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Assessment: Marin Alpine Path E1 eMTB is a flexible, succesful finances performer


On the earth of e-mountain bikes, there’s a roughly $4,000 USD place to begin for something that’s correctly path worthy. And at $4,899, the Marin Alpine Path E1 sits simply above that threshold, but delivers spec and efficiency that exhibits it comes from a fancier pedigree.

We additionally discovered that the sizing was very lenient, letting riders from 5’7″ to six’2″ get pleasure from our XL check bike, which may make it the right eMTB for a family that shares bikes, or in the event you simply wanna deliver that buddy alongside for the trip with out crushing them.

It’s a well-equipped 150mm journey mullet ripper that’s on the inexpensive finish of the catalog. Right here’s why it’s price contemplating…

Alpine Path E1 tech particulars

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and tech details

The Path E1 comes with a 160mm journey Rockshox 35 Gold fork and Rockshox Tremendous Deluxe Coil R rear shock. Whereas the Rockshox 35 Gold does sit close to the underside of Rockshox’s hierarchy, there are different 150mm journey e-MTBs that spec the 32mm stanchion Recon fork close to this bike’s value level.

The distinction in stiffness and efficiency on a motorcycle on this weight class going from 32mm to 35mm stanchions is big, and effectively price a bit more cash. It makes use of their DebonAir air spring, which is implausible, and Movement Management damper with exterior low-speed compression and rebound damping controls.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike suspension closeup

The coil spring didn’t impress me as a lot, perhaps solely be as a result of I’m not as used to them as I’m air springs, which I understand how to tune to my preferences. Or perhaps as a result of the inventory coil on Marin’s Massive and XL body sizes has a 200-230lb rider in thoughts, which is excess of I weigh, even totally kitted out.

Marin instructed us they “went with a coil to slot in with the efficiency traits of a protracted journey, aggressive e-bike. It value a bit greater than a comparable air shock, however we really feel that it’s well worth the expense for the supposed rider.”

I didn’t hate it, however I nonetheless haven’t discovered the candy spot for me. Thankfully, there’s an enormous vary of preload adjustment and we have been nonetheless capable of make it work effectively sufficient for riders as gentle as 120lbs.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and suspension details

That shock sits inside Marin’s EWS-winning MultiTrack suspension design, which strides easily by way of tough terrain with 150mm of rear wheel journey.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike controls closeup

Powering you up the mountain is a Shimano E7000 250W motor system with 60Nm of torque. The detachable battery is a 504Wh BT-8035, housed fully contained in the downtube. It’s not as highly effective because the E2 mannequin’s EP8/630Wh system, however it’s additionally $1,400 cheaper. That stated, in the event you can spring for the Alpine Path E2, as a package deal it presents a really compelling improve that can be very effectively priced for the class.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and tech details

With out fenders, each the bike and the fork are rated for as much as 2.8″ tires…and that’s what they spec within the rear:

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and tech details

A Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5 x 2.8″ sits out again, and the entrance is an Assegai 29 x 2.5″ tire.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and rim-tire width details

It’s not simply the tire diameters and widths which are totally different. Marin specs totally different width rims to match up with the tires’ girth. The rear is 38mm inside, and the entrance is 32mm inside, and so they’re laced to Shimano hubs.

Each are house-brand alloy rims with pinned joints which have held up effectively, however they’d most likely be the very first thing we upgraded. Or, perhaps the second:

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and cockpit details

Marin specs a brilliant quick 35mm stem size with a really large 780mm alloy riser bar. For our smaller testers, it pushed their arms out comically large. And even for me at 6’2″ I’d have most well-liked 750-760mm to assist wiggle by way of the timber and round boulders a bit higher.

I’d additionally swap it for a carbon fiber handlebar to take in a little bit of vibration and mute bumps only a bit extra. The grips have been OK, I’d solely exchange as soon as they wore out.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike review and suspension details

 

Remaining spec contains Shimano MT420 hydraulic disc brakes with 203mm rotors entrance and rear, Deore 11-46 10-speed cassette, Deore M4100 shifters and 5100 rear derailleur, KMC chain, and house-brand cast alloy cranks with 165mm arms and 38T narrow-wide chainring and e13 Plus chainguide.

Marin Alpine Path E1 trip evaluate

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

As one does, the very first thing we did was take a relative newcomer to large mountain driving to one of many extra technical, steep bike parks within the space. Rocky Knob, close to Boone, NC, is brutally robust on the best way up, and stuffed with jumps, drops, chutes, rocks, and roots on the best way down. It’s depraved enjoyable, and depraved difficult.

Our buddy Grady (5’9″)had a blast, although, driving across the large drops however in any other case cruising proper beside us, up and down for a full day. These “photograph shoot” rides sometimes flip into 6-7 hour days, and the bike completed with only a contact of juice left.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

Between photographs, I borrowed it for just a few rips by way of the rock gardens, too. Nevertheless it wasn’t till I used to be again on dwelling trails that I set it up for me and examined it throughout lengthy root sections. The Path E1 soaked all of it up with grace, staying lively over repetitive hits, and stored issues below management on drops and jumps.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

The low standover (689.8mm on XL, and far decrease simply above the rear shock) makes the bike straightforward to maneuver…

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

…which is nice for whipping it between timber and round tight corners, or simply getting playful within the air. Once more, narrower handlebars would assist with a few of this.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

On a commuter bike, I positively need all the facility I can get. However on most trails, the extra inexpensive e-bike programs used are a lot. They’re just about all Class 1 (20mph max) anyway, so the distinction is admittedly within the quantity of ooomph they will ship, and extra isn’t all the time higher.

I didn’t miss the extra torque or launch pace, so the improve from E7000 to a extra highly effective motor didn’t appear obligatory (the higher spec and longer battery life, nonetheless, do make compelling arguments for pulling out the platinum card). So, don’t fret if that is what’s in your finances, it’s greater than sufficient energy and pace for ripping by way of the paths and getting up the mountain.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

Whereas the bike is an efficient, enjoyable bike that any rider will admire. As somebody who rides a variety of very costly bikes, I had a good time on it, and it’s a strong platform for future upgrades. Marin’s suspension design and efficiency is implausible, and so they’ve translated that onto a really succesful eMTB that handles nice.

Should you’re solely shopping for this so that you can use, superior, cease right here and begin trying out the geo charts on their web site.

What will get me most enthusiastic about this bike, although, is that Kristi (5’7″) and Cameron (5’9″) and Grady may all trip it, too.

marin alpine trail e1 e-mountain bike ride review action photo

Which means, right here’s a motorcycle that’s each inexpensive and enjoyable and let’s me deliver a buddy or member of the family alongside to shred. Or I can take it and go shred with my broskis. One bike, plenty of riders, and the chance to make it just a little extra enjoyable for us to all trip collectively with out having to purchase a devoted e-Bike for my shorter associates.

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