The Marin Bobcat Trail / Wildcat Trail 5 is untouchable at the price-point. It doesn’t just have better components than its competitors, it’s one of the few “entry” level bikes with true modern mountain geometry – slack head-tube angle, long top-tube, and short stem – for in-the-pocket handling like far more expensive bikes.
Under the radar: Size specific wheel sizing. XS and SM use 27.5″ wheels / LG and XL use 29″ wheels. MD is available in 27.5″ or 29″.
The Bottom Line: The undisputed champion hardtail trail bike.