Gary Fisher 2000 Marlin Hardtail Bike

4.45/5 (56 Reviews)


Product Description

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Jett, 2.5" travel fork


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Mcvittie a Cross Country Rider from Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2003

Strengths:    Rock Shock Jett: Amazing travel i only weight maybe 180 i have took a 5 foot drop off of a stage didnt even bottom out.

Frame: Light as a feather nice apperance stands out overall amazing

Brakes: Strong great after my brake brace was added to it to reinsure the safety of the posts
Drive Train: amazing no skips no nothing.

Pedals: heavy duty meatal good grip

Cassette: Nice 8 speed cassette cleans up nice

Rapid Shifters: Quick clean shifts stays where u want without restricing your hand room.

Price: $250 canadain nice


Weaknesses:    Rims, Seat
After i completed my 5 foot drop i contiuned on , on my journey and realized that when i torqued hard the spokes were snapping and with 26 x 2.30 stouts on it they dont have room to move...... the seat was bent when i got it and wanna get a new one


Bottom Line:   
i want to replace the cassette and chain and maybe the fork just for the hell of it seening as it does me just fine i love this bike it moves and i can only bunny hope about a curb and a half but im working on it... its so sweet of bike i dont think ill ever own a bike that isnt gary fisher again.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Some Girls House

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   now has a double wall rim with quick realese one the back original on the front new kenda stouts 26x2.30 just barley clear the frame it also has a lizard skin on the back near the cassette to protect from chain wear... now has new brake pads all around.. chrome water bottle holder.. chrome brake brace...


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Mcvittie a Cross Country Rider from Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2003

Strengths:    Rock Shock Jett: Amazing travel i only weight maybe 180 i have took a 5 foot drop off of a stage didnt even bottom out.

Frame: Light as a feather nice apperance stands out overall amazing

Brakes: Strong great after my brake brace was added to it to reinsure the safety of the posts
Drive Train: amazing no skips no nothing.

Pedals: heavy duty meatal good grip

Cassette: Nice 8 speed cassette cleans up nice

Rapid Shifters: Quick clean shifts stays where u want without restricing your hand room.

Price: $250 canadain nice


Weaknesses:    Rims, Seat
After i completed my 5 foot drop i contiuned on , on my journey and realized that when i torqued hard the spokes were snapping and with 26 x 2.30 stouts on it they dont have room to move...... the seat was bent when i got it and wanna get a new one


Bottom Line:   
i want to replace the cassette and chain and maybe the fork just for the hell of it seening as it does me just fine i love this bike it moves and i can only bunny hope about a curb and a half but im working on it... its so sweet of bike i dont think ill ever own a bike that isnt gary fisher again.

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Favorite Trail:   Gary Fisher

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Some Girls House

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   now has a double wall rim with quick realese one the back original on the front new kenda stouts 26x2.30 just barley clear the frame it also has a lizard skin on the back near the cassette to protect from chain wear... now has new brake pads all around.. chrome water bottle holder.. chrome brake brace...


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul a Cross Country Rider from Sewell nj

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

Strengths:    Price. Great bike for road or light off road use.

Weaknesses:    I ride pretty hard on it and just about everything on it has broken or just froze up.

Bottom Line:   
Its a great bike if your only going to ride XC everyonce and awhile but it isn't built for racing or real hard riding. But now that I have replaced alot on the bike i am very happy with it but i would recommend buying a GF Sugar if your going to ride hard.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Action Wheels

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Tassahara

Bike Setup:   2000 GF Marlin, Rocks Shox Indy SL forks, Coda Bar ends, XTR brakes, XTR derailers, XTR shifters, XTR Brake levers, XTR chain, Spinergy Wheels, Panaracer XC tires, RaceFace handle bars, Titec stem, rebuilt stock headset,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Russo a Cross Country Rider from Essex

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2001

Strengths:    Value. Thi bike is a great intro mountain bike at a very reasonable price.
Upgradability. It is worth hanging better parts on the frame as you wear things out or break them


Weaknesses:    Weight. At this price, you can't expect a light frame tho'
If you get serious about mountain biking you will wear out these components.
The seat. I bent the rails on a hard landing. replace it right away.


Bottom Line:   
I've done many upgrades (at good prices, so it did.nt break the bank) and have probably maxed out the potential of this frame. I am very happy with this bike. A word to the wise: If you know you are going to love mountain biking, it's cheaper to buy a beeter bike to start with...spend about $800 and get a nice hardtail...

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Favorite Trail:   Cockaponset

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Clarke Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Specialized

Bike Setup:   LX bottom bracket and cranks, XT rear der. LX front der. SPecialized clipless pedals, Specialized body geo. seat, Rockshox Judy C fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by A. Francis a Weekend Warrior from Southampton, England

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2001

Strengths:    Amazing frame, very strong and light. doubble butted tubes and gussets on the down tube make it an intricate and hight quality fram. The componentry is not bad and works well. the rock shox jett fork is works well.

Weaknesses:    Maybe slightly lower spec components for the price but not bad. mine came with altus and alivio stuff.

Bottom Line:   
i have used this bike for downhill in scotland and the lake district and it has not disapointed me at all. i also race it in local cross country events and it's pretty good for that too. it's a great all round bike which is comfortable to ride and can take almost everything that you can throw at it. i've upgraded mine to mostly XT stuff but i've still got the jett fork that is great for everything i do. the rims could be a bit weak as my mate buckled mine the other day but that's the first problem i've had since i bought the bike two years ago.

it's a lush fram for upgrading on or just a great bike for bombing around on.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Hargroves Cycles

Similar Products Used:   gt outpost trail, scott peak, specialised rock hopper

Bike Setup:   mine came with: a mix of shimano alivio and altus drivetrain and rapid fire shifters. rockshox jett.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2001

Strengths:    Value is definitely #1. This is a light, stiff frame that can take a beating (I know mine has had a few good knocks) and can handle well. It's a good all-round bike that can give you a taste of every type of riding. I don't know where a lot of the stiff seat complaints come from. The model I bought here in Canada came with a plush seat that must be different from the US torture board I keep reading about.

Weaknesses:    Contrary to popular opinion, the 2000 model is not Genesis geometry (2001 is though). As you improve or get used to riding this bike, it quickly becomes apparent that the low to mid range components are too weak and need upgrading. RockShox Jett shocks that it comes with should be thrown away immediately. Rims are flimsy and the tires are too narrow.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike as an all-round introduction to mountain biking. It's very good for that and the upgrades are keeping me satisfied for now. It can handle almost all terrain and climbs well but it's obvious that you'd want a more specialized ride when you get more experince. For example: it gets thrown around like crazy on gnarly & bumpy downhill runs. If you ride a lot, you will reach the point where laying the cash out for all the components you want to add starts competing with the cost of a new machine. You can't argue with the price though. I will keep this one around and tune it as a road/light trail bike when I move to the full suspension ride ;>

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line @ Whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Westshore Bikeshop, Victoria

Similar Products Used:   Demo rides on similar hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for: custom paint job & decals, BomberZ3 shocks, shimano clipless or Sun-RingleZuZu pedals depending on the ride. Moving to avid disc on front, Mavic rims and wider tires as I speak.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dylan J a Cross Country Rider from London, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2001

Strengths:    frame, drivetrain, weight, EVERYTHING except.........

Weaknesses:    ........bottom bracket, rims, seat

Bottom Line:   
its a great bike for the price, i broke sum stuff on it like the rear rim, axle, seat, bottom bracket, rear derailer. i love the bike but the fork could use an upgrade. i bought it with upgraded pedals, tires and fork but i still want clipless.
it feels heavy when im carrying it, but feels pro when im riding. the handling is great and my tires grip like 90. i usually win my races, but everyone else's bike is more expensive! just goes to show that the rider is more than the equipment.

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Favorite Trail:   Boler Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Racer Sportif

Similar Products Used:   im a beginner, none

Bike Setup:   ive replaced the rims, seat, pedals, front shifter, hubs, rear derailler. ive bot components that correspond with genises geometry cuz im 6ft and its perfect for me.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by G a Weekend Warrior from NEW ORLEANS

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2001

Strengths:    REAL COMFORTABLE BIKE. CAN BE USED FOR A LITTLE BIT OF EVERY TYPE OF RIDING. I'M 6'6" AND THE XXL FRAME FITS ME PERFECT.

Weaknesses:    SEAT AND PEDALS NEED REPLACING RIGHT AWAY. IF YOUR NOT WILLING TO MAKE A FEW UPGRADES YOU MIGHT AS WELL SETTLE FOR A HUFFY FROM WALMART.

Bottom Line:   
BOUGHT A ROAD BIKE TO RIDE IN THE CITY BUT WOULD RATHER RIDE THIS. IT REALLY PISSES THE ROADIES OFF WHEN YOU STAY WITH THEM ON A MTN BIKE.

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Favorite Trail:   TAMMANY TRACE

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   JOES BICYCLE

Similar Products Used:   TREK MTN BIKE.

Bike Setup:   CLIPLESS PEDALS AND A SPECIALIZED SEAT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Edwin Cortes a Cross Country Rider from Bronx, NY USA

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2001

Strengths:    Great stiffness, its light and can take a beating. The Genesis Frame is Awesome, Nice colors.

Weaknesses:    Saddle is to hard, Needs better Derailleurs and tires.

Bottom Line:   
For the price it's a great bike for beginners, weekend warriors and even road riders. Very easy to upgrade.
All in all, I can't imagine a better bike for the recreational rider. I upgraded this baby and it's rides like a pro hardtail. So if you want a bike that’s cheap and plan to upgrade later in the future I recommend this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   VanCourtland Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $360.00

Purchased At:   Pedal Pusher

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose DX 5.3, Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   XT SunRingle Wheelset with IRC Mythos Tires, Titec Stem & seatpost, Syncros handlebar, Truvativ Stylos crank,WTB Saddle, XT shifting components and Judy Race Fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roshan Vani a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2001

Strengths:    Its a great bike. It climes great, its light and can take a beating. Being a beginneer into mountain biking, i like its because of the frame, all the other parts can be upgraded as a ride for awhile.

Weaknesses:    I dislike the seat. Its too stiff. The derailers seem to have a problem too, but it might just needs to be tuned up.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I am a beginner and will upgrade as a i wear the parts down. Its got some slick colors, so you look like u know what your doing :). Its my first real mountain bike and will be a great intro bike for any beginner, it has for me. I love it! It can take a beating.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Lutherville Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   A old huffy from walmart :)

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cole fakename a Racer from south cakalaky

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2001

Strengths:    pretty much everything, it was pretty cheap, the frame was what i looked at when i bought it so everything else can be upgraded so i didn't care what else it had on it

Weaknesses:    i taco'd the rear rim but it was my fault pic'a'nic tables are not cool on a hard tail, tires sucked bong, and the seat feels like a peice of wood.

Bottom Line:   
i like this bike, i now race on it in the cane creek cup, everyone else's bike is pretty much a good 300-400 dollars more than mine, and i still have managed to get top 10 every race, 6th in the first and 10th in the second, this bike doesn't have gennis geom. but if u get rotate the handle bar frontward a little and slide the seat all the way back its pretty close.

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Favorite Trail:   anything tech.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   sunshine bike

Similar Products Used:   nuttin really, i rode some gt that felt like it but i dunno

Bike Setup:   xt-bontrager mustangs asym, 515 clipless, wtb nano raptors, soon to be sid xc or mars elite for shox, email me for suggestions please

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Drew Brooks from Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2001

Strengths:    I am 6'1 i foung a fram to fit me. Rims are great. Back derailer is good. Nice light weigh. Good price range. Front shocks are ok

Weaknesses:    Front derailer was alittle weak. Front Sr Suntour shocks are ok but I will get some Big Bommers later.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is good really light great from the mid range rider. Nice cooler go with the Sr Suntour shocks not the Rock Shocks. Needs disc brakes later but good bike. for the price

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Favorite Trail:   anything hard

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Earl Georges

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Norco

Bike Setup:   stock, Sr Suntour shocks, crow bar handle bar new seat post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Liz Monty a Weekend Warrior from Burlinton,Ontario Canada

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2001

Strengths:    Wow, great stiffness, easy to maneuver, super light, great uphill tork and speed, super grip uphill, comfy fit, a real compact powerhouse for the price.

Weaknesses:    Needs better tires/rims, needs upgrade in brakes, needs stronger forks, hard seat.

Bottom Line:   
I new I loved it during the testing, handles like a little weekend warrior should. Super pick up for the size, good light weight for easy handling. Brakes almost sent me over my head though, they are too weak and flimsy, love the 200 year geometry, really feels perfect. Great Yellow colour, super looks, good mid-range components, I will upgrade over the year in forks, brakes and tires. I pick it up tomorrow and take it home. Way tougher than my old bike, much lighter, much more athletic. Excellent for the beginner, or the not too driven trail riders, will hold up well for intermediate trips anywhere, also OK on pavement.

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Favorite Trail:   Bruce Trail/Deep North

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Brant Cycle Burlington

Similar Products Used:   Trek WSP hardtails, Giant, Kona mid-quality

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tek 2001 Gary Fisher Marlin a Weekend Warrior from Philadelphia, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2001

Strengths:    tight aluminum frame; very light; nice mid-rannge component setup for the price; very stiff; fisher genesis technology, gives nice geometry; oversized tubing, yet not too bulky

Weaknesses:    could use a better fork, and a 9 cogger in the rear, but then it's priced out

Bottom Line:   
Nice ride you can beat the hell out of. Great bike for anyone interested in getting into MTB'ing, without breaking the bank in the process. It road nicer than any of the others I've tried in the hard-tail range, listed above. The aluminum stiffness takes some getting used to, but the benefits outweigh any discomfort. Very light and strong. The genesis technology is no gimmick, it really does feel alot better. Sprints and climbs like nobody's business...there's no wasted motion, all energy directed straight to the driving wheel.

Although the Rock Shox are the low Jett model, they work well, with limited or no bobbing, and are adjustable. I highly recommend this ride to any beginner who is interested.

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Favorite Trail:   Valley Forge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   bikeline

Similar Products Used:   Performance m20; Trek 4900; Giant Rincon SE; Schwinn Moab 2

Bike Setup:   http://www.fisherbikes.com/marlin_specs.html

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jon Conrad from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2001

Strengths:    Strong!This bike has seen more than it's share of 6 and 7 foot drops on to flat. It's still not broken. The rear wheel has been tacoed several times, but with a little forceful persuation, it still spins!

Weaknesses:    Aside from strengths, fork sucks, wheels suck, grips suck, handle bar bends too easily(he he).

Bottom Line:   
I need a stronger bike!!!!!!!!!!!But... It's still goin' after what I've put it through so the Gary Fisher R&D must know what they're doing.

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Favorite Trail:   Down Town Halifax

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles Plus

Similar Products Used:   Norco 125cc(tested or demoed only)


Bike Setup:   Stock except for upgraded grips and tires.

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