Gary Fisher Marlin mountain bike (some feedback)

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    Gary Fisher Marlin mountain bike (some feedback)

    I admit I am out of date with bike components. My current ride is 15 yrs old and at the time was a $1,200 bike with front suspension. It rides well but it's time for a new one.

    Here is my current riding: Jiminy Peak downhill once or twice a year, XC trails and paved / gravel rail trails. I would say about 80% of the riding is going to be on a rail trail. I want a mountain bike - not a hybrid.

    I have looked and have found a Gary Fisher Marlin bike to be something I like. This one has the disc brakes. What do you think of this one? How about some other suggestions. I am not being cheap, but I do not ride as much as I used to and $1,000 is all I will spend. I want the best bang for the buck.

    http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/marlin-disc-gs
    2012/2013 - Season

    Jiminy Peak - 11/18/2012
    Jay Peak - 12/15/2012, 3/3/13, 4/27

    Mount Snow - 12/17/2012, 1/5/2013, 1/26, 2/13, 3/10, 3/24, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
    Otis Ridge - 12/29/2012, 1/1/2013, 1/12, 1/27, 2/9, 2/16, 2/24, 3/16


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    I have the GF Piranha. I've been very happy with it..

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    I'm happy with my Marlin so far. Most of the bikes in that price range will be about the same component levels, just slight variations in geometry.
    2009-2010:
    Killington: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/6, 12/10, 12/12, 12/13, 12/22, 12/23, 1/1, 1/2, 1/9, 1/10, 1/23, 1/24 (15)

    Ski Sundown: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/24, 12/30, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11 - 1/22, 1/26-1/30 (27)
    EH XC: 12/21 (1)
    WNY XC/NELSAP BC: 12/29 (1)

    Total: 44

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    I don't really know much about mountain bikes, but from what I read on the internets, the Dart 3 fork is no good. Maybe you'd be better off upgrading to the next level up in the Fisher line, the Tassajara:

    http://villagecycle.com/product/10-g...ra-60965-1.htm

    Of course, that could just be snobby people on the internet talking crap about bargain shocks, in which case the Marlin would be more than adequate for your intended purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattchuck2 View Post
    I don't really know much about mountain bikes, but from what I read on the internets, the Dart 3 fork is no good. Maybe you'd be better off upgrading to the next level up in the Fisher line, the Tassajara:

    http://villagecycle.com/product/10-g...ra-60965-1.htm

    Of course, that could just be snobby people on the internet talking crap about bargain shocks, in which case the Marlin would be more than adequate for your intended purpose.
    The Dart 3 definitely has a bad rap amongst most MTB enthusiasts on the web. But I'd guess that most of those people are used to forks that cost way more than the Dart, so I don't think it's necessarily a fair appraisal. I also don't think you're going to find something much better on a bike in that price range. The Tora SL that comes on Tassajara has larger stanchions, so it will be a little stiffer, but it also has the same exact damper assembly as the Dart 3, so the performance will be about the same.

    I'd say the Marlin will fit the bill just fine, especially if most of the expected riding is to be on rail trails.
    Brian

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    Thanks for the replies. I am going to look this weekend at some bike shops for any "deals".
    2012/2013 - Season

    Jiminy Peak - 11/18/2012
    Jay Peak - 12/15/2012, 3/3/13, 4/27

    Mount Snow - 12/17/2012, 1/5/2013, 1/26, 2/13, 3/10, 3/24, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
    Otis Ridge - 12/29/2012, 1/1/2013, 1/12, 1/27, 2/9, 2/16, 2/24, 3/16


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    Wow, I had a Tassajara back in the mid 90's and it cost a third of that price! It was a great bike then, must be friggen incredible now!

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    I have another question. What other brands of hardware are equivalent to Shimano XT? Example SRAM, Suntour, etc. I think I am going with a Piranah but will not rule out a Trek 6000 WSD.
    2012/2013 - Season

    Jiminy Peak - 11/18/2012
    Jay Peak - 12/15/2012, 3/3/13, 4/27

    Mount Snow - 12/17/2012, 1/5/2013, 1/26, 2/13, 3/10, 3/24, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13
    Otis Ridge - 12/29/2012, 1/1/2013, 1/12, 1/27, 2/9, 2/16, 2/24, 3/16


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    SRAM X-9 would be the equivalent to Shimano XT.

    Brian

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