Heres a pretty long post about the marlin..Im looking to buy my fist bike and I would like to know a little more about the Trek/Gary Fisher Marlin 29er. Im a beginner that will ride single track and city.
Have you guys had any problems with this bike?
Are there known problems?
ok I'm going to be "that guy"Does any one have difficulty locking the rear tire, my LBS told me that disc brakes wont lock (WTF) that means I wont be able to fish tail or spray stop the bike. I already wiped out twice not being able to lock my rear tire.
all that being said... welcome to the fun world of MTB ... it's a hoot... as mentioned spending a little more goes a long way especially when buying new... (and even more so when you consider some guys spend more on their fork then what you spent on the entire bike)... at much of that price point a rigid fork is a better way to go (and me being a clyd the ONLY only real way to get on a 29er)... also requires you learn to ride smoother (or die lol) and with time upgrade to a decent fork (again you'll get more bang for your buck if you pay up front... but sometimes you can't... or sometimes you don't really know that before you dropped the cash...On skidding, this borrowed from San Diago MTB Association:
Don't skid or brake slide. Do you know what a "skidiot" is. Not very nice sounding is it? You certainly don't want to be called this on the trail. Locking up the brakes can degrade hills by forming gullies that water funnels down, can rut sensitive trails, and always indicates a lack of control to others. Modulating brakes - both front and back - will prevent skidding and increase control. Slow, even pedal stokes prevent "spinning-out" up hills (which can cause ruts), as well as increasing the chance that you'll make it over the top. Finesse is often more successful than brute strength.