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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    Difference between trek marlin and xcaliber 6?

    going to pick up one of them tomorrow, the marlin is 600 the xcaliber 6 is 750, was wondering if there was a real difference between them outside of maybe better brakes or are they more or less the same bike? Better off just saving myself the 150 on it or is there enough of a difference to spend the extra money?

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    The Marlin is no longer made, at least under that name. it's probably a 2013 model that should be marked down in price. I think the Xcal would be worth the extra price for the Shimano brakes alone. otherwise, they are pretty similar bikes. brakes are important, and that's an understatement.

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    Those bikes are extremely similar. The shimano brakes might be a bit better, but those are the bottom of the line shimano hydros. You can pick up a set of the new Deore M615 (which are fantastic) brakes for under 100 bucks making the Marlin cheaper with better brakes.

    The geometry is about the same and the components are pretty much the same, save the brakes.

    I would see if you can talk them down on the 2013 marlin since it is an older model and they are discontinued.

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