A few days ago we featured the Marin Bobcat Trail 9.4 which retails for $835 plus taxes. If your budget is just a little bit tighter than that there’s also the Bobcat Trail 9.3 for $725 plus taxes.
The biggest difference between the two bikes might be the 3×8 drivetrain set up on the 9.3 pictured above, with an Altus rear derailleur, compared with the 3×9 set up on the 9.4. Honestly, that’s not a huge compromise to save over $100.
The 9.3 has some other basic bits like a square taper bottom bracket, but that means it’s also super easy to maintain and replace damaged parts, and despite it’s relatively low price it still offers 100mm of travel with a lock out and hydraulic disc brakes.
All in all it’s quite a value, and it’s ready to go anytime you are.