Marin is a bicycle manufacturer in Marin County, California, established in 1986. It specializes in mountain bikes but also has other types. Many of its 68 bicycles are named after locations in and around Marin County.
Marin offers mountain bikes (full suspension & hardtail), road, street/urban, comfort and specific designs for women & children generally placed in the mid-high end bracket of each respective market.
Since the late 1990s Marin has manufactured full suspension mountain bikes. Working with Jon Whyte, a British engineer who worked with Benetton Formula One racing cars in gearbox design, Marin developed a single-pivot rear suspension. Subsequent innovations including the TARA (Travel And Ride Adjustable) and quad link suspensions have lost the purity of the original concept but have maintained their popularity.
In February 2012, Marin Bikes agreed to be sold to a European Investment firm.
1986 Marin founded by Bob Buckley, whose first order of business was to hire Marin County notable (and Mountain Bike hall-of-famer) Joe Murray to help with product design. Marin’s first product was the Madrone Trail, a $199 mountain bike.
1996 Marin is the first company to win a XC National Championship aboard a full suspension bike with Paul Lasenby winning the UK national title.
2003 Bob stepped back in as acting president after a three-year hiatus with the desire to refocus the brand’s product offerings. Marin’s first Quad Link suspension bike is launched.
2004 Marin Bikes moved to the old Grateful Dead building in Novato, taking over its 32,000sq ft office and warehouse space. The actual Dead recording studio remains operational until late 2007, with surviving band members and other area musicians rolling though the facilities.
2008 construction of a second building was completed with addition of a 1,600sq ft office dedicated to product and design.
2012, at age 66 Buckley sells Marin Bikes to a private holding group. The business will remain in its current location in Marin County and continue to operate as an independent and managed by Tom Herington, Marin’s current CEO/CIO. Herington has worked with Buckley and Marin Bikes for the past 25 years as a contract consultant before coming aboard full-time last year as CEO.
July 2012, Matt VanEnkevort joins the company as CEO, with Tom Herington moving into the COO role. VanEnkevort comes from 10 years at Full Speed Ahead, Inc. in Washington State.
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