The Marin Mt. Vision was Awarded the 2008 Bike of the Year by Britain's 'What Mountain Bike?' magazine and the 2007 All Mountain Bike of the Year by 'Mountain Biking' magazine, the highly efficient 4-bar linkage 120mm (4.7") travel Quad XC suspension plat
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2011
Strengths: -Amazing stability cornering
-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
Superb all rounded bike...like 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Marin Mount Vision,Hayes Stroker Carbon,Cane Creek Zono Wheels,Fox fork/RP23 rear!
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.
Go buy this bike if you're looking for the best . . .
I am thinkin aboot buying a Marin Mount Vison 5.8 frame. The bike comes stock with a 120mm fork but I would be putting on a 130mm Recon 351 U-turn. Would that screw up anything besides slackening the head angle a tad? :confused:
Also I may upgrade to a 140mm TA fork. Would 140 be too m ... Read More »
Hi,im new to the forum.I currently ride a Brodie Rite 140mm travel bike and im thinking moving to the Mount Vision 5.8.Why is it I cant find many reviews on this version?Is it a good choice?I will be doing mostly all mountain/cross country and some downhill.Is this a good bike?Read More »