Marin Bikes San Quentin was developed as a do-it-all hardtail. The alloy frame features modern geometry suitable for trail riding or playing at the skills park, making it an ideal starter bike for riders looking to get into the sport.
Dirt jump frame inspired with tons of stand over height to take advantage of the current crop of 170mm dropper posts, it features contemporary frame geometry with a 65º head angle with a 75º seat angle. A decently long reach (444mm for a size medium) keeps it inline with other bike options, but not so long you can’t rip it through the DJ line at the local park.
There are also ISCG tabs present for the chain guide you’re going to want to add for insurance… because it’s an alloy hardtail.
At $850, the San Quentin 1 is the value focused starter, but for another $500, the San Quentin 2 hits a sweet spot ($1300) and upgrades to a better quality suspension fork. It’s rounded out with the Rockshox Recon RL with 130mm of travel, 11 speed SRAM NX drive train, 29mm internal width alloy double wall house brand wheels and Tektro M275 hydraulic brakes.
We’re fans of the Marin Bikes lineup, as they put together a solid package that packs value and durability together, while remaining a top tier brand with good reputation for standing behind their products. (read: warranty) If you’re looking for an option focused on riding more challenging single track terrain, their Rift Zone line is worth looking into as well.