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  1. #1
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    Jun 2012

    marathon or XC whats the diff

    OK WTF is the difference between a marathon bike and a XC bike, I wanted a full Sup 29er and the Fluid 9.1 fits the bill but I am not sure what the diff is between XC and Marathon.

  2. #2
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    Jan 2004
    Other than marketing BS, marathon is the burlier cousin of XC. Rougher/faster descents, more gnar, more air. Slacker angles than the usual 71/73 of a XC bike.

  3. #3
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    XC = 2-3hr race/aggressive trail ride

    Marathon = 6hrs+ race/trail ride

    The Marathon bike should be setup for comfort and less twitchy handling so you can ride all day and not crash when you are tired.
    Safe riding,


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