"A 'Road' Bike for Mountain Bikers," the Gestalt X11, one of Bicycling's Best New Bikes and Gear

The 2019 Gestalt X11 is the second bike featured in Bicycling Magazine's list of the Best New Bikes and Gear Launched This Summer. Here's what they had to say.

"The Gestalt, Marin’s aluminum “beyond road” bike, has been a Bicycling Editors’ Choice winner in the past for its good value and impressive versatility—testers praised its ability to venture off-road with its bigger tires, to serve as an impressive entry-level road bike, or be built into a commuter. For 2019, Marin introduces a more adventurous, gravel-oriented version of the platform, the Gestalt X. (The original Gestalt is still available.) The Gestalt X11 features a lowered top tube for increased standover, more tire clearance for up to 42mm of rubber (the bike comes with 37mm-wide WTB Riddler gravel/CX tires), and a 105mm-travel dropper post that wouldn’t be out of place on a mountain bike. The frame even includes ports for dropper-post cable routing. A 1x11 SRAM Rival drivetrain allows Marin to convert the left-hand shifter into a dropper remote—a hack that people have been making to their 1x drop-bar bikes for a while now, but is in this case covered by SRAM’s warranty. The bike also features a new carbon fork, and a down tube with a cutout that allows Marin to tuck the rear wheel in a bit, keeping the wheelbase shorter for a more nimble bike. The Gestalt X still has rack and fender mounts, too, allowing you to set it up for touring or commuting."

Read their full list here.

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