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    any marin riders out there?

    i didn't see anything on here about marin bikes so i thought i'd start something. anyone ride a marin?

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    Good job!

    Yep!
    I'm currently riding a '04 Mount Vision Pro and a "04 Mount Vision with immediate plans to purchase a '05 Indian Fire Trail.
    Also owned a '01 Mount Vision, '00 Mount Vision Pro, '00 Indian Fire Trail, '99 Indian Fire Trail, and a '00 San Marino so I guess this qualifies me as a Marin rider.
    IMHO Marin makes some of the best riding bikes money can buy and (at least our area, Missouri) you never see anyone else on the trail with the same bike.

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    Yep!

    My first mountain bike was an '85 or '86 Marin Palisades Trail with first-generation Mountain LX 7-speed SIS thumb shifters and a cool Salsa stem with a built-in pulley wheel for front brake cable routing. Sweetness!

    My wife has been on this sweet ride for the past year and a half.

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    i don't actually ride marin, my dad has a couple that he swears by. his first one was a 93 (i think) nail trail with a mag 21 instead of the rigid fork. later on he picked up a 96 monocoque which i resently upgraded to full 03 xt, still needs a fork but other than that the thing is solid. i'd ride it myself if it fit me better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin
    i didn't see anything on here about marin bikes so i thought i'd start something. anyone ride a marin?
    Yup. I ride an '01 Nail Trail, front brake upgraded to Avid mech. disc, OEM fork upgraded to Manitou Black.

    I don't like Marin's FS bikes though, so when the time comes to pick up a full squish, I'll be looking elsewhere. No reason why - strictly personal aesthetics .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin
    i don't actually ride marin, my dad has a couple that he swears by. his first one was a 93 (i think) nail trail with a mag 21 instead of the rigid fork. later on he picked up a 96 monocoque which i resently upgraded to full 03 xt, still needs a fork but other than that the thing is solid. i'd ride it myself if it fit me better.
    Yea, my dad has one too! What's that mean for Marin? Bunch of cool Ol' riders.. or lame-can't-get-w/-the-program company, hopefully not the latter. I really liked Marin back in the 90's. I haven't heard that much from them since, and I miss them. Last time I saw one was at a sporting goods store!? They seemed so "high tech" in the 90's and cool, what happened?

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    Rocky Ridge Opinions

    Hi There,
    Any Opinions on the 04 Rocky Ridge or B17? I can get one of those frames for a super price. Want to do a little jumping and urban rides with the bike. I especially want to know if the rocky ridge would be suited for this as it is designated as a "freeride hardtail".
    Thanks Beria

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    New question here. Price recommendation on a Rift Zone custom?

    Hmm, was wondering if any of you Marin folk could give me some advice. I'm looking to snag my first FS bike, and a friend has a custom Marin for sale. Here's the spec:

    04 Rift Zone frame
    Rock Shox Psylo Front
    Fox Float rear
    XT Shifters
    XT Front/Back Derailleurs
    XT Crankset
    Shimano BB
    LX Cassette
    Hayes Hydraulic discs
    WTB Speeddisc wheelset w/ Weirwolf tires
    WTB Greaseguard Headset
    WTB Stem, bars, grips
    WTB Seatpost
    WTB Laser V team saddle

    (See a pattern here? The owner of the bike works for WTB.) It's VERY well maintained, but I've also been told that it's got a fair amount of miles on it, and he rides pretty hard. It's been inspected though, and everything looks in shape. This bike's on offer to me for $1,000. Good deal, or no?

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    Sweet steel Pine Mountain is my wife's fave HT. Mostly used as a tow vehicle, but once our daughter moves from the trailer to the trail-a-bike, I'm gonna strip it down, send it to Spectrum Powderworks, then rebuild it. We bought it out of the rental fleet at Poison Spider several years ago just before a White Rim trip. She loved it from the first mile.
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    My (not so) new Rift Zone.

    - 2004 Rift Zone frame (15.5")
    - Rock Shox Psylo SL fork
    - Fox Shock Float RL rear shock
    - Easton carbon bar and stem
    - WTB grips
    - WTB Laser V Team saddle
    - WTB Momentum GG headset
    - WTB LaserDisc Lite wheelset
    - WTB tires
    - XT Shifters, Deraillers, crankset, bottom bracket, cassette
    - Hayes hydro discs

    (Pardon the muck, she had a hard day at the office... )
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    I ride a Marin 2001 Alpine trail FRS

    specs

    2004 Marzocchi Marthon S
    LX Hollow tech cranks
    LX shifters
    Mavic wheels on disc XT hubs
    XT front derailuer
    XT rear derailuer
    Hayes disc front and rear
    Easton MG60 stem
    EA70 seat post new style
    Mich DH comp tires
    Cane Creek cloud 9 rear shock
    Easton monkey lite riser bar
    Cane Creek S2 headset
    Azonic headlock
    Azonic love seat
    ODI lock on grips
    Salsa skewers

    IM still shopping for a helmet and a few odds and ends before I finish building her up

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    Marin Eldridge Grade

    I have been riding a steel frame in OZ for about 2 months now. I love it. Steel is real. I am mostly riding single track and aggressive x-country. The bike handle so well. I had to replace the front shock (skareb) it was just to light for my weight and riding style. Swapped with 100mm black elite and now it feels even better especially on the downhills. These bikes are rare here in OZ too. Marin just dont advertise like the other brands. The only other choice i had was a rockymountain hammer. Wich i must admit was better equiped but also had a higher price.

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    I know this thread is pretty old, but i'll post anyway.

    I just got a 04' Marin B-17 for christmas, it's a good bike so far with only a few minor problems. This is my first mtb, and after coming off of bmx bicycles I will never go back!

    So far this bike has held up from about 6ft tall drops, and some decent sized bmx jumps.

    I'm happy with it.

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    Speaking of Marins...

    This goes out to Mount Vision, East Peak, and Rift Zone owners really - the creaking issue. Have any of you come across this, and if so, what in God's name can you do to alleviate it, because it's driving me NUTS!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewdane

    I don't like Marin's FS bikes though ... strictly personal aesthetics
    I take it back! I recently gave Gaz's bike a spin, and it's a pretty little thing! I still prefer a traditional triangle for water-bottle/battery placement purposes, though.

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    I've got...

    an '04 quad link, acutally an East Peak frame built (sorta) like a Mount Vision Pro...full XTR with the ust's and dual control. Sold my older version MVP cause I was sold on the quad link idea. LOVE the bike. Jury's still out on the dual control levers...the "low normal" derailleur (a new marketing name for rapid rise) is just so counter intuitive after years of rapid fire "regular" shifting.

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    Marin's gone to a one piece linkage to alleviate the creaking. I got new pivots a month or so ago, because of frozen bearings not creaking, and they were the new one piece type. Watch for those frozen bearings if you ride in wet conditions kiddies, you can break a swingarm like I did!

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    here's the old school nail trail. my dad's beater. i'm on this until i get my beater finished. also a new pic of his good one.
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    here's mine

    Couldn't gat a MV Pro, so got an East Peak (same frame) built like (better than) a factory MV Pro....had it for a year and a half and still LOVE it!!!


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    my first mtb was a Marin Bear Valley SE. The LBS I bought it from gave me a size too big (which I didn't realize until I got into biking more). But it really helped my bike handling skills once I got the right size....Anyway - I would still be riding a Marin if they hadn't discontinued the steel Team frame. I'm stubborn, and will only ride steel. So I bought a Gunnar. Sorry Marin, I love that old Bear Valley - but you let me down when you gave up on steel beauty to go for mass market aluminum!
    RIDE HARD, live easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PutAwayWet
    my first mtb was a Marin Bear Valley SE. The LBS I bought it from gave me a size too big (which I didn't realize until I got into biking more). But it really helped my bike handling skills once I got the right size....Anyway - I would still be riding a Marin if they hadn't discontinued the steel Team frame. I'm stubborn, and will only ride steel. So I bought a Gunnar. Sorry Marin, I love that old Bear Valley - but you let me down when you gave up on steel beauty to go for mass market aluminum!
    Marin still make some pretty decent steel frames - the Pine Mountain is pretty tasty.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Me too...

    I have a 2001 Nail Trail with many up grades and I love the bike. Marin makes a superior hardtail frame. I have owned a one full suspension and rode various others but I find myself going back to my trusty Marin. I am far from the fastest rider on the downhills but this bike is a blast on the downhills however none of my friends can keep up with me on the climbs. In addition, the have great customer service. So no you are not the only Marin rider out there.

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    I just stripped an old b-17 i bought

    i got an older b-17 off ebay for $250.. full suspension complete bike, but the frame and forks were painted. i just stripped them this weekend and WOW! it's like a brand new bike again. i'm very excited. i want to get a new fork, but not sure what to get. i'm looking at a mid range price. i plan on getting a saddle, stem, sprocket, etc.. it's been a cool project and i'm excited to ride this summer!

    i'll post pics later.

    -g

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    another try

    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Couldn't gat a MV Pro, so got an East Peak (same frame) built like (better than) a factory MV Pro....had it for a year and a half and still LOVE it!!!

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    Yep, riding an '03 Rocky Ridge(the last year before they made it more of a dirt jumper) and I love it.

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    Good job! Rocky Ridge of the AXC Line

    Riding an '04 Rocky Ridge (hardtail) for 4 months now. I guess it's been redesigned along the lines of dirt-jumping, but I use it for everything: XC, freeride, trials, and yes, dirt jumping. I was a beginner when I purchased this at an 04 clearance, but man have my skills improved! I credit this improvement to the bike, smooths things out when things tend to get rough, and also quite the confidence booster. I remember hesitating to go off an 8 inch curb, now I don't even think twice about 8 footers to transition. Bike still behaves as if it just rolled off the showroom floor. Marin certainly makes quality bikes, and this one will stay w/ me for a long time.
    Better than he was before. Better. . . Stronger. . . Faster. (but not smarter)

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    Custom Wolf Ridge

    Just joined the ranks of Marin owners after finishing this build up!
    Haven't had a chance to ride it yet, still shaking off effects of nasty cold.
    Should be well enough by weekend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer
    Just joined the ranks of Marin owners after finishing this build up!
    Haven't had a chance to ride it yet, still shaking off effects of nasty cold.
    Should be well enough by weekend...

    Looks just like mine, except my decals are red

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
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    My boys and I test rode the Wolf Ridge and Mount Vision at Sea Otter with the reps. First, the course was awesome. Second I didn't have to think about the bike, it pedaled so well. It soaked up ruts that I though I would wash out on. A great brand at great prices.

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    Yup, I've got one

    I recently purchased an '04 Marin Palisades Trail. It's a great bike. It's stange though as no one really knows what the hell I'm on. I kind of feel like people are smirking, thinking its a wal-mart brand or something. But whatever, I dig it. Fits great, feels great, climbs great too. I'll be buying a Marin for my next rig.

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    just bought a marin bobcat trail of ebay year 2000 converting to single speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin
    anyone ride a marin?


    Heya, i don't have one myself but i can pick up a 2001 Team FRS (XT spec) for not much money at all. Just wondering if anyone here has any experience with them at all?
    I am also about to buy an old Ritchey hardtail and aren't sure if i should get both bikes yet. However the total cost for both will be about 430 US dollars (converted from Euros), so maybe getting both isn't that big a deal. Thoughts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr plow
    i can pick up a 2001 Team FRS (XT spec) for not much money at all. Just wondering if anyone here has any experience with them at all?
    That's the frame my wife rides. I'm pretty sure hers is the '01 frame. Other than the bolt on disc brake tabs (Marin calls it their ER Plate), the frame quality is stellar and the single pivot design is fairly stiff and maintenance free.

    I can't comment on the ride quality too much, since -- well, <i>she</i> rides it -- and it's set up with a single ring / single cog Speedhub setup that pretty much neutralizes chain forces from acting on the suspension.

    Marin's customer service was responsive if not a touch slow getting me a replacement ER Plate, but I'm not complaining too much.

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    I love my Rock Spring, only complaint is the place they chose for the water bottle.
    Riding in Moab last week I had to take more water than I usually do and be really careful doing the drops
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    Hey Strafer, what are your thoughts on the Quadlink?

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    rear shock options

    I have a 2004 Alpine Trail TARA QUAD with adjustable 4-6'' of travel. I need to upgrade the rear shock but I'm not sure what my options are. I found a Cloud 9 with the right eyelet length and stroke, but can I just put anything on with those same measurements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mph68
    I need to upgrade the rear shock ... can I just put anything on with those same measurements?
    Yep. You'll have to contact Cane Creek to order the spacers specific to your bike. They'll cost you another $20, but they are very easy (and quick) to get ahold of -- CC maintains an in-house fit list so you won't even have to measure anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankenbike
    Hey Strafer, what are your thoughts on the Quadlink?
    I haven't tried a wide variety of suspension design so my opinions are limited.
    Compared to my other bike with faux 4 bar linkage, it works better on technical climbs, and I only ride it in 6" mode.
    Other than the QR for travel adjust coming loose occasionally, I like the frame and rear tire clearance is nice and wide.

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    Wasnt sure - but when I went to the Cane Creek site they had no listing for my bike, but they also had no updates since 10-04. I may try to give them a call. Thanks

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    Just picked up a closeout 04 Hawk Hill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgrath0087
    I recently purchased an '04 Marin Palisades Trail. It's a great bike. It's stange though as no one really knows what the hell I'm on. I kind of feel like people are smirking, thinking its a wal-mart brand or something. But whatever, I dig it. Fits great, feels great, climbs great too. I'll be buying a Marin for my next rig.
    I too recently picked up an '04 Palisades Trail. Test rode a few different ones and it just felt the best. So far, no complaints at all about the bike.

    -K

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    2004 Wolf Ridge

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    Looks just like mine, except my decals are red
    I just bought a Wolf Ridge frame and I'm seeming to have problems with noises coming from the drivetrain area. It happens when I go over stutter, square edged bumps. It sounds like my chain is pulling up on the rear derailleur and slapping it back into place. Has this happened to anyone else? I love the way the bike rides I just can't stand all the noise that it is making. How long does anybody run there chain on a large size frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Barby
    I just bought a Wolf Ridge frame and I'm seeming to have problems with noises coming from the drivetrain area. It happens when I go over stutter, square edged bumps. It sounds like my chain is pulling up on the rear derailleur and slapping it back into place. Has this happened to anyone else? I love the way the bike rides I just can't stand all the noise that it is making. How long does anybody run there chain on a large size frame?
    I've seen some specialized epics with like a stick on pad on the deraileur. what happens is the deraileur swings up a smacks the frame, i had a giant that did that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Barby
    I just bought a Wolf Ridge frame and I'm seeming to have problems with noises coming from the drivetrain area. It happens when I go over stutter, square edged bumps. It sounds like my chain is pulling up on the rear derailleur and slapping it back into place. Has this happened to anyone else? I love the way the bike rides I just can't stand all the noise that it is making. How long does anybody run there chain on a large size frame?
    I put some stick-on velcro pads under the swingarm where I saw ding marks from chain slap and it helped some.
    I think the frame being monocoque, it amplifies noise more than regular frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Barby
    I just bought a Wolf Ridge frame and I'm seeming to have problems with noises coming from the drivetrain area. It happens when I go over stutter, square edged bumps. It sounds like my chain is pulling up on the rear derailleur and slapping it back into place. Has this happened to anyone else? I love the way the bike rides I just can't stand all the noise that it is making. How long does anybody run there chain on a large size frame?

    I doubt it's your derailleur hitting the swingarm. There is a lot of space between the two. Monocoque frames can be tricky that way. They tend to amplify sounds and carry them through the frame. Noises drive me wacky. They are a pain to find and you always kick yourself when you finally find it, because it turned out to be so simple to fix.

    I love my 2004 Rift Zone.

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    I've got a 2004 marin b-17 with a few minor upgrades. I just can't resive the pictures to load them to the post.

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    Hey Everyone

    So i just bought a Marin Hawk Hill Se. Pretty nice bike from what i have ridden so far, nothing too hard. What do you all think about this bike, its a hard trail but with only front shox but do you think it could handle some good 5-6 foot drops? I would put a picture but im retarded and don't know how. Let me know what you all think!

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuniBycle
    So i just bought a Marin Hawk Hill Se. Pretty nice bike from what i have ridden so far, nothing too hard. What do you all think about this bike, its a hard trail but with only front shox but do you think it could handle some good 5-6 foot drops? I would put a picture but im retarded and don't know how. Let me know what you all think!

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    Nice bike! I wouldn't be taking it down any 5-6 footers though. Its an XC hardtail which does its job very well. I like how marin bikes look completely different than all the other "fat-tubed" frames.

    I've got last years model, and its held up nicely.

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    Woohoooo just bought my first FS, and its a Marin of course!

    I'm really excited. A few months ago I purchased my first real mountain bike, a Marin Hawk Hill which I've been tearing up the trails with. My obsession has led me to my first FS setup, a 04 Marin Rift Zone! I just won the auction on ebay for a screamin deal! To make things better, the guy is local so I'll be picking it up either today or tommorrow. No tax, no shipping!

    I'll post pics of the real deal when I get it, but here's what it looks like. Marin went with a better (front) Fox fork for 05, but for the price, I can't really complain with the Manitou.

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    I just picked up a Marin Bobcat Trail. Nice bike so far. Here's a pic.
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    nice bike what fork is that?

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    a 04 Marin Rift Zone!

    Sweet bike, i like it, i might look into it for my next bike im really looking for something that i can pound on, the hawk hill se just isn't gonna cut it off these drops, how much would something like that cost new?

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    OK here's the bike....

    Don't you just love that new-bike smell?

    I picked it up on Sat after winning the ebay auction. It's a BRAND NEW 04 Rift Zone, purchased for $1000. The bike normally retailed for $1900. I found it interesting that it came with a better shock than originally specified by Marin. They have it listed as a Manitou Scareb Elite 100mm air, but it's actually a Scareb Super 100mm air. Anyone know if they changed forks midyear?

    Anyway I haven't taken it out yet because it won't fit on my Yakima trunk rack. Doh! I'll have to get another rack soon. Anyway here's the pic...


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    Quote Originally Posted by machinehead131
    nice bike what fork is that?
    Thanks. The fork is a "Spinner Grind AC323, 80mm of travel and Preload Adjustment".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuniBycle
    a 04 Marin Rift Zone!

    Sweet bike, i like it, i might look into it for my next bike im really looking for something that i can pound on, the hawk hill se just isn't gonna cut it off these drops, how much would something like that cost new?

    The Bobcat trail retails for $650 here in Canada. I got it discounted for $590. In American dollars factoring in a 20% exchange rate that would work out to be $472.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinklefree
    Don't you just love that new-bike smell?

    I picked it up on Sat after winning the ebay auction. It's a BRAND NEW 04 Rift Zone, purchased for $1000. The bike normally retailed for $1900. I found it interesting that it came with a better shock than originally specified by Marin. They have it listed as a Manitou Scareb Elite 100mm air, but it's actually a Scareb Super 100mm air. Anyone know if they changed forks midyear?

    Anyway I haven't taken it out yet because it won't fit on my Yakima trunk rack. Doh! I'll have to get another rack soon. Anyway here's the pic...


    Nice bike....looks tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PutAwayWet
    my first mtb was a Marin Bear Valley SE. The LBS I bought it from gave me a size too big (which I didn't realize until I got into biking more). But it really helped my bike handling skills once I got the right size....Anyway - I would still be riding a Marin if they hadn't discontinued the steel Team frame. I'm stubborn, and will only ride steel. So I bought a Gunnar. Sorry Marin, I love that old Bear Valley - but you let me down when you gave up on steel beauty to go for mass market aluminum!

    i have an old bear valley se also. flat grey and silver, rigid fork 8 speed . do you have any idea what year this was made. i got it 3rd hand and was just wondering. i think i am going to make it a ss

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicoblue
    i have an old bear valley se also. flat grey and silver, rigid fork 8 speed . do you have any idea what year this was made. i got it 3rd hand and was just wondering. i think i am going to make it a ss
    Mine was a 94, I bought it in 95. Mine came with a Judy XC though, so yours might be older. Mine will eventually be built back up into my 'around town bike', maybe as a SS, maybe not depending on what parts I find...
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    FYI: The 06 Marin lineup is now on their site. Is it just me, or has the prices gone up significantly?

    http://marinbikes.com

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    seriously dude. 2000 dollars for a hardtail with LX and XT components. are these people smoking dope?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_nor_cal
    seriously dude. 2000 dollars for a hardtail with LX and XT components. are these people smoking dope?

    What are you comparing it to?

    You need to look deeper than the front and rear derailleur. What specific models from other companies are you comparing the Indian Fire Trail to?

    i.e. The 2005 Trek 8500 has an MSRP of $2300. Comparing the two, (IMHO) I would go for the Marin. Gong with the Trek, you take a hit on the fork, wheels, and stem among other things. Granted, this is only my opinion and $2000 is a lot of money to me as well (I can't afford either one), but the price isn't that far off of the competitors.

    Plus, the Marin price has gone up from 2005 due to the Chinese economy etc. In 2006, the Trek should be expected to increase in price as well.
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    I wasn't comparing it to anything in particular, 2000k is alot of bread to spend on a hardtail with those components.
    As an example, compare it to the cannondale f600 (which offers similar component) Now obviously the cdale doesn't have as nice of a fork, but it is HALF the price of the Marin and comes with many of the exact same components
    I like marin bikes, and have wanted one for a while, it just seems that marin ALWAYS is more expensive then everyone else and for the money you don't get as good of components. I dont get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_nor_cal
    I wasn't comparing it to anything in particular, 2000k is alot of bread to spend on a hardtail with those components.
    As an example, compare it to the cannondale f600 (which offers similar component) Now obviously the cdale doesn't have as nice of a fork, but it is HALF the price of the Marin and comes with many of the exact same components
    I like marin bikes, and have wanted one for a while, it just seems that marin ALWAYS is more expensive then everyone else and for the money you don't get as good of components. I dont get it
    I'm not trying to pick on you, but none of the other components are the same between the Indian Fire Trail and the F600.

    The Nail Trail is at $1340. Better fork, crank, stem, saddle, seatpost, hydro brakes, and XT rear. The only thing better on the Cannondale is the front derailleur.

    The $910 Palisades Trail is more of an equal comparison to the F600. While it doesn't have the same derailleurs, the rest of the parts balance it out.

    Just throwin' out facts. Not tryin to argue. Definitely go with the best deal you can find. Whether it be Trek, Cannondale, Giant, Marin, etc. $1000 is still a lot of money to spend. It's an important decision. Good luck.

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    Marin prices have definately gone up, but so has everyone else. My 04 Rift zone went from $1800 in 04, to $1950 in 05, now a whopping $2500 in 06. I still think they're good value though, and they stand behind their products.

    IMO companies like Specialized are going to price themselves out of the market in a few years.

    Does everyone else notice all the high end bikes are now equipped with SRAM X0 components instead of XTR?

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    Whats the overall consensus on the performance of marins "low end" TARA bikes in comparison to the cannondale prophet. (They're around the same price)
    I just got a job where I have the opporunity to get a pro deal on a Marin bike at a significant discount, and I'm considering doing so. I heard there were problems with creaking in the frame??

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    Wink

    Good news: The frames are the same across the board. So if you picked up an east peak, it has the same frame as the $4500 MV Pro, without the cool annodized color of course

    I've been riding my Rift Zone for a few months now and absolutely love it. The frame does make a slight creaking noise which the LBS is looking into right now. I have an 04 model though. The monocoque frame tents to amplify even the smallest noise.

    I haven't ridden the prophet, but for what it's worth, MBA recently pitted a bunch of $2000 FS bikes, and they much preferred the quad link over the Prophet. Test ride both and see what you think.

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    Posted this reply on another Thread. It's relevant here too.



    The washers that fit into the link fit with such tight tolerance that a small amount of flex causes the edge of the washer to rub the inside of the link. The shop showed me the worn edge of the black washer where it had rubbed the anodizing off. Marin sent them instructions on an easy way to file the edges down consistantly. It didn't take much to relieve the edge enough to stop creaking. My bike was in and out of the stand quickly. No more creak.

    On another note, Here is a teaser for their new model:

    http://www.marinbikes.com/xlt/

    A pic from a eurobike website:

    http://dh-raiderz.de/gallery/view_ph...05&id=IM000173
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    2004 B-17 will be puttin a sherman on it soon cause the mz comp is the worst fork ever.
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    Just a FYI to Marin FS guys.

    I recently upgraded the shock bushings to Whyte full complement bearings. It's a very nice kit, and only available in the UK.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=134401

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    Aaah my eyes..

    Here's my contribution... 04 Wolf with some parts that keep it fast and upright. Not sure if I'm keeping the flashy red Michelins on there, but they work for now, and hunting season is coming up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinklefree
    Marin prices have definately gone up, but so has everyone else. My 04 Rift zone went from $1800 in 04, to $1950 in 05, now a whopping $2500 in 06. I still think they're good value though, and they stand behind their products.

    IMO companies like Specialized are going to price themselves out of the market in a few years.

    Does everyone else notice all the high end bikes are now equipped with SRAM X0 components instead of XTR?
    You see the new MV Pro specs? XTR cranks with the rest of the drive train/shifters SRAM!
    I've asked before, but anyone get an '06 Quad Tara yet? Seriously considering selling the XC Quad for more travel and according to Bike magic site the new Tara frames have been changed for the better.

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    have a 05 EAST PEAK and love the bike.at first felt kind of slow compared to my NRS but a change to a lighter tire setup changed that and the bike is much more comfortable than my nrs.

    i would just like to get some weight out of it(30.14lbs)

    also had my first race on it this weekend.finished 12th out of 30 in sport class ages 35 to 39.very comfortable race bike.

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    Keep 'em coming boys!

    I've been tinkering with my Rift Zone for a few months now and thought I'd post some pics.

    Upgrades:
    Fox F100 RLT
    PUSH'd Float RL
    Whyte Shock Bushings
    XTR 960 Rear Derailleur
    XT 760 11-34 Cassette
    American Classic 350 Disc Wheelset
    IRC Mibro 2.1
    Truvativ Carbon Riser bar
    Thomson 110mm stem
    Thomson Seatpost
    WTB Rocket V Ti
    Waiting to be installed: XTR Crankset

    I managed to get the weight down from over 29lbs to 25.7 (w/out pedals).








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    Quote Originally Posted by dansjustchillin
    I've seen some specialized epics with like a stick on pad on the deraileur. what happens is the deraileur swings up a smacks the frame, i had a giant that did that too.
    Yep, my Haro does it now too after I shortened the chain, really only on big bumps though. I cant run the chain any longer other wise I have horrible chain slap.
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    Does anybody know the shock size on an 05 mountvision? is it 165 eye3eye?

    many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiiija
    Does anybody know the shock size on an 05 mountvision? is it 165 eye3eye?

    many thanks

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    Should be 6.5" eye to eye with a 1.5" stroke.

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    after months of searching... .2033 lb/mm

    I finally bought an Attack Trail QUAD TARA and will never look back. Excellent deal, all the best parts that I would buy if I were loaded. TALAS/KING/THOMPSON/ProPedal/XT I wish I could say that I built it, but I ... am going out to ride it instead....can't..help..myself....
    roughly 30.5lbs as pictured, 100-150mm in back, up to 130mm up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    I finally bought an Attack Trail QUAD TARA and will never look back. Excellent deal, all the best parts that I would buy if I were loaded. TALAS/KING/THOMPSON/ProPedal/XT I wish I could say that I built it, but I ... am going out to ride it instead....can't..help..myself....
    roughly 30.5lbs as pictured, 100-150mm in back, up to 130mm up front.
    Ohhhhh maaaaannnnn. I want one of those sooooo bad. Ride reports as soon as possible, please???

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    Nice! Looks bada$$ in Black.
    ...thinking I should paint my Wolf Ridge black, then I can call it Black Wolf.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    I finally bought an Attack Trail QUAD TARA and will never look back. Excellent deal, all the best parts that I would buy if I were loaded. TALAS/KING/THOMPSON/ProPedal/XT I wish I could say that I built it, but I ... am going out to ride it instead....can't..help..myself....
    roughly 30.5lbs as pictured, 100-150mm in back, up to 130mm up front.

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    here's my baby. '04 Marin Pine Mountain (Steel is Real!)
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    More pics for your viewing pleasure

    New additions include:

    XTR FC-960 Crankset
    Chris King Headset
    Hope Mono Mini brake (front) with 160mm 2-piece rotor.
    Stans No-tubes (as you can clearly see)

    I can't say enough good things about the Quad-link. This thing FLIES.








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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinklefree
    New additions include:

    XTR FC-960 Crankset
    Chris King Headset
    Hope Mono Mini brake (front) with 160mm 2-piece rotor.
    Stans No-tubes (as you can clearly see)

    I can't say enough good things about the Quad-link. This thing FLIES.

    Hey there- nice additions! The XTR crankset looks great on there - also looks like you are getting the most out of your travel. What is your opinion on the PUSH mod? Great shots/angles - i bet that thing is getting light! What do you think of the Stan's?
    I have to agree about the efficiency of the QUAD link suspension - great power transfer.

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    Thanks.

    I'm not going to say anything about PUSH that hasn't been said before. The shock upgrade made a big improvement in terms of bob and traction. With the regular Float RL I was gettting some bob especially in the granny gear. The PUSH mod all but eliminated it, and made the travel feel so much better. Keep in mind its very important to run these shocks with especially fast rebound. I find whenever I run the R even 50%, on med size bumps my butt would leave the seat quite often. With the push mod, lower air pressure and fast rebound, I finally feel like I'm getting the full 100mm travel I paid for. It's much more active over small and medium sized bumps.

    My experience with Stans has been positive overall, but keep in mind your results will vary depending on your rim and tire choices. Mine sealed up almost immediately with hardly any effort, and stayed sealed for several days now. I'm running light IRC Mibro tires (2.1) which look more like 1.9's, but at 520 grams each (verified) I can't complain. They're worlds better than the WTB Moto's that came with the bike. As an Interesting side note, Marin Bikes in the UK come with Mibro tires.

    The greatest advantage with Stans is that you can run lower tire pressures without the risk of a pinch flat. What does this mean to Quad XC guys? Well running 30psi pressures makes a huge difference in suspension feel. It's almost like picking up another 1/2 inch of suspension travel!!

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    Here is my 2004 Wolf Ridge. What a fun ride. Had a few problems with quick release so I just installed a nut and bolt, right after this pic. I'm running Sun Rhynolites with a 20mm Sunrace Juju MX front hub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Barby
    Here is my 2004 Wolf Ridge. What a fun ride. Had a few problems with quick release so I just installed a nut and bolt, right after this pic. I'm running Sun Rhynolites with a 20mm Sunrace Juju MX front hub.
    Looks just like mine, except the wheels and pedals.
    Any reason why you have it in 4" mode?

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    Can I join in,
    okay its not a Marin but a very close cousin,
    Whyte46 just got it
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    boy, gotta say

    g'daaaammmmmn!

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    Drooooool. What are your impressions of the Whyte 46 so far?

    I'm dreaming of a new E5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinklefree
    Drooooool. What are your impressions of the Whyte 46 so far?

    I'm dreaming of a new E5.
    Haven't riden mine yet as I'm still tinkering with setup but hopefully a proper ride very soon.

    BUT I did test the E-5 and the 46, I thought the E-5 would be more suited my riding and it was very good but the 46 just blew me away ,they both climb like a mountain goat after the last blade of grass at the top of the mountain and the traction is phenomenol ,the 46 just felt so plush (I must be getting old),and sad to say I much prefered the looks of the 46,
    also as I understand it there is an issue with the E-5's carbon s/arm and production has been delayed (according to the dealer) apparently the manufacturer didn't make the s/arm's to the correct design (I expect Jon's not best pleased with them).

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    After breaking 2 swingarms on my Quad XC, Marin (for a nominal fee) upgraded me to this. It's a couple year old frame ('04), but mine was an '03 so I can't ***** much for the price....Only 3 rides as yet so it's a little early for ride reports, but so far it's buttah! The Revelation's far stiffer than the XC forks I'm used to.
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    You broke 2 swingarms? What kind of riding do you do, and what were you doing when they broke? Was it catastrophic? How big are you? I am asking these things because I ride a quad XC I am 235 lbs, 5'11" and ride XC but I push it.

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    cracked swingarm....

    gop427..

    i also have a crack in my swingarm and the bike is less than one year old.i do agressive xc riding but no real big jumps and i weigh 175lbs and am 5'8''.

    definately look at the swingarm to see if its cracked.its near the last weld at the lower part of control arm just a few inches away from the rear derailler.

    oh also my bike is a 05 East Peak

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    Hey there,

    Just got myself a Shiny new 06 Attack Trail, bike is looking awesome and i am hoping to keep it that way. Was wondering about chainslap on the swingarm? Does it happen? If so any tips to protect it? Cant wait to get this thing out on the trails!

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    tube it.

    Quote Originally Posted by cjem
    Hey there,

    Just got myself a Shiny new 06 Attack Trail, bike is looking awesome and i am hoping to keep it that way. Was wondering about chainslap on the swingarm? Does it happen? If so any tips to protect it? Cant wait to get this thing out on the trails!
    You will enjoy this bike incredibly! I do baby mine too when off the trail - clean and lubed every third ride.
    As far as chainslap, I used an ultralight mtb tube, split at the seam and wrapped aroudn the swingarm. I know there is another post on the board for a quad that a guy had a custom cut protector from one of teh higher end/lesser known companies that makes the products - search hard and you might find it. Or use a tube! It does happen, at least when I gnar core down some steep, non huckable like trail.
    As for your suspension setup, experiment with it - it took me a while. I use the 20% sag at 5" and if the trail is really rocky techical, I will up the travel to 5.5 w/o additional air, which doesn't effect efficiency much at all, but does allow for more travel usage. Havent bumped it up to 6" yet tho...

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    Hey thanks for the reply, I think it could take weeks of tinkering with the suspension setup , I have it set in 5" at the moment with about 15mm sag. should get out on the trails tomorrow, will let you know how I go

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    Well managed a quick ride today, what an awesome bike. After some initial creaking the bike settled nicely. Suspension needs some more dialing, but was a dream, was cruising over stuff that had me wobbling all over before. Still no scratches but now at least its been dirty. Cant wait to throw it at something more challenging.








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    Quote Originally Posted by gop427
    You broke 2 swingarms? What kind of riding do you do, and what were you doing when they broke? Was it catastrophic? How big are you? I am asking these things because I ride a quad XC I am 235 lbs, 5'11" and ride XC but I push it.
    I do some pretty hard XC, bordering on light FR I guess....small drops and the like. The first one was almost catastrophic as I didn't see the crack until it almost let go and broke the swingarm in 2. The second time I'd been watching the area and found a verrry small crack before anything happened. The break occured on bottom of the drive side at the first weld above the der. hanger....watch that area!

    Oh yeah, I'm approx. 200 lbs with full gear/camelbak.

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    Bearing & linkage upgrades...

    Hey all, I'm the owner of the ugly-a$$ed red-tired Wolf Ridge a few posts back (they've been removed, no worries). I've been doing the upgrade thing this spring and ordered the Whyte bearing kit for the shock, as well as the Alpine Link. Both installed beautifully, the engineering is fantastic, and they look damn slick in my opinion. Haven't had a chance to ride it yet, but the link is supposed to remove the only negative traits I had noticed from the frame: it seemed tall and front-biased in the balance department. The link is supposed to slacken the hed- and seat-tube angle by 1/2 a degree respectively, and drop the BB down a little... all which will equate to a more centered and balanced ride.

    Anyways, I higly reccomend the upgrade, only place I found these were in the UK, and I probably paid too much for them, but hey, it's my bike :-)

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    Wow those do look nice!

    I have the whyte bushing kit for my XC quad too, although mine are black for some reason. I'm very happy with them as well.

    All of these pictures of TARA bikes is sure tempting!!

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    looks great!

    Quote Originally Posted by wrinklefree
    I have the whyte bushing kit for my XC quad too, although mine are black for some reason. I'm very happy with them as well.

    All of these pictures of TARA bikes is sure tempting!!
    The linkage kit is black for the Quads and gold for the quad tara.
    I haven't put my bushing kit on just yet, but will look to in the near future - it does look great in the pics.
    What kind of lube did you use for it? I need to go pick something up...and some loctite too.
    And wow, that alpine link looks really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb-rob
    Anyways, I higly reccomend the upgrade, only place I found these were in the UK, and I probably paid too much for them, but hey, it's my bike :-)

    -Rob
    How much were they, if you don't mind me asking. They do look pretty but are there any warranty consequenses from using non-factory links?

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    I use regular Park Poly-lube 1000 for now because I didn't have anything better at the time. I think the instructions recommend a particular type of bearing grease.

    Just a heads up, when I initially installed the bearings I had some clearance issues. With the 2 bearing caps or washers in place I couldn't get it to fit within the swing arm. It seemed like it was about 2mm too wide. Well after putting only 1 washer in place and tightening the shock I heard a loud SNAP, which moved the bearings in about 1mm where they should have been. I did the same thing to the other side and my clearance issues were solved. There must have been a defect in my set where they weren't pressed in all the way. Oh well they're working great now. It's nice knowing I'll never have to replace that crappy fox DU bushing ever! I bought them from a UK store and had them shipped here for $45 total.


    I'm tempted to pick up a TARA frame from adrenaline bikes. They're on sale for $599 with an RP3 shock, which is the best deal going IMO. That new 06 UK spec TARA frame is sweeeet. Wish we can get those here in the states.

    On another note, I finally managed to get the weight down on my Rift Zone to 24.5lbs (w/out pedals) which was my weight loss goal.

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    That new 06 UK spec TARA frame is sweeeet. Wish we can get those here in the states.

    You probably can through ATBsales
    http://www.atb-sales.co.uk/index1.html
    I've read that you can contact them regarding getting Whyte bikes for the states.
    could workout expensive but you never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 856er
    That new 06 UK spec TARA frame is sweeeet. Wish we can get those here in the states.

    You probably can through ATBsales
    http://www.atb-sales.co.uk/index1.html
    I've read that you can contact them regarding getting Whyte bikes for the states.
    could workout expensive but you never know.
    I tried rush sports, they couldn't get it together in the 2 weeks I gave them.

    My business went to : York Cycle Works, they even added the item to their site:
    http://www.yorkcycleworks.com/produc...d=m2b1s124p866
    hope that helps. The bushing kit was about $53 after shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    I tried rush sports, they couldn't get it together in the 2 weeks I gave them.

    My business went to : York Cycle Works, they even added the item to their site:
    http://www.yorkcycleworks.com/produc...d=m2b1s124p866
    hope that helps. The bushing kit was about $53 after shipping.
    Opps crossed lines here

    I was referring to an 06 UK spec TARA bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    The bushing kit was about $53 after shipping.
    What does this kit is for??
    Is it to replace a damage quad-link??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanotron
    What does this kit is for??
    Is it to replace a damage quad-link??
    Its an upgraded shock pivot bearing kit replacing the old DU bush.

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    New to Site-Got an older Marin

    Hey new to site, picked up a stock Bear Valley SE recently that is in mint condition, anyone else convert the front stiffy to something plush? If so, what did you do? I picked it up for a local flat dirt trail that is great for after work quicky. Bike is in primo condition, just want front suspension!!!

    Thanks!!!

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    yep 1996 marin monocoque...

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