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    Trek mamba disappointment!

    I went today to finally test-ride a Trek Mamba. The store had just sold their last one, but had a XL Marlin, which has the same geometry. I was not comfortable at all! I am 6'5" and need a XL, but it felt too small. I was crouched over, it was immediately apparent I would have to do a lot of work to this bike to make it work for me including risers and new handlebars that are not flat. Its a lot of extra work to do to a $1000 bike.

    I then as a lark tried a comfort bike, definitely not for trails at all, but so comfortable! So, now I am looking at bikes that are more comfortable as I don't really run trails too often, but I like having the capabilities of a mountain bike.

    So, is there a very comfortable mountain bike that feels closer to a comfort bike? Needs to be in XL/23" and I really want a 29er.

    I saw a Giant Roam/XR and I rode the Giant Sedona (which is definitely more of a Hybrid).

    Any ideas?

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    If you want capable like a mountain bike then you will need to buy a mountain bike IMO.

    Curious: Who fitted you and determined that you needed an XL frame?

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    A 23" frame is more like an XXL.

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    Re: Trek mamba disappointment!

    I'm 6'5" with 34.5" inseam and the XL marlin I rode I really didn't like. I ended up on a large mamba and I really like the fit. I ride a large rock hopper also, in the past I had an XL size XC FSR suggested by the shop and it felt too awkward. Might try the large and just see how it feels.

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    Re: Trek mamba disappointment!

    What do you mean by crouched over? On a mtb you don't sit upright like you do on a hybrid or cruiser. Your leaned forward arms angled to the bars something around (guys with specifics correct with proper number) arms running 90deg from body, arms and body each at 45 deg from bike plane. The deg numbers aren't exact but hell if i could find a good pic to get more precise but you get the idea.

    As for needing spacer any lbs thats half way decent will dial in seat and stem spacers, even get u a riser bar if needed for cheap, the marlin has riser bars and riser stem sometimes mambas do not but lbs should be happy to help get u set up, my trek shop has always been wonderful and I only bought a marlin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The ///Man View Post
    I'm 6'5" with 34.5" inseam and the XL marlin I rode I really didn't like. I ended up on a large mamba and I really like the fit. I ride a large rock hopper also, in the past I had an XL size XC FSR suggested by the shop and it felt too awkward. Might try the large and just see how it feels.
    I'm basically the same height/inseam, and also went with a large Mamba. The XL (also tried on a Marlin, FWIW) just seemed too big.

    In regard to the OP's question, bar height is a matter of preference. There are not many mountain bikes with a significantly higher bar height than an XL Mamba, and its not uncommon for riders to get new bars/stems for bikes of any price to customize the fit.

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    I am kind of confused, title said Mamba but you rode a Marlin?!

    THey do have the same geometry but thats all that is the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnj2803 View Post
    I am kind of confused, title said Mamba but you rode a Marlin?!

    THey do have the same geometry but thats all that is the same.
    I think he was complaining about the geometry, but this is titled wrong I think..

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    I'd also be disappointed if I had to ride a bike backed by a company with no soul....

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    Re: Trek mamba disappointment!

    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle View Post
    I'd also be disappointed if I had to ride a bike backed by a company with no soul....
    Specialized makes a bike called the Mamba as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkat273 View Post
    Specialized makes a bike called the Mamba as well?


    Yep, Sinyard sold his soul to me back in '79.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkat273 View Post
    Specialized makes a bike called the Mamba as well?
    Best comeback I've seen in a while!

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