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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Gestalt. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
12 reasons to buy
- Gestalts were versatile; as commuters, on roads, hardpack and gravel.
- The base model was seen as good value, with reliable mid-range parts.
- Experts found the entry-level Gestalt comfortable on rides up to 12 hrs long.
- Clearance allows for a reported maximum tire size of 35c.
- There are copious mounts on the Gestalt, for light touring and commuting.
- All models of Gestalt feature internal cable routing.
- With an MTB-style ‘short stem / wide bar’ combo, Gestalts handled with agility.
- On descents, confidence was a hallmark of the Gestalt 2.
- Setup and tuning were easy for a self-described ‘novice’ owner.
- With the right tires, the Gestalt 2 was more than capable on gravel.
- One expert described the OEM ‘Beyond Road’ saddle as ‘plush’.
- Double-wall, 19mm OEM rims were tubeless compatible. They were considered tough and stayed true.
10 reasons not to buy
- Some testers deplored the Marin ‘Beyond Road’ saddle for its lack of comfort.
- Compared to earlier models, new Gestalts were sometimes deemed overpriced.
- An owner complained that lighter colors got dirty easily.
- For one rider, the FSA headset started creaking after low miles.
- Upgrades were welcomed on the entry-level Gestalt’s heavy wheels and cranks.
- The base model’s alloy fork could be unforgiving, especially on long rides.
- For one reviewer, the entry-level model's Promax brakes were underpowered.
- The Gestalt’s 2x8 drivetrain offered limited range.
- A disappointed owner was unable to fit the max. size 35c tires on a Gestalt 2.
- An owner said that wheel truing, gear tuning and cable trimming were all required on their new bike.
Bottom lineThe Gestalt is a ‘jack-of-all trades’, utilitarian bike. It is built to handle daily commutes, while carrying racks. With a robust build and wider tires, it’s more than capable of taking on light gravel and hardpack dirt roads. Anything chunkier than that was a little uncomfortable. The entry-level Gestalt has a jouncier all-aluminum fork, which is upgraded to full carbon on the Gestalt 1 and 2. An expert said that handling may be impeded by hefty loads, but the Gestalt range suited light touring. The base-model’s 2x8 drivetrain showed limited range, noticably on offroad ascents. This entry-level model is a great compromise between budget and value, for someone who needs one all-rounder bike. The Gestalt 2 is more comfortable, a bit hardier and will need less upgrades.
Expert Reviews70/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Marin Gestalt Gravel Bike Review
…a reliable commuting partner as long as there aren’t any super steep hills… it’s a bargain workhorse but… it might make more sense to plug straight into the the Gestalt 2…
Marin Gestalt Review
If you’re looking for a bike that can do a lot… commuting, sportives, some gravel riding and light touring, I would seriously consider this bike. It’s tough and it’s comfortable and we’ve had a lot of fun on it.
Test: Marin Gestalt 1 2019 – Byway and by Road [Slovakian]
…it shouldn’t be forgotten that mechanical discs have a little later onset . So if you are spoiled by hydraulics as I am, you will have to get used to them for a while. The advantages are price and ease of service.
Marin 2018 Gravel Bikes And Cyclocross Racers [German]
I have a 2016 Marin Gestalt… unfortunately Marin increased the prices a lot, but I do almost 20,000 km a year, 2,500 of them are on the Marin. A very good all-round bike.