So I want to get into the mtb sport and need a bike. Went to LBS and locked on "Trek 4300" and "Hardrock" for the same price $350. Before I pulled out the wallet, got the email from REI and found out they have the Marin "Northside Trail 2005" on sale for $410, was $590.
One major difference is Marin comes with disc break, others don't.
Another difference is Marin uses Spinner Edge 3 fork but others use Gila T6; Marin uses 7005 AL
Front, rear derail are the same on Marin and Trek; hardrock uses sram parts.
Could any give me some suggestions about those bikes? Is Marin worth $60 more? Another bike I am thinking is NOVARA ASPEN from REI.
I will use the bike a few times a week for commuting, and hit the open fireroad on the weekends with friends. Tried Trek 4300 and Hardrock already. Feel better with Hardrock. Waiting for Marin to try out. REI rocks since none of the LBS allowing return.
Thanks and here are the links:
Marin Northside Trail: