Big news - we won three of the coveted Editors' Choice Awards from Bicycling Magazine last week, with the Wolf Ridge Pro, Hawk Hill 2 and Nicasio RC taking home the awards.
Here's what they had to say about each model.
Wolf Ridge Pro
The eye-catching Wolf Ridge defies easy categorization. With 160mm of rear-wheel travel and a beefy Fox 36 fork, is it an enduro-style 29er? Or, with its lively handling, efficient climbing, and playful pop, is it a do-it-all trail bike? It’s both. And count us pleasantly surprised that it’s Marin—known mostly as a value brand—that produced this captivating ride. It’s not cheap, but the ride and parts spec are top-notch, and we love that the company boldly took a chance on something different and made a special machine.
$8,600; 30.4 lb. (M)
Hawk Hill 2
Last year, we loved the Hawk Hill: an affordable, full-suspension bike that was just plain fun to ride. Now, Marin made the Hawk Hill a complete line. For just under $2k, you get a super capable 120mm of RockShox suspension, a hard-working SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain, meaty, grippy 2.35-inch tires, and even a dropper post (which solves our sole gripe about the Hawk Hill). With all this, the Hawk Hill 2 can hold its own against bikes far above its price. $1,950; 31 lb. (M)