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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Team Marin. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
12 reasons to buy
- The Team Marin is available in two builds, each standing out at its respective price point, according to experts.
- Reviewers see this bike as a strong option for beginners, entry-level racers, and experienced riders keen to have more fun.
- The frame has mounts for two bottle cages inside the front triangle.
- Two experts think the Team Marin would make a great bikepacking option.
- Owners and experts say the Team Marin performs well on climbs, descents, flowing singletrack, and technical sections of trails.
- An owner highlights the ability of the Team Marin 1's RockShox Judy Silver TK fork to handle tree roots and small drop-offs.
- One expert praises the Fox 34 Step-Cast fork, saying it's his favorite lightweight fork; another says it handles bumpy terrain without bottoming out.
- The Series 4 aluminum frame is compliant without sacrificing efficiency, impressing several riders and reviewers.
- One reviewer appreciates the traction, cornering grip, and fast-rolling nature of the Team Marin 2's Maxxis Rekon Race 2.35" tires.
- Testers consider the Team Marin’s brakes adequate for XC or light trail riding.
- Reviewers enjoy how light and nimble this bike feels to ride.
- The Team Marin 2's ability to keep up with much more expensive bikes impresses one tester.
6 reasons not to buy
- Several owners of the Team Marin report cracked seat stays.
- According to multiple experts, the Team Marin's brakes don't match the bike's capacity for hard riding.
- Reviewers and users say that a longer stem would benefit the Team Marin’s twitchy handling.
- Several owners complain that the paint quality is poor, and they find it very easy to damage.
- Experts criticize the Team Marin 1's Vee Tire Rail Rocco tires, with one rider saying they struggle for traction on loose terrain.
- Experts and owners agree the Team Marin 1 needs a dropper post to make the most of its abilities.
Expert Reviews88/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Field Test: Marin Team Marin 1 – A Wallet Friendly XC Race Bike
The Team Marin 1 is well spec’d for the price… it’ll scoot right on up the trail… and is a great option for riders that enjoy picking their way through puzzling sections of trail. It’s no slouch on the descents, as long as you remember that it’s… not a hardcore hardtail meant for bashing down the gnarliest trails.
What a Fun Bike! Marin Team Marin 2 Review – A Modern XC Bike That Punches Far Above Its Weight
I think the fact that the Team Marin 2 can easily be ridden by absolute beginners and it’s still fun for expert riders tells a lot about it. You guys knocked it out of the park, Marin, keep doing this; this is an awesome bike!