Marin Bikes Trivia

Founded by Bob Buckley in 1986, Marin is a legendary bike company from California that is one of the originators of mountain bike culture. Name after Marin County, just north of San Francisco, these bikes represent great value. Here's some trivia about Marin bikes you might find interesting:

  • Marin models are all named after cities and places in Marin County, except for one! The Marin Gestalt is named after the Gestalt Haus beer hall, located in the town of Fairfax. A bike themed, German Style brau haus a short ride from the Marin Museum of Bicycling.
  • The first production bike built by Marin was the Madrone Trail, a $199 mountain bike.
  • The first rider to win a national cross-country championship with a full-suspension bike was Paul Lasenby, who won the UK national title in 1996 on a Marin bike.
  • In 1993 Jurgen Beneke won the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on a titanium full suspension Mountain Bike from Marin. The bike only weighed 25 pounds and was an industry game-changer.
  • Headquartered in Novato California, Marin bikes' headquarters are located in the former recording studio home of legendary rock band The Grateful Dead. The studio was still active for several years after Marin Bikes moved in.
  •  Former Formula 1 engineer John Whyte joined Marin in the 1990s, developing their full suspension mountain bikes. John was previously with the Benetton F1 team designing gearboxes.