If you fancy heading off into the back of beyond for a spot of bikepacking but pedalling a fully laden bike sounds like hard work, you'll be very interested in Marin's new Pine Mountain E, an off-road adventure bike that packs extra power courtesy of a Shimano STEPS drive unit.
The bike is part of Marin's new 'Trail Boost' e-MTB range and the Pine Mountain E is the more adventure focussed, with a steel tubed frame that's covered in rack and cage mounts, a 120mm fork up front and fat 650b Plus tyres to offer a bit of cushioning while you're off exploring.
There are two Pine Mountain e-bikes in the lineup; both use the same frame but the higher end Pine Mountain E2 bike pictured here gets the longer-lasting 500Wh external battery and more torquey E8000 drive unit. The bike also gets a RockShox 35 fork, a 12-speed Shimano XT and SLX drivetrain along with their non-series MT520 four-piston brakes plus a 150mm dropper post.
Marin has some exciting plans for custom bikepacking bags to fit the bike, with the ability to stow an extra battery as well as all the kit you'd need for an overnight adventure. The bike has a load of special mounts on the inside of the triangle for what Marin hopes will become a new mounting standard for bikepacking bags, allowing you to do away with scratchy straps.
As well as those mounts, it's covered in a load of bottle cage mounts for sticking on more water, luggage or the kitchen sink. We also rather like the 780mm wide, 50mm rise 'Bedroll' handlebar, which looks pleasingly retro as well as offering plenty of space and attachment points for a front roll.
Pleasingly, the geometry is nice and modern too, with a large bike getting a decent reach of 475mm, a 66-degree head angle and 75-degree seat tube angle, so it should be plenty of fun as a trail bike when you're not fully laden.
If you're outraged by the idea of an adventure e-MTB, then you'll be pleased to know that there's also a conventional Pine Mountain range, which offers all the features of this bike but just sticks with a solely human drive unit.
You can find more information on this bike or the rest of the 2020 range below. We're waiting on prices but will update this when we do have them.
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