Pinkbike announced 5 nominees for the Value Bike of the Year, including the Marin Alpine Trail 7. Here's what they had to say:
"Priced at only $2,749 USD, Marin's Alpine Trail 7 exceeded expectations, with a solid build and performance to match. Marin designed it for seasoned trail riders on a budget, with 29-inch wheels, up-to-date frame geometry, just-right suspension performance, and four intelligently proportioned size options. Marin's aluminum chassis is kept simple, with a time-proven, 150-millimeter-travel, linkage-driven single pivot rear suspension. Its X-Fusion 02 RXC shock is paired with a capable, 160-millimeter RockShox Yaris RC fork. Up top, 800-millimeter bars and a 150-millimeter dropper underscore the purpose of the bike."
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