|Marin's Mount Vision XM Pro is its 140-millimeter-travel, top-drawer enduro-style trailbike. It's carbon chassis is based upon mid-diameter, 27.5-inch wheels and features Marin's latest Iso Trac rear suspension that uses flexible seat stays to eliminate the dropout pivot. The internal cable routing incorporates a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost and ISCG tabs at the bottom bracket are a welcome addition. The head angle is just right for technical trails at 67.5 degrees and the drivetrain is all SRAM XX1. Weight? Marin says 25 pounds|
Gravy works for Marin now, and to see his face light up the way it did during racing's glory days was a sure indicator that the new Marin is committed to making a run for the top. He's worked for the best, been the technical arm of world champions, heard a lot of promises and watched some of the sport's largest players come and go. A walk through Marin's lineup reveals where Gravy's (and the whole crew at Marin's) good vibes originate from. The designers there have been working double time - especially on Marin's new carbon fiber trailbikes. The geometry is right, the component selection is on the money and the bikes bristle with up-to-the-moment details - the stuff that can only come from a design team who ride regularly and hard - and are backed by new management, lead by Matt VanEnkevort (Ten years at FSA), who give them the freedom to make good things happen.
|Steve 'Gravy' Gravenites is Marin's Team Mechanic and also does quality control inspections at Marin's California headquarters.|
|(Clockwise) Marin's Mount Vision XM Pro debuts Iso Trac rear suspension with flex-pivot seat stays. The shock is the Fox Float X - a popular choice among endure racers. The rear brake caliper is tucked inside the frame to protect the Avid X0 Trail caliper. While SRAM XX1 drivetrains rarely toss a chain, the XOX guide is welcome insurance for competitors. A look at the one-piece chain and seat stay junction, its 142/12-millimeter rear axle and the internal cable ports lined up on the Mount Vision's head tube.|
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