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    Marin Bobcat Trail 9.5

    Just wondering if anyone has any opinions on this bike. I'm looking to buy my first cross country bike and this is the one I'm kind of zero'd in on. My lbs has 2 bikes in my price range. the X Caliber 8 and the Bobcat trail 9.5. The xcaliber 8 being a couple hundred more. So Im leaning toward the Bobcat Trail 9.5

    Marin Bikes | Bobcat Trail 9.5 | Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, and City/Commuter Bicycles | gb

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    The X-Cal has better geo, imo, and the Bobcat is spec'd better. 71.5/450mm Marin vs 69.8/445mm with 51mm offset Trek.
    If you can ride them on trails to test you will get good info. At least ride on the grass and into some ditches on a test ride.
    Where you may notice the 71.5* head tube angle is hitting bumps on fast downhills.

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    Alright thanks. I don't think I have enough experience to tell the difference in geometry after I rode them both. So I guess the Marin would be better for me? The plan is to enter at least one novice race this spring/summer.

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    They will both be fine until you get a season or two of experience. If you can negotiate the Trek down a little it will be easier to get money for when it comes time to resell.

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