a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2012
Strengths: Strong frame, looks good!
Great spec for price.
Weaknesses: The Nevegal 2.35 tyres were heavy and slow rolling.
The stem in my opinion was way too short for all mountain riding.
This is the 2010 Marin Rocky Ridge, and it is a great bike with a few wee changes.
I wiped out a couple of times on flat non challenging corners due to the laid back stance.
Slack, short stem, and high ride height led to a lot of pain.
I took out the spacers and stacked them on top of a longer stem (70mm), and reversed the stem i.e -5deg.
Problem solved, and still great down hill.
With new lighter faster rolling Bontrager XR4 2.2 (new style) it makes a perfect all mountain bike.
Weighs about 26lb now with some minor changes.
For £699, i think its a bargain! Buy it if you need a bargain All Mountain bike... you can still get them!
Lost a chilis cos it needed some thinking to make perfect.
Bike Setup: 720mm bars
Bontrager XR4 2.2 tyres
70mm stem replacing the 45mm
140mm Rockshox Revelation forks
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011
Strengths: The frame is amazing; strong, flexible and perfect geometry. The derailleurs are spot on as long as you set them up right. The Hayes brakes worked well but i changed the pads in them so they wouldn't fade when they got hot on serious downhill runs.
Weaknesses: The choice of brake pads - easily changed for £10
This bike will conquer anything. It is great for dirty downhills, light and comfortable for uphills. The geometry is perfect for everything including being amazing at dirt jumping and it has a ring guard for when things get tough. Ive used this for urban trials too and the only thing i would do it upgrade the front brake to a Hope or top level Avid. But unless your doing that, out of the box it is perfect.
(The 2008 model i think it the best because the geometry it far better for being an all round bike)
Bike Setup: Fox Vanilla R32 forks - Hayes 9's font and rear - Changed the rear Sram X9 for Deore XT
a Weekend Warrior
from Brisbane, Aus
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2010
Strengths: Excellent build (X9 -Revelation dual air,firex cranks) and awesome fun on downhill and single tracks. Cant say enough about the rockshox revelation forks, they are so responsive and so rewarding when tuned correctly. The frame takes an absolute thrashing and is perfect for any xc rider who still does jumps and drops on the trail. the most forgiving hardtail Iv ever ridden.
Weaknesses: Your friends with xc racers will always pass you on the fireroads and climbs. Its just the nature of the beast. My laserdisc rims buckled quickly (though im a clumsy rider)Heres a hint... Get your bikeshop to drop the suspension down to 110mm (not 150) with spacers, increase the stem to 90 or 100mm and you have almost perfectly matched the geometry of a small GT Zaskar, with a much more hardcore build!!!
I would definately recommend this to any recreational rider who thinks that jumps and drops are something they still want to do.
Similarly if you have an interest in trying 4X and Enduros like me but dont want to buy a second bike then just drop down the Revelations travel, and fiddle with the stem length and bar width to get the steering more responsive.
This really is the most FUN hardtail on the market. My only word of caution is that if you are chasing lap times or competively racing then look elsewhere.
Similar Products Used: Marin Hawk hill se, 2009
Marin Mount Vision 5.8
Merida TFS xc 100 D
Bike Setup: as stock (the 2010 sram version) with Revelation SL forks, x7-x9 components, truvativ firex cranks. Only alterations are double chainring + e.thirteen bashguard, suspension dropped to 130mm, 70mm FRS stem, and bars cut to 690mm. Seems unfair to the bike to do this I know but where I ride theres alot of weaving in and out of the trees
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2008
Strengths: Strong frame,and great forks (fox vanilla)can take medium freeride and 4x, brilliant all round bike
Weaknesses: After allot of use some parts in the drive train wear for example chain, shifters, front a rear cogs and derailleur and jockey wheels
Amazing bike for people who are just starting cross country, jumps/freeride gives the rider loads of confidence and will help him or her become a good all round rider. Overall bike is strong and the previous owner have used it for medium freeride for a long time and very little has gone wrong with it.
Bike Setup: early everything is standard apart for tyres, stickers, and grips
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2008
Strengths: Tough, nice looking bike with good shox.
Weaknesses: No lockout on the forks (only thing I could come up with)
Awesome ride with nice wide bars for extra balance both up and down hill (I've climbed some steep stuff with this).
Scared myself big time on some steep downhills too but those fox vanilla's are always there to soak up those vicious bumps!
I've been over the Seven Sisters on this a few times and it always performs to expectation! Stick it on the credit card asap! It's only debt in exchange for an awesome machine!
Bike Setup: As bought but with Panaracer Cinder 2.1 tyres and Shimano SPD pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
from Nashville, TN, USA
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2008
Strengths: Buuuurrrrly frame. Very stiff. Lots of gusseting. Shore hartail/freeride goemetry without being too extreme. Fairly light considering the build. This bike is FAST on hardpack singletrack. Very responsive, neutral handling. Rolls over almost anything.
Weaknesses: As one might expect, not the best climber you've ever seen. Your weight is back more over the rear wheel so the front wheel gets a little squirrely on steep climbs. You have to scoot forward quite a bit on the seat to keep your line. Marin did a good job keeping the weight down though, so it evens out. I'm not going to be racing so its not an issue for me. The reward on this bike comes when you descend technical singletrack.
I was looking for a bike that could be as fun as possible on singletrack, downhill, and be set up for some urban and light dirt jumping from time to time. I'm no racer, but I also wanted something that wasnt going to feel like pulling an anchor up a hill. Its a hard formula to achieve. Marin did a good job with their AXC frame. The geometry has everything you want from a modern freeride hardtail, but its not so far in that direction that the bike loses all its pedalling efficiency. For me, its a best of both worlds situation for the different types of riding I like to do.
Similar Products Used: I used to have a Cannondale Chase I tried to use as an "all around bike." It was just too far in one direction. This bike is a much better fit. A jack of all trades for sure.
Bike Setup: Hayes HFX-9 brakes with 8" front rotor, Sram X-5 shifters, Deore FD, X-9 RD, Shimano M520 pedals, WTB Speedisc wheels, WTB Weirwolf tires (love these!)
a Cross Country Rider
from DARWEN ENGLAND
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007
Strengths: GOOD STURDY BUILD QUALITY,LIGHT FEEL, EASY TO RIDE FAST,FRAME ABSORBS ROCKS AND STUFF WITH EASE,FOX 140MM VANILLA FORKS FITTED ARE AWSOME,GREAT CLIMBER EVEN BETTER DECENDER
Weaknesses: HAYES STOKERS WEREN'T MY CHOICE IN BRAKES ,NEEDS BIGGER BRAKES IN MY OPINION,SHIMANO HUBS NOT MY CHOICE EITHER.
BOUGHT THIS BIKE COS SOME GIT STOLE MY ORANGE5 AND MY KONA. THIS BIKE IS SOMETHIN ELSE ,RIDES FAST ABSORBS MOST STUFF THAT MY FULL SUSS FIVE COULD ,MUCH LIGHTER FRAME THAT THE HOSS NO WERE NEAR AS HARSH,NEVER EXPECTED A HARDTAIL COULD BE THIS COMFORTABLE TO RIDE.LETS HOPE IT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME COS I DO RIDE HARD UP AND DOWN HILL. IF YOU RIDE AGRESSIVELY AND WANT SOMETHING THATS LIGHT ENOUGH TO CHUCK AROUND ALL DAY THEN BUY THIS.
Bike Setup: HOPE M4 BRAKES BRAIDED HOSES SUN RINGLE SINGLE TRACK RIMS WITH HOPE PRO 2 HUBS,PANARACER CINDER 2.25 TYRES
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007
Strengths: Frame strength,forks
great hard tail for aggressive gnarly trails, had a huge problem with the brakes which failed after 5 months but replaced them with hopes(fantastic brakes recommend them over any of the others out there), marin acknowledged the problem and gave me money back. the frame is uber string and just loves being thrown around and drops. super grippy on loose ground uphill, but slow on-road. great fun bike for the slightly leery!
Bike Setup: truvativ chainset,fox vanilla r, sram x9 gears, hope mono minis(replaced hayes hfx 9s),crank bros acid pedals
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2007
Strengths: Strong frame, perfect geometry, good weight-strength ratio, versatile
Weaknesses: Slightly hard on long climbs
Great HT. It is not the fastest thing on the trail, and I would not advice race heads to buy one, but it sure as heck is fun to ride, with its chunky construction and parts, its grippy tyres and its spot on geometry. When I say spot on, I am referring to its intended character, aggressive XC, and it is a hoot to motor around on steep, gnarly terrain in the woods. It handles like a Spitfire on twisty singletrack, and is easy to throw off drops and small jumps. The brakes are awesome, if a bit wooden, but Man, do they stop the bike! It is however a bit slow on softer ground, and on steep climbs, but unless you are bothering about laptimes, this is of minor concern( or indeed of no concern to me ). Personally, I couldn't have wished for a more sorted hard tail for the kind of riding I do.
Bike Setup: Standard 2005 spec with Vanilla 130, but XT chainset
a Weekend Warrior
from Hastings. UK
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2006
Strengths: The strength is i got it for only 400quid. Was sposed to be 500, but the guy took 100quid off proper price. The forks are good, it is comfortable to ride, the hydraulic brakes are excellent on occasions
Weaknesses: well..... the gears keep skipping... the brakes dont always work... gears dont always change... and there is a really annoying noise while i pedal, like a squeky noise... scracthes really easily
for £400 i cant conmplain, but there are always little problems with it. But i cant really complain i did ride down the stairs at the East Hill, which is over 100 so... If you was to buy it for its intended purpose Extreme XC, buy it with the Fox Vanilla fork, and it wouldnt be so jaulty while riding over bumps.
this is my second reveiw. in the last one i stated that it was xc light but freeride tough. not true. this past weekend i snapped the frame in two. im not going to bash the frame for snapping, becasue i was just to damn hard on it. bottom line is: its a good bike to throw around and beat up, but not use regularly for freeride
Bike Setup: dj3. mavic 317 rims. hussefelt crank. lx drivechain
a Weekend Warrior
from glasgow scotland
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2005
Strengths: grat fun to ride in any situation
Weaknesses: paintwork chips soooo easily,magara front brake feels a bit weak
this is my 3rd review of this great hardtail.i love it to bits but my cousin is looking to buy a decent mtb so i propose to do this..i really prefer the look of the 04 frame so HOPE to buy an 05 model asap and transfer the best bits to my 04 model ie fork,brakes,wheels/tyres bar and stem and still leave my cousin with a new frame and excellent spec.this will only cost me an extra £400 for almost £800 of upgrades and everyone is happy.i must agree with everyone who has poted a review on this mtb-it really would take surgery to get the grin off your face after a high speed technical blast.GET INTO DEBT NOW.
Weaknesses: Avlio front deraliuer, Horrible pedals.
This bike kicks some rear! Marins are still not to popular, so you can rest assured there is a good chance you will have a unique ride in your area if you get this. If your looking for a nice strong bike for a clydesdale, this is a very good choice. Last year they put out their agressive hardtail line, and the geometry and strength of the frame was improved this year, 05'. Also there were a few minor component and accesory upgrades from last year.
Bike Setup: Bought better pedals, otherwise factory.
from new jersey
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2005
Strengths: this bike is versatile. i do some xc trails one day, then can go downhilling the next, and then hit some jumps the day after that
Weaknesses: except for the fork, tires and brakes, the components are not good. in the almost year that ive had it, ive replaced the bottom bracket, headset, crank, pedals, rear hub, rims, upgraded to LX drivechain. i think its my fault though because i do just beat the living hell out of it. for normal riding, it will most definalty hold up quite well.
despite component faliures (my own fault) this bike is quite a ride. its versatile, and is a very good choice if you need one all around bike
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