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    For the John Whyte / Marin fans....

    A sneak peak at his new creation.

    Whyte have always been mountainbiking's Marmite and their new bike, the E5 is going to continue that trend. It's a totally new cross country/marathon/enduro style bike sporting 5" travel at both ends and a ridiculously low weight for the travel. A new suspension linkage based on the Quad Link design (a la Marin Quake AL 7 - more on that later) has been moved into the middle of the frame with the shock tucked in there as well, there's a hydroformed front triangle and a featherweight (700g!) carbon rear swing arm with Big Gripper dropouts. It's going to be available in two forms, the Works with lots of pimp trickery (XO shifters, FSA carbon cranks, Easton, Hope etc) at �3175 and the XT, with a more affordable but still pretty top drawer build, at �2800. Both come with Maverick SC32 forks so the unsprung mass is low at both ends for good suspension response. Jon Whyte was keen to point out the hefty portions of mud clearance on offer at both ends as well as the shock being well hidden from mud and grit. There's also the ability to drop the saddle all the way, get the bike on your shoulder and stick on a bottle cage. The bottle cage is on the swingarm, so the contents should stay well mixed as you ride.



    Carbon Swingarm



    Another view



    New quick release on TARA frames



    Marin's new DH bike, the quake



    Quake Dropout



    Marin's Mount Vision Pro
    Looks unchanged except for the switch to SRAM XO drivetrain.


    The TARA line gets an all-new frame with new geometry:

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    It's too efficent.

    Nice design. Looking forward to riding one.

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    Slick design. I like the ride of the quad link design and this E5 seems to clean it up even a bit more. That carbon swing arm looks monstrous.... but as long as it's light, I guess that's OK.... it just messes with the aesthetics of the whole package for me.
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    If you think thats aesthetically challenged, check out the PRST bike.

    It looks like a Go-bot



    On another note, have you TARA guys seen the new bearing and alpine link upgrade kits for your bikes?



    Alpine Link
    The Alpine Link fits to the above bikes and it is designed to adjust the bikes geometry so that the bike has a more relaxed feel to it. It achieves this by slackening the head tube and seat tube angle and by dropping the bottom bracket height. It will come in Gold anodize. The link will retail at 49.95. NOTE: This link cannot be fitted to an XC bike.
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    Sweet!!!

    The bikes look awesome. Were you one of the bros at Sea Otter that rode with the guys from Irvine?

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