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Mike GillMike Gill Posts: 24
edited June 2008 in MTB beginners
new to the site and back in the saddle after a very long lay off. My wife has been bitten by the bug and has her sights on a Marin :shock: I suppose it's payback for the Specialized I recently bought (fair one). Could anyone give some advice on courses; the instructional type; are they worth it?

Mike.

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  • JohnclimberJohnclimber Posts: 92
    if you buy a Marin ALWAYS carry a rear mech hanger as they are censored . Also regularly check the frame for cracks as I've known 4 to go wiuth the lads I ride with.

    I'd wouldn't buy one.

    Same goes for any spech with FSR full suss because the bearings need replacing too often.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    wow, that seems like a sweeping comment.
    For what it's worth, my marin's 10 years old, has been heavily abused, and is fine.
    I did snap a swingarm in a rather large crash, but to be honest, it's amazing that it's the only part of the bike that broke then.
  • wallisdenewallisdene Posts: 60
    I know one guy who has been through 4 - yes 4 2008 Marin Lucas Valley frames in less than a year because they kept breaking. All of them broke in the same place, where the down tube meets the BB.

    I know the Lucas Valley is a hybrid but I still wouldn't touch a Marin with a 10ft barge pole.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    Hmm. It's certainly the first time I've ever heard of this.
    If that was the case, then surely they wouldn't offer a lifetime guarantee on their frames?
  • wallisdenewallisdene Posts: 60
    True they do offer a lifetime guarentee - I have no further knowlege of the problem other than he went through 4 frames in under a year. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Marin bikes, I just don't like them and have seen a few too many problems with them.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    Fair enough, we all have our reasons, whether they be logical, or personal for choosing or avoiding certain brands.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    wallisdene wrote:
    I know one guy who has been through 4 - yes 4 2008 Marin Lucas Valley frames in less than a year because they kept breaking. All of them broke in the same place, where the down tube meets the BB.

    I know the Lucas Valley is a hybrid but I still wouldn't touch a Marin with a 10ft barge pole.

    Was he thrashing it? Could be a bad batch.
  • Mike GillMike Gill Posts: 24
    Thanks for the replies guys; how am I going to break the news to the wife; that her tangerine bike might be a no go??? lol
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    tangerine bike... would that be the juniper trail then?
    Looks alright, although the fork isn't the best around. That range of hydroformed frames by marin are very nice indeed, but make sure she takes it out for a test ride, as the women's fit geometry doesn't actually suit every woman. Some actually prefer a smaller sized men's frame, but if you go down that route, make sure to change the saddle to something suitable.
  • Mike GillMike Gill Posts: 24
    it's the wild cat; i believe. I did try and get her to choose the specialized range; but she likes the Marin.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    Oh, the wildcat trail? that is an amazing riding bike. frick the specialised.
  • fcumokfcumok Posts: 283
    I had a Marin that was 10 years old. Never any problems with it, just fancied something new. Only reason I didn't get a new one was that they seemed a bit pricey.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    still riding my 10 year old one :D

    I broke the seatpost on it today though, which makes the actual main frame the only original part!
  • fcumokfcumok Posts: 283
    still riding my 10 year old one :D

    I broke the seatpost on it today though, which makes the actual main frame the only original part!

    What you got? I had a rift zone. loved that bike but i have to admit my new shiny specialized is much nicer. I guess thats what ten years of developments do.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    it is (was) a wolf ridge. It's since been given a foxDHX5, hope bulb/proII hubs, with mavic D321 rims, a zocchi JrT, saint cranks etc etc. It's basically a fairly heavy duty 5" travel all-mountain bike now. Getting some new 20mm forks for it soon as well :)
    surprisingly though, it still climbs really well!
  • Mike GillMike Gill Posts: 24
    Well; thats cleared that one up then; she can have her tangerine bike!!!
  • fcumokfcumok Posts: 283
    it is (was) a wolf ridge. It's since been given a foxDHX5, hope bulb/proII hubs, with mavic D321 rims, a zocchi JrT, saint cranks etc etc. It's basically a fairly heavy duty 5" travel all-mountain bike now. Getting some new 20mm forks for it soon as well :)
    surprisingly though, it still climbs really well!

    I love the way we buy these bikes and then slowly turn them into a different animal :lol:
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    I guess I've taken Marin's intended use for the frame, and taken it to the Nth degree!

    The only downside is that the BB is very high compared to more modern frame designs, but it can come in handy in some places.
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