Marin Team CXR 29er 29er Hardtail

Big wheels equal big speed. Marin's 29er series has a bike to suit every rider. From the race-bred carbon CXR 29er, to the classic steel Pine Mountain, every Marin 29er is designed to elevate your ride. Combining Marin's proprietary 29er geometry with the inherent qualities of larger 29 wheels, every bike offers a stable ride that rolls over roots, rails through corners and rips up climbs.

  • Shift Lever: Shimano SLX, 2 Way Release, 10-Speed
  • Brake Levers: Formula RX Hydraulic with Reach Adjust
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano with HollowTech II Arms, Big Pipe Billet Integrated with Crankset
  • Chain: Shimano HG74, 10-Speed
  • Tires: Continental Race King, 29” x 2.2" with Folding Kevlar Bead

User Reviews (5)

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Richie smith   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2014]
Strength:

Superb frame set , surefooted handling, holds speed well & in my opinion descends well but tyre choice is critical.

Weakness:

In standard form a little under specced but ideal for upgrades.

Marin are a heritage brand and I chose it partly because of this and you don't see them about where I live. Incredibly quick on the roads and not far short of road bike performance , I use it in the local forestry trails on red & black routes and it exceeds what you would expect other than the big wheel can be a handful in tight turns. Climbs well too. I've fitted a dropper post and gone tubeless .

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
skymeister   [Mar 02, 2014]
Strength:

The handling for the bike was very responsive, and had no problems trying to hit tight corners. Also, It climbs like a beast.

Weakness:

The bike didn't go downhill too well. Even though it is a hardtail, it felt very, VERY bumpy going down technical sections, and it didn't encourage me to do jumps, or go wild.

For a cross country bike, this bike is awesome, but it doesn't suit for more trail riding. If you ride XC trails for over 6 hours. This bike is definitely worth the money.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
IrieRider   Cross Country Rider [Feb 02, 2012]
Strength:

Super light yet stiff frame with great race geometery, very responsive handling, rear brake placement, fantastic power transfer

Weakness:

Bike could be a lot lighter if spec'd differently, 3x10 drivetrain is not necessary, QR fork, noisy brakes

This is a great XC race bike but the stock setup is not reaching the frame's full potential. All the components are good but nothing is exceptional. This bike is a perfect canidate for a 2x10 or a 1x9 setup.
The frame is crazy light with great race geometery, super thick chainstays and a massive bottom bracket area for exceptional power transfer. The rear brake placement is also really cool and does reduce unwanted braking feedback and vibration. Thin seatstays help smooth out the rough stuff.
The Formula RX brakes are powerful and I really liked the ergonomics and easy adjust of the levers but they were also pretty noisy on steeper descents.

While the frame is amazing, there are definitely other high quality carbon XC hardtails out there with either a better spec or lower price. That being said, this bike would be tough to beat with a top of the line spec.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Docklobster   Racer [Oct 31, 2011]
Strength:

Light, Quick for a 29er, internal cable routing, tapered headtube, rear brake mounts on internal chainstays.

Weakness:

Not sold as a frame only...

21.3 lbs as configured complete with bottle cages. Not the lightest carbon hardtail frame but very race worthy with a ton of features in the frame making this a great overall choice. Stiff, yet absorbs the shock well on the rough trails. My downhill times on Strava improved compared to my Ells, which I was not expecting. Navigates the single track quicker and flows through turns much better, climbs like a hot air balloon. If you are looking for a great race bike pick one of these up and customize it.

Similar Products Used: Compared to my Ellsworth Evolve with similar setup.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
dpoul   Racer [Jun 28, 2011]
Strength:

Light, Stiff, Turns Great. Very very nice frame

Weakness:

No rael problems but the back chain stays by the wheel stick out so when/if you crash they will get hit. I have clear taped mine for protection

Very happy with the bike as this is my first 29er although I have ridden a few 29ers in the past. Very nice frame that turns well. I still want to do a few upgrades when $$ allow but at 9.2kg it is still a light 29er with lots of room to trim some weight.

Similar Products Used: Only 26 inch wheeled carbon hardtail & Merida 3500 carbon FS
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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