Trek Marlin 7

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    • #260655

      made the mistake of testing one out today and now i’m in “lust”…anyone have opinions on why I shouldnt? its at the top of my budget and i need to replace my current whip rather than replace everything thats worn on her

      thank in advance and i know the seat is uncomfortable AF



    • #260725

      Two of my riding buddies have Marlins. They have a more relaxed geometry than many bikes in their category, which is good for trail riding. This is not a cross country race bike and it isn’t an aggressive bike either but can be good for building skills and strength.

      • #260727 an old man who still loves to ride, no racing or cross country..i appreciate your reply

    • #260784

      I can’t help but think that you would be happier with a bike with Plus tires.  In 27+ and at that price point, consider the Rocky Mountain Growler or the Framed Marguette and Bobtrax.   In 29+ but at a higher price, consider the Salsa Timberjack.  The suspension forks on bikes at the ~$700 price point are usually very poor quality.  It might be better to get a Plus hardtail with a rigid fork like the Framed Bobtrax, Kona Unit, or Surly Bridge Club.   By going with a rigid fork, the other components on the bike are usually better quality.  If you can spend ~$1200, the quality of the Plusbikes with or without suspension forks  increases considerably and nearly every brand makes a good 27+ hardtail like the Trek Roscoe.  Overall, I think that 29+ is superior to 27+.   So the 29+ Salsa Timberjack would be my first choice.



    • #260785

      Depending on the trail, I agree plus could be an advantage. I have demo’d a Specialized Fuse at a trail system with fairly smooth trails. It was a nice bike but it was more work to get around the trails. It had pedal bob with 3″ tires and I did not need the extra grip or extra cushion from bumps and rocks. Now if I was on my normal trails that aren’t buffed out, then plus would be very adventitious.

      I wouldn’t recommend a rigid bike to someone who describes themselves as an old man. Personally, I am trying to get my dad into a full squish and not his 1990’s Giant with elastomer suspension (might as well be rigid). I think he would ride way more if he had a slightly modern bike.

      Even this Oreba would be a huge step up for $650. Air fork, 27.5″ wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, wider bars, …

      • #260800

        I agree that a fork would be better but many of those cheapie forks are total junk and not worth having.

        Given my choice, Plusbikes would come with 2.8 tires and i35 rims.  That tire/rim combination is quite good.   2.6  tires are also good.  For Trailbikes, any tire wider than than 2.8 and any rim wider than i35 should be retired.   The old school 3.0 tire and i40-45 rim is just to heavy and slow rolling.  Unfortunately, many Plusbikes still come that way.  At least, try to get a Plusbike with 2.8 tires on i40 rims.

        In regards to Plus tire bobbing,  Plus tires are very sensitive to pressure.  If your Plus tires are bobbing, you need to add more air.  I ride Plus tires and the window for the correct pressure is very small.  15psi bobs, 16psi is better, 17psi is just right—no bobbing but still compliant, 18psi is too hard.  Of course,  what pressures work for any individual depends on rider and bike weight, tire casing and width,  rim width and personal preference.  So every rider would have their own best pressure.

        I think Plus tires and Hardtails are a match made in heaven.  Narrow tire Hardtails give the rider a beating with that high-pressure rear tire hammering over every bump.   Plus tires provide about 1.0-1.5in of tire suspension and really take the edge off.   Plus tires also make a Hardtail much more stable and surefooted and if you go with 29+, you can add improved roll-over.  That’s why the 29+ Salsa Timberjack tops my list of best budget Trail Hardtail.

        Sure, full-sus would be better but not in the under $1500 bikes.  There are no sub $1500 full-sus bikes worth having.  Even with full-sus, Plus tires provide many advantages.  There’s a reason that many Enduro bikes now come with 29×2.6 tires.  Stability, flotation, rollover, tire-suspension, and traction come to mind.

    • #260827

      thanks for all your opinions, i value the knowledge of the sport on these forums..i bought the bike. should be here in a week

    • #260836

      Congrats on the (future) New Bike Day! Hope you get out there and ride the hell out of it. 🙂

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