The time period ATB or All Terrain Bike is beginning to get thrown round fairly a bit – and for good motive. There are a variety of bikes on the market that aren’t actually gravel bikes, however not fairly mountain bikes both.
Utilizing the time period ATB as a name to motion, Marin offers us the Larkspur 2.
And it might be the ATB all of us want.
How ’bout Some Fast Historical past
Marin Bikes was born in 1986 by Bob Buckley in, you guessed it, Marin County, California. Within the early days, Mountain Bike Corridor of Famer, Joe Murray helped Bob with product design. Working collectively, Marin designed and offered their first bike, The Madrone Path, a $199 mountain bike. A decade later, in 1996, they went on to be the primary bike firm to win the XC Nationwide Championship on a full-suspension bike.
2008 rolled round and Marin Bicycles has been rising. Nonetheless owned and run by its founder, Bob Buckley, Bob made the choice to maneuver into the Grateful Useless’s previous 32,000-square-foot rehearsal spot to assist accommodate the expansion of the corporate.
In 2012 Bob, at 66 years previous, offered Marin Bikes to a non-public holding group. Marin continues to be headquartered in Marin County California. In 2011, a long-time worker of 25 years, Tom Herington took the position of CEO earlier than shifting in 2012, to the COO place and bringing over the present CEO Matt VanEnkevort from Full Pace Forward (FSA).
Unboxing the Larkspur 2
The Larkspur 2 got here 80% assembled and went collectively simply sufficient. Small elements and pedals have been tucked away within the typical smaller field. When assembling it, the gears have been approach out of adjustment, I spent some actual time on this till I observed that the derailleur hanger was a bit of bent. After I straightened it, the bike shifted nice.
The colour, Gloss Copper/Turquoise was actually eye-catching when combined with the black parts. Throw within the gum wall tires, and it’s a very good-looking bicycle.
Marin Bikes are literally calling this bike an “journey mixte”. Not like conventional mixte frames that had twin high tubes that permit the seat tube to run between them as they run all the best way again to the rear dropouts, this body makes use of a strong high tube that drops right down to the underside of the seat tube, with twin ‘mixte’ rails beginning out decrease on the highest tube.
Step-through frames are the dominant body of alternative for many city cyclists on a worldwide scale. However right here, Marin has achieved one thing completely different with the Larkspur body. With its distinctive step-through body, the Larkspur 2 provides a visual distinction from most fashionable step-throughs that I’ve seen currently.
And the cool horizontal, double tubes that cross the seat tube down on the decrease a part of the down tube, made for an important handhold for carrying it up some stairs, or when loading and unloading the bike on and off my rack.
With the Larkspur 2, Marin Bikes has additionally blended some actually helpful qualities from the mountain bike world with some highlights from the commuter world to create an All-Terrain Bicycle that meets each worlds head-on.
How is it Spec’d?
The Larkspur 2 body makes use of a butted CrMo step-through body and has 27.5 wheels, rack, fender, and kickstand mounts in addition to an built-in headset. The rear dropout is QR-specific and spaced at 135mm.
The body is available in small, medium, and enormous.
The Fork can be CrMo with a curved blade and is disc particular. It has fender and rack eyelets. It’s QR-specific and spaced at 100mm.
The cockpit makes use of a house-branded Marin alloy sweeper bar, a 31.8mm stem, with an FSA Orbit CE no. 8P headset. The bars are geared up with Marin County grips. And the saddle is a Marin Journey Plush.
The wheels are constructed with house-branded aluminum, double wall rims with an inner width of 27mm. The entrance and rear hubs used are alloy, quick-release, house-branded, disc-specific, 32-hole with non-sealed bearings and 14g stainless spokes and nipples.
Tires embrace the VEE Tire GPVee in 27.5×2.35″ with a wire bead, puncture safety, and a combo, combined terrain sort of tread.
Drivetrain duties are dealt with by a wide-range Shimano Deore 1×11 rear shifter and clutched rear derailleur, with a generic, non-branded solid alloy crank utilizing a narrow-wide 38t chainring. The rear 11-51t, 11-speed cassette is by SunRace.
The Seat submit is a TranzX YSP38J, 70mm/110mm journey with a Shimano I-Spec EV Lever.
Each entrance and rear brakes are Shimano Deore hydraulic with a 160mm rear rotor and a 180mm entrance rotor.
How’d it Trip?
I ordered the bike within the greatest measurement accessible, the scale massive. You possibly can take a look at the full geo chart right here.
After assembling the bike and driving it across the block, the cockpit felt a bit of cramped, nevertheless it appeared manageable. by the tip of my first combined terrain 20-miler, I used to be very uncomfortable. It’s my humble opinion that the big measurement ought to include an extended stem of no less than an extra 10mm. Simply to place it in perspective, my spouse is 5’5″ to my 6’1″, and with the dropper submit dropped all the best way down, she was very comfortable on this bike.
Apart from that simply remedied stem swap concern, the bike was very comfy. It rolled clean, and the tires have been excellent for each the highway and the paths round my neck of the woods.
Placing my Roadrunner Luggage medium Jammer on the entrance made it the right errand bike.
Whereas out driving the Larkspur 2 on gentle to average trials, I discovered that the bike handles rather well. The tires have been satisfactory for many filth surfaces that I rode, minus the dreaded loose-over hardpack. The bike’s longish chainstay helped the bike descend rather well, feeling good n’ steady. Letting some air out of the two.35″ tires made it really feel extra plush on a few of the extra technical stuff than the inflexible construct would recommend.
With the big selection mountain bike gearing and a 20.5 gear inch granny, this bike was very nice to trudge uphill. On considered one of my favourite trails, there’s an uncovered root part that may be difficult. I often have to assault it seated whereas pulling the entrance wheel up and over the obstacles. On the path talked about and others that have been related, I discovered the seat submit feeling a bit of flexy at instances.
I additionally discovered that on this bike the best way it’s arrange, the 180mm entrance rotor was too grabby and actually a bit of overkill within the entrance brake dept. For my part, twin 160mm rotors on this bike would offer loads of stopping energy.
The place this bike actually shined whereas off-road, was on the semi-groomed hearth roads and buffed singletrack. The Larkspur 2 was quick, comfy and a very enjoyable bike to trip.
Marin Bikes has produced a flexible, good-looking, and enjoyable bike to trip. It’s enjoyable and simple to pedal, and it’s geared correctly for something that you simply would possibly wish to throw at it. The manufacturing unit tires that come on the bike are nice for comfortably commuting or driving round city and simply aggressive sufficient to take the lengthy, soiled approach residence.
The sweep of the bar is ideal for an upright, and relaxed trip. Apart from the plain, extra frequent makes use of for the dropper submit, I additionally discovered myself utilizing it as a simple technique to keep seated whereas ready to make use of the crosswalk. Total, it’s a winner of a motorbike.
That being stated, there are some things I might change if I have been to purchase the bike. I might add one other 10-15mm to the stem size on the large-sized bike and I might swap the entrance 180mm rotor for a 160mm rotor. Additionally, being that there’s just one spot for a water bottle cage (apart from the fork), a spot underneath the down tube for one more water bottle cage can be welcomed.
I consider that this bike is a superb worth for the elements spec that was used, to not point out the built-in versatility of the bike… you get plenty of bike for the retail value of $1149.
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