Gary Fisher Marlin 29er Hardtail

3.91/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $640.00

Product Description

  • Frame: 6061 T6 aluminum, butted & hydroformed tubing
  • Tires: Bontrager 29-2, 29x2.1"
  • Shifters: SRAM X.4, 8 speed
  • Crank: Shimano Altus, 42/32/22
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-820 11-32, 8 speed

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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2014

Strengths:    Handles exceptionally well for 29er. Fast and fun. Feels good under your body. Rides similar to a 26", but just eats loose rocks and roots. Components all preform well, easy to clean and upgrade if you desire.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, but balanced. Not much to complain about. Upgraded the brake pads, platform pedals to clipless, and aluminum brake levers to steel. Will probably upgrade the stock tires, but I'm in no rush.

Bottom Line:   
Overall solid entry 29er. Alot of people harp on the fork but I don't see the issue. I put my bike through the ringer, but the fork preforms well as an XC bike in the midwest. If I lived out west, I would have bought a more appropriate bike.

I've found that general maintenance is key. Even though components are on the lower end, SRAM and Shimano do NOT make junk. Keep your drivetrain clean and lubed and this bike will last for a long time.

If you're just getting into mountain biking or simply looking for a great value (definitely me), I highly recommend this bike or the new mid-range X-calibers by Trek.

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Favorite Trail:   Copper Harbor, MI

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Marlin 2002

Bike Setup:   Trek, Gary Fisher Marlin, 2012

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jordhan Coward

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2013

Strengths:    I bought this bike about 4 months ago and it was a great bike. It was nice looking, it rode nice, shifted smoothly, brakes were good. The front fork worked really good. The seat was more comfortable than the 150$ seat on my other bike.

Weaknesses:    The brakes, shifters, and shock gets worn out really fast. I am buying all new stuff for my bike. But it still runs really well. And it is a pretty heavy bike, at 29lbs.

Bottom Line:   
This is an overall awesome bike. A few downfalls, but overall good. I recomend this bike to newbies and freestylers.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ksroadie a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2012

Strengths:    I'm 6'4" and weight 260 lbs. I've only recently got into cycling and have rode 1000 miles in the last 3 months. I have found the Marlin GF frame fits me extremely well and I am able to ride 25-30 miles at a time without any problem. I was quite shocked how comfortable the factory seat was. I spent $150 for a seat on my road bike and its not nearly as comfortable.

Weaknesses:    The Marlin is pretty heavy. 29 lbs compared to my 16 lbs road bike. For urban trail riding the Suncor shocks are fine. Leave a little to be desired on single track trails however. That is definately something that I will be changing. The disc brakes work fine, but are quite noisey at times. Exspecially when they get dirty.

Bottom Line:   
For the price you can't beat it. Any of the components can be easliy upgraded in the future if desired. I've found myself enjoying this 29er over my more highend road bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Millers Meadow

Duration Product Used:   225 Miles

Price Paid:    $640.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Exchange

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by canyonaero a Weekend Warrior from Tustin, CA, US

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2011

Strengths:    Handles well, looks decent, rigid frame, great value.

Weaknesses:    useless forks, ugly and weak handlebar and stem, cheap and small cage pedals, noisy tektro mechanical disk brakes.

Bottom Line:   
Great value entry level 29er. The Marlin beats out the Rockhopper in almost every riding situation. The GF G2 geometry really makes a difference in steering response and turning radius. For the price you really can't beat the Marlin for a entry 29er. I'm in the process of setting it up as a trail killer. The only thing the Marlin really needs is a better fork, I'm looking to upgrade to the Fox 32 F29 100/120 rlc.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere technical

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   Jax bikes

Similar Products Used:   specialized rockhopper

Bike Setup:   Truvativ Holzfeller, Wellgo MG-52, Easton EA50 riser, Azonic Headlock, Avid bb7 185mm, Avid Speed dial 7, Sette sport lock on grips, Gore ride on low friction brake cables.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mikevj23 a Weekend Warrior from Hamilton, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2011

Strengths:    Best bang for your buck, solid entry level 29r

Weaknesses:    Suntour fork isn't the greatest but will do for now, brakes are squeaky and not very reliable, grips turn when it's super hot out.

Bottom Line:   
This bike was my graduation gift, I love it for that matter, it's a great bike if your just getting into mountain biking or riding a 29r. The GF Marlin frame is solid and is the same as the more expensive Marlin. Bottom line though I can hang all day with my friends riding there pricey Paragon's and Salsa 29r's so I am happy with my Marlin!

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Favorite Trail:   6 mile, Clayton, White Clay

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Jays Cycles Princeto

Similar Products Used:   2009 Specialized Rockhopper 29r
2011 Giant Talon 29r
2009 Giant Peace SS 29r

Bike Setup:   I am slowly upgrading the bike, so far I have upgraded the handelbars to carbon ec90, carbon seat post and a WTB Silverado pro saddle and oh yeah the detatchable air pump! I have a set of bb7's on order as well as OURY grips.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SaltySprocket a Weekend Warrior from Winder, GA

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2011

Strengths:    Good bike for the price.

Weaknesses:    Forks are weak link. Not much more than tubes with springs in them. Quite heavy, weighs in at 30 lbs. bone stock.

Bottom Line:   
I enjoy the bike for weekend rides. I have competed in a few duathalon races on it. It is a good, solid bike. However, after checking out some of the competition's bikes, it needs a diet.

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Favorite Trail:   Chicopee

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Appalachee Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant Rincon

Bike Setup:   Factory

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JMHZ2401 a Weekend Warrior from Jacksonville, Fl

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011

Strengths:    Good price for entry level 29er

Weaknesses:    Pedals are small, and do not feel sturdy.

Bottom Line:   
Great beginner bike

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Favorite Trail:   Westside Regional Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $544.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles Etc

Bike Setup:   Black Label Pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Weekend Warrior from Meadville, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2011

Strengths:    Super comfortable to ride. Love the G2 geometry it is no joke. Brakes work good. The 24 speed is more then enough for me. Fork works good. Great paint job.

Weaknesses:    Pedals,very cheap will need to be replaced. Brakes can be loud when I start riding but it doesn't last the entire ride.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. You can't find a better deal on a 29er in this price range. Love the big wheels I will never go back to 26 inches for a hardtail. If your looking at a entry level 29er I would highly recommend this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Two Mile Run

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Emig's

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300 Disc.

Bike Setup:   Stock. Will be replacing pedals soon.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hobblyjig a Weekend Warrior from Provo, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2011

Strengths:    I'm 6'4" 200lbs, and the 23" frame fits me very well.

Weaknesses:    The brakes are quite loud sometimes, but have plenty of stopping power. Shifter positioning isn't ideal, but not all that bad. Stock seat is not comfortable for me for long (anything over 5 miles) road rides.

Bottom Line:   
I ride 65+ miles a week on the road with this bike it has been enjoyable. I got it early in the season and have only been able to take it up the mountain once, yesterday. It blew my mind. I was on a trail with a lot of large tree roots and rocks (Bonneville Shore Line) I really felt like the larger angle of attack on the 29er made a lot of difference to an inexperienced rider.

After 2 months of solid riding I would definitely recommend this bike. Given the choice I'd but it all over again. I don't think there is anything else even close to it in the $500-700 range.

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Favorite Trail:   Still haven't ridden them all

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $640.00

Purchased At:   Mad Dog Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Only had ~$200 bikes before this.

Bike Setup:   Stock. Plan to upgrade the grips and seat soon for personalized comfort. Later I'll go for stronger wheels.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kchan021 a Cross Country Rider from metro Atlanta

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2011

Strengths:    Its a Gary Fisher! Enough said?

Weaknesses:    The brakes are pretty squeeky, and can be better.. After 250 miles in the first 2 months of ownership, its still squeaky!! The X4 shifters aren't the best. When I'm climbing on pavement or a steep hill, downshifting is difficult, because of the design. The shifter is directly below the grip

Bottom Line:   
First 29er, and severe upgrade from my old rig. Some components can be better, but overall, satisfied with it.. I'm more daring.. more confident.. good bang for the buck, considering it is an entry level 29er...

MSRP was $600, and 3 days after I bought it, Trek's site increased it to $670

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Favorite Trail:   Suwannee Greenway?

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $585.00

Purchased At:   Appalachee Cycles (L

Similar Products Used:   2008 Trek 4300 (non-disc)

Bike Setup:   Maxxis Crossmark tires; Fizik Nisene saddle; Shimano clipless

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by clintkev251 a Cross Country Rider from Michagan

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011

Strengths:    Good Value, versatile, fairly light

Weaknesses:    Some components could be better

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. Ive rode it hard since I got it and it gives more and more everyday. Unfortunately the breaks it came with were completely useless. I am light (150) and even so, when I tryed to stop, all the breaks did was make noise at me. I shopped around and decided on a replacement, Avid Elixir 5's (which are great. If you get this bike, plan on dropping at least a little money for new breaks.

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Favorite Trail:   Luton

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   The Speed Merchants

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4900

Bike Setup:   Trek Marlin with Avid Elixir 5 breakset aftermarket

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Question about a Used Gary Fisher Marlin

My LBS is selling this bike for around $200. Being a total noob, would it be worth getting this used bike? Anyone know any details about it. The shop is not a Trek dealer and did not know a whole lot about it (at least the one guy I talked to did not know). [ATTACH=CONFIG]821679[/ATTACH]Read More »

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Upgrading Marlin wheelset

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