Marin is the most famous and best bicycle manufacturer in the world founded in Marin County, California, the USA in 1986. The company specializes in mountain bikes but also offers several other variants. Many bike models are named after locations in and around Marin County.
Marin’s first bike was the Madrone Trail. In 1988, the Marin Team Titanium bike became the industry’s first leading mountain bike. At this time Marin began to name the model after Marin County landmarks, including Muirwoods, Bolinas Ridge, Pine Mountain, Indian Fire Trail, Eldridge Grade, and Hidden Canyon.
In February 2012, Marin was acquired by a European investment company. In recent years, the Marin brand has maintained a focus on providing a range of models for both trails and sidewalks, including bicycles with carbon fiber construction.
4. Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz ranks fourth among world-renowned bicycle manufacturers, is a premium bike manufacturer based in Santa Cruz, California, USA – founded by Rob Roskopp, Mike Marquez, and Rich Novak in 1993. Their bikes always have the latest and affordable styles, which is a notable attraction about this brand.
Kona is a famous Canadian bicycle company founded in 1988 by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron in Vancouver. Kona is the first brand to produce a series of mountain bike frames. Using a variety of materials including carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, and steel, Kona’s bikes have been sold in more than 60 countries around the world.
Kona has a long tradition of supporting cycling. Many of the top riders who were members of the Kona team include Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) won the Italian bicycle race in 2012, Steve Peat (England) and Greg Minnaar (RSA).
Greg Minnaar was the champion of the Dirt Bike Race world downhill (World Downhill) in 2012. Besides, there are Fabien Barel (FR) who won the world downhill cycling race (World Downhill) in 2004/2005, and mountain bike racing champions. Also, more than 200 world and national champions were won by Kona riders.