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    When you get tired of pretending to "All-Mountain" on a 120mm HT...

    You get a better tool for the job.




    2020 Marin Alpine Trail 8

    Added Saint pedals (with some diety flats on backup) and an e*13 chain guide/bash guard.
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    Shiftin' jumps and huckin' gears

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    Another path-



    Sold out til Dec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impetus View Post
    You get a better tool for the job.




    2020 Marin Alpine Trail 8

    Added Saint pedals (with some diety flats on backup) and an e*13 chain guide/bash guard.
    What made you chose this over a Kona process or similar? Just wondering!
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    In a word, "opportunity".

    I actually stumbled into it by virtue of "if this, than maybe that, if that, maybe this too".

    I initially was looking for a 29" full suspension bike to compliment the Vassago Verhauen I've been riding singlespeed only for the last 5 years. I was getting tired of being so hammered after big rides like 30+ miles on the BCT (a notoriously rough and remote through-trail in AZ), as well as Sedona/Flag "big mountain" days.
    I started by looking at a Polygon Siskiu T8 after I bought my son a Polygon Relic 24 and saw the Siskiu on BikesOnline. Comparing bikes on YouTube led me to the Fezzari Abajo Peak or Cascade Peak. The current wait time on a Fezzari is like 10 weeks.
    More 'shootout' videos introduced me to the Marin Rift Zone, the 29er 130/125 trail bike, which gets great reviews, but I couldn't find one.
    At one point I had a list of bikes ranging in travel and intent from a Giant Stance to a YT Jeffsy, and almost everything in between (including a Process) around the $2.5-3k price point.

    GovVelo.com had great deals on Marins, and though no Rift Zones, happened to have an Alpine trail in stock in my size. A lot more review reading an I decided it was a good choice. It allows me to pedal, but also fully capable on double black Diamond Sedona trails that are 90 mins from my house.

    A couple factors sealed the deal.
    1) I have a soft spot for Marin. An Indian Fire Trail was one of my first bikes. So happy to see them making cool bikes again.
    2) I love the color.
    3) The price was right. Hundreds less than MSRP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
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    That was a freakin' great review.

    Really appreciated that you talked about frame compliance and I'm well aware that some manufacturers are just building geo with no consideration for this aspect of performance.

    I essentially have no experience with HTs but it made me want to go buy one!

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    Thatís a beautiful bike! Many happy miles to you.

    Oh, and please post your impressions after a few weeks/months of stretching its/your limits with your new whip. Thanks!
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    Congratulations on the new bike!

    That Marin is a great bike and should be awesome for you.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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    This is what I chose...I guess I am not pretending anymore. Now I guess I gotta learn how to shred, "All Mountain"!!

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    10 weeks from Fezzari is no joke. Iím about 7 weeks into waiting for my Abajo Peak.

    Congrats on the Marin though. Iíve done the lower section of BCT on my hardtail. Thatís no a no joke trail to be riding a single speed on.

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