Marin Wildcat Trail

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Facts

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Wheel Size
Number of Gears
11, 16, 21
Weight
33.3 lbs
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Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

10 reasons to buy

  • The Marin Wildcat is a hardtail designed for women.
  • The bike is available in size XS, fitting riders as short as 4’ 10”. This presents the bike as an option for teenagers looking for a mountain bike.
  • Marin offers the Wildcat in sizes L and XL, which is rare for a women-specific mountain bike.
  • The bike is available in three models. The Wildcat Trail 1 is the most budget-friendly of the three.
  • Marin utilizes a durable aluminum frame on the bike.
  • Each model of the Wildcat is specced with a reliable SR Suntour fork, providing 100mm to 120mm of travel.
  • The bike’s colors are gender-neutral, so young men looking for a size XS bike will not be discouraged by its appearance.
  • Marin has specced the Wildcat for beginner riders, with easy-to-operate trigger shifters.
  • Wide 780mm bars offer stability over obstacles on the trail, to riders of the Wildcat.
  • A low standover height makes this bike easy for more petite riders to utilize on the trail.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The trigger shifter paddle on the Marin Wildcat felt heavy and was difficult to operate for one tester.
  • One expert noted the WTB Trail Boss tires that come on the bike do not offer enough traction. They suggested upgrading to a knobbier tire for greater grip.
  • The bike is heavy. Size XS weighs in at over 30lbs.

Bottom line

The Marin Wildcat is a women-specific, entry-level mountain bike. It is available in sizes XS to XL. With 27.5” wheels and tires, one expert highly recommended the bike for teen riders transitioning from a 24” bike. Size XS fits riders as small as 4’10”. The bike’s low standover and 780mm wide handlebars offer riders of all sizes stability riding on singletrack. Complaints were few from users and testers regarding the Marin Wildcat. The most notable is that the bike’s weight exceeds 30lbs. Overall, riders looking for an affordable and durable hardtail will find the Marin Wildcat most acceptable.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 expert reviews
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Marin Wildcat Trail (XS) Mountain Bike Review

The Marin Wildcat Trail line of bikes offer impressive value in a really well-designed mountain bike.

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2020 Marin Wildcat Trail 5 | My One Month Review

The process I went through to decide on the Marin was fairly simple. There was three criteria: affordability, reliability and the drivetrain.

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Rankings

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#34 Best Beginners
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#42 Best Mountain
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#4 Best Marin Bike
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#174 Best of All Bikes
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