Marin B-17 XC Hardtail

User Reviews (19)

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norcalryan   Weekend Warrior [Jun 01, 2009]
Strength:

Solid frame that literally feels indestructible and tracks very well.

Weakness:

None for the frame but the components absolutely suck!

This is a great bike that will last forever. I've literally trashed the thing on drops and jumps and it still rides smooth and tracks straight. The components are completely junk and since I'm a poor college student, I have to buy one thing at a time. I started with the brakes and next comes the shifters, rear/front derailleur, cassette, crank, etc. Right now it's out of commission because my rear DR broke. It's not the frame's fault it has cheap components. I wish Marin still made this frame... It's a beast and really not that heavy for what you get! If you want to build a quality XC or All-Mountain bike, find a used frame and tear it up! You won't be disappointed. I rate it 5 flames all around because this frame is perfect and I bought it knowing I was eventually going to upgrade the components.

Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Level Betty, Trek Liquid 10, Specialized Stumpjumper
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
fuzzy_repairs   Weekend Warrior [Dec 27, 2008]
Strength:

Wicked Geometry-strong versatile frame and build, aggressive set up, stock wheels are good, tyres too, everything is top grade except...

Weakness:

...added a third chain ring to help with urban commute, stock pedals lasted down sSowdon descent but replaced them with Shimano DX's anyway, Hayes Sole 1 Brakes just don't make the grade!

I needed a bike that could take the roughest off road descents and hold its on on the tarmac- this is THE bike for me! Slap on a pannier and 26" slicks, and carrying my tools to work becomes a pleasure! A few minutes later and i can have the meanest off road machine going back in action, burning up the mud like no-ones business. Shiny, but not the shiniest components mean i can leave it locked securely without turning too many heads (unless you know what you're looking at!)whilst knowing the whole set up will hold its own on the roughest descent! The only weak link is me!! The Aggressive geometry means your pedal power is transferred directly to the drive train, flooring the roadies at the lights (I've kept up with a £3000 roadie Cannodale on the London to Brighton run), with the frame allowing easy last minute bailouts! This bike is for the commuter who likes to play on his way home (midnight street sessions!), hardcore riders looking for some hard-tail action, and beginners looking for a sound long-term investment! I'll only ever upgrade this baby! I LOVE this bike!!

Similar Products Used: Claud Butler Olympus, Specialized Rock Hopper (frames too focused on cross country- can't be used for street/decent off road sections!)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jim Hesketh   Downhiller [Jul 21, 2007]
Strength:

Light, decent components, looks, geometry, build quality

Weakness:

Pedals, seat, maybe the manitou splice fork

For the money, you can't find a better bike for trails, some light freeride, a little dirt jumping and downhill. I bought this bike to ride when my Iron Horse Sunday Team is too much bike to take to the local trails. Granted, some of the components are mediocre at best, but you can always upgrade when things break. The bike is light and predictable. Little adjustments to meet your individual taste, and this bike is ready for a day of hard knocks.
Worth the price especially when you can buy last years models at great prices.

Similar Products Used: GT Avalanche
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Brad   Cross Country Rider [May 02, 2007]
Strength:

Handles Great, Brakes have awesome stopping power (better than some hydraulic in my opinion) nice and light, but strong. Great bike exceptional for the price.

Weakness:

I would like to have a shock that can lockout a bit easier. and the pedals I'm going to switch out for clips.

Great bike! I got a good deal at bikeconnection.net! for the money excelent. I'm sure there are better bikes out there but all around great bike for most riders

Similar Products Used: Trek 6700
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike Higdon   Weekend Warrior [Apr 02, 2004]
Strength:

Excellent geometry, the sloping top tube is great for aggresive riding. For their entry level agressive xc, Marin has put together a very nice ride. The frame, derailers and shifters are the same on all models, but the higher end models upgrade crank, front fork, and a few other items and all are definitely upgrades.

Weakness:

pedals, definitely upgrade pedals, over time I will also upgrade front derailleur and maybe shifters.

The B-17 - not just a WWII bomber. This bike is true to the namesake. I'm 6' 1", got the large (16" in the large is a bit deceptive - you must try one before you buy - equate to about 18.5" in their regular hardtail) it's a little short on the front stem, may need to get a longer one. Frame colors are different btw models. The tires are nice and the bike just feels tough and solid. A great bike for the money! The bronze tubing and tribal markings are too cool. The 2004 angled geometry on the frame really sets the Marin bikes apart from the crowd. The aggressive xc - lot's of compliments - most people think I dropped a cool grand.

Similar Products Used: tested gary fisher tassajara, kona cinder cone, haro v-3.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Erik   [Mar 29, 2007]
Strength:

everything is super beefy, rides smooth, super easy to set up and dial in

Weakness:

the stock pedals suck hard core, just some cheap plastic ones

great bike! this is a must ride, must see, must buy!!! just replace the pedals and you are good to go! this bike is great for dirt jumping, mild freeride, xc, just cruising to school, or anything else you can come up, the frame is ubber light and super strong!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jeremiah   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2004]
Strength:

Strong yet not overbuilt like some other bikes in the same catergory. Lite for an AXC. Better componentry when compared to similar models.

Weakness:

Lame generic brake levers. May be hard to determine the correct size due to the aggressive downslope on the top tube.

This is the bike I have been waiting for! Marine has the market cornered for Aggressive Cross Country. I'm not sure why they don't just call it the perfect free ride bike; cause thats what it is. The B17 is great to pedal with the seatpost up, and awsome for hitting the downhills or loading docks with the seatpost down. Buy the large and do it all for about six hundred bucks!

Similar Products Used: Hard Rock Pro, a couple of Diamond Back's, and alot of cheap costco bikes.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jaco Prinsloo   Cross Country Rider [Feb 28, 2007]
Strength:

Agressive Geometry, Light yet stupidly strong frame, well specced components that lasted beyond the call of duty, looks.

Weakness:

I've done a lot of upgrading, not always 'cos it was nessesary. The wheels, bottom bracket and the big ring where the only components that had to be replaced. Even then they lasted well over a year.

I bought this bike to commute to/from work. However it had me completely hooked and before long i found myself riding all sorts of terrain. From all day epics to silly drops, jumps and even street.
The geometry suits my agressive and varied riding style perfectly and with a longer travel fork up front, the fun just keeps coming!
The frame has taken some abuse and with the exception of some scratches is still going strong.

A brilliantly adaptable bike thats equally at home on the daily commute as it is on a day out with the big boys!

Similar Products Used: Spesh rockhopper
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Adam   Weekend Warrior [May 19, 2006]
Strength:

Has a strong beefy frame without being overly heavy and bulky. The copnemts on this bike perforn great and once the brakes are broken in they work amazingly and are a big step up from my old v-brakes. Compared to my old bike the up more right riding position makes trail riding alot more easier and fun. This bike to the perfect mix of XC and Freeride hartails. The lockout feature on the shock makes hill climding and out of the saddle sprints easier.

Weakness:

It took me a few good rides before I got used to the wider handlebars, longer cranks and lower BB but after that there was realy nothing wrong with it.

This bike is exactly the kind of bike I was looking for. A do it all hardatail. It's light enough for XC singeltrack and strong enough to take the beating of moderate drops, dirt jupms and urban riding. Compared to other bikes bikes in this price range.This bike is designed for true riding and rolls over everything you throw at it like hills , downhill and technical trails.

Similar Products Used: Specialized (Rockhopper, Hardrock, P.2), Haro (Thread), Norco (Various Hardtails), Kona (Cindercone),
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
James   Weekend Warrior [May 15, 2006]
Strength:

Strength, geometries, build, versatility

Weakness:

factory problems

See body

Great bike... does the jumps, the downhill, the xc, and the around town git-r-done chores. Performs great on the trail, and on intermediate downhill... you may get soaked on the 1337 downhill... but its a great build.

Similar Products Used: Ironhorse Hardtails, Lower end FS's
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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