Cyclocross/Gravel riding has become incredibly popular in recent years and continues to grow in popularity with mountain and road riders alike. Cyclocross bikes perform well on and off the road and can take riders anywhere they want to go. The adventure doesn’t have to end when the road turns to dirt. Many gravel riders want a bike that is robust and lightweight with disc brakes. Thru-axles on the front and rear provides stiff and predictable steering and handling on and off the road.
Marin built the Cortina AX for the aspiring cyclocross or gravel racer. The lightweight 4-Series aluminum frame and carbon fork with thru-axles, along with tire clearance for 45c tires and front and rear disc brakes make the Cortina ready for any adventure. Marin says the Cortina’s geometry was designed with a dirt-first attitude, with a bottom bracket height, wheelbase, and steering geometry created for off-road speed and stability.
The Cortina AX1 is an incredible drop bar bike available at a great price. A Carbon fork provides a supple and smooth ride, the Shimano Tiagra 20-speed drivetrain provides all the gears you need to make it up the steepest climbs, and Shimano mechanical disc brakes front and rear provide incredible stopping power when descending those steep chutes. The bike is rounded out with Marin Tubeless Ready wheels for less flats and incredible traction.
If you are looking for a bike that can handle any adventure no matter where it leads, the Marin Cortina AX1 needs to be your next bike. From fast pavement to loose gravel turns and everything in between, the Cortina was designed to handle it all. Don’t let your bike be the limiting factor in how far you can explore. Jump on a gravel bike today and destroy boundaries.
Bikehugger.com - "If you haven't ridden a new bike in this price segment in a while, it'll likely surprise you if not for the value, but how well it handles."
Carbon Fiber fork provides a smooth and supple ride feel
Mechanical disc brakes front and back provide powerful and consistent stopping power
Thru-axles front and rear provide a stiff overall bike ready for aggressive riding
Tubeless ready wheels give you increased traction and flat protection
Series 4 CX, 6061 Aluminum, 700C Wheels, Tapered Head Tube, Relieved BB, Internal Cable Routing, Post Mount Disc, 142x12mm Naild 12.3.9 Thru-Axle
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I'm 5'6" with a 29.5" inseam with shoes on. According to Marin's site, the 52cm is the right size but the standover height is definitely too tall for me to standover with both feet. Is this the correct size?
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