Marin Nail Trail 29er 29er Hardtail

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $1999.99

Product Description

  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum 29er
  • Shift Lever: Shimano SLX, 2 Way Release, 9 Speed
  • Brakes Rear: Shimano SLX Hydraulic Disc
  • Pedals: Shimano M520 Clipless
  • Crankset: Shimano HollowTech II Arms, 44/32/22

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by krash670 a Cross Country Rider from Athens, GA

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2011

Strengths:    Climbs like a mountain goat, compentry set up, it's a 29er!!!

Weaknesses:    Wheels are a little weak for bigger riders. Grips weren't too comfortable.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome! I bought this bike, my first 29er, just before I had gastric bypass surgery. The first time I rode it I felt a bit wierd. I wasn't use to sitting so high up on a bike. My previous bikes included a Specialized Hard Rock (1990), Trek 800 (1995), Marin Team Issue (1997), and a Specialized Stump Jumper (1999), and all were 26"ers. After about a week of riding the Nail Trail it felt as natural to me as any other bike. The biggest thing I noticed is how this bike climbs. It is incredible! It shoots up-hill. The only problem I've had was the rear wheel. I snapped spokes like they were twiggs every few rides. I have hopefully solved this issue by purchasing a hand spun 36 hole DT/Swiss rim with an XT hub. I haven't had any problems thus far. I also found my pinky and ring fingers constantly going numb when riding. I took the stock grips off and replaced them with a set of Ergon GP-1 grips. I have not had any problems since then, and that's been about a 1 1/2 years. I love this bike, and the 29er set up. I am 6-05 / 235lbs. and this bike can handle all I can throw at it. If you are in need of a good 29er I can't think you wouldn't be happy with the Nail Trail 29er.

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Favorite Trail:   Chicopee Woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Outback Bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock except for a 36 hole DT/Swiss rear wheel with an XT hub, and Ergon GP-1 grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GoRon a Cross Country Rider from Chicagoland, Illinois, USA

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2011

Strengths:    Very light, good stock components.

Weaknesses:    I've realized I need a more aggressive tire for my style of riding. The Contis aren't quite grippy enough for me on damp roots and rocks they also feel a little unstable in soft stuff on top of hard pack. I bent the rear rim after taking a spill and will be sacrificing a little weight for a heaver but beafier set up in back.

Bottom Line:   
I jumped back on my 26" Trek after having been riding my Nail Trail exclusively all spring. I'm a dedicated 29er for sure now. My riding style and some of the places I ride (think rock gardens) are a little aggressive for the wheelset on this bike so I'll be putting a Sun MTX33 on the back. That and a more aggressive tire up front. I'm very very happy with this bike so far!!

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Favorite Trail:   Kettle Morrain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Stock set up from Marin.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billecart a Snowboarder

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2009

Bottom Line:   
It was love at first ride. It just felt like a perfect fit. I am 6'1" and 210 lbs. This bike makes me feel 40 lbs lighter and way stronger and better that I am. Out the door very good components. May upgrade the wheels soon. This is a 5+ in just about every way.

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Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Marin Factory Store

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marin29r a Cross Country Rider from Long Island , N.Y.

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2009

Strengths:    Typical awesome Marin fit/finish and overall build quality. Nice Fox R29 fork along with XT rear derailler and new Shimano SLX drivetrain including new SLX hydraulic disc. WTB wheels/Laser Seat, Shimano 520 clipless/XT cranks.

Weaknesses:    So far have not found any.

Bottom Line:   
I have been wondering what the difference would be going to a 29" Hardtail from my full suspension rides. I have to admit that since I purchased the 29er I gave the Specialized to my wife and have only been riding the Marin. This bike is AWESOME!!! Go to your favorite bike shop and try one, you will be hooked!! Retail the bike is $1995.00 but I got it for $1600.00 and it is worth every penny.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Sayville Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   I also have a 08' Specialized FSR XC Comp disc & 05' Giant XTC DS-1 that are full suspension.

Bike Setup:   Stock from Marin, needs nothing right now.

Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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2012-2013 Marin Nail Trail 29er REVIEWS

Yo. So I'm in the market for a 29er hardtail, and ideally want to spend about $1300 ish. I'm currently riding a 2003 GT iDrive 2.0, which (with its V-brakes and ancient Rock Shox Psylo fork) is not ideal. My LBS owner notified me that he could probably get me a 2013 Nail Trail for about $130 ... Read More »

New 2011 Nail Trail 29er

Picked this bike up for a spectacular deal last week. My first 29er and I love it. Stock except for the Specialized saddle. Plan on going tubeless as soon as it's time to buy new tires. Got all the materials but hear the Conti Race Kings are not good candidates for a tubless setup. Hope you ... Read More »

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2011 Nail Trail 29er Input

Looking for input from anyone who has ridden the 2011 Nail Trail 29er. I'm looking at it as a 2nd 29er (first being a FS). Does anyone know if the frame is designed to give a little rear vertical flex? I'm comparing it to a 2011 Scott Scale 29er Elite. Thanks!Read More »

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