Mountain Biking - gary fisher tassajara vs marlin vs trek 4900
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Hey first post here....
I was just wondering your opinions on these options. Im leaning towards the gary fisher side of things. Im not sure if its worth spending the extra 140 bucks to get the tassajara or if I should just get the marlin and do upgrades later on down the road. Let me know what you think
thanks in advance
06-10-03, 01:36 PM
Do you know that Trek owns Gary Fisher?
Even though they are both owned by the same Company (TREK USA), their frame geometries are different. However, they have similar components at each different price point. i.e., same fork and shifters..etc. on each $700 bike.
Gary Fisher has what is called the "Genisis Geometry" it has a longer top tube and shorter rear end. The Trek is more traditional. You have to test ride each bike and determine which you like more. Personally, I like the Trek's geometries better, but I don't mind the GF. Plus, I think GF paint scheme's are better looking.
Regarding the Tassajara, I do think it's well worth the $140 over the Marlin. It's what I consider a good Entry Level Race Bike, meaning you could take this thing out to race w/o changing a thing! The Marlin is more Recreational.
if it was me, definately the tassajara IMO it's not even in the same "class" as the trek 4900 (haven't heard of the marlin). longer top tube makes for a better climber, but sacrifices stability going down hill. but i like a longer top tube because i like to keep my torso stretched/relaxed not cramped into a smallish cockpit.
btw welcome to the forums =].
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