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Price $2,100 List$2,150 List$1,899 List$2,579 List$2,399 List
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Pros Easy-going geometry, exceptionally versatile, killer drivetrainHigh value, fun on a wide range of terrain, dialed geometryAggressive geometry, built to last, killer tiresSwift climbing, sharp handling, excellent valueHigh fun-factor, rails corners, very poppy
Cons Heavy, weak tire specificationPoor fork specification, less compliant frame compared to outgoing modelMay be overkill for riders/trails, sluggish in tight spacesNot as fun on rough trails, 11-speed drivetrainNarrow range of terrain where it shines, terrible rear tire specification
Bottom Line A versatile bikepacking rig that has the ability to rip trailsA well-rounded hardtail that blends solid value with stellar performance in most situationsA mean and aggressive hardtail with an appetite for high speedsA slick-climbing hardtail mountain bike that is ready for a cross country race but is happy thrashing flow trailsA very fun and versatile hardtail that is comfortable on a narrow range of terrain
Rating Categories Marin Pine Mountain 2 Specialized Fuse Expert 29 Rocky Mountain Growler 50 Ibis DV9 NX Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R
Fun Factor (25%)
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9
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Downhill (30%)
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Climbing (30%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Marin Pine... Specialized Fuse... Rocky Mountain... Ibis DV9 NX Santa Cruz...
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29" 29"
Weight (w/o pedals) 33 lbs 15 oz 29 lbs 14 oz 31 lbs 3 oz 26 lbs 8 oz 30 lbs 5 oz
Frame Material Steel Aluminum Aluminum Carbon Aluminum
Frame Size Tested Large Large Large Large Large
Available Sizes S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Fork RockShox FS 35 120mm RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL Fox Float Rhythm 34 Fox Rhythm 34 120mm
Wheelset Alloy Doublewall rims w/ Shimano and Alloy hubs, 32mm ID Specialized Stout Alloy SL, 29mm ID WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims with Shimano MT400 hubs Ibis Hubs, Ibis 938 Alloy rims SRAM MTH hubs with WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 rims
Front Tire Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.6" Specialized Butcher Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6" Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.6" Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 2.3"
Rear Tire Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 2.6" Specialized Purgatory Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB TrailBoss TCS Light Fast Rolling 2.6" Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6" Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR 2.25"
Shifters Shimano SLX 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX 11-speed SRAM NX Eagle
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed SRAM NX 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle
Crankset FSA Grid 32T SRAM NX Eagle DUB SRAM SX Eagle 30T SRAM NX 30T SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB 30T 175mm
Bottom Bracket FSA Outboard SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM BSA DUB SRAM GXP XR SRAM DUB Threaded
Cassette Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed, 10-51T SRAM NX 11-50T SRAM PG-1210 11-50T SRAM PG 1130 11-42T SRAM PG 1230 11-50T
Saddle Marin Pine Mountain Trail Specialized Bridge Comp WTB Volt Race 142 WTB Silverado 142 WTB Silverado Race
Seatpost TranzX Dropper, 150mm TranzX dropper 150mm travel 34.9mm diameter Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop KS E30i Dropper Race Face Aeffect
Handlebar Marin Pine Mountain Trail Bar, 50mm rise, 780mm width Specialized Stout Riser 780mm Rocky Mountain AM 780mm Ibis 780mm Alloy Race Face Ride
Stem Marin 3D Forged Alloy Specialized Stout Rocky Mountain 35 AM Ibis Race Face Ride
Brakes Shimano MT520 4-piston front/MT500 2-piston rear SRAM Level TRL Shimano MT420 4-piston front, MT400 2-piston rear SRAM Level SRAM Level T
Grips Marin Bear Paw Locking Specialized Trail Rocky Mountain Lock-on Light Lizard Skins Charger Evo Santa Cruz Palmdale
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Five Years Seven Years Lifetime
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