Marin 2001 Nail Trail Hardtail Bike

4.4/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $889.99


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2004

Strengths:    Light and stiff, really appreciate the handling on fast and winding trails. I also commute on the bike quite often and it is a really comfortable ride on the road.

Weaknesses:    The Manitou forks aren't the greatest although these seem to have been changed on the more recent models.

Bottom Line:   
Would recommend this bike to anyone who is not a hotshot racer but just wants to have a good time getting around the trails. Has served me very well over the past few years.

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Favorite Trail:   Bottle Lake

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Penny Sports

Bike Setup:   As bought except for clip in pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luis a Weekend Warrior from Sterling, VA USA

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2004

Strengths:    This bike is light and well built, the paint scheme is much better then the new ones. bike is almost race ready out of the box

Weaknesses:    The fork is weak for heavy set riders like me. I was low riding this bike everytime I peddled uphill. Didn't do that for too long. The grips, and definetly the PEDDLES are not that great. But that everything else rocks

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike from E-discount bikes. I did not know what to expect from Marin. I was very surprised out of the box. The bike handled Great and had good components from the start. The grips, and pedals definetly had to go!! I upgraded to Avid Mechanicals for less headaches, and awsome stopping power. I am a heavy set rider at 230 and the stock fork could not support my size even with upgraded springs (supported up to 215LBS). That is not Marin's fault, since I should layoff those doritos. Most people for this model year should not have a problem. The bike is light and extremely strong!! I love this ride. There is doubt in my mind Marin makes some great bikes!! The only two complaints out of the box were the grips and pedals. That's it!!

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Favorite Trail:   Great falls national park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ediscount

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Jamis Tassajara

Bike Setup:   Avid Mechanicals disk breaks, Cane Creek Handles, Marzocchi MX comp, Crank Brothers Mallot C pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    Great handling, Looks good ;)

Weaknesses:    None really.

Bottom Line:   
This is an update from my previous post.
Have noticed few things since then ;) The cable guides on the frame aren't very well aligned, then tend to rub on the cable as it exits, also, my main issues it that the cable for the front derailleur rubs on the frame itself in two places - on the inside of the right chainstay near the top edge, and on the weld of the bottom bracket housing and the right chainstay - I've put tape over the frame in these areas, but it still wears away. (This could just be my bike, as Marin are usually very good with their frame.)

Apart from that, it rocks! I would still recommend this as a solid, well built, sweet handling bike.



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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycles

Bike Setup:   XSIV (Grimeca System 8) disc up front, Raceface Air alloy flat bar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard a Weekend Warrior from Hamilton, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent frame geometry for the average rider (5'10", 75 kg). Nice fork.

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket creaks. A bit heavy. Components are lower spec than I would expect for the price (should at least have XT), but I guess Marin think that the frame makes up for this.

Bottom Line:   
Comfortable bike to ride (with the sus post). Great handling, and the nice fork (cheapish, but at least it has damping) performs well. My bike weighs about 25lbs, including the sus post.
I don't regret replacing my FSR Comp with this bike. It's just as comfortable, but is lighter and climbs and accelerates better.
It would be even better with higher spec comps as standard.

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Favorite Trail:   42 Traverse

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Time, Hamilton

Similar Products Used:   Diamond Back Ascent EX, Marin Bear Valley SE, Giant CFM2

Bike Setup:   Added RockShox suspension seatpost, Profile riser bar, and better grips.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by C.J. Rohde a Cross Country Rider from manchester ct

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2001

Strengths:    It's an awesome ride. From the excellent drive train to the manitou magnum r fork, for the price it's great

Weaknesses:    Hard seat and crappy grips. plus rear wheel has gone out of true after a few real hard rides. Also, ski market didn't even true the wheels and put the brakes on backwards when assembaling it, idiots!

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the buck. I would reccomend it to anyone shopping for a bike in this price range.

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Favorite Trail:   mansfield hollow

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   ski market

Similar Products Used:   Hoo koo e koo and Kona cinder cone

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Smithfield, RI, USA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Strengths:    Triple butted light frame designed, yes not made IN the USA(Taiwan), frame geometry Manitou Magnum R front suspension able to take the hits. IRC Mythos tires perform well, so you avoid having to swap out your tread the first few rides. I rode through our first snow fall with control...sweet bike is the bottom line.

Weaknesses:    I would have to say the bottom bracket(some noise there, nothing major though).

Bottom Line:   
This bike is sweet for the $$, if you still want to ride a hard tail with classic frame lines you have just found a nice ride. Avoid the Shimano DX pedals...the pins suck, the metal is soft(not a real issue) and they creak...... think you could do much better for the money spent for these pedals. The tech feedback off of the Marin site has been excellent in responding to any questions.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $629.00

Purchased At:   Attleboro Ski Market


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Stroup from Syracuse,Ny, USA

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2001

Strengths:    The Ride is awesome!!!! It does what I want without hesitation. The flex is minimal and not clunky like some. I love it. The weight is good too!I can charge up hills and not be held back excessivly heavy frame and components. This is a solid, race quality bike. I wish I had bought one of these years ago.

Weaknesses:    NOT BUILT IN THE USA!!!! Biggest mistake! Designed here is great but build em' HERE!
The Seat. I'd rather ride on a 2x4 piece of wood. The OCR rims are good but I had them out of true after the first few rides and I keep blowing the rear wheel. Mostly snake bites from the rim despite correct tire pressure. I may be too heavy for the stock setup (205 lbs.) The front shock is a little soft but doesn't bottom out easily, and it takes a lot to do it. so I'd say that one rates as pretty good too.


Bottom Line:   
I love this bike! Can't complain about the bike itself at all. A change in the seat is the only thing to make this a truly comfortable, quick, and responsive bike. I love it and for the price, it is just as good as hardtails priced at a grand or better.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Point Ny

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Sayville Bike works

Similar Products Used:   I have ridden or demo'ed most of the Marin Line and I can't complain about any of them

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Smithfield RI USA

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2001

Strengths:    Triple butted light frame MADE IN USA, frame geometry that not only lends a natural stance, yet one positioned for speed and fast sprints. Manitou Magnum R front suspension trouble free and able to take the hits. When you do the math you can't lose on this bike...LIGHT; Deore front; Deore LX rear. Good grips, BEAUTIFUL triangular frame design, quality cranks, 6061 aluminum riser bar and IRC tires that spit mud with DT spoke rims. All the components are QUALITY on this bike.

Weaknesses:    Seat and pedals I SWEAR THAT'S IT. This bike blows away the competition for the price easily. In fact the 2002 Nail Trail from Marin has replaced the hard as nails seat with a WTB love cannel product.

Bottom Line:   

Bottom line, is you get a LOT for the money. So if you are attempting to add up the dollar value you win here without losing on the dialed in feel and aesthetics of a pleasing bike. I would recommend this bike for any avid trail rider...racing??

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $629.00

Purchased At:   Attleboro Ski Market

Similar Products Used:   
Bianchi, Kona: nice frames, crap for components, Cannondale $$$, GT, Schwinn, Iron Horse, Univega, Dimondback, Haro, Specialized(StumpJummper on up is where you should begin with this line of bikes), Gary Fisher(nice geometry VERY comfortable as with Trek, yet not dialed for speed). I rode them all, Marin was LOVE/LUST at first sight & that something else more meaningful all in one.


Bike Setup:   STOCK with the exception of a Terry seat(love canel) & Shimano DX platform pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erich from Orlando,FL,USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2001

Strengths:    Good stock components for the price; Strong, solid frame. Flashy color(not really a strength, but you've gotta love the bright yellow)

Weaknesses:    Cheap bottom bracket and pedals. I blew up both of them within the first 4 months. Handlebars until I hacked an inch or so off both sides.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. Not that I had any complaints about my old Nail Trail, but this new frame is even better. Try out other bikes in the sme price range and you will buy this one.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $635.00

Purchased At:   LocoMotion

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hard Rock with componentry upgraded to Shimano LX. Older model Marin Nail Trail

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock. Upgrades: Sun ZuZu pedals, Raceface bottom bracket, shorty bar ends.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alec a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2001

Strengths:    Great frame, looks, hmmmm not very good at describing am I.

Weaknesses:    grips, strange chips appear over the bike, not the paint but a thin layer of plasticky stuff.

Bottom Line:   
(the price is in pounds, not dollars)

Great bike. good acceleration compared to my old rigid thing (not the rock lobster) the bike is a good show offy colour if cleaned regulary. great fun

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $695.00

Purchased At:   Emtoo

Similar Products Used:   Rock Lobster something or other, specialized rockhopper A1 comp FS

Bike Setup:   Psylo SL fork, full LX componetry, LX Hollowtech cranks, Wellgo V12's,apart from that stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2001

Strengths:    Great Geometry, Quality frame

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy (Not that you'd really notice), Plastic Pedals with crappy toeclips.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the bomb for XC, I've only had it for 3 weeks, but so far it has proved to be really solid, quick and I can't rave enough about the handling :)
Magnum R shock is really plush, soaks up the big hits as well as the small.
The disc was an upgrade and definitely worth it, it's suprisingly good!
I'm going to junk the stock alloy Marin risers for a nice flat bar in the near future.

Bottom line: Above average though not outstanding uphill. Simply superb on single track - seriously, NOTHING beats it.

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Favorite Trail:   Rapaki, Bowenvale, Worsleys

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Secialized RockHopper, Specialized HardRock, Avanti Hurricane

Bike Setup:   XSIV 4 piston front disc (185mm), Manitou Magnum R shock, Alloy pedals with Avenir toeclips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell a Downhiller from Salt Lake City, Ut, USA

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2001

Strengths:    Light weight, great brakes, shifts nicely, great solid bike.

Bottom Line:   
It's definetly a great bike for the price. I think it handles really well going up and down hills. Looks really cool and is fun to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Pipeline

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   REI


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Murray-John a Weekend Warrior from Minneapolis, MN

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2001

Strengths:    Great setup for the price.
Very nice frame.
Sharp looking bike.


Weaknesses:    Perhaps a bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
My first step up from an entry level bike shop bike (Giant Rincon) What a difference. The ride, the components, everything vastly improved.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Kenwood Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Giant.

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spanky a Weekend Warrior from Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2001

Strengths:    VERY sharp looks! V-brakes were needed, strong feel- light frame, Best mid-level under rated bike available ;>

Weaknesses:    hand grips (big deal)

Bottom Line:   
BUY ONE.

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Favorite Trail:   Brand New one

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Loveland Cycle Shop

Bike Setup:   Stock is fine for now

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hippie from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

Strengths:    Good frame, good all around components.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy for an aluminium frame

Bottom Line:   
A great bike. This is my first "real" mtn bike and I gotta say I've been nothing but happy with it. It smokes on downhills and climbing is a breeze. This is a great mid-piced bike ( i picked mine up for $650) The front shocks (Manitou R's) are smooth and the components are the best you'll find at that price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   can't remembername ..Palo Alto shop

Bike Setup:   stock

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