Marin Hawk Hill 27.5 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

The build includes a RockShox Recon Silver RL Fork with adjustable rebound and compression damping, as well as a 15mm thru axle. The rear shock is a X-Fusion 02 Pro R Air, which also offers rebound and compression (“lockout”) adjustments.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 28, 2018]
Orink4@gmail.com


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

Bought a HH2 last week . Would highly recommend it. It climbs great ,brakes are great. Riding position is comfy, maybe longer stem and cut the bars a bit. Dropper seat is sweet, get one! Seat is my all time favorite. You can't lose your bike in the dark😀

Weakness:

Little heavy, would prefer a lock out rear shock, I hate levers ,so I'll be switching to grip shift ASAP. Not sure about the tires yet . Overall the best buy you can get I think.

Price Paid:
1850
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2018
[Aug 27, 2017]
shekky
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

price point, price point price point. after reading reviews and riding plus bike hardtails and the hawk hill, i decided on full suspension. the hawk hill's spec is reasonable for its price and its performance seems to be very good for a budget dualie; much more capable than my own abilities will ever take this bike. the recon suspension locks out and the rear shock's movement during standing pedalling efforts does not seem to sap any energy. the tires and traction are quite good in the conditions i've ridden them in so far--dry and sandy and dry hardpack. even the no-name shimano brakes work quite well, despite the incessant howling of the rear.

riding fast over rough, undulating terrain is very magic-carpet-esque on this bike however, it's the first dualie i've ridden since my 2001 superlight. kudos to marin for spec-ing this bike with tubeless ready tires and wheels.

Weakness:

this bike is not particularly designed to do the type of riding i do 75% of the time which is long road hauls to fire road grinds to screaming descents. (well, maybe not the screaming descents) the stock 780mm bar is too wide for me to even maneuver the bike around in my apartment, so i've replace it with the 725mm race face turbine bar from my hardtail. i've also replaced the short OEM stem on this bike with something just a bit shorter which combined with the bar change, seems to have reduced the amount of wheel-wandering on long road/fire road grinds. i felt a bit too compressed using the hawk hill's stock 60mm stem and am much more comfortable stretched out just that 20mm more.

the rear brake has begun to howl relentlessly under hard braking almost from the get go and will not be silent, no matter how much i wipe the rotors with alcohol. the fact marin specced this bike with a cheap ceramic-pad-only rotor is a travesty and i'll be shiit canning them sooner than later.

not to mention this bike feels heavy, even compared to my 29-pound pine mountain 29er hardtail. maybe it's the fact i'm not in the shape i once was and have been taking the hawk hill on some of my longest rides of the year, so time will tell how i deal with its thirty-pound girth. so far, i've found keeping the tires at 25F/30R has helped rather than running the stupid low PSIs i'm told tubeless is capable of.

despite the marin hawk hill's weaknesses, it is a FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLAR DUALIE, equipped with a 1 x 10 drivetrain, tubeless-ready wheels and tires, modern suspension and geometry all mated with marin's house brand peripherals which seem to do the job so far-even though i've replaced the stock stem, saddle and hars. if you are looking for a bike in the $1500 price range, the hawk hill definitely deserves a look. i'm very impressed with its performance and handling on all sorts of downhills, along with the cornering ability and quick acceleration of 27.5 inch wheels on 2.35 inch tires. given the fact i've only owned this bike a week and ridden it ninety miles, i'll be back with a two-month review in late october/early november.

at any rate, those thinking about buying this bike should consider its weight and stem/handlebar combo if their riding includes frequent extended road/fire road climbing.

Similar Products Used:

santa cruz superlight

[May 01, 2017]
DBG
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fast, handles great, putting it through quite a bit and riding with people with a lot more $$ in their bikes and I'm not slowing them down with this ride. Decent components that can be easily upgraded once they are used up. Great bike that should last me for years as I'll upgrade the components as I go along and won't take the cost hit all at once. The components that come stock are easily adjustable for different rides and trails.

Weakness:

Had some trouble with excess mud on the trails. The trails I ride are usually not very muddy but the one time they were, the bike got clogged full very quickly.

Awesome, I would recommend it to everyone. I am more of a cross country than a down hiller so take that into account when reading this. It climbs, turns and rides very well.

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