Marin 2000 Mount Vision Full Suspension Bike

5/5 (28 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Ovation 6000 Series Aluminum Double Butted, Mega DT w/New Light Weight Alloy Swingarm
  • Manitou Mars C Fork w/80mm Travel
  • Fox Float R Rear Shock
  • Avid SD-25 Brakes
  • Mavic X-225 32 Hole Rims
  • IRC Notos XC Tires w/Kevlar Bead


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Sergio Gomez a Cross Country Rider from San Clemente CA

    Date Reviewed: May 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Weight, components, frame, wheels, EVERYTHING!!!

    Weaknesses:    Not s single one after two years. Well, perhaps the price... And perhaps some areas which are hard to get in order to clean them up.

    Bottom Line:   
    What a bike!!! Best bike for XC!!! Haven't had a simple problem with it, whether riding on dirt roads, single trails or plain roads. After two years and multiple crashes, the bike still stands with its original components. Had minor problems with the front wheel the first few rides but after a couple of truings it never came back. Places I've been with this bike; San Francisco, MT Tam, Marin county, Los Angeles, Santa Monica mountains, Mammoth, South Orange County and the famous Rosarito-Ensenada ride.

    Chances are it will be a LONG TIME before I buy another bike. So the investment on an expensive bike does not seem bad at all now (back then had seconds thoughts…) If money is not an issue, BUY IT! Chances are in the long term you will save money from repairs and upgrades.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Lower end bikes which cannot compare at ALL!!!

    Bike Setup:   Stock. No need to replace anything after two years, yet...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from UK

    Date Reviewed: September 28, 2001

    Strengths:    It's the nuts! Everything!

    Weaknesses:    Nothing...


    Bottom Line:   
    Got this as an ex-demo. It is just brilliant.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1100.00

    Purchased At:   Julies Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   GT Bravado

    Bike Setup:   As it came, but with a raceface XY seatpost...mmm

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Boo Littlewood from Reading

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Everything, light weight, components, folk & shock, looks, handling,

    Weaknesses:    Me riding it badl

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent piece of kit, good for XC long days, better than
    my old hardtail for freeriding. Well worth the money.

    Climbs very well and digs in when its needed. Downhill its
    pure fun fun fun.

    Covers ground very quickly (or is ot just new bike legs?)

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    Favorite Trail:   Corriearick Pass, Oxford ways

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $1800.00

    Purchased At:   Behind Bars,Abingdon, Oxford

    Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Gary Fisher Sugar, Scott

    Bike Setup:   As sold - shocks set very fast on rebound - Keeps me riding quickly

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Lance Taylor a Racer from Missouri

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2001

    Strengths:    Legendary Marin Quality
    Weight
    Great Component selection
    Climbing ability
    Cornering/Handleing


    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is awesome! I love every aspect of it---climbing, descending, cornering, weight and the bike looks great as well. It has give me added confidenance and speed while riding and made me an overall much better rider.

    You owe it to yourself to try a Marin FRS if considering an full-suspension bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Berryman

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Internet

    Bike Setup:   Stock except MARS 1, Fox Float RC, Chris King Headset, Selle Italia Flite Gel Saddle

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by insanegman a Cross Country Rider from Boston

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

    Strengths:    Light-weight! Adjustable rebound damping! Great frame design!

    Weaknesses:    No disc brakes, not even disc hubs.

    Bottom Line:   
    I got this bike after riding a completely rigid bike for a long time. It took me a while to get used to it and after many endos I finally got the hang of it. This bike has made me a better rider because it begs to be pushed to the limit. This bike performs best when going fast. When going slow one needs to slow down the rebound damping on the suspension and hone their balance. I used to be a straight-up old-school XC rider but now I enjoy more of the freeride stuff simply because the bike likes it! This bike handles 5-foot drops with my 6' 180lb ass on it! I wouldn't mind a stiffer fork with more travel but that will have to be part of the joy of upgrading.
    To make a long story short - this is a great cross-country full-suspension bike, with some modifications it can be a good freeride bike as well. If you want to do truly hardcore freeriding (>6' drops) or major downhilling you probably want a bike with disc brakes, more travel and strength (and weight). But for most people this bike can take you past where you're willing to go.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bow Ridge - Lynn Woods

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1900.00

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR XC; Gary Fischer Sugars; various others that I can't remember right now.

    Bike Setup:   SID XC 80mm up front. Tossed the straight bar for an Easton Monkeybar riser. Miss the bar-ends though. Tossed the skinny tires for Michelin Hot S 2.1's. Tacoed the rear rim so I replaced it with a Mavic F519 with straight-gauge spokes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andy a Weekend Warrior from Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK

    Date Reviewed: July 5, 2001

    Strengths:    Very good climber, I was impessed the first time I rode this bike on a technical climb with the way the back wheel can get traction on any surface. Not too bad on the downs either. Nice & easy to maintain, pivot gave no trouble over a winter of horrible conditions, Fox shock works well, easy to service too.

    Weaknesses:    Could do with four inchs of travel up front as well to even things out a bit. Try Pace Evos/Evo II's huge improvement!! Tyre clearance when removing wheel is poor but can get used to it.

    Bottom Line:   
    Absolutly bl**dy lovely!! best trail bike I've ever ridden. Comfy for long rides over rough ground. Could even be raced XC with lighter wheels. All XT kit works beautifully in all conditions, only problem is position of bottle mounts and carrying the thing, frame design prevents shouldering the bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hope Valley, Peak District.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2200.00

    Purchased At:   Ozone Cycles, Sheffield

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Super V 1000 sl [1998]

    Bike Setup:   90mm stem [origional is 120mm] & XC riser bar sharpen up the handling for single track and still let it climb nicely. Shimano SPD with cages for more support. Bigger tyres for winter!!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nick a Racer from Co

    Date Reviewed: June 25, 2001

    Strengths:    Simplicity, lightweight and strong. Almost a freeride strong and light 22lb enough for xc racing. Best bike ever racing in. Frame provide lightning fast sprint and uphill climb. Blows away my M4 hardtail race bike on climb and descend.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've raced most hardtails through FS bike. Still can't believe how well this bike can perform so well yet very little people know about this bike existance. Sure we've heard of Cannondale, Santa cruz, Specialized, Merlin, Titus but who ever heard of Marin? With minor modifications, we're able to drop the weight to 21-22lb from the stock 23-24lb. Not surprise that this bike earned championship title for some racers. This bike zooms on uphill, uncommon among fs bike, yet plush to absorb rocky and broken trail.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2900.00

    Bike Setup:   Full XTR, ChrisKing/Valient/DT Revo wheelset, Tubeless, SID SL front, CaneCreek AD10 rear

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by JC JC a Cross Country Rider from Upland, Ca

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2001

    Strengths:    Climbing, quick handling, price, stand over clearance, single pivot, light weight and stiff no lateral flex.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I test rode everything "no parking lot stuff all off road on my favorite trails and in Moab and Big Bear". Got lucky and ran into Marin Demo Squad. Bob is a great guy and I was totally shocked on how well the bike road. Bottom line I bought two bikes one for my wife and myself. Plus two of my riding partners bought bikes also. Too bad Marin doesn't get the hype like other bikes do. I was leaning towards the Superlight, the Tracer and Loco were little bit over built for my riding style. The Marin out climbed all of them and handled well in tight rocky singletrack and was very stable on smooth fast trails. Overall Great bike for someone who doesnt by into all the hype and wants a light weight, 4 inch travel bike that handles great and climbs like a hard tail.

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    Favorite Trail:   Marshall Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2400.00

    Purchased At:   Marin Demo Squad

    Similar Products Used:   I tried everything Titus Racer X and Loco Moto rented in Moab and demo in Big Bear, Specialize stumpjumper FSR xc pro rented in San Francisco Marin county trails, Santa Cruz Superlight rented from local bike shop and rode local trails, Intense Tracer demo from local bike shop and rode local trails.

    Bike Setup:   Stock, full Xtr, Carbon fiber easton seat post and bars, Fox float rear, Kris king head set , RST XMO Fork "Excellent", Panracer Fire XC tires and Terry Liberator seat.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gakster a Cross Country Rider from Sunnyvale, CA

    Date Reviewed: June 18, 2001

    Strengths:    Great climber, stable at high speeds, good amount of stand-over. great handling Overall an excellent bike. Excellent service & support from Marin.

    Weaknesses:    A real PITA to adjust the front derailleur. Water bottle mount in the most ridiculous place (top tube)

    Bottom Line:   
    One of the best full sus bike out there. Low maintainence pivot. Great climber & descender. Excellent handling traits. Highly highly underated.

    It is also kind of special because I don't see many Marins around the SF Bay Area.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Gap, Skeggs Pt

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Connection@

    Similar Products Used:   Barracuda HT, '99 Marin Rift Zone

    Bike Setup:   Mt Vision Pro frame, XT parts, Manitou SX-R, Mavic CrossRide

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by stephen matthews a Weekend Warrior from australia

    Date Reviewed: April 20, 2001

    Bottom Line:   
    Quick update: the light-weight spokes are too flimsy. I broke three on my last ride and nearly killed myself. Get the wheels built up properly.

    5 chilis overall still, 'cos it's a great bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   oaks fire trail, blue mountains

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $3500.00


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve a Racer from Co

    Date Reviewed: March 3, 2001

    Strengths:    Everything is great from frame design to component

    Weaknesses:    too expensive (but it's worth it)

    Bottom Line:   
    Best mtn bike ever ridden. This one beats them all. Leave other hardtale and full suspension bikes in the dust. It's super light 21lbs after wheel/tire and Ti hardware upgrade. Before you buy a Cannondale, Specialized or SC, try this first. You will see what I mean.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized M4, Santa Cruz xlight, Cannondale Jkl

    Bike Setup:   XTR drivetrain, CK wheels, Ti hardware,

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by todd atkins a Racer from fayetteville ,ga

    Date Reviewed: February 15, 2001

    Strengths:    The Mt vision pro gives an overall stable and lightweight feel. I tested the unit @ macintosh reserve ,one of the best race venues in Ga. It was amazing ! I was riding a gear higher almost everywhere and could hit lines that I would have avoided on my hard tail!It climb well I was not sure what 2 expect with the suspesion on short steep grunts ! It did very well.

    Weaknesses:    None that I could tell in that 2hr demo session ,atleast none that could not be corrected in set-up.

    Bottom Line:   
    I really look forward to riding a full suspension Marin this year 2001 ...hopefully we will get the frame /bikes soon !

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    Favorite Trail:   line creek

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   member of the Marin demo squad

    Similar Products Used:   RMX 250 ,specialized fsr

    Bike Setup:   XMO fork,xtr,hutchie tires, 19 in frame,fox shock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by david a Weekend Warrior from Essex England

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2001

    Strengths:    Great balance between climbing and smoothing out the downhills. Great over a particulary nasty down hill with tree roots crossing the descent. Climbs very well compared to a friends GT. Doesn't seem to sap the pedal effort as some FS bikes do. Brakes are good although they do go off in wet muddy conditions where a disc set up would be better.

    Weaknesses:    Front brake rubs when climbing hard, probably flex in the forks.
    Stickers fall off.


    Bottom Line:   
    The best all round user friendly FS bike I have tried.
    Happy to be riden all day or just stunting around jumping things and crashing a lot.
    Hasn't broken yet and I am particularly heavy for this sport. Good for a beginner or pro alike.
    Very good deal to buy a year old bike paid £1200 for mine. Result!

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    Favorite Trail:   Danbury Common

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Charing Cross London

    Similar Products Used:   First FS.

    Bike Setup:   Standard with high rise down hill bars (6 foot 2" makes the standard a bit cramped).
    Rear shock pumped up hard due to weighing 211 pounds.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Cam Whiting a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: January 26, 2001

    Strengths:    Well balanced, thoughtfully spec'd, climbs brilliantly. Makes a newcomer to mountain biking feel right at home.

    Bottom Line:   
    Coming from a road racing background, my technical skills are still not as good as I would like, but I don't make my expert riding friends wait too long at the bottom of the trail. This bike could potentially make very technical tracks possible for an average rider, if set up correctly from the beginning. The pivot placement seems to strike a great balance for climbing (very little bob) and fast, knarly descents. Stock running gear is more than sufficient. I would recommend the Mt Vision for anyone who wants maximum fun for their hard-earned dollar.

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    Favorite Trail:   Still too many to try...

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Many road bikes (sorry)

    Bike Setup:   Stock with Roox riser bars and Keywin D/H pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt Savage a Cross Country Rider from Northampton UK

    Date Reviewed: November 8, 2000

    Strengths:    Very light weight. Smooth and plush. Drop dead gorgeous looks!!!!

    Weaknesses:    IRC Notos Tyres, Tight clearance on fork.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had this bike now for 6-7 months and it's now seen the best that the UK conditions can throw at it, so I think it's reasonable to give an initial verdict on it.

    Wow!

    Before buying this I'd been riding a 98 GT Backwoods that I'd specc'd up to a good standard (XT, Mavics, Manitou Fork). It was a good bike but after a long day in the saddle you knew about it! Time to take the FS plunge then. Of all the bike I looked at it came down to a choice of 3; The Marin, The Sub 5 or The Stumpy. There was very little to choose between the 3 but going on the principle that 3/4 of the bikers in my club ride Marins I knew they must be doing something OK!

    What a differance. I was no longer wheezing away at the back after a 30 miler through the Northamptonshire bogs. Cycling was an effortless joy. Anything greater than 1 inch was being bunny hopped. Rocky downhills were being taken at speed considered suicidal before. Control was perfectly balanced thanks to two smooth, fluid shocks, braking was sharp thanks to the ever excellent Avids, shifting was perfect as should be expected from a complete XT drivtrain.
    A fantastic bike, with only 2 minor gripes....

    1. IRC tyres.... Everyone in our club who uses IRC tyres flats every ride. Michelin, Contis, Geax never a problem. This may be conicidence but in the 2 years I had the GT I flatted once, I flatted twice in the first month of using IRC.

    2. There is very little clearance between the tyres and brake pads when removing the tyres which must damage the tyre. This are easy to solve... Fit a Pace fork at the dealer or fit a Hope 2 pot disc at the front.

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    Favorite Trail:   Peak District or Avebury

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes Daventry

    Similar Products Used:   Looked at Specialised Stumpt FSR XC, Orange Sub 5, Orange MrXC also briefly looked at Trek VRX 300, Cannondale V500

    Bike Setup:   As standard except for Orange Kevlar saddle, Cobtinental Traction Pro tyres (with the smashing Jaffa orangy bit in the middle!)

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