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    Good move or bad move ? Marin Rock Springs Elite

    Hi there,

    Admittedly, I do not know all that much on MTB bikes. More of a road bike kinda guy. But want to get off the beaten track occasionally on hard packed gravel and a few muddy, gravel trails.

    I saw this Marin Rock Springs Elite for $999, heavily discounted from $1850 and well, went in for the impulse buy and bought it.. (mail order waiting on delivery)

    2012 Marin Rock Springs Elite | Crosslake Sales

    I like the manufacturer, Marin and have owned a couple of their urban bikes in the past. (Point Reyes and Novato's) and have been very pleased with them.

    I know Fox is a decent brand of Forks, looked at the Evolutions and they would normally cost around $500, so i guess that makes them intermediate level ? . Also Sram makes excellent road groupsets. I know at $1800 its probably nothing like what some of you guys spend.

    Just be interested in hearing other opinions on this bike. Given I'm learning. A hardtail bike is perfect for what i'll be using it for, on gravel roads. No rocks here so no need for a full suspension bike. The bike fits my needs.

    More concerned why i can't find any info on it, on the Marin website under their archive, or why its so heavily discounted. Hopefully its just cos its a 2012... and things have changed in that now everything is 29" wheels, and carbon frames, with internal cables as appose to external.

    Personally I prefer the look of 26" wheels.

    Anyway just curious and happy to hear other peoples opinions that know more about MTB than me.

    Thanks in advance.

    Here are the specs

    COMPONENTS:

    Frame: Marin Hydro HT - 6061 Aluminum Hardtail, 1-1/8" straight headtube, English Threaded BB shell
    Fork: Fox Float Evolution Series, Rebound Adjust, Lockout
    Wheelset Mavic Crossride 26", Normal QR, Clincher tubed
    Crankset SRAM X7 GXP triple
    Shifters SRAM X7 3 x 10
    Brakeset Avid Elixir 5 levers/calipers, 180mm/160mm F/R 6-bolt rotors
    Front Derailleur SRAM X7 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X9
    Cassette SRAM PC-1070 11-36t
    Saddle WTB Silverado
    Seatpost Marin Alloy, 30.9mm
    Stem Marin Alloy 6061 3D forged, 31.8mm
    Handlebars Marin 2014 Alloy, 31.8
    Seatpost Clamp Marin Alloy, QR
    Tires Continental X-King 26 x 2.2"
    Grips Marin Lock on
    Chain: KMC 10s
    Headset FSA, internal 1-1/8"

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    It's discounted because that bike is 3 years old! Regardless if it hasn't been ridden. It depreciates whether ridden or not. I think you got yourself a good bike for the price though.

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    Yes ,26" wheels 3 years old = big discount. Looks like a nice bike ,go ride it.

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    Good move. The Rock Springs is essentially the UK version of the Nail Trail (US version). Same frame, different components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Good move. The Rock Springs is essentially the UK version of the Nail Trail (US version). Same frame, different components.
    Cool, would you know if this Nail Trail pictured is a 15" or a 17"

    Good move or bad move ? Marin Rock Springs Elite-marin-2012-hydroht-nail_trail__1152_658_s_c1_smart_scale.jpg

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    Looks about 1.5" on my computer screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Looks about 1.5" on my computer screen.
    I was kinda asking from an experienced visual geometry perspective. I'm guessing its the 15" rather than the 17" given its slight slope down on the top bar.. but as i said, I'm learning and my actual 17" will not be delivered until Thurs. I'm a bit of an eager earnie, that's all.

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    To me this appears to be a heavily marked up "deal". Yes, it's a discount because it's 3 years old and because it has 26" wheels on a hard tail but with that spec, there is no way it was ever $1800. If it was, Marin was dreaming.
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