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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Alcatraz. 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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The Story Behind the Marin Alcatraz | Matt Jones Interview
Aluminium was the only option… due to the need for stiffness and a light weight… which is instantly noticeable on pump tracks, tight berms and steep trails…. this frame is incredibly stable at high speed and on big jumps.