Gary Fisher 2001 Marlin Hardtail Bike

4.4/5 (30 Reviews)
MSRP : $469.00


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Warren Hayes a Cross Country Rider from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2008

Strengths:    the frame definitely, sharp rear and a fairly stretched-out front.

Weaknesses:    cheap groupset, but at this price its flexible enough to upgrade to the juicier things

Bottom Line:   
good solid reliable(mine has done a major tour accross spain in base form as well as countless rough sessions with mates....(al work and no play eh gary) :-)

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Favorite Trail:   Malvern

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Bicimania

Similar Products Used:   cineli, mbk, raleigh, dawes

Bike Setup:   new titanium saddle, xt v-brakes/levers, fatter tyres, specialized BG grips,removed bottle cages in favour of camelbak

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Clemson, SC / Huntsville, AL

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2002

Strengths:    Solid frame for low $$$, genesis geometry, shifters, Fisher reliability & quality

Weaknesses:    The seat is harder than the rocks beside the trail, brakes are a tad weak, front derailleur

Bottom Line:   
It's a good frame to start from. Some components aren't great, but what do expcet on a $400 bike? I'm planning on upgrading brakes and fork when i get some dough.

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Favorite Trail:   haven't found it yet

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles, Etc.

Similar Products Used:   old specialized (now resting in pieces)

Bike Setup:   Serfas Reactive Gel saddle, Coda supsension seatpost, Michelin Jet rear tire, otherwise stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve from Columbus OH USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2002

Strengths:    An alternative to standard frame geometry without paying boutique prices.

Weaknesses:    Plan on getting a saddle that fits you, like you would have to do with any new bike.

Bottom Line:   
Test ride the Fisher Genesis line, or Trek's new bikes, to find out what a stretched-out frame geometry feels like (talk 'em in to putting on a longer stem if you have to). If a bike like this fits you, it's a bargain, and the Marlin is about as inexpensive as you can get with this geometry. If it doesn't fit you, there are all the other manufacturers out there making bikes for you. 5 chilis for value. Ignoring price, 3 chilis because this was never meant to be the top-of-the line. The Marlin is a good bike with a frame geometry that is hard to find.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   I've owned a lot of bikes, and ridden a lot more. Fisher's Genesis geometry is the most stretched-out I've ridden.

Bike Setup:   Wheels I built myself. Stretched out the bike even more with a longer stem. Sachs Power Grip Extreme twisties. I'm keeping the low-end Shimano 8-speed drivetrain. Specialized Body Geometry saddle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ethan a Weekend Warrior from Jersey, USA

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2002

Strengths:    Great Frame. Light. Good Handling

Weaknesses:    Drivetrain Sucks, replace it with Deore XT. Handlebar breaks and scratches easily. Shocks are crap.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great entry level MTB. The drivetrain is horrible but for $200 or so u can get a great one. Must replace shox with some super smooth Bombers.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $449.00

Purchased At:   Genie Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy a Weekend Warrior from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2002

Strengths:    Frame is strong and light weight. The RockShox is fine for 185lb or less riders. Great deal! Upgrade potential! Excelent trail bike!

Weaknesses:    Seat sux but I'm dealing with it cause I hardly ever sit on it. Components are a little heavy but at $450 u can upgrade and still have a great bike @ a great price, or my name's not Andy Fisher.

Bottom Line:   
Great starter bike! I owned a Gary Fisher Aquilla before this bike and still own it, so now I'll always buy Gary Fisher bikes. The Marlin hangs with the $1000 bikes easily.

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Favorite Trail:   Markam Park (sick + twisted trails)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Victoria Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Old Cannondale, Gary Fisher Aquilla (still own)

Bike Setup:   handbar extentions, water bottle cage, Shimano PD-M545 clippin pedals, i'll eventually get a new seat too.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from eugene OR USA

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2002

Strengths:    nice frame, OK components, great price preformance ratio.
the genises geomitry is great


Weaknesses:    the rockshock jetts are substancial to many riders, the seat does suck it was gone the day i bought it. the front mech has gone crapy otherwise fine A great deal

Bottom Line:   
great price preformance ratio, good components, over all agood begginer bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   pauls bike shop

Similar Products Used:   other gary's

Bike Setup:   new seat, computer, mtb fenders

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan from Madison WI.

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2001

Strengths:    Frame, Price, looks great, solid foundation for upgrading over time, WTB Raptors are a good all-around tire.

Weaknesses:    Seat, chessy brake pads, lower end components.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, with a great frame, super stable, feels firm but very controlable, plan to upgrade components this winter to XT, because a frame this good deserves it. Bike takes all you can dish out, and still wants more. Climbs like a billy goat. Bontraiger rims are more than adequate, Boni' bars are super comfortable, and the Rock Shox Jett is quick and one of the reasons a bike this good can be this great of a value.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $415.00

Purchased At:   Budget Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   GT, Trek, Cannondale, and older Fisher's

Bike Setup:   Selle Italia seat, XT brake pads, stock components, and Shimano ATB pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil A a Weekend Warrior from San Diego,CA

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2001

Strengths:    LOOK BELOW

Weaknesses:    ...

Bottom Line:   
I already posted an entry, but just want to caution everyone on the seat...Not only is it hard, but it may break if you hit something as common as a curb too hard. I rode off of a curb and the seat began to shake, click, and the finally the metal post separated and i almost landed flat on my face. BE CAREFUL. I already purchased a new seat, which is a hell of a lot more comfortable too.

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Favorite Trail:   South Bay Trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Mission Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   ...


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan Doloboff a Weekend Warrior from North Hills, NY

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2001

Strengths:    USA MADE
$VALUE, $VALUE,$VALUE
Lifetime frame guarantee
Gary Fisher reputation


Weaknesses:    The seat. I took my serfas off of my 15year old Panasonic bike and am much happier as is my butt

Bottom Line:   
Tested the TRek 4900 but could not see the rationale for the much higher cost. Since I am not a professional I felt the value of the Marlin coupled with the ability to upgrade makes it a great value.
Fantastic geometry, excellent frame and best of all it is "BORN IN THE USA"

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere there isn't asphalt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $389.00

Purchased At:   Mineola Cycles


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron a Weekend Warrior from San Diego, Ca

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2001

Strengths:    I just got back into mountain biking and picked this thing up. I didn't want to spend a fortune and this bike meets my needs.

Weaknesses:    The seat is a little hard. Maybe I just have to get use to it.

Bottom Line:   
A good bike for the money.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   bikeusa

Similar Products Used:   Test drove Trek and a specialized bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ethan a Weekend Warrior from Philly, PA

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2001

Strengths:    Genesis Geometry--especially for taller riders (I am 6'2"), light and strong frame for the price, Gary Fisher lifetime frame guarantee, solid components for entry-level bike

Weaknesses:    RockShox fork bottoms out for heavier riders on aggressive trails, horrible seat (replace before leaving the store), questionable tires for wet surfaces

Bottom Line:   
If you are not willing to spend $1000+, you should buy this bike hands down. And even with those expen$ive bikes, you will get 15% better components for 2x the price. Especially if you are just getting into mountain biking, the Marlin is the way to go. The frame is easily upgadable as well. Don't take my word for it--ride one and you'll understand.

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Favorite Trail:   Schulkill Riv.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Cross Cycle of Southbury, CT

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500

Bike Setup:   New seat, water bottle cage, otherwise straight-up stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil A a Weekend Warrior from Chula Vista,CA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2001

Strengths:    Great imtermediate bike. Got a good deal. Relatively inexpensive and reputable parts. Good for the under $600 club

Weaknesses:    The seat,the seat,the seat, That seat SUCKS. Its like sitting on a cinder block.

Bottom Line:   
great for the price. good for the weekend warrior. Chose this over a Trek.

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Favorite Trail:   various SD Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   Mission Cyclery (Chula Vista)

Similar Products Used:   Crappy Costco Motiv Groundpounder. HORRIBLE BIKE. return the day after i bought it.

Bike Setup:   water bottle holder, new seat

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by KC a Weekend Warrior from Long Island, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2001

Strengths:    Don't know yet

Weaknesses:    Don't know yet

Bottom Line:   
Bottom Line: choice between the Fisher Marlin for $350 and a Trek Alpha 4300 for $320. I'll be using it for weekend trail-riding, nothing professional, etc.

Any advice? Right now I'm leaning toward the Fisher; seems lighter, and seems to have a slightly better review here.
Thanks.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Motiv GroundPounder

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stan a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2001

Strengths:    Frame, Rims, Geometry

Weaknesses:    Seat, I finally changed it for a MTB Speed V.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for the price. I am looking to upgrade the fork down the road.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Trek 820

Bike Setup:   Computer, MTB Seat pretty much stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Thorp a Weekend Warrior from Lubbock, TX

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001

Strengths:    Great quality for the money, lightweight, extremely stable.
The best value I could find in the sub $600 market.


Weaknesses:    ft. fork....this is my first ft. shok'd bike, and the jett is softer than my buddies Wal-Mart special.

Bottom Line:   
No hills here to speak of, so it's all urban. I really like the balance of the bike, and the only things I would change are the ft. fork(far too soft, and I'm only 180lbs.), seat, and tires(great for offroad, but lugz are a little agressive for concrete)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $440.00

Similar Products Used:   GT's

Bike Setup:   Bone stock

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