The Alloy HT series combines off road durability with performance components for active riders. Lightweight, double-butted 6000 series Edge 3 tubing is mated to comfortable Marin Sport geometry, placing riders in an upright riding position.
Strengths: Quality frame, decent components, and price.
Weaknesses: Shock, pedals, and front derailleur.
I purchased the 15" disc brake model, retails at $599. It's a great entry-level XC mtb for the price. I've used it as my trail bike and as my daily commuter. Bike came with Geax Saguro tires (2.2 front/2.0 rear). They are good fast rolling all around tires but the grip on pavement is severely compromised once you get into higher psi, so be careful. I ride mostly XC and some light AM and DH. When riding trails, I put a 2.5 Maxxis High Roller up front and put the 2.2 Geax Saguro in the rear, which helps make up for the the crap Suntour fork. The fork does have a lock out which is nice for the climbs up here in Lake Tahoe. The pedals blow, replace them ASAP, you will slip off of them in rocky areas. The Shimano integrated shifters are comfortable and easy to reach. Mechanically, they do just fine and I've had no problems so far, but some people hate them. I ride 5-6 days a week and the shifting is still pretty smooth. On the other hand the Shimano M190 front derailleur has failed me several times lately. Not sure where the problem is here, but might just need some minor adjusting. Frame build is strong and the geometry seems to be on point. Feels real solid and makes me want to keep the bike and upgrade the components rather than just upgrading to a whole new bike. My upgrades: front tire, pedals, shorter stem, and wider handlebars; eventually a new fork. Who should buy this bike? Someone that wants to start mountain biking but does not want to spend a whole lot. There are also 2 other lower end models at a significantly lower price.
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2012
Strengths: Switching from off-road, to woodsy trails and back to city streets is amazingly simple and an enjoyable experience!
Weaknesses: None, as of yet, great bike for the money!
Would highly really recommend this bicycle company, a very rugged bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from puyallup WA
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009
Strengths: The frame, neck and bars. Looks unique and tuff.
Weaknesses: None. I cant cant complane when I got what I paid for.
I and my wife both purchased these together after test riding a few others brands. I used to be an avid motocrosser and trail rider and whanted something to play around in the woods on as well as ride the bike paths with the family. I didnt what to spend a fortune the first time out until I dicided if mountain biking was for me. I have been out on this bike every other day on all kinds of terrain and its works great and never let me down. Great bike for the $$$ and I still have the cash to upgrade stuff when as it wears out.
My wife will be dropping me off at the Cedar Falls TH on way to Cle Elum from Portland. I'm planning to ride the trail to Cle Elum. According to the message (509-656-2230) at the Lake Easton State Park "ALL" tunnels are open, I assume this includes tunnels 49 and 48 at Lake Easton. The web site does ... Read More »
Hello... I am new here, not new to MTB or to forums in general, but new to this forum and to Marin Bikes.
I just picked up a 2012 Pioneer Trail and really enjoy it. It sure beats the hell out of my 20+yr old Trek 7000 that I was riding.
Are there any known issues with this bike that I should look ... Read More »
Anybody ride Pioneer Trail up to Omega Rest since the last storm? I'm wondering if I go tomorrow if I'm likely to run into snow before I make it to the top. I'm also planning on hitting the Hallelujah Trail for the first time on the way back, as I missed the FATRAC ride a few week ... Read More »
Hey Fellow Warshingtonians,
I recently completed a cross-state tour on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. For anyone not familiar, it's a (mostly) state-owned trail that occupies the former railbed of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, aka the "Milwaukee Road". West of the Columbia ... Read More »