Archived July 2017
What’s it called?: Marin Bobcat Trail 5
Intended use: Cross-country mountain biking, general use
Price (excluding taxes, at time of posting): $1200
Why we like it: We’re not completely abandoning our love of 2x and 3x drivetrains, but we must admit that we’re really in love with the newish crop of 1x drivetrains (where there’s 1 chainring up front, with an absense of front derailleur and front shifter, and a large range, multi speed rear cassette).
The Marin Bobcat Trail 5 is one of the very best deals that incorporates a 1x drivetrain available to us. On top of that it has a very capable frame geometry that feels very comfortable on local trails but is also suitable for everyday roundabout-town riding.
What the manufacturer has to say: The most aggressively priced 10-speed mountain bike Marin has ever made, the Bobcat Trail leads from the top with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Deore rear derailleur and a performance RockShox Recon Silver fork. The Bobcat uses our all-new lightweight butted Series 2 frame and trail geometry, giving you an easy to ride bike that accelerates like it has rocket boosters.
The Bobcat trail line features our right size technology delivering a bikes to fit you, including frames that match your riding style and body. Our Right Size bikes use either 27.5” or 29” wheels depending on the frame size, to provide the best fit and function for riders big and small.