MBA got to visit the home of Marin in Australia, Bicycles Online, in March for a first-look at the new Mount Vision 9 (pictured) and boy, it's a looker! Spec ain't bad either! Geometry is key, and the design of the Mount Vision range has been carefully crafted using anthropometric data, defining rider position and centre of gravity to create an even greater sense of control. From this data, Marin developed two separate kinematics, one for sizes small and medium and one for sizes large and extra-large, resulting in a more fitted, tailored feeling when out on the bike. Both bikes will be fitted with SRAM drivetrains, with the pricier 9 using Fox suspension and the cheaper 8 cushioned by RockShox.
Price: Mount Vision 8 - $6,499
Mount Vision 9 - $7,999
CONTINENTAL DER KAISER PROJEKT MTB TYRES
Wanna ride on the same rubbers as the Athertons this year? Well, with the new Der Kaiser Projekt tyres, you can. The riding dynasty wouldn't have partnered with just any tyremaker, or just any tyre, so big things are expected. In fact, the profile design has been derived directly from the toughest World Cup courses. Conti's famous BlackChili rubber compound, made only in Germany, produces excellent grip and impressive rolling efficiency. What's more, irritating stoppages on the trail will be a rarity, with excellent puncture resistance and maximum stability thanks to the ProTection TubelessReady insert and Apex stiffening. And for any unexpected rocks, branches or steeper-than-expected hills, Continental claim these race tyres provide "phenomenal braking power and precise handling on bends." The Der Kaiser Projekts are tubeless ready and come in 27.5x2.4 and 29x2.4 sizes.