Marin Team mountain bike
Marin made this bike for you.
The Marin Team 1 and 2 are race bikes that are plenty capable and tough enough to pilot on really technical trails. They’re light (but not too light), they have fast-rolling tires (that still have decent bite in slimy mud) great suspension forks and precise Shimano 1 x 12 drivetrains.
Marin built two bikes with the high-school mountain bike league in mind. Kids that grow out of their starter mountain bikes are going to want something fun and fast, and while a $5000 carbon fiber hardtail would be nice, it can be a bit much for the budget (especially if the rider is still growing). These bikes has msrps of only $1600 and $2600.
Other options in this price range typically include ten-year-old full suspension bikes (that have obsolete wheel sizes and worn-out parts) and used carbon fiber hardtails (that probably have the same drawbacks). Pick the right bike. Pick fresh equipment and a versatile design.
If you’re looking at the Budu race series this year and want a faster bike consider the Team. Gear Grinder club rides will be more fun on this super capable bike. Add a dropper post for only $120.
By the way, for every four of these bikes sold by their dealers Marin donates one of these bikes to the high school mountain bike league.