Marin Indian Fire Trail XC Hardtail

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

6061 aluminum, new double-butted hydro-edged top and down tubes, new double butted 4-side seat and chain stays, disc specific


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by deejaudible a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville TN

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2009

Strengths:    Light as a feather, great components, climbs better then anything I've ever ridden.

Weaknesses:    Brakes are very loud out of the box.

Bottom Line:   
I rode last years, and I like this years frame a little better, it absorbs the trails like a champ. I don't feel beat up like on most hard tails when I'm done riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Haw Ridge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Fountain City Pedale

Similar Products Used:   2008 Marin Indian fire trail.

Bike Setup:   stock for now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Gore a Racer from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2007

Strengths:    This bike is great. I race on it at lest 2 times a month, and it does great. The frame shaping (specifically the rear triangle) and oversized seat tube that holds the carbon post do a better job of erasing train thunks than any other hardtail I've ridden. The frame is extremely lateraly rigid, you can just hammer it. The comonents are one step below the best, meaning that they are light and strong, but cheaper than the full xtr or SRAM equivelant. I find that this bike is such a blast to ride, and serves well as a race bike.

Weaknesses:    Can't run more than a 2.2 rear tire, but what do you expect, it's an xc bike!

Bottom Line:   
Its great. I've had no problems, and the bike fits me perfectly. It looks great, and performs well.

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Favorite Trail:   521

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   K2 zed 4.0

Bike Setup:   This is a reveiw for the 2007 Marin Indian Fire Trail, 21 inch.
Stock exept for lock on grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by devin masterson a Cross Country Rider from p-town,ca

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2007

Strengths:    This bike can climb, but it really excels on downhills. The combination of the fox f100 and the maneuverability(its a word) of the bike allow you to whip it through singletrack. It also has a low standover, which is nice. Fast I have won 6 races on it. ohh yah this bike can launch too.

Weaknesses:    Some of the stock parts are heavy. Paint could be better. White is sometimes a pain to clean

Bottom Line:   
If you want a sweet looking bike that can back itself up on any trail especially singletrack, GET THIS BIKE. It makes me smile everytime I see something steep and crazy. It will do anything from trailbike to race bike to an occasional jump. I have raced this bike almost 20 times and have never finished less than 9th. IT'S FAST

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20000.00

Purchased At:   Eastside Cycles

Similar Products Used:   stumpjumpers, motobecane(funk), soulcraft


Bike Setup:   eggbeater 4ti, b-rager xxx flat bar, smallblock8,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Johnathan Clay a Weekend Warrior from Plano, TX

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2007

Strengths:    This frame is extremely light as it is made of a magnesium-alluminum alloy composite. While it is light weight it has been structurely sound. I have put it to the test and laid it down quite a few times and the bike is still going. Good component set to start with on this bike. XT rear deraulier.

Weaknesses:    I am not too fond of the Shimano 520 pedals that came with the bike especially since this is a high-end cross country race bike. Crank brothers egg beaters or candies would have been nicer.
LIke wise I think Marin cut serious corners by using a stock sompany bar instead of a higher end light weight handlebar. The bike is expensive and thus deserving a better bar set from the start.


Bottom Line:   
All in all I love this bike. There are probably some other bikes on the market that are better bang for the buck but I have enjoyed this bike and have no real serious complaints. This bike weighs in at sub 25 lbs from the factory and could easily be lightened with higher end components and a lighter wheel set (possibly UST tubeless, depending on the size fo the rider).
This bike was probably a little overkill for what I was needing as I am new to mountain biking but I have aspirations of racing for years to come and I feel this is a great investment that I can use for years to come.

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Favorite Trail:   Cameron Park (locally)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Tested a Novara Pondarosa HT (REI) as well but perferred the Indian Fire Trail much more over that bike.

Bike Setup:   NO real upgrades currently with the exception of Crank Brothers Egg Beater Twin Ti pedals. Upcoming upgrades include a carbon fiber handlebar, Red Chris King Threadless headset, new grips and maybe a diferent wheelset in the distant future.

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