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Old 06-29-2020, 08:52 PM   #8866
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ohlins on a bicycle has me excited

i'm currently suffering a trek marlin 5 as my first 'mountainbike' but the fucker has a sticker saying i can't even ride hard on it wtf? the derailleur is pretty bad too...

i recently rented a fezzari wire peak elite ebike for the day and rode some good downhill trails. it is great to be able to keep up with my brother for the day even though i don't have his endurance yet. that bike is badass. the trek sucks compared to it...at least the trek will only see the iron horse trail and maybe some briones...

cannondale is nice, that's what my brother was riding...single fork setup if that puts an age on it
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Old 07-01-2020, 07:35 PM   #8867
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ohlins on a bicycle has me excited

i'm currently suffering a trek marlin 5 as my first 'mountainbike' but the fucker has a sticker saying i can't even ride hard on it wtf? the derailleur is pretty bad too...

i recently rented a fezzari wire peak elite ebike for the day and rode some good downhill trails. it is great to be able to keep up with my brother for the day even though i don't have his endurance yet. that bike is badass. the trek sucks compared to it...at least the trek will only see the iron horse trail and maybe some briones...

cannondale is nice, that's what my brother was riding...single fork setup if that puts an age on it

Check out these guys ---> https://dvosuspension.com/

They are based out of LA by Magic Mountain and some of the best riders in the world run their gear, I run their forks and rear shock on my V10 & it makes a world of difference in suspension and how the bike handles the bumps
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:03 PM   #8868
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ahhh yesss the inverted fork with top brace, this is what i was looking for

would it be sacrilege to put the dvo emerald inverted on a marlin 5 frame?
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Old 07-02-2020, 05:29 AM   #8869
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I would definitely recommend against spending anything on a Marlin. Ride it until you can afford something better. Sell it in the spring, and move on.

All the suspensions are great. Even the cheap Rockshox Yari was fantastic.
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:20 AM   #8870
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I'll take that recommendation and ride it while looking forward to my next platform.

I'd like to take my time and build a bike, any particular frame makers to look at or steer clear from?

Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:59 AM   #8871
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I used to mountain bike tons, moved to SF from Colorado and did a few rides in Marin, China Camp, Santa Rosa and it was a lot of driving for ok trails. Now my bikes are all probably vintage anyway...

'03 Specialized Enduro on which the fox shock won't hold air. Forks should be rebuilt or replaced and I need to bleed the brakes

'04 Specialized Big Hit Comp - blown rear shock (marzochi sure sucked at making rear shocks back then) and who knows if I can even find tires for the 24" rear. Also this thing is a chairlift queen and day trips to Tahoe are a bit ambitious for my old ass.
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:22 AM   #8872
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you looking to offload them?
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Old 07-08-2020, 01:43 PM   #8873
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you looking to offload them?
Naw all the newfangled crap is too expensive . I just need to get them fixed up and start riding them again. Might need to work out a rack for the DRZ so i can ride to the trails, ride trails and then ride home, trying to park a car in SF sucks.
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:00 PM   #8874
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Picked up a Trek Marlin too but so far I'm loving it. I'm new to this so I really don't have anything to compare it to, but it's excellent on the climbs and the hydraulic brakes are smooth and predictable. I won't be doing anything too crazy so it should suffice for now. Hoping to check out Briones too, heard it's a nice easy going trail.
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:14 PM   #8875
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So far the iron horse trail is all my marlin has seen, towing a burley encore. I added suspension to the burley and now the kid falls asleep on the ride home, so that’s good.

I still need to check out briones and the trail, maybe in a couple weeks let me know how you like it if you make it out there before I do
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FS: 2019 RSD Middlechild 29er Steel Hardtail, Size M

Anybody looking for a nice steel hardtail? Modern geo, shiny anodized bits, Factory suspension and dropper. Hopefully this cross-post is OK with the mods

Asking $2800 ($3k on CL) with $$$ to BARF if sold here.

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Frame: 2019 RSD Middlechild Chromoly, Size Medium, Turquoise
Fork: 2019 Fox 34 Factory, 140mm travel, Boost spacing, 44mm offset, FIT4 damper
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Brakes: Shimano XT 4-piston, 180mm Icetech rotors. Currently set up moto-style but I can easily reverse if desired.
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