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    Trek Marlin Single Speed 29er

    hi i'm getting back into biking for the first time in almost 10 years, gained a few pounds that i want to get rid of, i have been intrigued by 29er's and single speeds in the last few weeks i have been researching.

    i came across the marlin trek 29er single speed and it seems to be the right price range for me, but is this what i should start with? i am buying new to treat my self so it is the 2011 i am considering, would enjoy hearing some in put to help with my decision

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    Surprised no one has chimed in...

    Seems to me, it's a bit pricey for a single speed. Maybe check out BikesDirect?

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    I picked up a Marlin SS about a month ago. It was on sale @ my LBS for $415. Fun to mess around on although the fork weighs a ton. If you've been off the bike for a while, I would not suggest a SS as your primary ride. Better to start with gears and get back in shape. If you keep riding, then look around for a SS as a second bike.

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    I have a MarlinSS and I dig it, except the fork, but if you are just getting back into it, I would say go for it. Or check out the monocog, or BD's got some cheap 29erSS.

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    i have checked out bikes direct but i'm in canada and i don;t want to go through all that hassle for a bike from them, thats why i am looking at the marlin, it is 600 cdn at a lbs out of all the bikes i see around (norco, specialized, giant) this one fits the bill almost to exactly what i want right out of the box.

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    sounds like you got your answer right there. Enjoy the Marlin. I am.

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    Yes, get a throwaway bike from BikesDirect. Give them your money, get junk in return, make them happy, make you sad.

    Do that. It's what's best.

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    I've got one, and really like it, but be ready to replace the fork in fairly short order. That was the first thing I did to mine. Other things that will warrant attention was the freewheel, and brakes. The freewheel was a $30 replacement that made a world of difference as far as clean engagement. The brakes probably would have been fine, I've just gotten used to using higher grade stuff.

    I went out on Sunday and rode roughly 30 miles with a grin on my face. It's a good frame to build from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaleriderX
    I picked up a Marlin SS about a month ago. It was on sale @ my LBS for $415. Fun to mess around on although the fork weighs a ton. If you've been off the bike for a while, I would not suggest a SS as your primary ride. Better to start with gears and get back in shape. If you keep riding, then look around for a SS as a second bike.
    Agree...good second bike...unless your trails are really flat. Love my Mary SS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Fragera
    I've got one, and really like it, but be ready to replace the fork in fairly short order. That was the first thing I did to mine. Other things that will warrant attention was the freewheel, and brakes. The freewheel was a $30 replacement that made a world of difference as far as clean engagement. The brakes probably would have been fine, I've just gotten used to using higher grade stuff.

    I went out on Sunday and rode roughly 30 miles with a grin on my face. It's a good frame to build from.
    J. What freewheel did you get. I have noticed that when you hammer on the stock one, there is some noticeable lag in the engagement.

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    i've found a deal on a trek 6000 for 390 used, i think i may pick it up haven't seen any pictures of it yet or know the year, but seems like a good deal i think, if it falls through i'll most likely go with the marlin but i think i'm going to maybe go with the multi gear now

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    what sort of fork could you add to it to sweeten it up a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feekill
    J. What freewheel did you get. I have noticed that when you hammer on the stock one, there is some noticeable lag in the engagement.
    I grabbed an ACS Crossfire. It's not an Eno, but it was a vast improvement over the original equipment. I think it cost me around $15 or $20. Now that I'm pretty sure to stick with riding the SS, whenever this one wears out, I'll be more apt to spring for a higher end one.

    Quote Originally Posted by jammo
    what sort of fork could you add to it to sweeten it up a bit?
    I added a baseline Recon Silver TK. I could have spent more for a Reba, but decided to pocket the extra cash. The sweet part is that I don't notice the fork any more. It does a competent, reliable job.
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    I'm patiently awaiting my tax return so I can pick up a marlin ss. The price is just too good. Ill likely upgrade the fork soon, but dang. Seems like a great deal to me.

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    Old thread I know, but I recently purchased a used one to get into singlespeeding and ended up upgrading it pretty extensively because I felt the frame warranted it. I ride this bike more than I ride My Niner Jet 9C and I love it. The Trek Marlin SS is a 69.5 degree h/a (68.5 with the 120mm fork) and the rear spacing can accommodate a 2.3 tire, which is progressive for a 2011 bike. Very comfortable ride and stable at speed.

    Upgrades:
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    Wheels: Bontrager Rhythm (Shimano freehub w/ carbon spacers)
    Crankset: Shimano Deore w/ 32t n/w chainring
    Cog: Surly 19t
    Fork: RockShox Reba Race 120mm
    Handlebar: Chromag "rootbeer'" flat bar
    BB: Shimano Deore
    Seatpost: Raceface Deus XC
    - All new stainless dropout hardware

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