Marin Mount Vision 2002 Full Suspension

4.56/5 (16 Reviews)


Product Description

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


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by johnny carr a Cross Country Rider from wakefield, yorkshire .UK

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

Strengths:    lightweight, handles well at speed

Weaknesses:    really poor climber. Bobbed all over the plac. Have now sent the bike back & Chevin were excellent they gave me almost a full refund. Replaced it with another Whyte 46

Bottom Line:   
Just nothing like as good as the previous and earlier model

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Favorite Trail:   dalby forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   chevin cycles


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JAMISON ZICH a Cross Country Rider from COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2003

Strengths:    Extremely stiff for a FS XC. The design works very well with some of the most technical terrain I could find. This bike does nothing to limit the rider

Weaknesses:    Water bottle mounts are insane, use a hydration system. Cable routing could be improved upon, cables rub paint off head tube.

Bottom Line:   
This bike climbs like a mountain goat. The usual bob on the uphills is barely noticible. Descending makes you feel like your a super action hero. Handling for my particular setup makes the bike very responsive and is a definate confidence builder. The monocoque design is very rigid and there is no noticible loss off power to the ground. It absorbs the technical stuff without a second thought. At first The rear disk would rub when a lot of torque was applied to the transmission, but I attribute that more to the wheel flex than the rear triangle, and a few adjustments to the pads aliviated the problem. Great bike for the weekender or the serious racer. My rig weighs in at just over 25 LBS. Highly recommend,Good looks,Very underated bicycle. Five Flammin' Turds, Enjoy!

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Favorite Trail:   chutes,buckhorn,captain jacks combo

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   E-Bay

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Superlight

Bike Setup:   XT throughout,Avid Mechanicals,Egg Beaters,Thompson Seat/Stem,Italia SLR Saddle,Rock Shox Duke SL,Fox Float rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan Geva a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2003

Bottom Line:   
When you first meets the bikes in the shop they weight about 10.5 kg. After you setup the bikes for the real world they endup about 12kg (6 pounds more).
This is because you need to add/replace the handle bar, bar ends, tiers, tubes, slime and pedals.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3300.00

Purchased At:   Rozen & Mintz


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Morgan a Cross Country Rider from Rochester NY USA

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Strengths:    Jon Whyte Suspension is absolutely stellar. The bike handles like it’s on rails!

Weaknesses:    Water Bottle cage mounts are located in a pretty awful position, unless you like dirt in your mouth when you need a drink, but to be fair there isn't room anyplace else on the chassis.

Bottom Line:   
Jon Whyte Suspension is absolutely stellar. The bike handles like it’s on rails! I have never had the pleasure of riding a bike that tracks the trail as well as this does and climbs as well. For a full suspension bike it feels like a rigid where it counts most, ascending. I have never experienced a single moment where I was of the opinion that the suspension was sucking up my pedaling energy or ride effort; the suspension design is that brilliant. The paint scheme is not in any way gaudy looking more like a stealth fighter than a circus bike like so many other designs out there. It looks like it means business and it delivers at every turn bump or trail anomaly. Descending the bike feels strong and secure; the rider position is flawless. I purchased the frameset brand new and built it up from there and I have not been disappointed in any way. I feel it was a bargain. I have the tendency to buy a bike, ride it for a year then sell it while it still has demand and value. This one is hard to let go of, so my original intention to buy it, ride it and sell it in a year has changed. I’m keeping it until it falls apart and by the looks of things that’s going to be a very long time. If you see one of these for sale, I suggest you snag it up; you will not be disappointed!

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Favorite Trail:   Floggmeisters Folly

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Frame from www.bicycleblowout.com

Similar Products Used:   GT RST-1, Marin 2001 Mt Vision, GT I drive, Ellesworth Joker.

Bike Setup:   2002 XTR Drive train and XT shifting, King ISO hubset and headset Mavic D-321 rims. Marzocchi Z-3 Flylight Air. Fox RC with lockout rear. Zed Kevlar tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew Hutchinson a Cross Country Rider from Llandrindod Wells

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2003

Strengths:    The complete package takes some beating, the gearing is spot on, the light Avid Brakes are so good. This is my third FSR Marin, they just keep getting better.

Weaknesses:    There are none

Bottom Line:   
This has to be the best bike of the whole range, and I can warrant that they are good value and have had no problems what so ever with the rear suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   Nant - Aereon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Similar Products Used:   Marin Rift Zone, 98 and 00

Bike Setup:   Azonic risor bars and race face seat post, otherwise the rest is standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Stephens a Cross Country Rider from Llandrindod Wells, Wales, UK

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2003

Strengths:    This bike is brilliant, my last bike was a Marin, and this one is superb, it accelerates like lightening, it handles great, the ride is brilliant.

Weaknesses:    The Minotaur 380 tyres it comes with! But these can be replaced.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is brilllllllliant!!!!!!! Buy one

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Marin Alpine train

Bike Setup:   2002 Marin Mount Vision, Hope M4 disc brakes (185 front), DMR V12 Magnesium pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark needs 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   afon argoed and cwm carn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   west end cycles

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)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bizario a Cross Country Rider from Rexford, MT

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2002

Strengths:    Frame geometry ROCKS! Outclimbs my GT Zaskar.

Weaknesses:    Component selection is not the best.

Bottom Line:   
As a frameset (Kudos for John Whyte) this is the cat's meow. It's light, fast, climbs incredibly well, & desends beautifully. I know that some don't care for the shortness of the design but I can say that it makes for awesome switchback control & the bike doesn't feel twitchy on forest service roads. The Fox shock comes with a lockout but I have only used it on the road as the frame design climbs so well when active. As for the rest of the bike, The fork (see my review for the 02 Mars Super)& the WTB headset won't be around long.

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Favorite Trail:   Web Mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Kootenai Konnection

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar X, Gary Swisher (Freudian slip) Big Sur.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for the Race Face Next LP cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chet 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Stinky's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   LBS

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Antony Ferguson a Cross Country Rider from United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight, Quick, Nice handling and good looks!

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
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!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Sutton Park, Birmingham

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

Similar Products Used:   Previous bike- 10 year old hardtail

Bike Setup:   Hope mini upgrade, Manitou mars elite, Fox float RL, XT, XTR Rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scotty a Racer from Michigan

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2002

Strengths:    Fox shock, single pivot, almost every single componant

Weaknesses:    ridiculous bottle cage placement, Manitu fork doesn't hold air

Bottom Line:   
I race Elite on this bike and it really performs! The frame geometry makes for a quick handling, quick accelerating XC race bike. The componant mix is perfect for midwest riding. I've 'tweaked' the bike here and there and I've gotten it down to 23lbs.

The active suspension of of the Fox RL and Manitou shocks compliment each other well, although the Manitou can't seem to hold air for more than a day at a time. The front and back lockouts are great, but I really don't use them much.

My only concern with the monocoque design is that there is no room in the front triangle for a water bottle. Placement on the top tube and under the downtube is an afterthought. The top tube cage only leaves enough room for one 16oz bottle. Designing a race bike that can't hold a real water bottle is very weird.

The bike decends well, and is a nice climber too. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a FS XC bike for racing!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Alger Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Superlight, Sugar

Bike Setup:   17.5" frame, all XTR drivetrain & shifters, Avid Ti Brakes & levers, Easton carbon bar, Titec XWing Post, Flite Saddle, Hugi hubs w/mavic 517s, Michelin Comp S lite tires, Manitu Mars Super fork, eggbeater pedals, Easton mag stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stewart Philpotts a Cross Country Rider from KIDDERMINSTER

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.

Bottom Line:   
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!!!

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Favorite Trail:   ANY!!!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Stan's in Shrewsbury

Similar Products Used:   No full sussers only Scott and Specialised hard tails ( Timber, Hard Rock and over spec'd Rock Hopper( nothing but trouble)).

Bike Setup:   Factory.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Cobb from Chicago / Florida

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2002

Strengths:    Stiff for a XC FS bike no bobbing, love the lock out on both the front and back shocks. Incredibly light bike, handles very tight shifting is so smooth, incredibly happy

Weaknesses:    This is a west coast bike, not a weakness but the tires and tubes don't work for Florida sand and jungle thorns... And believe me Florida is more jungle than beach!!

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike, worth every penny for the weight,high quality and performance of Marin. The Vision Pro is a borderline DH bike and it definetly can take a beating free riding!! This bike is overkill for starters but excellent for intermediate to advanced riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia / Hard Rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   A.J. Barnes

Similar Products Used:   I own a 99 East Peak which also performed incredibly and has taken a major beating. I am a Marin ADDICT!

Bike Setup:   XC FS Marin, Monique frame, XTR throught, FOX RC with lockout and external dampening, Manitou Mars Elite with dampening and external lockout, Easton C2 carbon post and handle bars..... Shimano clipless

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Petaluma, ca, u.s.

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2002

Strengths:    A very strong, light frame. Climbs nice and smooth, and desends like a true suspension bike should.

Weaknesses:    The xtr set up. I liked it to start out with, then it just became too much hassel. Since I really don't care about a couple of grams, I didn't really even care.

Bottom Line:   
A good bike if your looking for something responsive, and fairly light. It rides great, and I found can be set up to do just about anything.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Eastside Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro

Bike Setup:   XT drive train, XT 4 piston disc brakes, fox float rear shock, 2002 psylo SL

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Byron a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Ont, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2002

Strengths:    It is a fantastic bike. Very light, tight, responsive frame. It is a great climber with an absolute minimum of bob under hard load.

Weaknesses:    Complete XTR package sounds nice in theory, but in practical reality it sucks...unless maybe you are a spindly 140lb who likes to tune your bike every ride...or even better twice per ride! It is great stuff when it is freshly tuned and clean, but under hard riding and dirt it simply does not stand up.

Bottom Line:   
A great high performance FS XC bike at a reasonable price. Marin makes a great, under-respected frame. It works well and it is well built. Get rid of the XTR cassette and crank immediately...or go out, ride them once, bend them, and then replace them.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Award Cycle

Similar Products Used:   ProFlex Beast, Santa Cruz Heckler

Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Manitou Carbon SX

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