Marin DSX 2

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24.14, 24.52 lb
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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.

Bottom line

The Marin DSX 2 is a fun flat-bar gravel bike suited to riding around town and on light trails. The stylish design and reliable Shimano components provide good value at this price. However, it’s unlikely to find a home with seasoned gravel riders because it delivers a harsh ride on rougher terrain and isn’t suitable for wet trail conditions with the stock tires. Instead, the DSX 2 offers gravel newbies, especially those from a mountain biking background, a funky and reliable way to mix commuting and weekend fun at a reasonable price.

Expert Reviews

81/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

Marin DSX 2 Flat Bar Gravel Bike Review

On the whole, a corking bike for the price, thoughtfully put together with room for some home upgrades too. There’s no denying that this little bike is a lot of fun.

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Marin DSX 2 Gravel Bike Review: Budget Flat-Bar Fun, but Bring Extra Tubes

A fun and entertaining machine that won’t break the bank, but also a rough ride and a short reach.

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The Gravelist

Marin DSX 2 Review – A Mountain Bikers Gravel Bike – Flat Bar Gravel Bikes Rule!

A great all-around bike that is a ton of fun to ride.

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User Ratings

98/100 based on 11 ratings
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