Marin Pine Mountain 2
Marin Bikes opened its doors in 1986 right in the birthplace of mountain biking and relied on surrounding Marin County landmarks as inspiration for early model names. Pine Mountain, a location just north of Mt. Tamalpais, became the name of a steel hardtail that’s still kicking decades later. Of course, the new Pine Mountain features vast improvements over its early ancestor. The new Pine Mountain 2 is a dedicated adventure bike built for the long haul. Marin says this bike is designed for trail rides, bikepacking and all-day epics. We decided to see just how trail-worthy Marin’s adventure hardtail really was, so we called up our wrecking crew and put this timeless hardtail to the test.
Marin offers the Pine Mountain in two different options, with the Pine Mountain 1 being a more entry-level bike and the Pine Mountain 2 model offering standard features seen on modern mountain bikes. For this test we’re focusing our attention on the Pine Mountain 2 model that retails for just over $2,000. The frame is constructed from Series 3 double-butted and heat-treated chromoly steal with 29-inch wheels. The bike offers Boost 148 hub spacing, allowing for a variety of aftermarket wheel options and has internal dropper-post routing to ensure this bike is ready for the modern era. Additionally, the bike features a threaded bottom bracket and exposed cables to make it as serviceable as possible while out in the backcountry.
All that said,…