Strengths: Great bike, fantastic riding position and dynamics. Bought a 2007 model. Its a cracking bike with good components throughtout, on the whole - but see below. Taken a serious amount of weight off changing the WTB tyres and saddle which are awful. It now is a relatively light bike that can cope with a lot at speed down hill where it excells.
Weaknesses: The hanger is cack and have broken two (one 20 yrds into the first ride) the second after the bike fell over onto the hanger and it just snapped off - tough or what!? Now carry a spare with me if I'm going far and have purchased a better quality hanger than the usual alloy piece of ..... that you usually get.
This is a quality bike. Needs some weight shedding from shop set up but does the business up and down hill. You could pay twice as much for half the bike.
Nice light XC/trail oriented frame. Use it that way. Have it with a DHX 5.0 air. Makes the rear travel nicely adjustable. worth the weight penalty. I've got the whole bike in 5.5 travel mode. Climbs like a goat, and I'm no climber. Plush travel without feeling like you're bogged down. Definitely worth the $650 I spent.
from colorado springs
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2007
Strengths: wonderful linkage, incredible tracking, and a decent gathering of componnents. recently upgraded to gen-x scram. Love it
Weaknesses: th erear derailer dropout is th eweakest piece of @#$% I`ve seen!!! Just destroyed my fourth derailer hanger in two years. Had to replace the entire swing arm because the attachment area is abought .025 inches thick.
Marin has a wonderful product. But need to pay special attention to the small stuff, some times the most important!
Similar Products Used: Kona Dawg, Santa cruz Bullet, Jamis Dakkar
a Weekend Warrior
from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2006
Strengths: Plush, plush,plush, did I say plush. Goes up good, comes down great and goes around superbly.
Weaknesses: Front Disk is a pain to align, every time the front wheel is removed the calipers need adjusting. The stock wheels don't feel too strong, knocked the rear out of true on my first ride. Suspect that they needed to be rebuilt by a human rather than a machine.
Not sure what the rest of the world gets but the NZ spec is different to above....Fox Vanilla R 130mm fork (mmmm), Hayes hfx-9 hydro brakes. The brakes are a bit on/off at low speed but once you get moving they are the mutts nuts, great power, great feel. Also not sure why this bke is in the Freeride category....this aint no freeride bike...it is more of a long travel trailbike, it climbs great with minimal bobbing. Of course it doesn't climb as well as my Unit but then it weighs another 10lbs, but considering it's weight it climbs great (don't be a baby, just pedal harder). It is excellent on tight twisty single track, but where it really shines is when you get to the top of the hill and point it downwards, with 6" at the rear and the Fox fork it really soaks up anything on the trail and it rails the corners. Took a while to get used to the more upright position but I love it now. Rode it in a race at a local forest (Whitford). There was lots of twisty technical singletrack with gravel road sections in between. Most of the singletrack was downhill with the road being mostly uphill. I was in it to complete not compete. On the uphills I was overtaken by the hardtail, lycra xc brigade but when I got to the top and hit the downhill technical singletrack they were all caught and passed easily (some were walking!! - why ride to the top of a hill and walk back down? might as well stay at home). Plus I had way more fun passing them on the downhill than they had passing me on the ups. My point: this bike won't win a xc race but if you are middle of the pack you will have much more fun than on a rigid race machine. So far nothing has broken that shouldn't have, it is a great bike.....well made, rear swingarm is solid as a rock, no side play, nice oversized handlebars, great suspension...buy it!!
Similar Products Used: First full suspension, last bike was (and still is) Kona Unit SS, before that a Giant Axis 890 hardtail.
Bike Setup: Stock except for wheels, Sun SOS rims with Shimano 525 Hubs.
a Cross Country Rider
from City of Salt
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2006
Love this bike except for brakes. Replace the Hayes MX1 brakes as soon as you get the bike. These are the lamest brakes I have ever encountered. Knew these brakes weren't the best when I purchased bike, but if I knew how lame they were would have purchased a different bike. Went through pads at least once a month. Replaced with Avid Juicy 7, life is good. Bike climbs great, suspension lock outs are easy to use on fly, great on descent (with right brakes).
a Weekend Warrior
from Sheffield UK
Date Reviewed: November 16, 2005
Weaknesses: Headset, rims/hubs, Brakes, skewers
I must have ridden this bike less than 200 miles and loads of parts have needed replacing. The wheels and hubs were shat from day one. The tyres were terrible. The brakes never stop rubbing on the front causing a horrible ching noise. The riding position suits riding uphill constantly, it handles like a pig on technical stuff. So far it's cost me half the price of the bike again in around six months light use. My car costs less to run.
Bike Setup: Chris King Headset, bontrager race lite front wheel and hub, XT Chainset, rear deore cassette, XT chain, Singletrack rim on rear XT hub.
from shelburne vermont america
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2005
Strengths: This bike has a nice frame set up but all the parts suck, i have to replace almost everything on this bike except the frame and fork.
Weaknesses: I broken tons or derailers, the rear shock blows out to easy. everything breaks. I have had ton of people try it they all hated it. I dont ride cross country but even on a 4 ft drop everything falls apart
I have just bought the 2005 model today and I had a grin ear to ear riding down my usual trail. So far I love it!! Perfect cross-over for freeride without a chairlift and the possibility of broken legs :)
Watch out for bent frames though, I didnt see any at the shop I bought it from but a previous shop had tried to sell me two bent ones with considerable dints in the downtube. Who's problem with I have no idea but just check when you buy.
Similar Products Used: Dawed Edge FS comp, Kona Scrap, Specialized P2, Rockhopper, Kona Dawg
Bike Setup: Standard
a Cross Country Rider
from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2005
Strengths: Very strong frame, front fork is plush, and it has a lockout. Rear shock has 4-6" of propedal power. Very nice disc brakes problem free.
Weaknesses: Everything works great so far. I have taken it on some brutal trails, and still in one piece. Eventually replace 5d crank, but not until I cant pedal it anymore.
This Marin aims to please everyone. It's not to heavy, and in 4" or 5" mode climbs great. Going downhill is where it shines. Very plush and bombproof. I just got back from MOAB, and this bike did everything great. No problems. Oh yeah the price was unbeatable at 1000.00 brand new.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Enduro, which is a good bike also. but not as good as this one.
Bike Setup: stock so far.
a Cross Country Rider
from Sussex, England
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2004
Strengths: This is a UK spec bike. Very few complaints so far (see weaknesses). The Marzocchi MX Pro forks have bedded in very nicely and although I haven't tested them with an O ring I reckon I'm using nearly all of the available travel. The ETA function is great for hills. Have to remember to unlock it though when you hit the downs! The Magura Julie brakes stop very effectively, and I haven't suffered from any of the squeal others have reported. Haven't taken advantage of any of the other travel settings other than 5" yet but I'm sure I will. The bike is way lighter than my old Saracen hard tail and great over bumpy stuff.
Weaknesses: Took it in for the free service and the headset bearings were all rusted. I don't use a pressure washer so was a little miffed. The WTB clipless pedals weren't for me. I'm pretty new to this game so I had a lot of comical falls, come to a halt can't get feet out and topple over that kind of thing. So I've switched the for a pair of Shimano's with flat one side, SPD the other. Now I'm safer! They grip the cleats much better as well!
Seems like a great deal for a full sus bike. Forks and brakes are very competent and I feel very secure on the downhills.
Similar Products Used: Did plenty of research but didn't try any others. Took a mate's Attack Trail out and was sold. Only I didn't have the £2,300 to hand so I settled for the Rock Springs.
Bike Setup: Stock, apart from pedals.
a Cross Country Rider
from Newcastle, England
Date Reviewed: February 23, 2004
Strengths: This whole bike is a strength! I literally have no complaints about it whatsoever, other than a back wheel which came "out of true" very quickly (this was probably my doing however, rather than a design/build fault). ***I would like to point out that I appear to have the UK Spec bike, as mine has Marzocchi MX Pro forks and Magura Julie disc brakes as standard. Both are superb***
Weaknesses: None. Slight one I know, but the allen bolt holding the seat in place often worked itself loose. As my dad has access to engineering spares this was easily remedies with a new bolt though. Again this may have been an isolated problem, as I know other people with Marin TARA bikes and they have no problem.
I use the bike for commuting each day as well as on weekend "come what may" rides and it handles both fantastically well. Any worries about paying £1300 for this bike are now forgotten.
Similar Products Used: I tested the Specialized Enduro and Trek Liquid 25 when I bought my Marin. All were fantastic bikes, but I personally found the Marin to be the most comfortable to ride (Reach/riding position just seemed to be "right").
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