A Worthy Duallie for $1800 (US$1500)?

Words Cam McRae
Photos David Ferguson
Date Sep 20, 2016

In the era of $2000 wheels and five figure builds it’s refreshing to see a legit dual suspension bike for less than a used Honda Civic. Marin started with trail geometry that few would complain about. The 67.5 degree head angle, short stays (430mm) and relatively low BB (337mm) make for a great starting point. Geometry can’t be upgraded later, unless you consider slapping on a bigger fork and messing with the BB height, so if these numbers aren’t nailed you may as well just move on.

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This is not the silhouette of an inexpensive bike. The fit and finish look great and the entire bike looks very fine. The only budget alerts are the absence of a dropper and the silver stanchions.

Beyond that this bike has a Shimano 1 by 10 drivetrain with a Sunrace cassette and KMC chain, Shimano hydraulic discs, Marin-branded 27mm internal width rims, Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires and a 780mm wide bar. A nice addition is that the rear hub spacing is convertible from stock 135 to 142 if you ever want to get your Eagle on. Another future proofing feature is internal routing for a 30.9 dropper post.

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How will the KMC chain and the Sunrace cassette function? How durable will they be? We’ll let you know.

Suspension is handled by a Rock Shox Recon up front and an X Fusion 02 Pro R in the rear with 120mm of travel on both ends. What Marin calls MultiTrac suspension looks like a fairly standard four bar design.

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Don’t expect lots of knobs to turn on a bike that matches the retail for about what you’d pay for a top of the line fork and dropper post.

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It looks pretty tidy when it’s not dusty as well.

We’ll work on getting one of these to test to see how it rides and stands up to real world conditions, but it seems to me that all brands would do well to have a bike like this in their line-ups. This is a great way to get people into mountain biking or allow hardtail riders to go full bounce without having to re-mortgage their house.

The Hawk Hill retails for US$1495, CDN$1800, £1200, and $1999 in Australia.

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tehllama42
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Tehllama42  - Sept. 20, 2016, 9:02 p.m.

These are the kinds of bikes manufacturers need to be making -> making price point bikes with good geometry doesn't actually cost any more, and speccing pricy but underperforming stuff on budget models is something that doesn't really come up in reviews because the only test mules that go out are carbon-wheel XT or better models, which ride well unless something is outright janky with the frame design.

I can't wait for a review, especially if it blows the pants off of some pricier bikes [or at least buzzes tires the whole time]. Thanks for putting in the work to make that happen.

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riley
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Riley  - Sept. 20, 2016, 3:11 p.m.

I'd love to see a full review. What is also worth pointing out is the use of a threaded BB and 2.35 wide tires.

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Sept. 20, 2016, 4:50 p.m.

Good catch Riley. The ball is in motion and we should get a bike in a month or so.

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