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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin DSX 2. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
11 reasons to buy
- Several users appreciate the value this bike offers.
- Testers think the DSX 2 is a lot of fun, both on roads and on light trails.
- One rider mentions that the 12-speed drivetrain and relatively low weight help when climbing.
- The flat-bar design is appealing if you come from a mountain biking background.
- Generous 29″×2.1″ tire clearance leaves plenty of room for upgrades.
- Marin includes mounts for fenders, bottle cages, and racks (front and rear).
- The stock WTB Riddler tires are fast-rolling.
- A kickstand plate on the chainstays boosts convenience for urban riding and commuting.
- The Shimano Deore drivetrain performs well and is known for its long-term durability.
- The DSX 2 has Shimano flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes and two-finger brake levers.
- Reliable Shimano 160mm CENTER LOCK discs mounted to CENTER LOCK hubs.
7 reasons not to buy
- Some reviewers are critical of the ‘harsh’ ride quality, which is tiring and even painful on longer rides.
- A fork-mounted rack is compatible, but the low weight rating and mount points limit the choice of racks.
- One reviewer notes that mud and debris collect behind the bottom bracket.
- The WTB Riddler tires aren’t suitable for muddy or wet gravel trails.
- One reviewer would prefer to see wider handlebars, to improve control off-road.
- Two experts feel the DSX 2’s reach is too short, making the cockpit feel cramped.
- An expert sees the lack of tubeless tires and rims as a missed opportunity and limits performance.