So i've been browsing craigslist to grab a mountain bike. I sold a Cannondale F5 hard tail I had a while ago and missed having one. I was set on a full suspension even if I decide only to ride on dirt paths..
I wanted a Yeti..bad! I actually had one just jump up. A 2011 Yeti 575 Enduro for $1,750. I liked it, but didn't want to spend that much so I got this instead:
2009 Marin Mount Vision 5.7 - it is sweet!
For what I paid I wouldn't have found any new full suspension bike near the specs of this one I think. Frame is an XL (i'm 6'), which when standing over it the lower portion of the top tube is just under my giblets. I like the larger frame actually. My old Cannondale was a medium and I felt cramped. The research I did told me it was a $2,800 bike. Shifts good, tires are decent, largest chainring replaced with a bash guard. It has scrapes and crap, but it's a mountain bike! Only two things that jumped out is the left seal is letting a bit of oil past it so it will need to be rebuilt over the winter. The front brake makes awful squealing noises when braking. Pads look OK and the disc is straight. I think the squeaking is pretty normal. Can't wait to try it out. I plan to grab a pair of platforms to get used to it. Then i'll give clipless a shot.
For being 3 years old it looks to not have been used much. A few small chips here and there, rub marks, etc. It just adds character. Guy I bought it from hurt his knee and the give in the suspension when climbing out of the saddle hurts him so he is looking for a hard tail.
Let me know what you think! Love to hear about this as I don't see too much on Marin.