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    2018 Devinci Marshall for Pre-teen/Teen vs Trek Fuel 8 Woman

    I've never had a Devinci and have no experience with the brand.

    I'm looking for a bike for my daughter. I'm looking for something around the 120mm travel mark, solid middle of the road hardware, 27.5x2.8 compatible and some flexibility as she grows. She does all mountain and XC style riding. No park, lift access or gravity stuff.

    Currently she is about 90lbs and 5 feet 0.5 inches. She has a Trek Superfly 26 (hard tail) that will last until the end of this season (I hope). I've already pushed the stem out and swapped the pedals. Realistically she wouldn't ride the bike until Spring of 2020. By that time she should be 95-100lbs and 5-1 to 5-2.

    I found a small 2018 Devinci Marshall with GX Eagle, RockShox (110mm rear / 120mm front) and 27.5x2.8 tires. I've not seen the bike yet, but the numbers/angles looks pretty good for a smaller all mountain/xc bike.

    The other bike I'm looking at is the Trek Fuel 8 Woman's. It has similar hardware, but 10mm more of rear travel. The Fuel has 130mm rear and 120mm front. I have experience with the Fuel line and know it will climb like a goat.

    Does anyone have experience with the two bikes?
    Has anyone small and light weight rode the Marshall?
    How does the Marshall climb/descend compared to a Trek Fuel or GG Trail Pistol/Shred Dogg?
    There's no weight listed for the bike. Any thought on how heavy these are?
    How is Devinci on warranty issues?

    Any other comments, concerns or emotional outbursts ...

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    No experience with with either bike, but Devinci has great warranty and good customer service.

    May want to look at Giant women's (Liv) bikes also. They have nice range of bikes at great price point.
    https://www.liv-cycling.com/us/bikes/off-road/trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by In2falling View Post
    No experience with with either bike, but Devinci has great warranty and good customer service.

    May want to look at Giant women's (Liv) bikes also. They have nice range of bikes at great price point.
    https://www.liv-cycling.com/us/bikes/off-road/trail
    I briefly checked out Liv, but was turned off by the low end hardware. I'll give them another look.

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    I test rode both bikes, among others, on trails that I know very well before ultimately buying the Marshall. I have never once regretted picking the Marshall, but I could have been very happy with the Fuel or the Ibis Mojo as well. In fact the Marshall and the Mojo are as close to doppelgangers as any two bikes I've ridden. The rear suspension on the Marshall feels like more than 110mm which I'm guessing is attributed to the Dave Weagle Split Pivot design. I don't recall what the Fuel had for a fork when I tested it, but it wasn't a Pike and I love the Pike on my Marshall. I still go to demo events to ride as many bikes as I can and have yet to find anything I'd swap mine for. It climbs like a goat, descends like a demon, and the rear tire stays planted in both cases. The Split Pivot is efficient enough that I rarely lock it out for climbs, it's just not needed. I also like the flip chip option on the Marshall, so I can alter the geometry if desired.

    A couple points to consider: Both Trek and Devinci have outstanding warranty and support in my experience. I had a warranty item with my Marshall - broken dropper release lever - that they not only replaced quickly but replaced with a better than stock part. The Marshall has been discontinued by Devinci but I was assured by them that my lifetime frame warranty will remain supported. Trek's are everywhere so if she ever needs Trek-specific support it won't be hard to find.

    I can't help with the "small and light" experience; I'm 6' and 175lb old fart and could have gone L or XL and preferred the L.
    Devinci Marshall Carbon 27.5+

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