Well done to the Marin XM 7 for making the What MTB Trail Bike of the Year Top Ten!
“Marin was one of the first to really get aggressive with it’s trail bike geometry”.
“A naturally playful and confident UK-proof trail machine…”
- What MTB
Bike Radar take a 1st look at the Marin Mount Vision XM 7 – latest in a long line of trail classics.
Marin’s long-running Mount Vision has been a hit with UK trail riders for well over a decade. This is a mild refresh of the company’s Quad Link 3.0 rear suspension system, now with a 142mm rear axle for added rigidity.
Marin’s long-running Mount Vision has been a hit with UK trail riders for well over a decade. This is a mild refresh of the company’s Quad Link 3.0 rear suspension system, now with a 142mm rear axle for added rigidity. Can the Mount Vision still cut it?
Ride & handling: Easygoing enough to flatter all abilities
The Mount Vision’s status as a UK trail favourite means there’s plenty of pressure to deliver. The good news is that Marin have mostly got it right.
Combining a roomy top tube with slack front end and short stem has given plenty of room to stretch out and get the power down on the one hand, but also provided enough flickability up front to make the Mount Vision more fun to ride in the rough than you might expect.
- Bike Radar
Fresh from being tested with the cycling press (watch this space for the review) the Marin XM 7 is back at HQ and we couldn’t wait to try it out.
This is the 2013 latest incarnation of a trail classic; the Mount Vision range has been hitting trails ever since the early days of the sport in Marin County and the latest bike is more capable than ever.
With tapered head tube, maxle throughout, dropper seat post and ramped up to 140mm for 2013 the Mount Vision range are specced and prepped for contemporary trail riding. With the proven Quad Link 4 system the XM 140 is stiff, pedals efficiently a descends fast with a confidence inspiring 67.5 head angle.
Mud clearances are great, check out the trail / stream pics to give you an idea of the UK trail gloop we have tested the bike in and it has never failed.
Spec hi-lights include…RockShox Revelation RL 140mm fork and Fox Evolution CTD rear, with a 3 x 10 XT / SLX combo (rescued me on tacky climbs a few times) and the X-Fusion HILO dropper post, which works effortlessly and silently even caked in the UK’s finest.
The matt black paint work with green hi-lights cleans really well, is understated and UK friendly.
http://www.marin.co.uk/2013/bikepage.php?ModNo=13MV7 and all for £2249!
See the entire 26″ 140mm range @ http://www.marin.co.uk/2013/bikepage.php?ModNo=13MVP
On our short and techy home trails the XM7 has been a blast on both fast flowy ST and steep rocky switchbacks. The bike climbs well and gets you back to the trail head with a smile on your face and plenty left in the lungs for another ST session.
Next stop for this bike, more editorial testing and a few natural trail all day epics.
Watch this space.
- Marin UK
The latest incarnation of our trail classic, the Mount Vision, features in the What Mountain Bike, Trail Bike Of The Year.
Marin has reworked its venerable Mount Vision for 2012, with a new Quad Link 3.0 suspension system, slacker geometry and lighter build, making it a serious contender for the perfect UK all-round trail bike.
Bikemagic has always been fans of the Mount Vision. At one time it was one of the most popular bikes spotted on UK trails and was pivotal in converting many mountain bikers to the benefits of full suspension. With its place in the history books confirmed, the company hasn’t rested on its laurels.
It’s constantly evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of modern riders, gaining more travel, loosing weight and getting more contemporary (slacker) geometry over the years.
Despite limited ride time on the new Mount Vision, it’s abundantly clear that the changes have all resulted in a bike that is a serious contender for the best UK trail bike. Geometry that works, decent sizing, great specification and improved suspension make it a bike worthy of anyone looking for a competent all-rounder.
“Fast rolling 29er wheels, supple suspension and attentive handling angles all make the Marin a comfortable and friendly place to spend a day cruising, swooping, sweeping singletrack or open moors.”
“Marin’s cockpit gear is well shaped”.
“Spec, speed and smoothness are it’s strengths…”
- What Mountain Bike, April 2012.
I recently took my MTB Trail Leaders course in the Cambrian mountains above Llanidloes.
Gorgeous sunshine, lung busting hills, fast descents and like minded people. The Marin XC 7 29er was awesome on the mixed terrain, giving fast rolling speed and traction over the loose flint rock and amazing handling on steep gulleys, through fords and tractor ruts.
Take a look at the Marin Mount Vision XM 8 ready for the UK cycling press. Gen 3 quad link, 140mm of trail taming travel, tapered head tube, Fox 32 float fit rl, 140mm, Formula R1-X brakes, Fox float rp23, x7 / x9 combo – 2 x 10…
Bikes are arriving now, please contact your local dealer for more information.
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