Marin Palisades Trail XC Hardtail

3.83/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: 6061 Aluminium
  • Forks: Marzocchi MZ Race, 100mm
  • Chainset: Truvativ 5'D 3.1
  • Headset: TH888
  • Brake Levers: Shimano M485 Hydrolic


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zach a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    awesome bike light, fun and easy

Weaknesses:    i would say the suspension it seems far to soft and over any larger bump or drop bottoms out effortlessly this is REALLY annoying

Bottom Line:   
so easy ridden for ages on it love it easy maintenance , some people dont like the brakes but i think they work perfectly well

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Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by McCracken a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2012

Strengths:    For the price its a good bike if you are willing to upgrade parts as they wear out. Solid bike.

Weaknesses:    Heavy bike, poor support from Marin since they were sold.

Bottom Line:   
Marin has always made a solid bike, and this is another example. They cut a few corners on wheels and some other bits to make a price point but over all a good entry level bike. Only thing against them is a few warranty our shop has had with them over the years. More on that here: http://cycnut.com/index/loyalty.html
If you are an avid rider who needs a B bike this is a great option. If you are new to cycling and need something you will not out grow, this is a good start.

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Similar Products Used:   Hawk Hill, Raven, Citco


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mr honey a Cross Country Rider from england

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2011

Strengths:    hydroformed tubing

Weaknesses:    gear cables rubbing through the frame

Bottom Line:   
looks great, but brakes let me down far to often & bad fram design

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Favorite Trail:   mrhoney@hotmail.co.uk

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   mrhoney@hotmail.co.u


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bison33 a Weekend Warrior from Calgary AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2010

Strengths:    A great component group, Deore and SLX and entry level Hayes disc brakes.

Weaknesses:    The Marzocchi fork is not bad but the lock out lever popped off quite easily though it did go back on. I'd rather see a Rock Shox fork but that comes down to preference. Also, because it is a bottom line fork, it has those V brake bosses on it.

Bottom Line:   
A sweet looking bike, takes a beating on the trails pretty good, just as was intended. If you want to huck this thing off of cliffs etc, buy a bike designed for that.
Nothing feels cheap about it (except for that lock out lever on the fork) and compared to other brands with similar specs, this beauty cannot be beat, IMO anyways.
Overall, a great bike for someone who enjoys city trails and XC trails on the weekend. For the price and what you get, if you are looking for a new ride and a LBS carries Marin, add this one to the list of bikes to try.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Bros in Cochran

Similar Products Used:   Norco

Bike Setup:   As per the specs on the website but with platform pedals as stock ones are usually garbage.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by reignfire22 a Weekend Warrior from Slate Hill, NY

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2008

Strengths:    The bike seems pretty solid, fork is good enough for me, shifts cleanly and brakes while not 100% true work well (first set of discs), rest of components are definitely good enough for anyone besides an all out racer.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy (has to be close to 30 although I do ride a 21.5"), would require lots of money to drop the weight, since everything overall is not the lightest and top of the line, although the components are not bad.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, this bike is a great entry level mountain bike for whatever riding I will be doing (single track and trail). The bike is a bit heavy, which can be felt when constantly changing directions, climbing, etc., but of course the main thing holding it back is the rider. The hydroformed frame looks pretty awesome, that is for sure, and all in all the bike is a good well balanced package for the average weekend warrior not looking to empty his/her pockets on a sub 22 lb race bike (which I would consider buying if I did not sink all my money into my road bike).

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Favorite Trail:   Just starting, so everything

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   2003 Trek 4500, Road bikes (as I am a roadie)

Bike Setup:   Stock, plan to put pedals and shoes on in a bit.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dina Pang a Cross Country Rider from San Antonio, TX

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2008

Strengths:    The only bike with a 11.5 seat tube. I don't think Marin makes one anymore thou. Within the first year, Marin contacted me and informed me of some problems with the welding. they immediately replaced it. Marin's been great about customer service.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. I've been riding it for six years. It was my first MTB. And it's been through a lot. I finally got a FS but will probably not part with "Angel" that her name ;)

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Favorite Trail:   Cameron Park Waco, TX

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Some Large Sports Store in GA

Bike Setup:   Deore shifters, Deore FD, LX RD, V-brakes

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