With our Kona ESD review yesterday came a lot of emails with people inquiring about other “hardcore hardtails.” One bike that falls into this family is the Marin El Roy. While some angles are similar to the ESD, other dimensions aren’t as extreme. Take the chainstay length of 435mm (acknowledging that the ESD has sliding dropouts that can reach this dimension), a 63º head tube angle, a 78º seat tube angle, and a bottom bracket height of 318mm (compared to the ESD’s 312.5mm). The El Roy is also made from steel, carries a price tag of $2,499.00, and comes in Regular or Grande sizes.
Marin’s new Pine Mountain hardtail is a $2099 hardtail with more than enough bottle bosses to bolt on a full-size framebag or cargo cages. While the profile might look a little ridiculous, this is what the people want isn’t it? Honestly, bottle bosses don’t bother me, especially when they’re plugged with rubber stops, not bolts. Good on ya, Marin for making an affordable hardtail with lots of versatility built in. See the full spec sheet at Marin.
Long before July’s sweltering heat, we were enjoying the pleasant month of March. I had been sitting on my porch sipping coffee when my friend Todd texted me, “I’m going to email you about the thing, so look out.” We’ve collaborated on many wild ideas, and Todd’s been a good friend for over a decade. I usually perk up when he reaches out about “things” because he’s a great adventure planner, so I kept a close eye on the inbox. Lucky for me, it was an email saying that all the plans were coming together for an idea we had been tossing around for quite a while; a multi-day bike camping trip to uncover the inspiration for the Coal x Swift collaboration project with artist and illustrator, Chris McNally in the Marin Headlands of California.