Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on this bike. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- The Alcatraz gained and landed big-air with poise.
- Alcatraz’s short wheelbase lent itself to spin tricks.
- The aluminum frame was strong. Strong enough to send and eat it.
- The ‘Miami Vice’, Gloss Magenta/Cyan/Hi-Vis color-scheme awed owners.
- Low-cost Tektro HDM275 hydraulic discs were lauded for their performance.
- The lightweight Alcatraz was easy for a 5’5”, 126lb rider to throw around.
- Vee XCV tires performed well on pump tracks.
- X-fusion’s 100mm fork featured both compression and rebound settings.
- Reliable components were specced all-round.
- Set-up was often straightforward and easy.
- Dirt-jumpers said the Alcatraz rolled smooth.
- The bike came with all required tools, including a multitool and pedal wrench.
- Packaging was said to be sturdy and ample.
5 reasons not to buy
- Sometimes spokes on a new Alcatraz needed tightening.
- One new bottom bracket was noisy. Another needed grease.
- A buyer said the wheels on their new Alcatraz needed truing.
- The X-Fusion fork wasn’t designed to be ridden with compression locked out.
- One owner’s new bike had a warped rotor, scratched pedals and a scuffed frame.
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Marin Alcatraz Bike Review
Having a short chainstay and wheelbase makes the Marin Alcatraz two things:
1. “flickable” in the air and over jibs.
2. “rippable” through transition and corners.
Stability + Rippablity = Awesomeness
My New Hardtail
Something that caught my eye when I was looking for a new dirt jump hardtail, was the aluminum mountain bike cranks… they’re stiffer and more reliable.
Let’s Check Matt Jones’ Mountain Bike
For me, a short bike allows me to 720 small jumps… that helps to spin… This is the style of bike that works for slopestyle now, it doesn’t work for riding to the pub… it’s not your one bike for everything.
All My 2019 Marin Bikes and How They Ride
Tricks like tailwhips come around really easily and real nice and it’s honestly my favorite dirt jump bike I’ve ever owned.
Behind the Bike: Matt Jones
I’ve taken all the best attributes from the bikes I have ridden over the years and factored them into one frame… It’s extremely short… this has opened some options for some new tricks for contests.