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Marin Mount Vision 5.6 XC Full Suspension

4.54/5 (13 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: 6066 Aluminum
  • Pedals: Ritchey Logic Mountain V4 Clipless
  • Bottom Bracket: TruVativ with Sealed Cartridge
  • Chain: Shimano HG53
  • Cassete: Shimano, 11-34, 9 Speed

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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by paul armson

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2014

Strengths:    well its got everything you need to know about maintenance/riding/its what you want everything on one site instead of going from web site any way nice one keep it up if not for yourselfs then for the millions of riders from every corner of the world well internet

Weaknesses:    not bin on the site enough to make a proper decision

Bottom Line:   
i only went to the marin mount vision 5.6 that was a couple of years ago still gutted to this day

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2013

Strengths:    Nice design very stiff but subtle suspension handles down hills easy color is sick welds look amazing double welds on top and down tubes like the suspension design supple but does not ramp up to bad best double suspension I have owned 3 previous.

Weaknesses:    little heavy

Bottom Line:   
Built mine up fox rear shock stan's wheels american classic hubs no tubes 2.3 tires Reba rlt ti fork would not trade this bike 2010 is last year they made this design. and for me it works great have mine built more for Trail not cross country still weighs 30 pounds trail ready.. Love the elevated chain stays

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Favorite Trail:   Chino Hills South Ridge

Duration Product Used:   2years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   adreneline

Similar Products Used:   Santa cruz heckler schwinn rocket 88 hare extreme

Bike Setup:   bad ass xt brakes deore components to many to list

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Byron Stewart a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2013

Strengths:    The quad-link system feels excellent, the components are really good for the lowest series of the Mount Vision. My Mount Vision came with Manitou Minute Expert forks which handle the trails like a beast.

Weaknesses:    The Rear Shock needs to be upgraded. Kind of on the heavy side but weight is evenly balanced.

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a good full suspension bike that was around $1,000. I stumbled across this bike on Sun and Ski Sports for $900. I jumped on the deal and had it shipped to the store closest. I wasn't for sure what I thought about the Quad-link system since I was not able to test ride the bike before I purchased it. The RockShox Tora forks that come on the bike were not sent over in the box so the store replaced them with Manitou Minute Expert forks. I have had this now for about a year and I have to say that this bike is a machine and has given me the confidence I've never had on a mountain bike before. I am about to upgrade the rear shock to a FoxShox Float RP23 that comes with the 5.7.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Cedar

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Purchased At:   Sun and Ski Sports

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tomek a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2012

Strengths:    Great climber, suspension adjustable over a wide range, great lateral stiffness of the rear triangle due to the quad-link

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket a bit high making the overall center of gravity higher than I'd like

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to upgrade my ride to a modern full suspension but didn't want to spend more than what I spent on my car :) I bought this frame on Ebay, paired it up with Manitou Minute Pro shock ( $350, eat your heart out Fox! ) and a combination of some new and used components from my old bike. It ended up costing me around $1500 total. I was really surprised how well this frame performs. It climbs great, nicely soaks up the bumps, and can be adjusted over a very wide range including Pro Pedal that actually does something. Due to heavy duty struts in the Quad Link the rear triangle is very stiff laterally allowing great cornering and precise steering. I couldn't be happier! My only complaint is that the bottom bracket on this frame is a bit high. I originally used 2.3 tires but that elevated the seat so high that I kept on getting vertigo. When I swapped the rear tire to 2.1 this became a non-issue but I still would like the option of using larger tires without feeling like I'm driving a monster truck. But overall this is a great ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Trails around Auburn, CA and Sierra Nevada

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   5.9 Marin frame, Manitou Minute Pro shock, Race Face cranks and a combination of SRAM and Shimano

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by socalscott a Weekend Warrior from SoCal

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2012

Strengths:    Looks as good as it works. DW spensin' and geometry. So plush, little bob, agile not twitchy. This bike deserves more reviews. Keeps chugging past your stalled out buddy in the rough stuff.

Weaknesses:    Yeah brakes are noisy and the shifters are meh. No idea what the front hub is and I have never needed to adjust the XT rr. hub btw.
Not so light @ 30lbs.

Bottom Line:   
Lots of value in this bike. It simply does everything so well. It doesn't give all the travel up out back, so no bottoming and it feels as plush as a 6". The thing rails and 120mm is part of the formula. Never will see one in SoCal I imagine. Got a couple sexy bike comments on the trail.
With 650b rims, WOW, it rolls just as fast as a 29er, just not quite as good roll-over. So stable in G-out turns I just smile. Effortlessly holds a line. Same with attacking rough climbs. Inspiring DH manners too. It'll be a couple years before an equal 650b specific bike is sold, so I'm stoked on this bikes performance and value.

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Favorite Trail:   Guess

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   A few rides on an '08 Giant Reign X.

Bike Setup:   650b(27.5") wheel-set
85mm 6* stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2011

Strengths:    -Amazing stability cornering
-Fast acceleration
-Awesome ability to maintain momemtum
-Full XT group + remote lockout at this price!? crazy.

Weaknesses:    -Bit hard to reach propedal lever
-Big seapost dia = heavier seatpost :P

Bottom Line:   
Superb all rounded a poor man's pivot.
Been riding Giants for more than a decade. Had an old 90s Mount Vision, which lasted the test of time with its untapered tubing and was still light. Finally got around to trying a 2010 Mount Vision 5.8 and was sold. It beats the newest Giants in almost every way - groupset for price, climbing prowess, stability when descending, handling nimbleness - even with long stem and short bars! The suspension system soaks all bumps - it can be dialled in very sensitive, reacts almost like a coil sometimes on the small stuff. Also one of the most well balanced bikes I've ridden at this price point - front and rear are almost equal weight (more like the rear is abnormally light). Very easy to maneuver because of this. One of the few trail bikes that can rightly be called such...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant Trance/Anthem/AC/NRS, Merida 140/96, Older Mount Vision, Pivot Mach.

Bike Setup:   Stock changed for carbon bars/stem/post, and partial xtr.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Farquar a Weekend Warrior from NSW

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2011

Strengths:    Smooth suspension, the bike loves cornering. Fear fox shock rp2 is a real strength, when locked off it still reacts to large bumps which makes me happy, I believe the 2011 models have switched to rock shox for the rear shock now, bummer.

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side, but it is a lot of metal. The tora shox it comes with are useless, need up grading to make the bike really worth your while.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, its so nice to ride it makes you want to upgrade everything on it. Then you wonder if you should have just saved up and bought the 5.7
As the front tora shox are below average, and ya want real shocks, save the up and get the 5.7 it will save ya bucks in the long once it has good shocks on the front its ready for anything being a beautifully designed bike

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Favorite Trail:   South Sydney

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2379.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shed

Bike Setup:   I went with cheap fox vanilla,and they do the job fine, although they are heavy as they are a coil suspension.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mrdarpino a Cross Country Rider from Apollo Beach, FL

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2011

Strengths:    This bike is fluid,agile, fast, and light in movement for what may be considered a heavier bike in this class. I am in love with the way this bike performs. It is smooth through the drops, rocks,roots, turns and a great climber. I highly recommend it. I was lucky to find it new on clearance for more than 50% off the msrp for the 2010 model.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome and even better if you can find it at a deal like I did. I have only ridden it five times but I can say that it works well. I will be back with an update as time goes on.

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Favorite Trail:   Balm Boyette-North and South Abyss

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   e-bikes on ebay

Similar Products Used:   2008 giant yukon hardtail, 2008 giant yukon fx full suspension, tested 2011 specialized stumpjumper 29er,tested 2011 Kona Tanuki full suspension, tested 2010 Cannondale RZ 120 4 full suspension, 90's specialized hardrock, 1993 giant rincon with added front suspension and 1980's bmx bikes before those.

Bike Setup:   stock setup. see details at

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pulpwoody a Cross Country Rider from Austin, tx

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2010

Strengths:    Great, great climbing bike, really fast downhill. Sexy as hell

Weaknesses:    Maybe a bit heavy, but that's slitting hairs really.

Bottom Line:   
These price on these bikes are not a reflection of their value. I mean to say, that these bikes perform way above their price, and seeing as how you can pick one up online for under $2k, it's a steal.

This is my six month review of the mount vision series, and I couldn't be happier with the bike! I was initially impressed with the bikes climbing ability, and especially it's downhill prowess, considering it's an "XC" bike. After six months of a crap load of riding, I can say that this will be a bike I will keep until I break it, and warranty it after that, unless I go bigger travel.

This bike climbs up anything, as long as your legs can pedal, it doesn't argue, and it makes you a better climber. I'm STILL impressed with it's ability to virtually "hop" me up bumps, logs, and rocks. Seriously, a tremendous climber.

Let's talk about the down hill. This is not a big travel bike, so keep that in mind, but this thing will get you down hill wicked fast, so mind the brakes. I really can't say if this bike is better going up or down, but it kicks ass on both, and isn't that what you want in a bike?

The mount vision is very nimble in the tight stuff, and can get you around berms and turns super fast, but it's stable and very, very responsive at the same time.

Bottom line, I love mine, go try one, you'll be happy you did.

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Favorite Trail:   the one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Lots of bikes

Bike Setup:   mostly xt, a work in progress for sure

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by socalMX a Cross Country Rider from Sunny So.Cal.

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2009

Strengths:    Overall design,Weight,Rigid rear,Performance.Looks!

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
These bike ratings are kinda funny,everyones bike is best because,thats the bike they purchased!Not in this case.I demoed a Mount Vision and my long search was over.This bike climbs awesome and has a overall really light,quick feel.The innovative rear quad link design works increddible with the Fox shock,5 inch travel feels more like 6!If you are looking for a XC bike that can handle what a AM bike can,and even some downhill stuff,this is the one.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos Verdes

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Frame purchased from

Similar Products Used:   Brodie,Giant

Bike Setup:   Marin Mount Vision,Hayes Stroker Carbon,Cane Creek Zono Wheels,Fox fork/RP23 rear!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike alcock a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009

Strengths:    Fast and easy to ride, reliable bearings with lifetime warranty, good Fox forks and rear shock.

Weaknesses:    Hayes brakes are noisy and not easy to setup, compared to avids or shimano, WTB tyes wear quickly and seem to be bad in the dry, wet,mud or hardpack!, shimano hubs are low end and need constant adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike and easy to ride, but you would be better off spending the extra and getting the 5.6 with the better wheels brakes and forks.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1760.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale rush, Scott genius, Scott Ransom

Bike Setup:   Standard apart from Maxxis High rollers

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdeejay a Weekend Warrior from Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2009

Strengths:    Solid bike. Handles very well and the Marin rear suspension system is excellent!

Weaknesses:    Truvativ crank setup from factory. Factory tires.

Bottom Line:   
A fabulous bike for the money. The 5.7 and 5.8 versions have some better components but for a bike in this price range the 5.6 is great. It is a little heavy compared to some others in the same category (Trek, Rocky Mountain) but on the trail it feels very quick, and gives great confidence in the corners! I have only had it a few weeks and love it! I spent a lot of time researching new bikes in this price/category and this was the winner!

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Favorite Trail:   Ones with dirt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Hardcore Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Fury, Kona Dawg, Trek Fuel Ex 7

Bike Setup:   Stock except upgraded SLX crankset and Specialized tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay8200rpm a Cross Country Rider from Houston, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2009

Strengths:    Very nicely spec'ed bike. The Mt. Vision 5.8 is a fantastic machine. By far, the best full suspension design on the market. Very small bump compliant with a little bit of horizontal travel before moving into a very progressive vertical path. The bike goes over just about anything and can take on any jump/drop that you might find on a XC/AM trail. And yes, it really does climb better than a hardtail on any sort of bumpy climb. Very efficient bike. Winner of two different MTB of the year awards from two different mags - I think that says a ton!

Weaknesses:    None that I can really think of. Wish the bike wasn't grey - come color would be nice.

Bottom Line:   
Go buy this bike if you're looking for the best . . .

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Scott Genius, Haro Sonix, Haro Xenon, Scott Spark

Bike Setup:   Pretty much full XT with the new Fox 15mm front axle and Hayes hydraulic discs. Very nice package.

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