Over on the forum the past two days I’ve been teasing our regulars with the idea of a semi-fat bike with semi-gnarr geometry. It’s drawn a few responses but now I’ve been rumbled it’s time to put some meat on the bare bones information I’d provided earlier.
The bike in question is the 2016 Marin Pine Mountain 1. Made from 4130 cro-moly, this isn’t likely to be a particularly light bike. But it’s been engineered specifically to take the latest trend/fad of 2.8″ tyres on 27.5″ rims. This gives you – essentially – a 29er, but with a lot more air volume in the tyres and a greater contact patch on the trail. Win-win you might say.
What’s more interesting is the price. For £750 you get the steel frame (with a 44mm headtube for slackerising opportunities), a rigid fork, a 1×10 11-42 SRAM X7/X5 drivetrain and cartridge-bearing equipped hubs with 40mm internal width rims, running Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.8s. I can’t think of a better entry into the semi-fat market for those on a budget.
I agree with all those who say in its’ spec form it’s not especially slack, and maybe a little short in the wheelbase. My point is to move those numbers in the right direction requires a lot more cash and I’m willing to bet that there’s a great deal of fun to be had with this bike in any case.
I never thought I’d go back to a Marin. They generally look like dogs to me, but in this case, the nickel/orange colour scheme looks mighty fine. I’m very tempted…