Marin Attack Trail 8
Nick Ee | 5th Sep 2016 | REVIEWS
For any cyclist, we need to sometimes push ourselves as well as our bikes to the limits, or else cycling will soon be a chore as it’s human nature for us to feel bored once any activity gets repetitive and uneventful. This is why for professional road cyclists, winning a stage in any road cycling competition, especially if there is a fiercely fought sprint to the finish line, the rush that they get makes their daily training rides month after month all worthwhile, a few seconds of excitement can be very rewarding and fulfilling indeed. But personally, I find cycling off the beaten track and onto unfamiliar and more dangerous terrain keeps me wanting to ride more and more, the adrenaline rush that I experience when going fast around blind corners on a singletrack truly keeps my blood pumping vigorously through my veins, and to be able to experience this feeling, you probably need an off road bike that is also capable to handling such terrain and obstacles.
The Marin Attack Trail 8 is one such performer, it is an aggressive full suspension trail bike with 150mm of rear suspension travel courtesy of the QUAD-Link 3.0 platform which is hooked up to a RockShox Monarch RT Debonair shock that gives you an option to lockout the shock with a simple lever if you ever require a stiffer back end, while at the front, you will find mated to the frame with an FSA Orbit 1-1/8″ steerer a RockShox Pike RC 27.5″ Solo Air fork which gives you 160mm of travel up front. The Attack Trail 8’s 6061 aluminum alloy frame is hydroformed with a compact geometry that makes it very nimble and agile, you can really shove it confidently into any tight corner and expect to ride out of it in one piece unscratched, for both the bike and rider. In addition, the 27.5 wheels provide the best compromise between the agility of a 26″ wheel and the terrain capability of a 29er.
A KS LEV dropper post comes standard with this bike with controls of the left side in place of the missing front shifter, as this bike is fitted with SRAM’s 1x11 drivetrain which is made up of a 32T forged alloy crank and a huge 11-42T Sunrace 11 speed cassette and all linked by a KMCX11L chain, this 1x setup is fast enough if you ever require any speed while going downhill and it is also big enough to ensure that you are able to get over steep climbs without running out of steam. Controls for all the gears is handled by a SRAMX1 shifter and connected to a SRAM X1 rear mech as well, stopping power is plentiful as both front and rear disc rotors are 180mm big and activated by a complete Shimano SLX brake caliper and brake lever setup.
Steering is take care of with a Kore Durox aluminum handlebar that is 780mm wide and bolted to the fork with a Kore Cubix 3D forged alloy stem, the WTB Volt Race saddle is very plush and comfortable enough to ride for an entire day without feeling sore. The wheels are made up of Maddux HD510 double wall and tubeless ready rims that have been laced with stainless steel spokes to Formula hubs, with the front having a 100x15mm axle and the rear with a 142x12mm axle, the 2.3″ wide rubbers are Maxxis High Roller II and provides lots of off road grip.
The Marin Attack Trail 8 is available at all Rodalink stores.