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
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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