Amazing-well written review by a rider of his own bike, fantastically summarized with this:
After my most fun riding season ever, I can say that I am so glad that I have chosen this bike. I have never felt myself progress as much as this summer and I give a lot of credit to the bike that was begging to be ridden. It is written "Made for Fun" on it and I could really feel that the product designer knew what he was doing when designing this bike. The frame is trustworthy and worth upgrading as much as any other boutique brand in my opinion, and the builds for all three models of the range are really good for the money. I have paid more for a frame only than this whole bike in the past and the Marin feels much better. Plus, you’re backed with a devoted company that’s been around for decades, and their customer support is awesome. That’s exactly what I was looking for, and I’ll keep it in my stable for years to come. Now if they’d sell them frame only, I’d replace it with the new 2019 Alpine Trail 150mm travel bike, which has a slacker head tube angle (65), steeper seat tube angle (76), and a bit more suspension travel.
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