THE MARAUDER is my take on a New England hard tail mountain bike. Traditionally speaking from my point of view, these are low slung, aggressive trail bikes built specifically for the East Coast’s technically demanding terrain. Rocks, roots, steep punchy climbs, brutal rock gardens, hair raising descents. The East Coast sports it all and then some. So a platform to match this demanding environment needs realization. This is not to say that The Marauder is exclusive to the East Coast. It takes it’s design cues from the terrain. So if any of this sounds familiar, continue reading.
Over the years, this bicycle has taken many forms from many different builders and East Coast specific companies. Thus with over 25 years of experience out on the trails of this locale, the Marauder was born from the pure technical trail experience. Low slung, short stays, aggressive geometry with modern touches like a tapered compatible head tube, radius seat tube, disk brakes, dropper routing, 1×11 drivetrain, 29″ wheels and many more details define the Marauder as the quintessential 21st century hard tail mountain bike. Many have left their mark on this icon. This is mine.
- Made to Measure : Your bike is designed and built to your exacting measurements. We speak about your terrain, your riding style and how you want to use your bicycle. All these notes in addition to your personal measurements and any fit information you’d like to provide from a professional fitter then get funneled into the design and fabrication of your next bicycle.
- 1x · 2x · 3x · Di2 · SS : Every Marauder can be configured to run any combination of drivetrain you wish. Want to run 1x only? We can make it dedicated. The modern hardtail mountain bike runs a dedicated 1x drivetrain. Want to be able to run 2x but also want to try out a 1x set up? I can design your bike so things look clean in either mode. 3x? So long as the cranksets are still available! My own opinion? The 11 speed groups available today give you exactly what you need and don’t leave you wanting anything more. The elimination of the front derailleur simplifies the system. That 40 or 42t cassette cog in combination with a 30t or 32t thick/thin chainring is the business! However, this is just my opinion. If you want a 2x, let’s do it! Singlespeed? You got it…
- Tire Clearance : One attribute of early mountain bikes was the clear lack of tire clearance. Just when a new tire would come out, I always had to ask: “but will it fit?” Things moved quickly and especially now, tires and wheel options are ever changing. Bigger and wider seems to be the trend. As an answer to this problem, all my mountain bikes leave 44HQ with the ability to run 2.4″ tires on a wide rim. If you want to run Plus sized tires, let’s talk. We can do it and Plus has many interesting advantages such as lower tire pressure, increased traction and increased confidence in tech.
- Geometry : The bike I build the most of are Huntsman’s. However, my heart lies in the woods and I could only keep one bike it would be my hardtail mountain bike! So I’ve spent a good deal of time perfecting my mountain bike geometry. It’s truly my passion and I want a “mountain bike”. You know, the kind of bike that climbs as well as it descends. Is hungry for techy rock gardens, eats roots for breakfast and washes it all down with a swoopy sweet descent. All angles are “sagged” measurements if a suspension fork is to be run. That rear end is short. 29″ wheels, room for 2.4″ tires and you want 16″ chainstay length? No problem. Basically I build mountain bikes in the traditional sense of the word. If you want a trail shredder look no further. Want a race ready rig? I can build that too. But when it comes to shredding, these are Made to Shred™.
- Options : If you haven’t, click on the above “Fit Form”. It’s a direct download to a PDF which gives you a list of available options along with pricing. However, the most standard set of options are 44mm head tubes, PMW’s Wright dropouts (QR or 12mm TA), 1-2 pairs of bottle mounts, dedicated 1x drivetrain, full housing for derailleurs and brakes with a dropper option and radius seat tube (available for both 27.2 and 30.9mm seat posts / dropper posts).
- Signature Style : Geometry wise, both the Marauder and Kid Dangerous can be configured just about the same way. It comes down to style: Do you want swoopy sweetness with some personality? Then Kid Dangerous is for you. However, do you just love that classic clean look of a diamond hard tail mountain bike? Well, this is where the Marauder takes center stage. It’s my answer to those looking for something that’s simple in form and balances function. I’ve packed all the modern touches in to the Marauder and it will not disappoint.