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    Marin Indian Fire Trail frame - opinions wanted!

    I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these frames? Good? Bad? Curious.

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    I raced an 08 Indian Fire Trail last season and LOVED the bike. I couldn't say enough good things about the bike. I do mostly XC style racing and the bike was made for it. It climbs like a champ. Light weight and responsive. I will be racing it again this season.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    I have one of the earlier disc-only Columbus Altec2 Plus frames built for an 80mm suspension fork. It fits great and is really light.

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    This is my Indian from 2003...after all these years Im still racing it...feels great!
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    I'm building mine back up.

    I was going to do a 2x9 rigid weight weenie xc bike, but now I'm thinking of a 100mm fork and some 2.4 tires.

    Anyone done something similar with their XC-ish Marin hardtail?

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    Loving the Indian Fire Trail...I have it built up for aggro XC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brodie_rider
    Loving the Indian Fire Trail...I have it built up for aggro XC.
    Hey, it's my bike's twin (ok, maybe a cousin).

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    Yeah, it's great isn't it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brodie_rider
    Yeah, it's great isn't it!
    It's a nice, handmade frame. I've been concerned it might be too much of a XC bike for tough stuff, since it's so light, but it looks like you've got yours set up for similar XC to AM stuff.

    What tire are you running in front? What width?

    BTW, I have the original catalog page scanned if you'd like to see it. PM me 'cause I can't upload it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound
    It's a nice, handmade frame. I've been concerned it might be too much of a XC bike for tough stuff, since it's so light, but it looks like you've got yours set up for similar XC to AM stuff.

    What tire are you running in front? What width?

    BTW, I have the original catalog page scanned if you'd like to see it. PM me 'cause I can't upload it here.

    Whoa! It's handmade! I didn't know that! That's awesome. I had received it as a gift from a LBS mechanic. Yeah, I like the way mine is setup right now, a good balance of XC, enduro and AM. Front tire is a 2.35 Kenda SB8 DTC. PM me with the catalogue. I haven't had any complaints from the frame so far, and I'm not a light guy, 204lbs.



    BTW - do you know what good chainstay protector would be good for this frame? I've tried running a conventional foam / velcro but it interfered with the rear derailleur cable, messing up my shifting.

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    Electrical tape? I don't have one on mine at the moment.

    Yeah, this was the top of the line aluminum XC racing machine for that year (2000, not 2002, I believe). They had steel and ti, but maybe not that particular year.

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    You're probably right, I actually don't know what year my frame was made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brodie_rider
    You're probably right, I actually don't know what year my frame was made.
    Since we have the exact same paint job as the 2000 model, I'm assuming it was built late in 1999 or 2000.

    I wonder who welded these frames up? Did Marin do it themselves?

    It says handmade in the USA with Columbus Altec 2+ Pro tubing.

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    Custom Powder coat. 1998.









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    glad that someone else is still loving the older marin frames!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    glad that someone else is still loving the older marin frames!
    Unfortunately it's someone else. I sold it a few years ago, and have regretted it ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsr1
    Unfortunately it's someone else. I sold it a few years ago, and have regretted it ever since.

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    Where did you find the decals to put on after the custom powdercoat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound
    Where did you find the decals to put on after the custom powdercoat?
    I contacted Marin, and they sent me an assortment. That was back in 2002.
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