Marin Hawk Hill

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Hawk Hill. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • The Marin Hawk Hill is one of the most affordable, high-quality, full suspension mountain bikes available.
  • The bike has a short 35mm stem, making it reactive, as riders maneuver it through tight and technical terrain.
  • Wide handlebars give mountain bikers stability, descending on the Hawk Hill.
  • The 27.5” wheel and tire setup encourages riders to get air and rail through each turn they take on the bike.
  • Internally routed cables give the bike a clean appearance.
  • The threaded bottom bracket is easy to maintain on the Marin Hawk Hill.
  • Experts were pleased to find room for a water bottle on the bike. This makes longer trail rides attainable on it.
  • The bike is available in five sizes. This includes an XS size that is small enough for teen riders.
  • The MultiTrac suspension layout on the Hawk Hill is comfortable for climbing and provides riders with great traction.
  • The geometry of the bike places riders in a position for confident descents.
  • Large 203mm and 180mm brake rotors ensure that the bike's Shimano brakes engage on demand.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Although the climbing platform is plush on the Hawk Hill, riders found it less efficient compared to others in its category.
  • The Vee Flowsnap tires used on many models of the Marin Hawk Hill do not excel in dry conditions.

Bottom line

The Marin Hawk Hill is an affordable, entry-level mountain bike. It has 120mm of travel in the rear MultiTrac suspension. This makes it ideal for cross-country and enduro terrain. The bike has room for a water bottle, internally routed cables and a threaded bottom bracket. Experts found all of these characteristics attractive. The bike was not the most efficient climber but its playful short-travel setup appeals to many.

Expert Reviews

78/100 based on 2 expert reviews

Marin Hawk Hill 1 Review

Marin touts the Hawk Hill as its most playful trail bike and it’s easy to see why.

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Outdoor Gear Lab

Marin Hawk Hill 1 Review

The Marin Hawk Hill 1 is a reasonably priced full-suspension mountain bike that pleasantly surprised our testers with its downhill capabilities.

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Good Trails

2019 Marin Hawk Hill 2 Review | A Budget Friendly Full Suspension Trail Bike

The first stand out about this bike, for me, is the price.

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Marin Hawk Hill Complete Reviewed (2018 and 2020 Builds)

The Marin Hawk Hill, a budget mountain bike that will have you enjoying the trails without having you go bankrupt.

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SB Show! Are You ProAgressive? Marin Hawk Hill Destroying The Singletracks!

If you really get into trail riding, if you’re not as extreme as enduro and not as performance orientated as XC…I’m a XC rider mostly…that for trail riding on a budget the Marin Hawk Hill 1 is a great choice.

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#53 Best Beginners
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#36 Best Teenagers
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#6 Best Marin Bike
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#221 Best of All Bikes
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