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    2019 alpine trail

    Looks like a great bike! Anybody know when they will be available? Also...weight? And pedal-ability? Thanks

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    ETA to Canada is October'ish. Not sure about the US.

    Not sure about weights yet, but pedal-ability should be good, based on my experiences with the Hawk Hill. On all but the smoothest climbs, you'll be able to leave it wide open.

    Marin has done a great job with the kinematics on this design.

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    It sure looks like well thought out bike and a good value too. I'm hoping for sub 33#s!

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    Oh that'll be easy to achieve. A friend of mine built up a B17 2 with similar, marginally better specs, and it was just a smidge over 30lbs with pedals...

    Marin builds their frames light, but strong.

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    ARGH! When will it hit stores in the southeast? I sent Marin an email, but have not received a response yet. The local bike shop (Performance Bike) said they are not in stock yet and did not know when they would be in stores.
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    If they are going to have a lot of pre-release hype, they should put a hard date on when they're available. A date that they are sure to be able to hit. Then if they can move them out sooner, all the better. Customers are fired up and happy.

    This "big tease over the summer" then an information blackout on when they'll ship is a bit irritating. Customers are like WTF?

    Just a little customer service tip!

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    Well, speak of the devil..........I got my response from Marin. EARLY 2019 they should be hitting stores.🤦*♂️. Thanks for the headsup fast! A tease indeed!
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    Ah, I was wondering why there wasn't more posts about this bike as the geometry numbers are spot on and this should be an AMAZING bike for the price! I predict this bike will put Marin back on the map of relevance!

    Have FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gman086 View Post
    Ah, I was wondering why there wasn't more posts about this bike as the geometry numbers are spot on and this should be an AMAZING bike for the price! I predict this bike will put Marin back on the map of relevance!

    Have FUN!

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    There sure is a demand for a bike like this for under $5000, I'm looking forward to it too!

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    2019 alpine trail-f00534d6-f781-4843-8908-a5b3e2d6baca.jpg

    I was concerned about the price increases coming to the bike industry because of the increased tariffs on bikes/bike parts, but apparently Marin moved their manufacturing operations to Indonesia about 5 years ago. I am assuming this will keep their prices the same. We will see, but man I hope this bike is worth the wait....there are others I am looking at, but the Alpine Trail seems like a killer deal.
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    I can't decide on how much travel I want on my next bike but this is on my short list for spring. Also looking at:
    Jeffsy is possibly getting an update.
    Liking the Commencal Mega TR 29er.
    Got a demo on the 19 Stumpjumper Comp carbon and loved it but at $4200 a bit much to swallow.

    Want something to do it all well and for park days with Welch, Spirit mnt and now Giants Ridge with lift access riding, more travel is looking like a better option.

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    Current ETA is february according to the Marin guys at Interbike.

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    Anybody currently on an Alpine 7 or 8?

    Currently in the process of likely selling my Rift Zone 2 and looking at both bikes leaning towards the 8 for the better suspension package.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Scuba.Steve View Post
    Anybody currently on an Alpine 7 or 8?

    Currently in the process of likely selling my Rift Zone 2 and looking at both bikes leaning towards the 8 for the better suspension package.




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    AT 7 vs 8?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy View Post
    Looks like a great bike! Anybody know when they will be available? Also...weight? And pedal-ability? Thanks
    Now that these are out, can anyone comment on differences between the 2 models? Thought I had a line on an 8 demo but turns out it's a 7. Kinda like the more subtle color scheme better actually.

    Not any reviews on them(that i came across in my searches anyway) just the 8's. Seems like the main difference in price would be the FOX suspension on the 8 vs RS on the 7's. At 60+ I dont hit the "gnar" much and @135#'s I'm sure the Xfusion/Yari will handle things when it gets rowdy(er). And to me the NX and Shimano drivetrains are a wash due to being replaceable items. .

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    There are several reviews out there on the 7. All great. Pinkbike has one I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicjoe View Post
    There are several reviews out there on the 7. All great. Pinkbike has one I believe.
    Thanks! Yeah that's a great review. Very thorough. Settled all my queries. Shoot I swore I looked there....but looking back now i was surfing the classifieds for comps for used value.

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    Bump....

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    Price of the 7 is lower on Marin's website. Wonder if this is a permanent drop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richulr View Post
    Price of the 7 is lower on Marin's website. Wonder if this is a permanent drop?
    $2399? Been that for awhile as far as I know.

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    Almost everywhere else has it for $2749. $2300 is a pretty good deal.

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    Looking at picking one up thru a shop I help out at. Even better deal....

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    Does anybody actually have one of these bikes? I'd love to hear about them by a "regular person"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy View Post
    Does anybody actually have one of these bikes? I'd love to hear about them by a "regular person"
    As opposed to an "irregular" one? 🤔

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy View Post
    Does anybody actually have one of these bikes? I'd love to hear about them by a "regular person"
    Deciding between these or an HH1 actually. In the 27.5 whippy playful vs 29er brawler mauler quandary. I can get the HH for just about half of the A7 to economize but would need to invest in a dropper and better fork to get it where I'd feel I had a descent setup(have a Roval Traverse wheelset and new xt/xtr 11 speed drivetrain and brakes sitting in boxes for a build) but that would put me up to/over the A7 price. Getting the A7 I would still put the components on with only adding in the small cost of an upgrade cartridge to the Yari.

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    Anyone with one of these bikes answer these questions?

    - 30.9mm seat post stiff enough? I'd like 34.9mm, but at least 31.6mm. None of the reviews have mentioned anything negative though.
    - Reviews however have said that the seat tube doesn't allow enough insertion for bigger droppers. Can't find anything on the Marin website. Would want a 170mm dropper.
    - Rocker arm stiff enough? Reviews haven't said anything bad. It's a 'one-piece forged' with a weld straight down the middle. Would've liked to see a true one-piece composite like Giant does on the Trance (even AL models)

    Overall pretty intrigued about this bike. A lot of bikes this travel have gotten so long, low, and slack. Spec on the AT7 would eventually be fully upgraded, but out of the box there's nothing to swap other than personal and geographical stuff aka cockpit and tires. Would have really liked 1-2 degrees steeper seat tube, but that's not a huge concern, just slide the seat forward. 30.9mm seat post is the only slightly sour taste I have about this bike.

    Hopefully should be able to see one of these in a new dealer who just opened here.

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    I just got an Alpine 7 and have made a few upgrades.
    To answer your questions...
    1. I have never felt a 30.9 was too flexy (I've ridden dozens of bikes with all the post sizes).
    2. Not a lot of insertion to work with. My medium only has 227mm, which is making it difficult to find a replacement for the Manic (so it might stay for a while). NOTE: OneUp has a short body and a short actuator so it might be your best bet.
    3. The rocker link is one piece, no weld on mine. The back end is significantly stiffer than the 2020 Rift Zone I demoed last month (2 rocker links).

    Unsolicited feedback: The X-Fusion rear shock is functional, but not amazing. I have heard tell of these units failing because it is damped too light with very thin shims . I am replacing the shock before it becomes an issue (and with something nicer).
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    @~135#'s I'm not worried in the least about a 30.9 dropper. He!! I may shim down and get a 27.2 dropper! 😏

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    @~135#'s I'm not worried in the least about a 30.9 dropper. He!! I may shim down and get a 27.2 dropper! 😏
    I'm not worried either. I ride a suspension seat post on my hardtail. I've never even heard of anybody worried the seat post isn't stiff enough. Are we sure we're talking about the same thing as birddog07??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSteel View Post
    I just got an Alpine 7 and have made a few upgrades.
    To answer your questions...
    1. I have never felt a 30.9 was too flexy (I've ridden dozens of bikes with all the post sizes).
    2. Not a lot of insertion to work with. My medium only has 227mm, which is making it difficult to find a replacement for the Manic (so it might stay for a while). NOTE: OneUp has a short body and a short actuator so it might be your best bet.
    3. The rocker link is one piece, no weld on mine. The back end is significantly stiffer than the 2020 Rift Zone I demoed last month (2 rocker links).

    Unsolicited feedback: The X-Fusion rear shock is functional, but not amazing. I have heard tell of these units failing because it is damped too light with very thin shims . I am replacing the shock before it becomes an issue (and with something nicer).
    Well I'd be on a large, so probably at least 20-30mm longer. Oneup 180mm post has a 267mm max insertion. Could probably manage that at 170mm travel.

    Good to hear the rear is nice and stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy View Post
    Does anybody actually have one of these bikes? I'd love to hear about them by a "regular person"
    Yo back. Regular persona here :

    Just picked up an AT7. Did a couple demo rides on it and seems to fit the bill for what I'm looking for. Coming off a same size Devinci Django 29(120/140 bike) I picked up ~1.5" of wb due to the longer fork and steeper ht <(68->66).

    Found the cockpit abit more cramped in comparison tho(probly due to the above geo/fork differentials aswell...) mitigated by switching out from the stock 35mm stem(actually measures more like 30 comparing it to my other 35 stems)to a 50mm and sliding the seat back abit from center of rails.

    The other cockpit thing I noted that needs altering is the 125 travel dropper post spec'd on the small frames. With my setup theres +3" of distance from seat binder collar->dropper collar which cuts down on seat clearance while dropped in the steeps. I'm thinking I can change to a 150 no prob which will be fine enuff drop for my xc riding prowess!

    Will be swapping over my lighter wheelset/tires for the stock inhouse Marins/2.6" Vees(save chunky setup for some out of area outings) and some personal trinket components at somepoint but the overall spec with full SLX drivetrain and Debonair Yari is a great start!👍
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    Hello everyone! Picked up a used AT7 a little while back. Since, I have replaced the rear shock for a factory dpx2 which was noticeably better. Has anyone serviced their pivots? I was having an issue with my chain stays wobbling. Shop said they just needed to be tightened but my suspension doesn't feel as plush as I would think it should. I called Marin and they gave me the wrong size of bearing (glad I checked before I ordered). Wondering if anyone knows what size bearings this bike takes before I pull it all apart. Any info would help! Thanks.
    -Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesabaker View Post
    Hello everyone! Picked up a used AT7 a little while back. Since, I have replaced the rear shock for a factory dpx2 which was noticeably better. Has anyone serviced their pivots? I was having an issue with my chain stays wobbling. Shop said they just needed to be tightened but my suspension doesn't feel as plush as I would think it should. I called Marin and they gave me the wrong size of bearing (glad I checked before I ordered). Wondering if anyone knows what size bearings this bike takes before I pull it all apart. Any info would help! Thanks.
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    I spoke with someone in warranty, can't remember the name. He gave me one of the correct sizes but after taking one of the bolts off, I realized that there are different sized bearings. I'll probably end up taking all of the pivot bolts off to see for myself. Just wanted to check before getting knee deep in a project I'm not prepared for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesabaker View Post
    I spoke with someone in warranty, can't remember the name. He gave me one of the correct sizes but after taking one of the bolts off, I realized that there are different sized bearings. I'll probably end up taking all of the pivot bolts off to see for myself. Just wanted to check before getting knee deep in a project I'm not prepared for.
    This guy? If not ask for him if you call back again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesabaker View Post
    Hello everyone! Picked up a used AT7 a little while back. Since, I have replaced the rear shock for a factory dpx2 which was noticeably better. Has anyone serviced their pivots? I was having an issue with my chain stays wobbling. Shop said they just needed to be tightened but my suspension doesn't feel as plush as I would think it should. I called Marin and they gave me the wrong size of bearing (glad I checked before I ordered). Wondering if anyone knows what size bearings this bike takes before I pull it all apart. Any info would help! Thanks.
    -Wes
    How did the DPx2 work compared to the stock? Did you get one with specific tune for the AT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy View Post
    Looks like a great bike! Anybody know when they will be available? Also...weight? And pedal-ability? Thanks
    Anyone ~5'6ish riding a medium? Demo'd a small for abit but felt abit cramped even with changing out 31mm stem to a 50.

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    Bump! No vertically challenged riders on a medium AT?🙄

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