Marin B-17 XC Hardtail

4.89/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by norcalryan a Weekend Warrior from Folsom, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2009

Strengths:    Solid frame that literally feels indestructible and tracks very well.

Weaknesses:    None for the frame but the components absolutely suck!

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike that will last forever. I've literally trashed the thing on drops and jumps and it still rides smooth and tracks straight. The components are completely junk and since I'm a poor college student, I have to buy one thing at a time. I started with the brakes and next comes the shifters, rear/front derailleur, cassette, crank, etc. Right now it's out of commission because my rear DR broke. It's not the frame's fault it has cheap components. I wish Marin still made this frame... It's a beast and really not that heavy for what you get! If you want to build a quality XC or All-Mountain bike, find a used frame and tear it up! You won't be disappointed. I rate it 5 flames all around because this frame is perfect and I bought it knowing I was eventually going to upgrade the components.

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Favorite Trail:   Salmon Falls

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Level Betty, Trek Liquid 10, Specialized Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   -All Stock (for now)
-Avid Juicy 5 Disc Brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fuzzy_repairs a Weekend Warrior from London/Bangor

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2008

Strengths:    Wicked Geometry-strong versatile frame and build, aggressive set up, stock wheels are good, tyres too, everything is top grade except...

Weaknesses:    ...added a third chain ring to help with urban commute, stock pedals lasted down sSowdon descent but replaced them with Shimano DX's anyway, Hayes Sole 1 Brakes just don't make the grade!

Bottom Line:   
I needed a bike that could take the roughest off road descents and hold its on on the tarmac- this is THE bike for me! Slap on a pannier and 26" slicks, and carrying my tools to work becomes a pleasure! A few minutes later and i can have the meanest off road machine going back in action, burning up the mud like no-ones business. Shiny, but not the shiniest components mean i can leave it locked securely without turning too many heads (unless you know what you're looking at!)whilst knowing the whole set up will hold its own on the roughest descent! The only weak link is me!! The Aggressive geometry means your pedal power is transferred directly to the drive train, flooring the roadies at the lights (I've kept up with a £3000 roadie Cannodale on the London to Brighton run), with the frame allowing easy last minute bailouts! This bike is for the commuter who likes to play on his way home (midnight street sessions!), hardcore riders looking for some hard-tail action, and beginners looking for a sound long-term investment! I'll only ever upgrade this baby! I LOVE this bike!!

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Favorite Trail:   Marin!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $745.00

Purchased At:   (in £)

Similar Products Used:   Claud Butler Olympus, Specialized Rock Hopper (frames too focused on cross country- can't be used for street/decent off road sections!)

Bike Setup:   DMR Da Bomb wheels, Formula Bianco Brakes (both upgrades!) X5 shifters with x7 derailleur (SRAM mechs never slap the frame like shimano!) rest is stock!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michaelblade a Weekend Warrior from SoLag,Calif. USA

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, well built.Good geomitry.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I went to a hardtail and set it up as a FR bike.For riders 160lbs.and under this works fine with a decent fork.I've seen reviews from heavy riders that raved about DH and jumps.So it depends on what you're into.Bottom line is this frame is a tough MF'er.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Adrenaline Bikes

Similar Products Used:   IronHorse.Diamondback.Motobecane.All were FS bikes.

Bike Setup:   FR wheels and tires.Kenda stickys.XTR RD,XT FD.LX crank and BB with bigring replaced by RaceFace bashguard.Marz.Drop-Off 2 fork with 20mm axel.XT 8spd cassete.XTR dual control levers.Mech.brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kyle martin a Downhiller from california

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2007

Strengths:    stance shock,frame, brakes,truvative cranks

Weaknesses:    rims, pedals

Bottom Line:   
this bike is the bomb 35mph down hill and wont want a soft tail this bike is awsome has handled 6 foot drops and lots of crashes...worth it hands down

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Favorite Trail:   noble

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   sports chalet

Similar Products Used:   sc-vp3, haro x7, lts2000, giant reign

Bike Setup:   tru huzzfelt everything mrp bash guard kenda tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Hesketh a Downhiller from Phoenix, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2007

Strengths:    Light, decent components, looks, geometry, build quality

Weaknesses:    Pedals, seat, maybe the manitou splice fork

Bottom Line:   
For the money, you can't find a better bike for trails, some light freeride, a little dirt jumping and downhill. I bought this bike to ride when my Iron Horse Sunday Team is too much bike to take to the local trails. Granted, some of the components are mediocre at best, but you can always upgrade when things break. The bike is light and predictable. Little adjustments to meet your individual taste, and this bike is ready for a day of hard knocks.
Worth the price especially when you can buy last years models at great prices.

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Favorite Trail:   National

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Bike Connection

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalanche

Bike Setup:   Stock, with meat tendorizer pedals, azonic love seat, and x firm spring kit for the manitou splice comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad a Cross Country Rider from West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2007

Strengths:    Handles Great, Brakes have awesome stopping power (better than some hydraulic in my opinion) nice and light, but strong. Great bike exceptional for the price.

Weaknesses:    I would like to have a shock that can lockout a bit easier. and the pedals I'm going to switch out for clips.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike! I got a good deal at bikeconnection.net! for the money excelent. I'm sure there are better bikes out there but all around great bike for most riders

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Favorite Trail:   Marklem Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   bikeconnection.net

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6700

Bike Setup:   Stock 05'

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik from California, USA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007

Strengths:    everything is super beefy, rides smooth, super easy to set up and dial in

Weaknesses:    the stock pedals suck hard core, just some cheap plastic ones

Bottom Line:   
great bike! this is a must ride, must see, must buy!!! just replace the pedals and you are good to go! this bike is great for dirt jumping, mild freeride, xc, just cruising to school, or anything else you can come up, the frame is ubber light and super strong!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   rei

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jaco Prinsloo a Cross Country Rider from U.K.

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2007

Strengths:    Agressive Geometry, Light yet stupidly strong frame, well specced components that lasted beyond the call of duty, looks.

Weaknesses:    I've done a lot of upgrading, not always 'cos it was nessesary. The wheels, bottom bracket and the big ring where the only components that had to be replaced. Even then they lasted well over a year.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike to commute to/from work. However it had me completely hooked and before long i found myself riding all sorts of terrain. From all day epics to silly drops, jumps and even street.
The geometry suits my agressive and varied riding style perfectly and with a longer travel fork up front, the fun just keeps coming!
The frame has taken some abuse and with the exception of some scratches is still going strong.

A brilliantly adaptable bike thats equally at home on the daily commute as it is on a day out with the big boys!

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress, scotland

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   wheelbase, stavely, U.K.

Similar Products Used:   Spesh rockhopper

Bike Setup:   Magura phaon forks, dt swiss 5.1 rims on hope hubs, truvativ hussefeld bar/stem, hope mono mini brakes, dmr v8 flat pedals, bel air titanium seat, easton seatpost, truvativ five d cranks, bontrager big earl grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2006

Strengths:    Has a strong beefy frame without being overly heavy and bulky. The copnemts on this bike perforn great and once the brakes are broken in they work amazingly and are a big step up from my old v-brakes. Compared to my old bike the up more right riding position makes trail riding alot more easier and fun. This bike to the perfect mix of XC and Freeride hartails. The lockout feature on the shock makes hill climding and out of the saddle sprints easier.

Weaknesses:    It took me a few good rides before I got used to the wider handlebars, longer cranks and lower BB but after that there was realy nothing wrong with it.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is exactly the kind of bike I was looking for. A do it all hardatail. It's light enough for XC singeltrack and strong enough to take the beating of moderate drops, dirt jupms and urban riding. Compared to other bikes bikes in this price range.This bike is designed for true riding and rolls over everything you throw at it like hills , downhill and technical trails.

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Favorite Trail:   The Pines

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   East Side Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized (Rockhopper, Hardrock, P.2), Haro (Thread), Norco (Various Hardtails), Kona (Cindercone),

Bike Setup:   STOCK but I might see if the fork has an upgrade so I can add a lockout switch to my handlebars.I may add bashring in the future.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Northern California

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    Strength, geometries, build, versatility

Weaknesses:    factory problems

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Bottom Line:   
Great bike... does the jumps, the downhill, the xc, and the around town git-r-done chores. Performs great on the trail, and on intermediate downhill... you may get soaked on the 1337 downhill... but its a great build.

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Favorite Trail:   shooters

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Ironhorse Hardtails, Lower end FS's

Bike Setup:   B-17, monkeylites with vice stem, fsa v extreme cranks, raceface backguard, mavic wheelset, jr. T's in the front, azonic saddle, thompson stem, X.0 Rear derailleurs, mutted shifing setup.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg Ballweg a Weekend Warrior from Acworth, GA

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2005

Strengths:    Great Geometry allows for aggresive riding in many areas. Light material and the right steer tube angle create a great handling bike. Easy to hop around and with the right tires the rider can be pushed to his/her limits in corners and challenging obstacles.

Weaknesses:    Low bottom bracket has resulted in replacing my 3rd chainring with a bashring from RaceFace(definitely needed, 3rd chainring was toast after scraping many obstacles such as rocks).

Bottom Line:   
I had to replace the frame on my Iron Horse after the piece of crap broke in two(I'm an aggresive rider). After purchasing this frame on a budget, I found that I couldnt have wished for better. The Bottom Line is that this is an awesome bike at an even better price. The first place I rode this bike was on a National Motorcycle Trials Loop at TTC, TN. When I wasnt walking the bike due to impossible terrain, I was amazed at the performance in the brakes, handling, geometry, weight, and stability in the rough stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Daimond, Las Vegas

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Adrenaline BIkes (frame only)

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse Warrior Comp


Bike Setup:   EA50 Bar/Stem Combo, Marzocchi MZ Comps, Hayes MX-2's, Panaracer XC's, Sram Drivetrain, Mavic 321 Rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Chan a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2005

Strengths:    Great for any type of riding, maybe except extreme downhill but stiil good for regualr downhill. ive had some big wipes with this bike and it holds good. its nice and lite and can take dirt jumps like a dream and perfect for cross country since it is an xc bike. urban riding on this bike is good also just not huge drops but ive taken it off of a 7 set and nothing haapened but i wouldnt recomend doing that again.

Weaknesses:    the chain seem to skip alot but once u get that fixed and maybe put on a lizard skin ur good.

Bottom Line:   
good overall bike for a begginer and expert riders. i bought this bike cause it can almost handle any type of riding and its looks sweet with the tribal design on the frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Petries Cycle

Similar Products Used:   2004 norco bigfoot
2004 kona hoss


Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tyler a Weekend Warrior from Hesperia, Ca

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2005

Strengths:    Fairly light, decent fork, holds up pretty good, jumps well, climbs pretty good too. It's held up well considering that i've rode it every day for over 3 months, and have had some hard crashes on it.

Weaknesses:    It could stand to be a little bit lighter, the wheels are flexy, mine are tweeked quite a bit, this isn't really a weakness, but the brakes needed to be adjusted right after I got it, I've had four hard crashes on this bike and I do drops/jumps on it, so it is holding up good. And I just bent the left crank arm the other day.

Bottom Line:   
It's a really good bike for the money and I couldn't be happier for a sub-$600 bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon(Riverside), dirt jumps, fast downhills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Adrenaline

Similar Products Used:   Rode my brother's Ds1 a couple of times

Bike Setup:   XT rear derailer, new cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ethan a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, Ca

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2004

Strengths:    Handling, components for the price, tires. Great bike for a skilled beginner, as in someone who has ridden before but is getting back into it. If you are an experienced rider and looking for a nicely priced bike to go out and thrash look no further.

Weaknesses:    cheap cranks, but for a few bucks you can upgrade easily if you break them.

Bottom Line:   
Had a Specialized Hardrock for a couple of months. Saw this on sale, tested it and sold the Hardrock a few days later. Nothing wrong with the specialized bike. This bike just rides so much better. It handles better, jumps better, and balances better. Plus its a little lighter, and for the price I couldn't find a better set up bike anywhere. Marin fan for life!

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Favorite Trail:   Meadowbrook

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $510.00

Purchased At:   Action Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock

Bike Setup:   Medium Frame, Marzocchi MZ Comp, Rear Deore, Front Alivio, WTB Saddle, Truvativ 5D cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lloyd mcCarthy a Racer from England

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2004

Strengths:    It is a very good, strong, well built and welded bike, it is great for doing jumps because it is light, great for AXC because of the 25 speed and the forks, i would recomend this bike to any one, it is well priced and is worth buying if you are looking for a jump and trials bike.

Weaknesses:    the weakness on the bike is the rear dralier, it isn't tight and slaps often. this isn't much of a problem but i would recomend getting a frame gaurd.

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that it is a great bike and is worth getting if you are looking for a AXC and a jump and trials bike.

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Favorite Trail:   P.O.R.K

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   cycle revivle

Similar Products Used:   specailized p2 and the orange hitman

Bike Setup:   standerd but with new front sproket and chain tensioner.

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