Fresh: Marin Mount Vision XM

A look at Marin's 140-millimeter trail slayer.

Marin Mount Vision XM Pro

While the linkage on the Marin Mount Vision XM may look vastly different than the company’s Quad-Link Suspension designs of a few years ago, the overall suspension characteristics remain very similar. The more “conventionally shaped” frame of this, the third iteration of the Quad-Link design allows for more leg/knee clearance from the suspension and a traditional water bottle placement.

Marin was among the first bike companies to recognize the advantages of slack head angles on its trail bikes, and it continues the trend with the Mount Vision XM, which features a 67.5-degree head angle. Additionally, the parts hanging from the bike are all worthy of the agressive head angle: Easton Haven (aluminum) wheels and carbon bars, a SRAM X0 drivetrain (X9 shifters and front derailleur), SRAM X0 Trail brakes, a RockShox Reverb seatpost, Fox CTD with Kashima fork and rear shock and Maxxis Ardent 2.2 tires.

Keeping the Marin Mount Vision XM’s frame durable and stiff are a 142×12 rear axle, tapered headtube and sealed Enduro suspension pivot bearings.

Two vertical bolts and a keyed mount on the Marin Mount Vision XM should make for a stiff derailleur hanger junction and precise shifts.