Marin Releases the 2019 Mount Vision
Marin made headlines when it launched its Wolf Ridge and debuted Naild R3act rear suspension. Marin's goal with the 29-inch-wheel Wolf Ridge was to introduce the concept of supple, full-time suspension action with near-100 percent pedaling efficiency to trail riders first, and then follow it up later with a full-blown enduro machine. Enter the new Mount Vision - a 150-millimeter-travel aggressive platform, armed with geometry and suspension kinematics intended to take the Naild R3act concept deep into the realm of all-mountain and enduro racing. Marin breaks away from the current 29er trend, preferring to use 27.5-inch wheels - a choice they defend only to serve riders who prefer
Tuned geometry and suspension: Geometry is on the progressive side, with ample reaches in medium (453mm), through X-large (493mm). Reach for small size frames is scaled back slightly (432mm) to address that many riders on the small end of the scale struggle with jumbo-trend geometry. Suspension kinematics are slightly different between small/medium and large/X-large sizes to address the different levels of mass transfer under acceleration that occur between tall and short riders under acceleration. Both deliver the same travel and suspension feel, with different mid-stroke and an ant-squat curves,and the Pro model, built with Shimano XTR and e*thirteen components, and Fox Factory suspension for $8899 USD (8999€). Honoring current trend, Marin keeps the stem length short at 35mm and specs 170-millimeter crank arms for every model.
Sturdy chassis: Marin hardened up the Mount Vision's carbon frame, and fitted pivot points with larger bearings, each double sealed with full-diameter external shields. The head tube area is reinforced with a box-section, while the large down tube has a vertical rib molded into its center line that girds against impacts and helps transfer strength to the bottom bracket area. A super-duty glass-reinforced nylon bash guard has been added to the down tube for extra insurance. Finally, a carbon rocker link and top-tube-mounted shock create better suspension dynamics as well as make room for the placement of full-sized water bottles. (two on large and XL frames).
Mount Vision Pro• Shimano XTR drivetrain• Fox 36 Factory& Float X2 Factory suspension• Shimano XTR M9120 brakes, 203/180mm rotors• E*thirteen TRS Race Carbon wheelset& TRS Race/Plus 27.5 x 2.6” tires• US MSRP $8899
Mount Vision 9• SRAM X0-1 Eagle drivetrain• Fox Performance Elite36 & Float X2 Performance suspension• Shimano XT 4-piston brakes, 203/180mm rotors• Stan’s NoTubes Sentry MK3 rims & WTB Trail Boss 27.5 x 2.6” tires• US MSRP $6799
Mount Vision 8• SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain• RockShox Pike RC & DeluxeR suspension• Shimano XT 4-piston brakes, 203/180mm rotors• Stan’s NoTubes Sentry S1 rims & WTB Trail Boss 27.5 x 2.6” tires• US MSRP $5299
PB's Take:Marin's decision to develop a competitive all-mountain/enduro racing machine based upon Naild's R3act 2-Play suspension system is exactly what riders who are fans of, or simply curious about the new suspension system have been asking for. Mick and Tracey Hannah have proven without a doubt that the system is very quick on the downhills, and Marin, with its original Wolf Ridge, demonstrated its supreme pedaling efficiency over any terrain. The bike we all wanted, however, was the great pedaling all-mountain bike that ripped the downs. If the new Mount Vision performs as promised, it should silence any doubts that Marin and R3act are squarely in the game. Stay tuned for a full review.