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    Hey guys im BRAND NEW to mountain biking, just got my bike today! (questions)

    Whats up guys? I have been wanting to take up this hobby for a long time. Me and my girlfriend finally caved and bought some bikes today. We got her a Marlin 4 2020 size small, and I got a Marlin 6 2020 size XL. I'm a bigger guy, been out of the gym for about 2 years and gained weight due to just being inactive. Right now I hate to admit it but I weigh 280 but with muscles if that makes any sense. So I was looking for a bike that would be comfortable and efficient. I originally was just going to grab a Dolomite fat bike for like $350 but amazon was out of stock, so we decided to get these. I have to say the bike is very clean and I really like it. I was hoping for a bigger tire though, and almost spent more money to get the Rosco series due to my concern about weight. But since I plan on losing weight rapidly I don't think it will be too much of an issue.

    Our main plan for these bikes is to ride some trails, and flats. Nothing crazy no jumps or extreme offroad (for now). Just some basic trails and cross country landscapes.

    Ok so, Is there any upgrades I can do to make it more "heavy guy" friendly? Can I upgrade the tires/wheels to give more support? What kind of upgrades can I do to make this bike more sturdy? I immediately upgraded the seats. They are straight TRASH. Lol. We ordered some Cloud 9 seats off amazon tonight but that's as far as we got. Any tips/tricks or links to some stronger tires that will support me better would be much appreciated! Look forward to sharing my journey on the forum.
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    Sturdy wheelsets start at about $500ish, so I would just ride this until it breaks. Don't put too much air in the tires--you'll have less grip and the ride will be more jarring on the trail. But too little and you risk damaging the rim and getting pinch flats. (I'm guessing but probably around 26 - 32 psi would work for you) You could check the spoke tension (grab two neighboring spokes) to see if they are evenly tensioned. If one is loose, you would want to tighten it to be roughly the same tension as its neighbors. But Trek is a good brand, so they are probably ok wheels. But the Marlin is a light duty XC bike--narrow rims, relatively skinny tires. This can be used on smoother trails or as a sturdy commuter. But rougher trails might be a bit much for the bike--wheels/parts might not last long--so jumping off of a 3 ft curb is probably not a good idea. A frame and rims that can handle wider tires would be more comfortable and offer more grip, at the expense of rolling resistance, weight and dollars. So just ride it an enjoy! You can always save up for another bike if this one proves inadequate.

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    yikes, I think if I were going to do that.. I would probably just try and return this one and grab the Roscoe 6 instead

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    These bikes are limited to bike paths and smoother trails by their forks.
    They look like mtbike forks on the outside.
    Inside they just have a spring without rebound damping.
    And the bushings are plastic not metal.
    They're fine for what you listed. . . but if you what to ride the rocky/rooty fun stuff an air fork is an upgrade.
    There's a program to help.
    https://www.srsuntour.us/pages/upgrade-program
    The Raidon is a good fork.

    This $650 free ship no tax bike has everything already.(Out of stock because it's a good deal) They get more.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181494
    Boost 15x110 hub air fork with a tapered steerer.
    30mm inner width rim wheels for wider 2.5 tires and more traction at lower pressures.
    4 day ship.
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    Instead of a Roscoe 7 I'd recommend a Specialized Fuse 27.5+ with the new frame without the split chainstay of the past model.
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fu...ext=96020-7001

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181508
    Also currently out of stock.

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    I started riding four years ago on a bare bones specialized Hardrock. Had one of the cheap coil forks that doesn't really do much, rim brakes, 3x7 drive train... the works. And it is still stock.

    And it was a blast. It is still sitting in my garage even though I have moved on from it. I would recommend you just go ride your bike. Upgrades are nice but not necessary for a good time. Good maintenance is more important in my opinion.

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    Honestly,

    I'd stick with the bikes you got. First off, you don't know if you'll like it. Biking is hard (or can be). MTB can also be painful...as a beginner, you crash a lot....as a decent/advanced mtb, you still crash...but going faster. Before you invest on better bikes: make sure you're gonna like biking.

    Like Lojack wrote: just use these bikes and replace stuff as needed....for now. I assume you got your bike at a Trek dealer (or there's one nearby). As a beginner: that is important. The Vitus is nice enough...but it will be nicer to return to a shop that knows you when something goes awry; hopefully, they'll know what they're doing (like a re-truing a wheel). Also, my local trek dealer has "mini-classes" that teach important stuff like small adjustments, changing flats, fixing a broken chain when out riding...stuff beginners might not necessarily know.

    Know that when you do get better...you'll likely need a new bike. The "upgrade as needed" I'm talking about is new tire, new cassette, new chain...along those lines. If you get to the point of considering new wheel sets and forks...you might just consider a new bike. 1x is all the rage, most "serious" MTB will have 148 rear spacing, fork will have more adjustment, be stiffer, and plain work better. The Marlin 6 is a solid beginner bike for beginner paths and mild trails.

    Lastly: get out and ride! As a beginner (and at your weight), it will be hard. You'll huff and puff, and you'll be tired pretty quick. But: stick with it...you'll rapidly get more endurance, go farther, lose weight, and feel healthier.

    Lastly, last: Have fun. MTB is supposed to be fun. Smile and laugh. If biking doesn't make you feel happier: you're doing it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motocole85 View Post
    yikes, I think if I were going to do that.. I would probably just try and return this one and grab the Roscoe 6 instead
    You have to spend a lot more money to get decent wheels. I'm with the others in this post - ride the Marlin. For what you have described so far, it should be fine. And, if you do use it so much that you start wearing out or breaking things, you will already have a feeling for how much you like the sport to help decide how much you are willing to invest in it. Have fun!

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    Ride it! If you stick to it you will figure out where riding takes you.

    FWIW, my 2nd real mtb was a Santa Cruz with more travel and parts that I really needed for my local XC trails. Now my bikes are much simpler, rigid, 1x SLX.

    Just have fun!
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    Thanks for all the replies. I think you guys are right. I will just stick with this marlin 6, as I lose weight It will open up for me. The seat had to go though, that thing is.... garbage man! They should just sell the bike without a seat lol. It is that bad.

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    So, I went ahead and returned the Marlin, and Upgraded to a Roscoe 6. I feel MUCH.... WAY more comfortable and confident on this bike. It is a perfect fit. So much smoother, and just all around feels 100x better. Glad I dished out the extra $400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motocole85 View Post
    So, I went ahead and returned the Marlin, and Upgraded to a Roscoe 6. I feel MUCH.... WAY more comfortable and confident on this bike. It is a perfect fit. So much smoother, and just all around feels 100x better. Glad I dished out the extra $400.
    Congrats!



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    Quote Originally Posted by motocole85 View Post
    So, I went ahead and returned the Marlin, and Upgraded to a Roscoe 6. I feel MUCH.... WAY more comfortable and confident on this bike. It is a perfect fit. So much smoother, and just all around feels 100x better. Glad I dished out the extra $400.
    Oh, that's awesome. Glad to hear that you got on the right bike for your needs.
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    Go read the thread here on saddles. A hard saddle isn't necessarily bad and a soft one isn't necessarily good. Interesting reading. Sorry I am too lazy to link.

    Congrats on the new bikes and have fun. It's a crazy fun sport.

    Oh, and take off the reflectors and the plastic thingy between the cassette and spokes......not cool...lol.

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