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    Gary Fisher/Trek Marlin

    What do you guys think about a 2012 Marlin for 600.00? Is it a good bike? Is it made by Trek or Gary Fisher?

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    I have a 2011 it is about 4 months old. Good bike. It is made by Trek. Uses a GF frame. Good entry level 29er.

    i looked at a 2012 recently. Has a nicer looking fork over the 2011. Some frame differences as well. nice in that green color.
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    I wasn't looking at 29ers until now.

    It seems like having that bigger tire size would make it harder to gain momentum.

    I assume they are better for obstacles though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty_Lights View Post
    I wasn't looking at 29ers until now.

    It seems like having that bigger tire size would make it harder to gain momentum.

    I assume they are better for obstacles though.
    I don't think so. My backup bike is a cheap wally 26, and it seems harder to get up and going than my 29er. It for sure holds momentum much more over the 26.
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    I believe 2010 was the last year that GF had his own line, sold to Trek, then they put out the 2011. From what I was comparing, my Marlin has a little better Fork (Dart 3 over ST), Cassette (9 over 8). My shifters are Deore, where as Trek Marlin has SRAM which are comparable to Alivio, not to mention same thing with Derailleur. At least I am pretty sure I am correct on them.
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    Pretty good price for my area...I bought a 2011 Marlin for $579. I've since upgraded to a 2012 Mamba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabEd Ewok View Post
    I believe 2010 was the last year that GF had his own line, sold to Trek, then they put out the 2011.
    Trek has owned the Gary Fisher brand for many years.Trek bought the brand in 1993. What they did in 2011 was to reposition Gary Fisher. Instead of presenting Gary Fisher as a stand-alone brand, Trek now presents Gary Fisher as a "collection" under the Trek brand.

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    I have a 2012 Marlin. only about 100 miles on it in the last month. frame is nice. everything else will get upgraded as it fails.

    overall it is a lot of bike for the money.

    buy it you will like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    Trek has owned the Gary Fisher brand for many years.Trek bought the brand in 1993. What they did in 2011 was to reposition Gary Fisher. Instead of presenting Gary Fisher as a stand-alone brand, Trek now presents Gary Fisher as a "collection" under the Trek brand.
    Ah, well now I have learned a little more about my bike. Good to know, Thanks!

    Sorry was to the understanding that it was a stand alone company until recently.
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    I test rode a Marlin a few weeks ago, loved its feel and got sold on a 29er. Now I'm out shopping for an entry level 29er. The Marlin at this point is my go to. I tried a Hard Rock yesterday and didn't like its feel. I also looked at the Wahoo, but tossed that out when I heard it doesn't have double walled rims. I'm going to test ride a Diamondback Overdrive this morning.

    I had some gearheads look over it for me the other day. They said it specs out good. The fact is, at that price point about all parts are similar and it's a matter or price. The thing with the GF products is they use G2 geometry, which is supposed to be better for handling cornering and slow speeds, but its a bit more pricier for front suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty_Lights View Post
    What do you guys think about a 2012 Marlin for 600.00? Is it a good bike? Is it made by Trek or Gary Fisher?
    Yes it's a good bike, and it is made by Trek.
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    I had a 2011 Marlin for 3 weeks only putting around 20 miles on it. I loved the bike, but the shock seal came up and the brakes squeaked horribly. It was embarrassing having a brand new bike have so much noise coming from it. I took it back and my LBS upgraded me to a 2012 Mamba for a fantastic price. Trek stepped up for me. I also bought a Kaitai for my wife that she loves. My sons have a Jet 16 and a Trek Trikester.

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    I have a Gary Fisher Advance, bought it brand spanking new a few weeks ago and it rides great. I'm sure the Marlin would be also.

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    I picked up my 2012 Marlin yesterday. Spent a lot of time contemplating what I should purchase. I wanted to stay local and get a decent trail bike. If you can get it for 600 bucks, thats great. I got it for 629 CDN. So roughly 700 bucks. I love the way it rides. I took it out today on a semi-rough trail today and it handled fine. People speak poorly of Suntour suspension so I'm not trying to over do them but they seemed to work fine. Lots of give to them, absorbed a bunch of roots and hills. Anyway, I'd reccommend it as a decent trail bike.

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/6186653...in/photostream

    Thats my Marlin. Poor image quality, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtailnurmouth View Post
    I had a 2011 Marlin for 3 weeks only putting around 20 miles on it. I loved the bike, but the shock seal came up and the brakes squeaked horribly. It was embarrassing having a brand new bike have so much noise coming from it. I took it back and my LBS upgraded me to a 2012 Mamba for a fantastic price. Trek stepped up for me. I also bought a Kaitai for my wife that she loves. My sons have a Jet 16 and a Trek Trikester.
    I had the shock sliders (they aren't seals, it's a coil/elastomer shock) come loose on my '11 Marlin as well. The LBS where I bought it took it in and replaced the sliders under warranty. Apparently, the early forks on the 2011 models have this problem, but Trek is standing behind them.

    As for the brakes, I find that the brakes do take some regular tending to keep them running smoothly and quietly, especially if you take the wheels off regularly. An allen wrench of the right size (for the inside pad-to-disc clearance) and some adjustment on the barrel adjusters for the outside clearance should do the trick.

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    I've been considering the upgrade to a 29er and decided to go the Trek route. What's the big difference between the Marlin and the Mamba? Both seem like really good bikes imo.

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    The Mamba just has upgraded components. Forks are much better. You get Rockshox on the Mamba and Suntours on the Marlin. The forks could take more abuse on the Mamba. You could ride some heavier trails. But they are on the exact same frame with different colour schemes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingoliver View Post
    The Mamba just has upgraded components. Forks are much better. You get Rockshox on the Mamba and Suntours on the Marlin. The forks could take more abuse on the Mamba. You could ride some heavier trails. But they are on the exact same frame with different colour schemes.
    just to add to this if the forks on the Mamba are are far as youwill go get the mamba. if you think you will ever upgrade forks get the marlin and do upgrades to it and save your cash

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    I will say that the brakes on the Marlin do make alot of noise and need adjustment often

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    Yeah agreed. The Marlin components will do fine for now but eventually I'm going to upgrade as things break or just when I have some cash. And yeah my brakes are getting noisy already and i've only had the bike for 3 days. Definitely need constant manitenance. But yeah if you don't want to worry about upgrading then go with the Mamba. You should be set for a while with that. Either way is good in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcrisp View Post
    I will say that the brakes on the Marlin do make alot of noise and need adjustment often
    I have had some issues with them being noisey. First thought it was break in, but after 130 miles still. LBS cleaned my rotors with some cleaner and all gone.

    I had wiped my rotors with stuff to clean them, but I guess not good enough.
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    shopping for first mtb thinking about purchasing the cannondale trail 5 any opinions? please help as it is getting more and more confusing the more i read and debate

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    trek 4300 comes with hydraulic brakes while the cannondale are mech disc. big difference

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    just trying to get in my post so i can start a thread thanxs!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjb757 View Post
    trek 4300 comes with hydraulic brakes while the cannondale are mech disc. big difference
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    I have the Trek Wahoo, same noisy brakes. I bought some Avid BB7's. Rotor and calipers for less than 100 bucks and its a very nice upgrade.

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    I traded my old Giant in on Marlin about a month ago. There really wasn't anything wrong with the Giant. It was almost an impulse buy, since I was in my LBS looking at bikes for my son. The bike does great on this little trail at the local park, the squeaky brakes was adjusted out by the LBS, but the shifter has been a one ride one fix. The only other issue if the position of the handle bars. They are so far forward that it puts a strain on my neck and sholders. I like to change the stem out but I have no idea what to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEITH21 View Post
    I have the Trek Wahoo, same noisy brakes. I bought some Avid BB7's. Rotor and calipers for less than 100 bucks and its a very nice upgrade.
    How do you like the Wahoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErnieP View Post
    How do you like the Wahoo?
    I have a 2012 Wahoo as well and I love it. I bought som MG-1 pedals for it but aside from that (and the noisy brakes) it is perfect for me so far. Plus the blue and white color scheme looks awesome.
    I would say the marlin and wahoo would both be good choices to start with. I love the G2 geometry so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow7874 View Post
    I have a 2012 Wahoo as well and I love it. I bought som MG-1 pedals for it but aside from that (and the noisy brakes) it is perfect for me so far. Plus the blue and white color scheme looks awesome.
    I would say the marlin and wahoo would both be good choices to start with. I love the G2 geometry so far.
    Thanks for the response. Does the Wahoo have a lockout suspension?

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    I believe they do. I have a Advance, and it has a lockout. Don't see why the Wahoo wouldn't, it is a higher model.

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    I have a mamba and the brakes are quiet, but my nephew just got a marlin and his brakes are squeeling, is there an easy fix for this ??? Taking it back to LBS, just wanted to get some advise to walk in there with.

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    The Wahoo doesn't have lockout suspension. Thats about the only difference between that bike and the Marlin. As for the the brakes on the Marlin. You can clean them with any kind of brake cleaner and the squeaking will stop but as soon as they get dirty again they start again. Your LBS will probably re adjust them and then clean them with a really good cleaner and they should be fine for a while.

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    I'm thinking about the Wahoo as my first bike, I have it down to either the Wahoo or the Diamondback Overdrive, any suggestions? The price is about the same.

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    so get a 2011 or 2012 Marlin That is the question !!??

    Any views please...

    Both £525 UK Pounds...

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    Why would't you go for the 12'? Unless your really into the 11' colour scheme. The 12' is a definite improvement.

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    Thanks kingoliver ...

    I am so out of touch with biking 20 plus years out of the saddle !!!

    Guy @ work leaning me towards the 29er and I was just "double" checking I was not missing something !! ..... So the 12 has improved components... such as ??..........Sorry to be a thickie !!

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    Bike model comparison - Trek Bicycle

    They're pretty much the same deal. The components are the same with new model names. I haven't spent the time comparing brakes, shifters, derailleurs etc. but the frame is a step up and the fork is the same thing with a different name.

    I would go with the 12', your getting what you pay for. The difference between them isn't crazy significant but if your not particular to either one then you should try and get a discount on the 2011. They should be able to sell it quite a bit cheaper than the newer model.

    Edit- And the 12 comes with suspension lockout. I totally forgot that 2011 didn't have that. I personally waited for the 2012 to come out becase I wanted something with suspension lockout. I'm on the roads a lot and it's a great thing to have.

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    My advice is you have got to ride the bikes, they feel very different and I am sure you will know after the first ride.

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    I bought my marlin last week only have ridden maybe 5 miles but I also noticed the brakes are loud I adjusted them myself yesterday so I will ride and see how it goes also going up a decent grade I was shifting and the chain came off but I did read some where that they do that at first but I love the way it handles it turns sharp and fast it's very responsive I love it so far I do plan on upgrading some stuff down the road

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    the brakes really need a good cleaning. may try some different pads

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    Marlin

    Just bought a 2012 Marlin for my first trail rider and I like it very much so far.

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    Trek should be good...

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    I bought a '12 Marlin. Singlespeed though.

    The fork, I need to tune a little I think. I haven't touched the preload or the rebound adjustment, and I think I need to.

    The brakes squeal, I've learned to live with it, but it is REALLY loud. Resin pads supposedly solve it, at the expense of some heat capacity. Seems worth it though.

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    I bought a 2012 green Marlin yesterday, rode home from the LBS. I noticed the fork bottoms out w/wo the lockout feature on or off when I get my front wheel of the ground. I went back to the bike shop and rode multiple models with similar price range and all behave the same.

    Is this normal from a entry level suspension fork?
    I have not rode in many years and eager to get back on the bike, I have never owned a suspension bike and the clicking is going to annoy me constantly on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mufonga View Post
    I bought a 2012 green Marlin yesterday, rode home from the LBS. I noticed the fork bottoms out w/wo the lockout feature on or off when I get my front wheel of the ground. I went back to the bike shop and rode multiple models with similar price range and all behave the same.

    Is this normal from a entry level suspension fork?
    I have not rode in many years and eager to get back on the bike, I have never owned a suspension bike and the clicking is going to annoy me constantly on the road.
    The springs in entry level forks are designed around an average rider weight, which they probably assume to be about 160lbs. If you weigh a lot more, it will definitely bottom out on you. Some forks have firm and extra firm springs available for them.
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    Thanks for the reply,

    I am 180 lbs. I know its a entry level bike, but do they all behave this way?
    Every time I get my front tire off the ground I hear the click of the the fork extending to the end.

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    The Marlin was the first 29er bike I ever rode and it was very comfortable. The forks were ok for me but I'm only about 130lbs. The brakes made noise on the test ride and the LBS told me it would diminish as the brakes "broke in." I wasn't convinced. Also, the saddle was crazy uncomfortable to me. Despite the negatives I was still sold on 29ers. Thankfully my budget is tall enough that I can step up a couple levels, but $600 is a great price on the Marlin.

    Anybody have any feedback on the Kona Kahuna? I'm down to that or a GT Karakoram 1.0. Hydraulic brakes and a higher quality fork were a priority for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mufonga View Post
    Thanks for the reply,

    I am 180 lbs. I know its a entry level bike, but do they all behave this way?
    Every time I get my front tire off the ground I hear the click of the the fork extending to the end.

    Angel
    Couldn't say, but you can check online to see if they make a firmer spring kit for your fork. If not, your only other options are a new fork or a new bike.
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