6061 Aluminum Twin Monocoque Front, lightweight Monocoque Alumnium Swingarm with Disk Mounts. • Answer Mars Elite, 80mm of Travel Fork • Fox Float R, with Rebound Adjuster Rear Shock • WTB Grease lite Comp AL Threadless 1 1/8" Headset
Bike Setup: 2002 Marin Mount Vision, Hope M4 disc brakes (185 front), DMR V12 Magnesium pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from wales (united kingdom)
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003
Strengths: light,fast,awesome mud clearance,high bottom bracket no chance of grounding pedals as with specialized,colour,very little maintenance, climbs like a mountain goat.
Weaknesses: none as yet if it`s any where as good as my 2000 east peak will not have any weaknesses.
This bike is the dogs b******s i had a brand new 2003 s-works enduro but after only four rides of bottoming out had to get rid of it, back to doing my local trails in record times again, for uk ridding get a marin frs you won`t be dissapointed the specalized was a nice plush ride but given the choice marin every time no contest.
Similar Products Used: specialized fsr stumpjumper, marin east peak, specialized s-works enduro (2003)
Bike Setup: full xt groupset, wtb headset and saddle, ea50 stem,seatpost and riser bars, hope m4 front (185) hope mini (165)rear, mavic x317 wheels with disc rims, and zocchi pro coil forks (everything is 2003 except the frame which although bought 2003 is a 2002 frame)
a Cross Country Rider
from Northern California
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2002
Strengths: Light, strong component group, tracks like it is on rails, climbs well, easily adjustable suspension, looks sweet.
Weaknesses: Not available in XL sizes. No lockout, but it is not really needed, as the suspension doesn't bob when properly set up unless you are hammering.
I am 6'4", 205 lbs. I couldn't get the bike in XL, but it fits me well, doesn't feel cramped. I was worried about excessive bob when climbing, but once I got the shock set up, it climbed well with no power loss. Downhill it rips, feels very solid over gatorbacked highspeed and tight turns. I haven't made any huge drops over on it, but it handles the drops I did make very well. The stock tires are light, but don't grab as well as the Panracer Fire's I put on it. Well worth the xtra weight, in my book. Bottom line, anyone looking for a good cross country machine should definitely give the Mt Vision a good look.
Similar Products Used: Specialized stumpjumper FSR comp.
Bike Setup: Except for the tires, it is stock, with XT/XTR components, the new Answer Skareb forks w/ reversed arch. Fox Float R shock, Avid SD 7 brakes...etc. The only change I made was to put some better tires on it.
a Cross Country Rider
from United Kingdom
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002
Strengths: Lightweight, Quick, Nice handling and good looks!
Weaknesses: None yet.
Thought long and hard about which bike to buy, with a £2000 budget, i had a lot of choice. Looked at Jekyll's, orange Sub 5's, Trek fuel's. Wanted something light and agile for fast cross country and general fun on the trails. The Marin definetly fits the bill, having been out every weekend since i got it, and still with a smile on my face. For anyone looking at full sussers and worried about climbing ability, i can safely say the marin design works amazingly well. My mate struggles to keep up now, and i spend the majority of the time waiting for him at the top of climbs. I feel the extra money was well spent on the mountvision rather than a lower spec model. The fact it needs very little upgrading in the future is good, anyone on a lower budget should consider the lower spec bikes and look to upgrade bit at a time.
Last thing honestly! Go for the great value hope brake upgrade, especially if you live in sunny UK!!!!
Similar Products Used: Previous bike- 10 year old hardtail
Bike Setup: Hope mini upgrade, Manitou mars elite, Fox float RL, XT, XTR Rear.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2002
Strengths: Comfortable, smooth with a capital smoooo, well spec'd, quick.
Weaknesses: Suspension is a little soft, but I am a big boy!! It would be nice to lock out the front forks. That's all.
If you're thinking of buying this bike then go ahead you won't be dissapointed. The Hope minis are good enough to stop even me and my bulk - I am an Ex Gym monster who wanted to improve my CV. My riding includes all conditons and the bike flies up hills and slices through thick mud with ease. You can adjust the rear suspension on the move which is great if you know you're gonna do some down hilling. Just buy it, whoever you are!!!
Weaknesses: twitchy, not as comfy as Rock Springs (could do with more fork travel)
Converted this 'hardtailer'. I did not think a full susser could be this good. Fast or what! Loved every minute and sad to give it back to the shop. A little twitchy to start with and may floor newbies before they get used to it (you need to be awake).
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Anyone else thinks it's confusing that Marin is billing the Mount Vision as an enduro bike while the burlier Attack Trail is the 'trail' bike? I mean, yes, the lines between categories are getting th ... Read More »
I noticed a few days ago that the rear wheel on my mount vision (2012) has a noticeable offset to the right side (about 1/4 inch).
The wheel is a few months old, so I checked for dishing, but dish is O.K.
I can only assume that the issue is in the swing arm or pivots.
Is this so ... Read More »
This is the newest ride. I already love the suspension design. I feel far more confident while riding it and it looks superb! I plan on doing some upgrading over time. For now, everything works great.
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I don't need the bike, but I want it. Another bike for my quiver.
The quad-link suspension really interests me because I do mostly xc riding but I love a little bit of technical downhills from time to time. My Hardtail Stumpy is a bit rough on me.
He is asking $800 and its pretty much stock with ... Read More »
Both feature carbon frames.
@140mm travel, Mount Vision designed for faster xc, trail and enduro racing. Sounds tasty.
Old enough to know better and old enough not to care. Best age to be.Read More »