Some way some how, mountain bike engineers continue to improving the bikes we ride, year after year! This Christmas, we’re salivating over these 10 new-and-improved mountain bikes–hopefully Santa drops one off for you this year!

The Marin Pine Mountain


It’s retro: it’s rigid, it’s steel, and most importantly, it’s FUN! The newest incarnation of Marin’s venerable Pine Mountain perfectly combines old school features and construction with new school geometry and 27.5+ wheels for all the stupid fun you could possibly hope for. Astonishingly, it does so at the crazy-by-today’s-standards MSRP of $989! At that price, you could put one under the tree for everyone in the family. Use it year-round as a commuter, snow bike, or trail bike and love every minute of it.

MSRP: $989

-John Fisch

# Comments

  • Jeff Barber

    Better get a big tree this year! Maybe we could just put the bikes AROUND the tree instead of under it. 🙂

  • Curt_P

    I really loved the Yeti SB95c, I guess I could “settle” for the 4.5c. A very acceptable alternative would be the Rocky Mountain Instinct BC edition (best bike I rode at Interbike).

    Most likely to actually get purchased: Framed Minn 2.0. I had the chance to try one out this summer on one of the more technical trails here in the East (Bradbury’s O-trail) and loved every minute. Considering the under a grand price tag, I may have to pull the trigger and beat Santa to it.

    • Jeff Barber

      I rode the Framed 2.0 last winter and it’s definitely a great bike for the $$!

    • John Fisch

      I’m with ya’ on that Instinct BC edition. Wonderful bike and the closest thing to that now discontinued Yeti.

  • justin70

    I don’t envy you having to put together such a list – so much to choose from.

    Nothing at all from from Santa Cruz, Yeti or Borealis?
    I reject your reality, and choose my own Santa! 😉

  • kustomz

    I can’t decide between carbon or steel, but it will definitely be a single speed capable frame. Pivot LES or Domahidy 853.

  • r1Gel

    Awesome selection.
    My personal picks from this list would be the Skookum for hardtail (I can put any wheel size on it!) and the Pony Rustler for FS.
    Other bikes I want that are not on this list would be the Heller Bloodhound Rigid and the Matter Cycles BeneFat (yes I’m partial to fatties).

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