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    94 Marin Nail Trail ?

    I pulled a 94 Marin Nail Trail from the garbage yesterday. This is at least the fifth quality bike I've seen in the last week that has suffered major destruction from the gooey waxy oil sold by local bike shops.The chain, derailers and sprockets are almost totaled by the sand and other rubbish that was embedded in tarry excess oil.The XTR shifters were also totally seized by excess oil of a consistency somewhere between concrete and tar.With a thin oil and an hour of scrubbing I restored the trigger shifters and now have a 12 to 16 speed bike out of the original 21 speeds, depending on how lucky you are on skipped gears.

    Now I'm wondering what to do with the bike and if it is worth the effort. The frame is great, the wheels are true and many of the peripherals are in excellent condition. Even the Marin Lite tires are excellent.Right now I'm torn between replacing poorly performing original components with matching ones from my parts inventory for an attempt at $400.00 resale or to just put low level Shimano it to produce a $100.00 commuter. The third option is to dump it as is for $75.00.

    Is a 94 Marin Nail trail worth the parts and labor to restore it or should I save those parts for a better bike ?

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    Even though MSRP was $900, I don't think you can get $400 out of it if it's stock but it doesn't sound stock because of your mention of XTR. They came with pretty much complete STX group. If it has a lot of XTR bits on it and they're in good shape after cleaning you might get that for the bike but probably easier to make that with a part-out.

    Aluminum bikes still had an "Ooooh, it's aluminum" tax put on them back then. Hard to imagine full rigid bike with STX for $900.
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    Given that I already have two excellent Marins that I am willing to part with , I don't see the value in restoring this one.Looking at the trigger shifters today I saw that they were actually Alivio.The spokes are also showing a lot of rust under the tarry grease I'm still removing from the bike. During the next week I'm going to ride it a bit and hope that it stops skipping gears. If its operating characteristics don't improve after some riding I think I'll strip it down to the frame and handle bar assembly.I think a clean frame is probably worth more than the complete bike with so many disfunctional components.

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