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Nov. 1, 2012, 8:39 a.m.
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2013 SCOTT Gambler 10: Big Greenie Goes Rotor Deep

"How many different variations on single pivots does there need to be? At any rate I like the bike."

Truer words have never been spoken. Gambler - most pivots on a single pivot bike award….

to me, not all that impressive.

July 18, 2012, 9:08 a.m.
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NSMB Pokes The Bear

WHOA….I didn't realize it was April 1st already….oh wait, it isnt…that is one FUGLY bike.

July 13, 2012, 8:31 a.m.
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Power - NSMB Team Vid

SO funny…..well done guys, excellent riding….Ha…Kits….lol

Feb. 7, 2012, 8:29 a.m.
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Introducing NSMB's Next Bike Reviewer

..Towel….thrown in. I knew my reviews were lacking, but just didn't know they were lacking this much…the detail and presentation of said detail was at a level I could never support.

Well done Adriano, My hats off to you.

Jan. 19, 2012, 10:09 a.m.
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First Date: Easton Haven and Havoc Wheelsets

Dan's a tall enough dude and for where you live, time to start testing something in the 29'ers flavor.

Yeah, have been working on that since last year. Not as simple as calling the manufacturer up and them sending a bike - I wish it was. Was looking into the Niner WFO, would be perfect for my style and the terrain and would be a blast at Silverstar, I can just imagine the looks I'd get. I'll see what I can do in the coming time. But I agree with you 110%!!!

Jan. 19, 2012, 6:41 a.m.
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First Date: Easton Haven and Havoc Wheelsets

Actually, its been since ~1987 but whose counting… :-P

Jan. 10, 2012, 8:49 a.m.
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New NSMB Video Series - Hey Neighbour! [Ep. 1- Cam McRae]

Quality stuff guys, really good. relevant, interesting, well produced. Most of all, just the right length. was a pleasure to watch. Will be watching for more of these.

Oct. 5, 2011, 8:11 a.m.
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REVIEW: Loeka women's winter jacket and pants

Great review and a great read. Its even better if you read it with an Australian accent! :P

Sept. 28, 2011, 8:16 a.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

I just picked up a used Quake 7.2 and even though she's ugly, damn that bike rides nicely. It has a lot to do with the X Fusion Vector HLR coil over shock on the back, but I am thoroughly impressed by this bike. I came off a Giant Reign 0 last year (29lbs) and then an On One 45ss hardtail (29lbs) and this Marin (34lbs) climbs and descends better than either of those two bikes. The rear tire grabs so well it makes climbing almost fun.

Unlike Dan, I hate travel adjust forks. I never used the feature when I have a fork like that, so I don't miss it when its gone.

On the Quake, even though it has almost 7" of travel, I don't really see a need for a 12x150 rear hub. Plus the head tube is really long, forcing me to run a zero stack headset. The rear shock is almost impossible to get at. Those are the major complaints I have, otherwise its so much fun!

You're not the first person I have heard say that about the Marin's. The QL 2.0 simply works and works well -its tragic that they are no longer making their bikes with that suspension. Also, the Attack trail didn't suffer the same 'problems' you found in the Quake.

Sept. 15, 2011, 10:40 a.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

Guys,

I am seriously thinking about buying 6,7 trail attack 2010, but i cannot try it, and i'd have to buy it on internet. Well, a short top tube confuses me alot. I am 188cm, 516 inch, the sizing chart says L would be ok for me, but top tube is only 59, usually Large bikes have a top tube 61, even 62, which is what i usually ride.

What is your opinion in that, does the short top tube bother you, or is it actually longer???

Thanks

Sorry for the delayed response. I am 6'1" tall, long arms and legs…this bike fit really well. Its definitely not long but it really doesn't feel short. I would suggest at least throwing a leg over one if you can otherwise, its a great bike and you should be pretty happy with it. You can do a lot with stem length to adjust fit as well so a stem swap could make the fit just right for you if you feel its either too long or short.

Aug. 22, 2011, 10:12 a.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

This guy here can't wait for a 22 tooth 10-speed chainring :drool:

You and me both!

Aug. 22, 2011, 8:24 a.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

that was a great review/read

i'm in the seemingly small camp of people who think the v1 and 2 quad link marins look distinctive and attractive. i get the move towards a common frame design - i think there was a guy from rocky defending the new slayer design by saying engineers/designers across the industry are realizing there are common optimal design elements, hence the "looks like a trek" meme, but a frame that is both aesthetically unique and works well is double happiness in my eyes

i also feel like i'm in the small camp of riders who appreciates as low a gear as i can get… glad to hear i'm not alone. i was climbing some nasty decomissioned fsr in nelson last week, pining for 34 tooth bailout ring on my xc wheels

Glad you liked it, hope it was informative as well. sounds like you would have the same take on the Marin as I did. Granted, there may be an engineering reason to go for a 'typical' design, but like you, if it looks good to boot its a plus.

And no, you are not in the minority when looking for a 'bailout' gear, we all want one, its just defined differently by different people. One man's bailout is another man's death.

Anyhow, thanks for the positive feedback.

Aug. 17, 2011, 8:56 a.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

the lower link looks to be set so it would rise and extend rearwards in the early travel to continue the current pattern.

yes, potentially, but I envision that taken up by sag/squat alone. Hard to say for sure.

Cant imagine they would want to stray too far from the QL 2.0 path as it works very well

That said, none of the releases about the 2012 bikes have they mentioned the big bikes and I do wonder, silently in the back of my head, if they will keep the QL 2.0 for the long travel bikes and move to this new QL 3.0 system for the shorter travel ones. still needs to be cleared up.

Aug. 16, 2011, 9 p.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

for what climb do you need an easier gear than 26x34?

Long ones.

I did 7 summits on this bike and the first 1h40minutes was an endless climb that worked me. Any lighter gearing would have been welcomed.

On a more typical trail, the gearing was O.K., but would have been nice to have that uber low gear for the extended climbs.

I am not a super fit, super svelte rider, or super light, so for those of us that happen to be a little challenged in those ways, lower gears are always welcome.

Aug. 16, 2011, 1:43 p.m.
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REVIEW: 2011 Marin Attack Trail 6.9

agreed

Can Marin duplicate the axle path with a design that looks more conventional and would it ride the same ?

That is a great question, the axle path was/is the secret to the Quad Link 2.0's success. Have a look at this link
http://www.singletrackworld.com/2011/08/marin-2012-quad-link-3-bouncy-29ers-and-more/

judging by the geometry of the links as they are in the photos, it seems it would be hard to get the wheel to move in a rearward direction at all, let alone for the first 1/3rd of the travel.

If we do a 2012 Marin test, I'll be sure to include axle path comparison (if available)

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