On this planet 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 reveals 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 for those who simply wanna convey that buddy alongside for the experience with out crushing them.
It’s a well-equipped 150mm journey mullet ripper that’s on the reasonably priced finish of the catalog. Right here’s why it’s value contemplating…
Alpine Path E1 tech particulars
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 motorbike on this weight class going from 32mm to 35mm stanchions is large, and properly value a bit more cash. It makes use of their DebonAir air spring, which is unbelievable, and Movement Management damper with exterior low-speed compression and rebound damping controls.
The coil spring didn’t impress me as a lot, possibly 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 possibly 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 absolutely kitted out.
Marin informed us they “went with a coil to slot in with the efficiency traits of an extended 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 meant rider.”
I didn’t hate it, however I nonetheless haven’t discovered the candy spot for me. Happily, there’s an enormous vary of preload adjustment and we have been nonetheless in a position to make it work properly sufficient for riders as mild as 120lbs.
That shock sits inside Marin’s EWS-winning MultiTrack suspension design, which strides easily by means of tough terrain with 150mm of rear wheel journey.
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, but it surely’s additionally $1,400 cheaper. That mentioned, for those who can spring for the Alpine Path E2, as a bundle it provides a really compelling improve that can also be very properly priced for the class.
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:
A Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5 x 2.8″ sits out again, and the entrance is an Assegai 29 x 2.5″ tire.
It’s not simply the tire diameters and widths which might be completely different. Marin specs completely 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 properly, however they’d most likely be the very first thing we upgraded. Or, possibly the second:
Marin specs a brilliant brief 35mm stem size with a really huge 780mm alloy riser bar. For our smaller testers, it pushed their arms out comically huge. And even for me at 6’2″ I’d have most well-liked 750-760mm to assist wiggle by means of the bushes and round boulders a bit higher.
I’d additionally swap it for a carbon fiber handlebar to absorb a little bit of vibration and mute bumps only a bit extra. The grips have been OK, I’d solely substitute as soon as they wore out.
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 experience overview
As one does, the very first thing we did was take a relative newcomer to large mountain using to one of many extra technical, steep bike parks within the space. Rocky Knob, close to Boone, NC, is brutally powerful on the way in which up, and full of jumps, drops, chutes, rocks, and roots on the way in which down. It’s depraved enjoyable, and depraved difficult.
Our pal Grady (5’9″)had a blast, although, using 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.
Between photographs, I borrowed it for just a few rips by means of the rock gardens, too. However it wasn’t till I used to be again on house 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 energetic over repetitive hits, and saved issues below management on drops and jumps.
The low standover (689.8mm on XL, and far decrease simply above the rear shock) makes the bike simple to maneuver…
…which is nice for whipping it between bushes and round tight corners, or simply getting playful within the air. Once more, narrower handlebars would assist with a few of this.
On a commuter bike, I undoubtedly need all the facility I can get. However on most trails, the extra reasonably priced e-bike programs used are lots. They’re just about all Class 1 (20mph max) anyway, so the distinction is actually within the quantity of ooomph they’ll ship, and extra isn’t at all times 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 needed (the higher spec and longer battery life, nevertheless, 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 means of the paths and getting up the mountain.
Whereas the bike is an effective, enjoyable bike that any rider will recognize. As somebody who rides quite a lot 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 unbelievable, and so they’ve translated that onto a really succesful eMTB that handles nice.
In case 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 experience it, too.
Which means, right here’s a motorbike that’s each reasonably priced and enjoyable and let’s me convey a pal or member of the family alongside to shred. Or I can take it and go shred with my broskis. One bike, a lot of riders, and the chance to make it just a little extra enjoyable for us to all experience collectively with out having to purchase a devoted e-Bike for my shorter associates.