The Marin Pine Mountain 1 is a smooth-riding hardtail mountain bike with a comfortable cockpit and classic style. The Marin is quick and fun on rolling flow trails with firm dirt. As soon as the trail gets steep or conditions get loose, the Pine Mountain gets sketchy. This bike seems to be built for long, casual, rides as opposed to redline pinning. Testers agree theMarin is very comfortable for long days in the saddle. If you're looking for a bike that can be easily rigged up for a multi-day bikepacking trip and still cruise the local trails, the Pine Mountain is a nice option.
The steel frame of the Marin offers a more damp and comfortable ride. Steel transmits less of the trail surface compared to aluminium or carbon fiber hardtails. That said, the upright geometry and lack of a dropper post limit how rad you can get on this bike. If you're looking for a hardtail best equipped to rip a huge range of terrain, check out the Editor's Choice Specialized Fuse Comp 6Fattie.