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    Stretching a $500 Budget

    Okay, my original starting goal was a $500ish Hardtail. I can get a closeout 2009 Gary Fisher Marlin Disk for $650 and am willing to do that. However, I can step up to the Piranha at $750.

    I know the Piranha is more bike, but it may be more than I need. I also know it's a slippery slope of going to the "next step".

    I guess I'm hoping the Marlin is a good quality "enough" bike for me. It's already past my budget, but I feel worth it.

    Opinions?

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    Look at a trek 4300disc its cheaper than the marlin and in your original price range. I own the bike and it performs well on single tracks . The marlin is a better bike , but both are gonna do about the same things . The frames on the two bikes are pretty much the same and both made from series 6000 aluminum and will handle the same abuse.

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ries/4300disc/

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    Post the parts specs or links to the specs. May be worth the upgrade to get a fork that feels "nice"...

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    I did try the Trek as well. I liked the feel of the Gary Fishers a little better, although I can get a Trek 6000 for $700.

    Marlin: Deore RD, Dart 2, BB5 Mech Brakes

    Piranha: X.5 RD, Tora, Shimano Hyd Brakes

    I know the Piranha is the better bike, but I think the Marlin will do what I need. I'm wanting to get this bike to start getting more serious, but want to save towards a nice 29er later.

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    For a hundy more I'd go for the Piranha unless I was really strapped for cash.

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    I may have found a middle ground in a Trek 6000.

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    If you can swing it, get one with a nicer fork than a Dart

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    I am a Gary Fisher freak, Right now I own 5, various years and models. The 09 Marlin is a pretty nice bike, but if you can afford the Piranha, you are getting much better components, the main one being the fork. But if you cant go that high in price, the Marlin will do you fine. I had a 07 Wahoo a couple years ago that I loved. I wish i still had it as a spare, and thats a step down from the Marlin. That bike never ever gave me a single problem, not even the Dart 1 fork. And at that time, I was a 260 LBS fat @ss.

    The big difference between Trek and Fisher is how the frames feel to the rider. The Fisher frames have longer top tubes, both are sweet bikes, its a matter of what feels good to you. I have long arms, thats why i like the Fisher frames, they work for my body.

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