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Fellow biker down the street completed this build.... what do you guys think for the price?

Everything is brand new, although components are pretty basic.

$725

2008 Marin Pine Mountain 29er Frame in Red, my size.

Fork: Rock Shox Dart 3, 4 inch travel 29er with lock-out
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus
Shifters: Alivio 8-Speed trigger shifters Crankset: TruVativ 175mm X-Flow, 42/32/22
Bottom Bracket TruVativ Power Spline cartridge Chain: HG40 8-Speed.
Cassette: Shimano HG30 11-32 cassette, 8 speed
Disc Brakes: Hayes MX4 mechanical disc brakes
Handlebar: California Alloy, 31.8mm, 1.5, black
Stem: California Alloy, 31.8mm, 4-bolt, black
Seatpost: Alloy micro adjust
Grips: Dual Density
Headset: Ritchey Logic
Hubs: Shimano M475 32 Hole
Rims: Alex TD-20, black double wall, 29er
Tires: WTB Prowler SL Sport 29 X 2.1
Saddle: WTB Speed-V Sport with Channel
Pedals: Composit flats

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I do think you can get more bike in that price range...perhaps better derailluers and wheelset, maybe even fork. Add a couple hundred bucks and you could get a lot more bike. On the other hand, one advantage to the Marin is at least you can ride it first.
 

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I do think you can get more bike in that price range...perhaps better derailluers and wheelset, maybe even fork. Add a couple hundred bucks and you could get a lot more bike. On the other hand, one advantage to the Marin is at least you can ride it first.
X2....................did you ride it? If yes how does fit/feel? That is important and good to ride it first.
 

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Seems to me that the Marin is pretty low spec'd for the money. No chance that I'd be willing to take Altus and Alivio components on the trails. You could definitely get more bike for that cost. Jenson recently had Bianchi SOK on sale for $750. Performance has the GT Peace 9r for $569 regularly. Jenson also usually has some variation of a Jamis 29er on the cheap. Or you could look for something used locally.

I think the other posters were being nice. No way is that setup worth $725.
 

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Seems to me that the Marin is pretty low spec'd for the money. No chance that I'd be willing to take Altus and Alivio components on the trails. You could definitely get more bike for that cost. Jenson recently had Bianchi SOK on sale for $750. Performance has the GT Peace 9r for $569 regularly. Jenson also usually has some variation of a Jamis 29er on the cheap. Or you could look for something used locally.

I think the other posters were being nice. No way is that setup worth $725.
I disagree, the frame is very nice with EBB with triple butted 4130 chromoly. We have sold a few and would be riding one myself if they had stock. The other parts are low end. Would be curious why it was stripped down and rebuilt with lower grade parts, the Pine usually comes with a Reba and it sold as a SS.
 

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something is fishy here, the pine mtn. is stock an SS bike and it comes stock with a Reba, and avid hydros (juicy 3's but still...)
the guy used all the good parts for his new build, then put the cheapest shite he could find on there to make it a gearie (and easier to sell)

don't bag on Marin, this is a sweet frame that some stupid face is trying to make a buck off of. not worth 750 (the original 2008 with the good parts was $1000).
 

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This is Pretty close to the standard spec for the Marin Alpine Trail, which sells for $750 new. Assuming everything is new, and he knows how to put a bike together, it isn't a deal, but isn't a scam either. Given where we are in the season though, you should be able to find some closeout/clearance bikes for around the same price. For example the REI Novara Ponderosa 29'r was recently reduced to $765 from $899, and is better spec'd IMHO.
 

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That's not bad, but not a great deal either. If you ride it on some trails and really like it, that will be the true test. But I don't like the Alivio/Altus combination and the Dart 3 fork isn't great for that amount of money. I spent $700 and got a Tora Solo Air, X-7's, and hydraulic brakes.

If you can swing a couple hundred more, there are some really good offerings out there from Fuji, Giant, Specialized, and BikesDirect.com.

Motobecane Fantom 29er Pro - $795
Fork: Tora Solo Air
Deraillers: Deore/XT rear w/ LX shifters
Brakes: Avid Hydraulic (juicy or elixir) w/ 185mm rotors
 

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Yeah something fishy - those parts were not the OEM parts for a Pine Mountain. I know because we reviewed one over at ridemonkey.com

The OEM spec on the Pine Mountain was pretty friggin nice. The spec on the OP's bike - not so much.
 
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