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Old 12-30-06, 03:29 PM   #1
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What about these 2 brands?

How come I don't hear much about Bianchi or Marin mountain bikes? I've narrowed my short list down to about 6 and there is a Bianchi and 2 Marins on that short list. Specifically:

This 06 Bianchi Lynx: http://www.bianchiusa.com/06_lynx.html

This 07 Marin Bobcat Trail:
http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2007/html/bikes/bike_specs/specs_bobcat_trail.html


This 07 Marin Hawk Hill:
http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2007/html/bikes/bike_specs/specs_hawk_hill_se.html


The Bianchi is a closeout so they are only asking $575 for it, but I saw that Bianchi isn't offering the Lynx for 07. Should I be worried? Would this warrant a lower price?

Then, with the Marin, well I drooled over these 11 years ago when I last rode a mountain bike. I'm wondering if something has changed over the years.

FWIW, if you're wondering, the other bikes currently on the short list:
06 Kona Blast (closeout)
07 Kona Blast
07 C'dale F5

I'd like to make a good and fair decision so any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 12-30-06, 07:30 PM   #2
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Curtis Elwood (a poster here) rides a marin hardtail. He should be along soon and be able to give you some impressions.
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Old 12-30-06, 08:16 PM   #3
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Bianchi is not so popular on the mountain bike side, they are much more popular on the road side. Marin bikes, im not so sure
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I ride a 04 Marin bobcat trail .. It has held up nicely even the crap fork... not top of the line, but not top of the line priced, usually you can find them cheaper than the price on their site. I think the hawk hill se is about the same just speced better.

I like the geometry on the Marins and they are fairly light.

that hawk hill looks nice to me

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Old 12-30-06, 09:42 PM   #5
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What you referring to? Im not familiar with Marin bikes so Im not saying anything bout it.
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I'm a fan of Marin bikes, looking into getting one in the spring (well... at least a frame). 2 of my coworkers ride Bianchi mountain bikes and they're both pretty cool, one is steel, the other aluminum (which is, in fact, an older Lynx I believe...). Honestly you cant go wrong either way for something different than the masses - good stuff from both companies.
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Marin rule!!!!
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My dad has a Marin Hawk Hill its really nice i would go with that one.
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whatever, I find that your reply has no sense of respect to others
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I have to put in a vote for Bianchi. Not well known over here either but I bought a Bianchi in 2001. Mine is the equivalent of a Grizzly as sold in the US but This is one bike that I can definitely recommend. The heart of any Bike is the frame and the ancilliaries depend on how much you want to pay. Mine came with a lot of Bianchi Branded parts and even they did not let me down.
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i like how the marin bikes look and they seem like a good deal
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