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Product nameMarin Bikes  Team CXR 27.5” (2014)Marin Bikes Team CXR 27.5”Focus Raven 29R 5.0 (2014)Focus Raven 29R 5.0Scott Scale 700 RC (2014)Scott Scale 700 RCLapierre ProRace 229 (2014)Lapierre ProRace 229
ManufacturerMarin BikesFocusScottLapierre
CategoryFront-Suspension » Mountain » BikesFront-Suspension » Mountain » BikesFront-Suspension » Mountain » BikesFront-Suspension » Mountain » Bikes
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Sizes15, 17, 19, 20.5, 22S, M, LS, M, L, XlS, M, L, Xl
ColorsBlack/White/SilverMatte Black/Grey/White, Matte Black/BlueMatte Black/White/YellowWhite/Red/Black

The Marin Team CXR 27.5” is a lightweight carbon racing machine. With Shimano's proven drivetrain components, a Rock Shox fork, and components by Fizik, Schwalbe, and FSA, this bike is ready to take you across the line.

Performance AND style? You bet; the Focus Raven 29R 5.0 has both in spades. The carbon frame and Rock Shox fork handle beautifully on rough terrain, and the Shimano XT/SLX drivetrain is reliable. Add in components from Magura, Fizik, and Schwalbe on top of the DT Swiss wheelset, and you've got a winner on your hands!

The Scott Scale 700 RC is an XC racer for athletes and enthusiasts looking for an ultralight, ultrafast race-day machine. This bike features a tough carbon frame and a RockShox SID fork for impeccable handling on rough terrain. SRAM XX1 and XO1 components make up the drivetrain, and parts from Ritchey, Syncros, DT Swiss, and Schwalbe add performance. Shimano's powerful XTR hydraulic discs offer incredible braking to this rig.

Don't let the price fool you: the Lapierre ProRace 229 is a serious XC contender. This affordable bike offers the rider on a budget a quality, performance-oriented machine, centred around the 29" wheels. The ProRace features a lightweight, tough alloy frame and a plush RockShox fork. Shimano SLX and Deore components make up the drivetrain, and parts from FSA, Selle Italia, Schwalbe, and Lapierre add value to the package. A Mach1 disc wheelset finishes things off.






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Frame type

CXR T3 Carbon with Tapered Headtube, Oversized Downtube, Disc Specific

Raven 29R Carbon

Scale Carbon / IMP technology / HMX / Tapered Head Tube / PM 160 Disc / BB92 / IDS SL dropouts for 142 x 12mm SDS Shock Damping System



27.5” Platform: Newer frame layouts designed to maximize the inherent benefits of 27.5-inch wheels, which combine the speed and stability of 29-inch wheels with the agility and acceleration of classic 26-inch mountain-bike wheels. 27.5" wheels allow a clearly different riding feel than 26" or 29" frames and bikes. This platform blends the features into an true all around Mountain Bike that satisfies the needs of many different riders. It has some of the rolling efficiency of 29ers, but coupled with the more robust and stiff feel of 26" wheels.

Marin Race Geometry: Frame layouts optimized for competition and hard efforts, placing the rider in the most efficient position for pedaling and steering inputs. Longer effective top tube and shorter chainstay lengths put you in a more stretched out pedaling position, and keep the rear wheel closer to your center of gravity for sharper handling.

Tapered Head Tube: As bicycle forks evolved, the diameter of the "steerer tube" of a fork, and the "head tube" of the frame (which houses the steerer tube and headset) have steadily increased. Years ago, forks were fairly standard at a 1" steerer diameter. This increase to 1-1/8" (also known as OS) in the 90's, and even 1-1/4" and 1.5" sizes became some what common. In particular, 1.5" was used on Freeride or downhill frames due to the inherent increase in strength that comes from the larger diameter. But there were some problems, 1.5" forks required very large head tubes, and were heavy. As the sizes evolved, it was realized that using a tapered steerer tube would offer up the best of both worlds. Marin uses tapered forks that have a 1.5" lower diameter, but then taper to a 1-1/8" upper diameter. This reduces weight, but keeps very high strength where it's needed, at the base of the steerer tube, where it meets the fork crown. This type of tapered fork greatly increases stiffness and strength, while keeping weight to an absolute minimum. Unlike many other companies, if a Marin bike has a tapered head tube, it also has a tapered fork, to take maximum advantage of the technology.

T3 Carbon: Carbon frames are generally manufactured as a "monocoque" structure. This means the entire frame, or significant parts anyway (front triangle, or rear triangle) are molded as a single piece. The bladders that are used to pressurize the frame during molding are difficult to control and may result in additional resin left inside the frame. While this can ensure good continuity of the carbon fibers through that part of the mold, all monocoque frames still require that frame parts be glued together. Marin employs this manufacturing technique where it makes sense, but in the road category, we primarily use T3 construction, also know as "tube to tube". In this technology, each frame tube is individually molded, which allows us to precisely control the wall thickness of each tube, resulting in ride tuning perfection. Then, each tube is laid into a fixture that positions them to precisely the angles required for that frame, where they are then bonded into place, and reinforced with an additional lay up of carbon, before going into the heating ovens. This extra care results in absolute minimum weight, perfected ride feel, and a bike that you won't want to climb off of.

142mm Through-Axle: Rear-hub axle standard featuring a 12mm-thick through-axle that, while stronger and stiffer than a standard quick-release, still allows for easy removal of the rear wheel. The 142mm standard maintains the standard 135mm chainline, but adds a 3.5mm shoulder to each side of the rear hub. This shoulder shares the load of the rear wheel with the rear 12mm axle, rather than placing the full load of the rider on the axle alone.

- Carbon frame
- Rock Shox Reba RL fork
- DT Swiss wheelset

IMP Carbon Mainframe: Our engineers have developed IMP™, the newest technology applied to carbon production. Our proprietary process allows for lighter construction by removing 11% of the material from the headtube intersection while increasing strength by utilizing high modulus stressed fibers for more precise fiber placement in critical areas. To compliment the IMP™ process, our frames benefit from our Naked External Tubeset™, which eliminates the cosmetic carbon layer to shave precious grams. Both HMX and HMF fibers are used in our carbon frames ensuring the utmost durability, security, and longevity for the frame.
SDS Shock Damping System: SDS minimizes high frequency vibration from the road, enabling a damping effect without losing performance. SCOTT has engineered a balance of vertical compliance (a measure of how smoothly a bike rides) and lateral stiffness (associated with responsiveness during sprinting, acceleration, and climbing) in both the rear triangle and the fork. By maximizing vertical compliance, SDS cancels road vibrations, increasing rider confidence, stability and comfort. Found on CR1 and Scale.
IDS SL Dropout System: Interchangeable and lightweight, the IDS-SL dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x5mm QR rear axle standards. Shred the turns more aggressively and with enhanced control, thanks to a laterally stiff rear end.
Tapered Headtube: The Spark features a tapered head tube for increased stiffness, safety, confidence, and control.
27.5” Wheels: When discussing the pros and cons of the big wheeled bikes, shorter riders find themselves in an ambivalent situation. They want to benefit from the 29” wheels, but suffer from the negative effects when fit is considered. Additionally, the increase in rotational weight challenges many lower watt producing riders, so the performance gains are negated when the rider cannot accelerate the wheel system as quickly. The solution for many riders is 27,5”. The new wheelsize standard combines the best of both worlds, 29” and 26”.

- ProRace alloy frame
- RockShox fork
- Shimano SLX/Deore drivetrain
- Mach1 disc wheelset

Hub front

Marin 2 Sealed Bearings, Centerlock, 15mm Through Axle, 32-Hole

DT Swiss X 1900 Spline, 15 mm, QR

Syncros XR RC CL / 15mm made by DT Swiss


Hub rear

Marin 4 Sealed Bearing, Centerlock, 142 x 12mm Through Axle

DT Swiss X 1900 Spline, 15 mm, QR

Syncros XR RC CL / 12 x 142 / RWS XD Body / made by DT Swiss



DT Champion, Black Stainless

DT Swiss X 1900 Spline, 15 mm, QR

DT Swiss Aero Comp


Schwalbe Racing Ralf, 27.5 x 2.25, Folding Bead

Schwalbe Racing Ralph 54-622, folding

Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO / 2.1 127EPI Kevlar Bead Tubeless ready / PaceStar compound



Shimano SLX, 2 Way Release, 10-Speed

Shimano SLX

Front derailleur

Shimano SLX, 2x10


Rear derailleur

Shimano XT Shadow Plus, Medium Cage, Direct Mount

Shimano XT

SRAM XX1 11Speed



Shimano SLX 2x10, 38/24T

Shimano XT w/ adapter PF30, 40/30/22

Sram XX1 GXP PF Carbon crankarm / QF 156 32T

SHIMANO FCM625EX84X 38x24 170mm (S) - 175mm (M, L, XL)


Shimano DEORE, 11-36, 10-Speed

Shimano, 11-36

Sram XO1 / XG1195 10-42 T

SRAM PG 1030 10 SPEED 11-36T

Bottom bracket

Shimano HollowTech II Integrated

Sram GXP PF integrated / shell 41x89.5mm



Fizik Tundra MG

Fizik Nisene Manganese

Ritchey WCS Streem EVO



Marin OS Alloy Threadless, 31.8mm Bar Clamp

Concept EX

Ritchey WCS C-260 oversize 31.8mm 1-1/8" / 6° angle

LAPIERRE ProRace ALLOY AS-DC1 7° Ø: 31.8mm E: 75mm (S, M) - 90mm (L, XL)


FSA Orbit C-40 with cartridge bearings

Ritchey Pro Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8" semi integr. OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mm

FSA Orbit 1.5B ZS NO.57B-1 TAPERED


Shimano M615 Hydraulic Disc

Magura MT2

Shimano XTR M987 Hydraulic Disc

SRAM DB1, hydraulic disc


Shimano HG54

Sram PC XX1

Brake levers

Shimano Hydraulic

Magura MT2

Shimano XTR XC M987 Disc


Brake rotor

Shimano, 7" front, 6" rear

Magura, 180/160mm

Shimano, 180/F and 160/R mm SM-RT67 CL Rotor


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