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Old 11-08-10, 08:01 PM   #1
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My kijiji Catch of the day! - Marin Bear Valley SE MTB

I've been thinking about building up a mountain bike lately in preparation for winter and had thoughts to build up a single speed/fixed mountain bike but i never had any money to fund this little project with a deadline soon approaching (its getting cold in toronto).. Luckily, and by pure chance and with a little bit of bias towards marin bikes, i searched up marin on kijiji just to see what would come up. Also, i thought i would mention that i usually ride road bikes and this is the first proper MTB ive evar had.


So i found myself a minty marin bear valley SE for $100. I'm shocked at the condition for the price i got it for. Though it was actually quite the mission in acquiring it.. I wish i had a better camera, but i suppose the ipod touch will have to do. SCROLL DOWN TO THE 7TH POST FOR BETTER PICS






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1996 Marin Bear Valley SE
'Tange Custom' Tube set ultra light triple butted cr-mo' with double butted stays
STX-RC derailers, hubs and cranks
Manitou answer comp Elastomer fork
Dia-Compe PC-7 levers

bikepedia:http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...Comp&Type=bike

Anyway, i havent ridden it yet and all i had to do was pump the tires and its rideable. Tomorrow i have a day off work, i cant wait!!

this probably isnt considered vintage, but its older than 10 years so theres that..

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Old 11-08-10, 08:03 PM   #2
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i do thoroughly apologize for the quality of these photos. If requested i can take some better ones..
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Damn looks like Apple uses a toothbrush as a camera on their ipod touch. I've seen pinhole camera photos that looks clearer than that.
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Old 11-08-10, 08:12 PM   #4
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Ahhhhhh what can i say?? I suppose i shouldve resized the photos
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Nice find. You can find some good deals on older Mountain bikes nowadays since road bikes are in vogue now.
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this probably isnt considered vintage, but its older than 10 years so theres that..
Well, I asked that same question about my 95 Marin MTB last year, and was told it qualified as a vintage MTB. (MTB's have a few years dispensation, because they were invented later) - Anyway, that means yours can qualify too.

-These old Marins are very, very high quality machines. You really did well.
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Sweet. Im excited to know that i got a quality bike. Ive actually got 2 other Marin road bikes and so ive done some reading about the company. This bike is SWEET and i cant wait to hit some trails.

heres some better pics that i took after removing the horns, replacing the saddle and adjusting the levers/shifters.. I think a new set of shifters/derailers and wheels is in order.. But i can wait!





Check out how minty fresh this bike is! not a spec of dust/mud to be found anywhere.. except around the chainstays and bottom bracket..
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Nice find. You can find some good deals on older Mountain bikes nowadays since road bikes are in vogue now.
Yes! i feel that ive already snatched up quite a few nice used road bikes (1992 Marin limited edition, 2000 Marin Verona, 2005 specialized roubaix) so its time to get in on the MTB action. I cant wait to hit up some trails!
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Holy Crap! that's nice. Makes me wonder what happened to Marin. They were on the cutting edge of what started the MTB craze. Now, they seem irrelevant.

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Thanks! I wouldnt really know as i picked cycling up just a few years ago (though ive actually been obsessed since) but ive also found it in their 1995 catalog as well.


Heres their catalogs from 1991-1995 if anyone is interested - http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/html/marin.html
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Hey guys, instead of shamelessly bumping, ive taken a few pics with the other marins i own!



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Cool! - you have to be one of a very few with a line-up of Marins. What yr/model is the black one? It looks newer but still with a straight TT.
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Cool! - you have to be one of a very few with a line-up of Marins. What yr/model is the black one? It looks newer but still with a straight TT.
The black/green bike is a 1992 Marin 'Limited Edition' But upgraded with campy veloce 9 drivetrain (crank is still the stock 105 though).. I believe Marin only had 1 road bike for their entire line during the early 90's.

and yes... i feel absolutely guilty about that brake cable wrapped around the top tube.
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... I think a new set of shifters/derailers and wheels is in order...
Why replace them? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" That was an $800+ bike. No worries about the quality of the components.
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Why replace them? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" That was an $800+ bike. No worries about the quality of the components.
Thats true. I suppose i dont need a new wheelset, but i definitely want to change up the shifters to a 9 speed (I have a 9 speed tiagra derailer) with thumb/index finger shifting. I also want to change the handlebars as its kind of awkward holding the bars so straight out like that. I think i need risers with the handles angling a bit towards me. Also need to get a new stem to put me a bit lower/closer to the bars..

As of now. The bike performs quite well! Even the elastomer shocks seem to be functioning as they should. Speaking of which, i also want to upgrade my fork to something better!

hehe, in time though. I suppose i'll beat this bike to hell then upgrade it =D

heres some pics of a river with some paved and not paved trails right near my house!


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