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    First ride on the XM 7

    I did a good up and down route in my neighborhood. About an 1800 ft. climb and back down. The XM 7 climbed really well. Much better than I expected. I did crash on the way down. We actually got some rain recently in SoCal and there were some big ruts and one took me down on a steep techy section. This was my fault for getting a little too over zealous on a bike that I don't know very well yet. Once I dial this bike in It's gonna be bad ass. New wheels are on the horizon.. Fun ride overall
    I know i made a good purchase. Where you gonna find a bike like this for just over $1400?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewjones View Post
    I know i made a good purchase. Where you gonna find a bike like this for just over $1400?
    Hint: you cant.

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    I'm loving my XM6, really wanted the XM7 but they didn't have any stock in my size. I still think it's a great deal for the price. Glad you're having fun on your new ride.

    P.S. I've had mine for about 6 months, probably put about 500 miles on it and last weekends ride was the first time I thought to myself, "I've got this bike dialed in now". Enjoy!
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    I'm debating on Going with a 2x10 setup. Just depends on how cheap I can get away with it. Of course a bash guard and removing the 42 ring would be easiest but I need a bit more than the 32 ring. I'll keep it stock for a while I suppose. Anyone know where I can get an extra cable guide for the top tube? I contacted Marin and they just told me to go to a retailer. Problem is none of the retailers in my area from their website really carry any Marin bikes or related Parts. I looked all over the Net but can't find that particular one

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    I have a lightly used 39-26 X7 crank in 175 that was stock on my XM8 that I plan to put up on ebay when I have time (by happy accident I ended up with a 2x10 euro-spec XM8 despite buying it in the states).

    Is your bike missing the two hole cable guides?

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    Yup. It's missing one on the top tube nearest the head tube

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    I put a race face 36 with bash on my bike and it works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfrink View Post
    I put a race face 36 with bash on my bike and it works great!
    nice! did you keep the 24 t for the small ring? pics?

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    Yes, I kept the 24. I like the idea of 1x, but can't imagine riding my area without those top two gears. This is the best picture I have on my phone.
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    Cool! Bike looks great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertride View Post
    I have a lightly used 39-26 X7 crank in 175 that was stock on my XM8 that I plan to put up on ebay when I have time (by happy accident I ended up with a 2x10 euro-spec XM8 despite buying it in the states).

    Is your bike missing the two hole cable guides?
    How much are trying to get for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewjones View Post
    How much are trying to get for it?
    About $50

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    The quad link suspension system is optimized around a 30t front chainring. So when you put a much bigger or much smaller setup(like a 2x) you lose suspension performance when pedaling.

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    hmmm... have you noticed much difference in your bike? I'm not sure how this works,, What about replacing the 42t with a bash guard? wouldn't that essentially be the same setup?

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    That's interesting... Why would they offer the bike with a triple up front if it's optimized to be used with only a 30T (aka 1X)?

    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    The quad link suspension system is optimized around a 30t front chainring. So when you put a much bigger or much smaller setup(like a 2x) you lose suspension performance when pedaling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfrink View Post
    That's interesting... Why would they offer the bike with a triple up front if it's optimized to be used with only a 30T (aka 1X)?
    All suspension designs are optimized around a certain setting that will give the best pedal, and feedback performance. Marin might have set it at 32t, but I cant remember. Usually they are in the 28-34t range. They set it up with a 3x and focused around the middle ring because that is where you spend most of your time pedaling. I am sure that a 28, 32, or 34 will still work very well with quad link. Unless you are racing, a 34t front with a 11t back should be plenty of speed.

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    That's interesting, didn't know. Maybe I should try a 34 and see if it makes a difference?
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    for me I don't think a 34 is gonna be enough. 36 at least... not that i ride super fast but when i'm riding on pavement or gravel i'm spinning out on the 32 in no time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertride View Post
    About $50
    might be interested. it came off of a 2013? should be a clean swap i'd imagine. what did you upgrade to?

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    It came off a 2012. You would also need a GXP bottom bracket. I didn't upgrade- bought essentially the same but with 170 crank arms. I have Short legs.

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    I'm getting tire rub on the rear stock Ardent but can't seem to locate the rub. I definitely hear it when the shock is compressed. Wonder if any other xm7 owners have experienced that

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    XM6, but no rub here.
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    Every time I come back to this thread and I just want to kick myself of letting go my XM8.

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    Barring some of the minor issues I've had on this bike It's one of those bikes that doesn't necessarily excel at one thing but handles a variety of terrain quite well. I just came back from a St. George and Moab trip. The bike handled really well on tight twisty single track (which I love). It also handled the rocky technical stuff well. I don't do big drops but it handled the smaller stuff fine. Climbs well enough also. Bike of many talents but master of none and that suits me fine since I can't afford multiple Mountain bikes nor do I have room for them. I still see some xm7's on ebay from crosslake sales but they're priced too high right now. I'd imagine they'll have to start a low bid at some point. You can always buy another

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