April 14, 2012 at 13:37 #108339
I am looking at buying a used 2009 Gary Fisher Marlin. The bike is in mint condition, only ridden a couple of times and only once on single track. Asking price is $400. My concerns are two:
1. I am 6’4" and currently ride a 22.5" Trek 3700 while the Marlin is 21".
2. The RockShox Dart 2 gets terrible reviews.
I ride almost exclusively cross country and am fairly new to the sport but I want to start riding Copper Harbor Upper Michigan and do the Wisconsin Offroad Racing Series (WORS) this summer. Wondering if this is a good buy or if anyone has any suggestions for other bikes I could pick up used for under $700.
Here are the specs on the Marlin:
Frame & Fork:
Frame Tubing Material
Gold Series Butted Aluminum
Fork Brand & Model
RockShox Dart 2, 100mm travel
Avid BB5 w/160mm rotor brakes, Avid levers
Shimano M442, 22/32/44 teeth
9-speed, 11 – 32 teeth
Bontrager Race Lux
1 1/8" threadless Semi integrated
Thanks for your time and God Bless.
April 14, 2012 at 13:42 #108340
You can upgrade a fork with little issue. My worry would be that the bike is too small for you. If you can get to the bike for a test ride, I would definitely do so.
As for the Dart 2, I ride one. It’s without a doubt entry-level, but I haul buggy on it. I wouldn’t allow it to keep me from choosing a bike that’s otherwise my cup of tea.
April 15, 2012 at 10:40 #108341
The fork is a POS and I replaced it on my Marlin with a Recon airspring fork.
On the other hand, I just used the Dart for my daughters bike 😆
April 17, 2012 at 07:03 #108342
You can get this hardtail 29er new for $600 in any size you want (up to 22") that comes with a pretty decent component spec: http://www.airbornebicycles.com/product … -29er.aspx
April 17, 2012 at 14:23 #108343
Maybe he didn’t want a 29er….
April 17, 2012 at 14:25 #108344"ollysj" wrote
Maybe he didn’t want a 29er….
Everyone wants a 29er 😼
April 17, 2012 at 14:27 #108345"maddslacker" wrote
[quote="ollysj":kczrq7kl]Maybe he didn’t want a 29er….
Everyone wants a 29er 😼[/quote:kczrq7kl]Not here 😄
btw. I didn’t saw he was asking for suggestions, so just ignore my post
April 17, 2012 at 21:17 #108346"ollysj" wrote
[quote="maddslacker":2t5s1dus][quote="ollysj":2t5s1dus]Maybe he didn’t want a 29er….
Everyone wants a 29er 😼[/quote:2t5s1dus]Not here 😄
btw. I didn’t saw he was asking for suggestions, so just ignore my post[/quote:2t5s1dus]
I’m not dying to have one either!
April 20, 2012 at 20:25 #108347
Well I got it for $380 so I think that’s a pretty good deal. I rode it again and it felt like it fit really well and I figured for that price I could upgrade the fork if I needed too. Also the stem is 5mm shorter than the one I’m running now so I figured I could swap them out and get a little more stretch if I decide it feels a little short.
April 21, 2012 at 02:35 #108348
Congrats on the new bike. I ha a lot of fun with my Marlin, hope you too.. Do you have the black or green one?
April 21, 2012 at 20:34 #108349
Black and White and the thing looks AWESOME. I’m not gonna lie going from a really cheap mtn bike to the Marlin, the thing I like most about the look is how beefy the 1.5" head tube is.
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