Marin Bolinas Ridge Bike Bike 1998 or Older

3.6/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $329.00


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Marin Bolinas Ridge


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Larry Wetjen a Cross Country Rider from Butte Falls, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2011

Strengths:    Good reliability, durable, good looking bike. Easy to work on and maintain.

Weaknesses:    Some low end components. Easy to change out and upgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I am 200+ lbs and ride about 100 miles a week for the last two years. I am changing handlebar to a Nashbar trekking butterfly bar to tour this summer (800 mile round trip). Gearing ratio is great for steep hills. Just a troublesome, comfortable bike. One of the best purchases I ever made.

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Favorite Trail:   Sierra Cascades

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Sports Chalet, Las V

Similar Products Used:   None


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M C M. a Weekend Warrior from wakefield uk

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2009

Strengths:    nice looking bike, very comfortable and reliable. i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it(and still do) i've only changed the back cog in the 7 years i've had it, not bad for 300 pounds!

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
if only you could get them at halfords. i'd reccomend them to anyone!

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Favorite Trail:   wrenthorpe meadow/lofthouse pit

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   agbrigg rd. wakefiel

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   very good.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by moderndrunkard a Weekend Warrior from Michigan

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Strengths:    Awesome Frame, Decent tires, Decent stock parts. Everything has held up over 3 years.

Weaknesses:    This is a entry level bike and has some cheaper components. Luckily they are easy to upgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I have rode this bike aggressively for over 3 years. It has seen 4 winters of commuting and 3 summers. I weigh 200 lbs and this bike has put up with tons of abuse.

Sure some of the components are cheap (its a budget bike!) and it lacks disc brakes, but this is a premium frame. This bike will get you on the trails and keep you there for many years. Also the brushed aluminum is beautiful, i never hear the end of complements on the aesthetics of this bike.

Naturally i have been upgrading this over the years, the cheap spinner grind os shock is being upgraded to a Marzocchi TST2, and I am putting on an Avid Juicy disk on the front.

I have had to replace one tube and that has been it. This reflects the 2005 model.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Rivertown cycle

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Marin Stock, 2005.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cuffy a Weekend Warrior from DC Metro

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009

Strengths:    Excellent frame quality and design. Very well constructed and fit/finish is top notch. Ride is very comfortable for a front suspension only bike. The seat is great and the price I paid can't be matched for what you get.

Weaknesses:    The components aren't the best, but this is an entry/mid-level bike. The handgrips are okay, but twist with too much pressure.

Bottom Line:   
If you're looking for the best bang for your buck on an entry to mid-level bike, look no further. The '08/'09 Marin Bolinas Ridge model is well worth the price in the under $450 category. The frame is outstanding and the components can be easily upgraded as your riding level increases. Stock it is more than capable of taking on the well traveled trails and forging some new ones. I paid under $300 and couldn't be happier.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   02gearShop.com

Similar Products Used:   '97 Univega Alpina 5.5, Specialized HardRock

Bike Setup:   '08 stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SIKOSYC a Weekend Warrior from Isrel

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight [for this level]. Rear Derailleur: Alivio:[in the Israeli version]- very accurate and well responding even under stress situations. The 34 teeth Sprocket:[in the Israeli version]- is a life saver when you meet an "erected up hill".
The saddle is outstanding comfortable - even after 4 hours of riding without special clothing. The bike's geometry make the ride position very comfortable.


Weaknesses:    Front Derailleur - Altus is a little disappointing.

Bottom Line:   
I am in love!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Israel


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mikey a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2002

Strengths:    Rugged frame, gecko stickers,

Weaknesses:    kinda heavy

Bottom Line:   
my commuting bike now- bought it used in 1993. tough enough to endure on the local Test of Metal XC race 42 miles(although your arms turn to jelly from the shaking). Never gave me a problem I didn't deserve. Not a lightweight. Good value in the rigid frame class.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Chaepskates consignment

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   original

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Scotland / Ireland

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2001

Strengths:    Great bike, ride it to work every day and off-road on weekday nights and weekends. Almost no maintenance required except for cleaning and adjustments. Nothing has ever broken despite some fairly major tumbles.

Weaknesses:    Stability at low speed is a bit of a problem, keep it fast and watch out for tree roots! Arms get a bit sore on long, fast, rough downhill sections. Brakes virtually useless in snow.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. None of the problems upset me enough to do anything about them.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Alpine Bikes, Aberdeen

Bike Setup:   Standard

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by William from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2000

Strengths:    Nice colour, light frame.

Weaknesses:    This bicycle is not stable.

Bottom Line:   
A good value except for its serious lack of stability (try riding this bicycle with no hands-- it's very difficult). This translates into a danger of unexpected falls. This is probably a design flaw related to the front wheel trail-length. The seat is very uncomfortable. Otherwise, the components are of decent quality. The best thing about this bike is probably its frame.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Scene


Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 1999

Strengths:    
Great bike for the money. Sturdy, yet flexable frame. Great rims, crank, chain rings and chain. Accurate shifting (when properly adj.). Nice color. I love the handlebars.


Weaknesses:    
Seat is a bit uncomfortable, tires wear quickly and don't have good traction in sandy soil. No suspension (really didn't expect any for the money). Pedals don't accomodate clips.


Bottom Line:   
Love this bike. Great starting point with plenty of room to upgrade to awesome bike. I think it offers the best value for your money. The frame should last for years, and you can easily change componets you what to improve. Awesome color and great handlebars. Again, best in its price range.

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Favorite Trail:   
Brown Mountain

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Bike Setup:   
Upgraded to Rock Shock Quadra, color doesn't match, but greatly improved ride and control. Changed pedals to VP clip/clipless.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Sue a Weekend Warrior from dc area

Date Reviewed: May 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Great price for what you get
Rapidfire shifters


Weaknesses:    
Not very comfortable
Marins hard to find in shops around here


Bottom Line:   
Got this bike on closeout for $225. I'd never heard of Marin and thought it was some discount brand. Now I'm glad to see they have a good rep. Simple no-nonsense bike, never had a problem compared to the Mongoose which has been nothing but problems. Will definitely get another Marin, if we can find one!

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Mongoose Crossway 350 (ugh)



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Stu B. a Cross-Country Rider from Salisbury, UK

Date Reviewed: April 27, 1999

Strengths:    
Excellent value for the money and good after sales service (you need it). Good solid ride. Nice colour


Weaknesses:    
The bottom bracket has needed attention after only two months. Would definately benefit from front shocks.


Bottom Line:   
You'd find it difficult to match a better bike for the money.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:4
Submitted by William a Downhiller from Klamath Falls, OR

Date Reviewed: April 11, 1999

Bottom Line:   
It is a great bike if you are looking to spend the least amount of money. I have swaped out ever part on the bike with XT and XTR are parts along with an X vert R triple clamp fork on the front. For DH it isn't that great of a frame. It has too much flex in it. If you try to run tires bigger than 2.1 on the rear than they rub on the frame. Haven't had an problems with it besides trying to run bigger tires.

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Robo the downhill demond a downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: February 8, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I purchased a bollinas ridge 1 year ago from my uncles bike shop it is an excellent bike i have upgraded the forks to RST hi 5 triple clamps and a disc brake front end i also run a 2.30 tioga dh front tyre and a 2.10 tioga factory tyre on the back it has an sdg big boy seat and i have put big mamoth rims on it
and xtr shifters and gearingit has dh profile barsand overall it is an xellent bike.R^o^b^o.bye

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by stewart britton a cross-country rider from england

Date Reviewed: December 9, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I have recently puchased a marin Bolinas Ridge as i am only 13 i am a bit restricted to price , i was amazed of the build quality of this bike and fo only £315 i thought it might be a bit to cheap but it proved me wrong CHEERS MARIN!!!

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Ashlea Rives a cross-country rider from TX

Date Reviewed: November 15, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I love it. My bike and I have a very strong bond! I love the color and weight of the frame. A more comfortable seat would be a great improvement, but overall, a great bike for the price!

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