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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.