengths: The handling for the bike was very responsive, and had no problems trying to hit tight corners. Also, It climbs like a beast.
Weaknesses: The bike didn't go downhill too well. Even though it is a hardtail, it felt very, VERY bumpy going down technical sections, and it didn't encourage me to do jumps, or go wild.
For a cross country bike, this bike is awesome, but it doesn't suit for more trail riding. If you ride XC trails for over 6 hours. This bike is definitely worth the money.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Rafael, CA
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2012
Strengths: Super light yet stiff frame with great race geometery, very responsive handling, rear brake placement, fantastic power transfer
Weaknesses: Bike could be a lot lighter if spec'd differently, 3x10 drivetrain is not necessary, QR fork, noisy brakes
This is a great XC race bike but the stock setup is not reaching the frame's full potential. All the components are good but nothing is exceptional. This bike is a perfect canidate for a 2x10 or a 1x9 setup.
The frame is crazy light with great race geometery, super thick chainstays and a massive bottom bracket area for exceptional power transfer. The rear brake placement is also really cool and does reduce unwanted braking feedback and vibration. Thin seatstays help smooth out the rough stuff.
The Formula RX brakes are powerful and I really liked the ergonomics and easy adjust of the levers but they were also pretty noisy on steeper descents.
While the frame is amazing, there are definitely other high quality carbon XC hardtails out there with either a better spec or lower price. That being said, this bike would be tough to beat with a top of the line spec.
Bike Setup: Completely stock as this was a 24hr demo
from San Diego, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 31, 2011
Strengths: Light, Quick for a 29er, internal cable routing, tapered headtube, rear brake mounts on internal chainstays.
Weaknesses: Not sold as a frame only...
21.3 lbs as configured complete with bottle cages. Not the lightest carbon hardtail frame but very race worthy with a ton of features in the frame making this a great overall choice. Stiff, yet absorbs the shock well on the rough trails. My downhill times on Strava improved compared to my Ells, which I was not expecting. Navigates the single track quicker and flows through turns much better, climbs like a hot air balloon. If you are looking for a great race bike pick one of these up and customize it.
Similar Products Used: Compared to my Ellsworth Evolve with similar setup.
Bike Setup: Marin Team CXR 29er frame customized with XX drivetrain, ENVE XC Wheelset, thompson stem, easton EC70 bars, 2012 Rockshox XX Sid 29er. ICON front tire, Race King Rear tire.
from Christchurch, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: June 28, 2011
Strengths: Light, Stiff, Turns Great. Very very nice frame
Weaknesses: No rael problems but the back chain stays by the wheel stick out so when/if you crash they will get hit. I have clear taped mine for protection
Very happy with the bike as this is my first 29er although I have ridden a few 29ers in the past. Very nice frame that turns well. I still want to do a few upgrades when $$ allow but at 9.2kg it is still a light 29er with lots of room to trim some weight.